Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Primary A Families,

It was a short but busy week in Primary A.  We did lots of reading in small groups and independently. As we read, we continue to focus on all the strategies that make us better readers.  Take a moment to ask your child what reading strategies help them connect to the text or read more accurately. 

We used all of what we have learned in poetry (descriptive phrases, simile, metaphor) to consider our own lives and to write a poem about our own lives. We made lists of sensory images from home, including the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings, and memories to write an “I Am From” poem. We sent home the odes to families, and hope you all enjoyed these tributes!    

We enjoyed another visit this week with Yolanda Wisher, poet laureate of the City of Philadelphia. She read excerpts from her first book (written when she was in elementary school) and read a poem from a book she published as an adult: Monk Eats an Afro. She told us how poems she wrote when she was little made her feel calm and safe and helped her figure out some things that were happening in her world. She ended her time with us by singing one of her original composition songs. What a treat!

In science we used the many facts about frogs and toads that we have learned and organized them into Venn diagrams to find similarities and differences between and among frogs and toads. We then took our small group work on this project and organized all of our facts into a class Venn diagram. We will decorate this diagram with our many drawings of frogs and toads, and then display these along with our Amphibian Odes as a culminating project to this wonderful study! 

 This week, ask me:

…. about Encuentro. What was my favorite part?

…. about the new read aloud, Jimmy the Pickpocket of the Palace by Donna Jo Napoli.  How is it connected to our last read aloud, The Prince of the Pond by Napoli? What am I reading at independent reading time or in my small group? 

…. about our measuring activities.  How can I add and subtract larger numbers using strategies I already know? (Gr.1)

…. about subtraction strategies for large numbers. What are ways to easily subtract? How can we keep track of place value as we subtract? (Gr. 2)

...about our visit to The Schyulkill Center. 

Things to Know:

We have two more visits to The Schyulkill Center this school year, so be sure to have your child equipped with water bottles and  dressed appropriately. 

The last day of school is on Friday, June 9, and dismissal is at 11:30 a.m.

If your child has a summer birthday and he or she would like to do an in-class birthday celebration, please email us to schedule a time.

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