Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Primary A Families,

If we had to describe this week in Primary A, we would say it was a productive one!  In reading workshop we revisited the comprehension strategy, text-to-self.  This is when we think about our lives in connection to what we are reading.  We explored making these connections before, during, and after reading.  We modeled this with another funny Frog and Toad story, A Swim. We learned that when we make connections to ourselves, we should be asking ourselves questions that remind us about life events.  Ask your child what questions they should be asking themselves as they read books in order to connect to the text.  As your child reads at home, remember to ask them about all three text connections. This is a wonderful way to get them to think deeper about the books they are reading. 

We have further developed our daffodil poems, and they are beautiful! After writing descriptive words and phrases about the daffodils in separate boxes, we cut them apart and arranged and re-arranged them in various configurations, experimenting with simile, alliteration, imagery, and rhythm.  Once we had an arrangement that was pleasing to our ears, we then wrote good copies of our new poems and illustrated them. We found that the poetry was like thinking about the lyrics and melody of our favorite song.

In science, we took a closer look at one type of amphibian, the toad.  We read a few pages of two nonfiction books, Frogs, Toads, and Turtles by Diane L.Burns and Frogs and Toads by Bobbie Kalman, to gather facts. We learned that toads are frogs but frogs are not toads, and that the lumps on a toad’s skin is called tubercles.  Ask your child what other fun facts they learned about toads.

At The Schuylkill Center, we were so excited to walk through the water in a pond to search for macroinvertebrates, which is a term used for invertebrates that are large enough to be captured in nets. We learned that these creatures have exoskeletons, which are hard coverings on the outsides of their bodies, rather than having internal skeletons as we do. This body type allows them to live in streams with rocks and moving water without sustaining damage from being jostled around. As we used nets to carefully look for any macroinvertebrates, we caught fly larvae, water scorpions, and, to our surprise, an adult crayfish!  The crayfish was exciting, as it was large enough to examine easily.  Our feet got soaked, and we got muddy; however, it was truly another delightful day at The Schuylkill Center. 

 This week, ask me:

…..about our new read-aloud, The Prince of the Pond by Donna Jo Napoli. 

…..to explain the attributes of any flat shape (closed or not, sides, vertices, and faces). What is a polygon? What 2-dimensional shapes fit under the category of quadrilateral?  (Gr. 1)

…..why it is important to choose the right measuring tool for the thing you want to measure. What tool should you choose to measure the length of your bedroom? How about the circumference of a sandwich? The length of a pencil? Why? (Gr. 2)

Things to Know:

Our class trip to the Academy of Natural Sciences is Wednesday, May 10.

Mark your calendars for the final Primary Learning Celebration at The Schuylkill Center,
on May 17, with a rain date on May 31.

Primary Unit teachers will be out in the yard on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00 to 8:15 a.m., so if you would like to say hi, or need to check in with us about anything, you are welcomed to do so at this time.

In partnership,

Bernadette and Cinda