Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Primary A Families,

This has been another productive week! We began our week in reading workshop revisiting nonfiction text features. We discussed the features using an anchor chart that explicitly explained each one in detail, along with pictures. We were then off to do a scavenger hunt using classroom nonfiction books. Students worked cooperatively in pairs to identify and record the text features on a graphic organizer. It was a delight to watch the students dive into this fun but challenging work. We gathered to reflect on our partnering and the good work we did. It is so refreshing to listen to our students discuss how to make working together in pairs a great learning experience for everyone. 

In writing, we began to choose activities that we know how to do so well that we could describe the steps to take to accomplish the tasks. We will soon write “How to…” books. It’s a challenge to figure out the initial steps needed to describe a task well enough for a novice to follow. We had fun gathering initial ideas and trying to imagine actually carrying out some of our ideas. We will continue to work on this writing project next week, increasing our abilities to write with clarity and specificity.

We also made wishes for what we would like to change in the world if we could, and wrote them on sticky notes to display in the hallway, along with those of other classes in the school. We were inspired by the beautiful mural painted by our own Aurora’s mother, Kaleema. It displays the Gandhi quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” and is painted with beautiful lotus blossoms. We discussed the meaning of the phrase, cited our own wishes, and talked about what it meant to “be change.” Come see this wonderful display in the hallway outside of our classroom.

This week, ask me:

  • about our read aloud, Pippi Longstocking. What activity did we work on that connected to our neighborhood theme? (Hint...Visualization!)
  • what things I really appreciate about my neighborhood.
  • how memorizing and using my doubles canhelp me add numbers more efficiently. What did I notice about doubling and halving a number? (Gr. 1) 
  • how tall I am in unifix cubes. What are some things I need to do to measure accurately? (Gr. 2)

Things to Know:  Look out for a letter about our service-learning project, Reach Out and Read. The students will be coming home with the information today in their book bags.

Have a restful weekend,

Cinda and Bernadette