Primary A Weekly Note

Reminder about Halloween: We have reminded our students that there will be no Halloween celebration on Monday, and that no one should come to school in costume.

Dear Primary A Families,

This week in Primary A we have learned so much!

Reading workshops focused on building our volume. We are aiming to increase the number of books we read during our independent reading time. As we read our “good-fit” books, we are now keeping a log of dates and book titles. In first grade we are making tally marks to show how many times we are reading each “good-fit" book. Second graders are logging the date, book title (chapter number), and author. We are learning how to become actively engaged in our reading by setting goals. In order to build volume, we realized we had to think daily about how many books we were reading at each read-to-self portion of our workshop. This will give us an idea about our daily reading goals. We also had a discussion about what it looks and sounds like to listen to reading. This led us into an awesome lesson taught by our technology associate, Matt Murray. He taught us how to navigate the iPads for listening to reading on RazKids. Primary A students were excited to locate and listen to books on the iPads. We are looking forward to adding "listening to reading" to our Daily Five rotation.

First graders continue to build their number sense by using math tools to demonstrate their understanding of how to put numbers together and pull numbers apart. We worked a lot with unifix cubes to make number models and equations. We also discussed how to answer and analyze word problems. When reading a word problem, we should figure out what we already know, what we need to find out, and then how are we going to solve the problem. We also utilized the number line along with drawing pictures to solve problems. It is nice to see the first graders able to connect the strategies they are learning to problem solve.

Second grade mathematicians have been working with multiple ways to write equations. We looked at arrangements of numbers according to various attributes in the diagram of an imaginary fancy dinner table setting, which determined which equations were represented. We learned two games (Battling Bugs and What’s the Difference?), which taught us the term “difference” as a way to refer to the amount left over after subtracting a smaller amount from a larger amount. We represented these differences by coloring in squares, which let us actually see the difference in amount and also represented that subtraction in equations. These games are powerful math tools because they are fun, help us build math skills, and can be differentiated according to ability.

We will soon have an opportunity to meet with each of you in parent/teacher conferences, scheduled for November 3 and 4. We look forward to sharing work your child has done, information about his/her experiences in social settings, and his/her self reflections, including goals that s/he set for this year. While we don’t ask students of this age to be physically present in these conferences, their thoughts will be available to you through these self-reflections. Please consider having a conversation with your child prior to your conference as another way to hear their thoughts on school. We relish the chance to partner fully with your family, and we can learn so much from the information you share with us about your child’s life at home. If you have any questions or thoughts you'd like to share with us prior to conferences, please send us an email. We would love to hear from you. We look forward to meeting with you!

Ask me:

  • What am I reading? What is Gooney Bird Greene up to?
  • What is the difference between using an iPad at home and using it at school?
  • How can bubbles be used to observe the wind?
  • What are my learning goals for myself this year?
  • What did we do in Family Circles on Friday morning?

Things to know:

  • November 3 and 4 -- Parent/Teacher Conferences -- Please take a look at the Google doc for a reminder of the time you signed up for. Here is the link: http://doodle.com/poll/dths936wh9huhd9p
  • November 30 -- Primary A will attend the Book Fair, 9:15 - 9:45 am.
  • Please check the calendar at the top of this note for any additional all-school important dates.

Enjoy the weekend!

In partnership,

Cinda and Bernadette