Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Families,

This week in Primary A, we continued to work on editing and adding details to our small moments stories. We discussed how the beginning of a story should be something that grabs the attention of the reader. This had a few students rereading their writing to make their beginnings more interesting. We also learned how to use quotation marks in our stories. Students were excited to add dialogue to their writing. Primary A students are eager writers, and we look forward to hearing their published pieces when we end our writing unit on small moments.

As we continue to build stamina in reading, we learned about how to use the words in a story to create mental images in our heads. This strategy is under the comprehension goal on the CAFE Menu. We read the book The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant to practice the strategy. The students were not only using the visualization strategy, but also beginning to make text-to-self connections. This is a fun way for the students to engage with the text.

Another week filled with fun learning!

Here are a few reminders:

  • We will go to the Kimmel Center for a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra next Monday morning, Nov. 23.
  • We will take a trip to the Academy of Natural Sciences on Wednesday morning, Dec. 2.

This week, ask me...

...how I would describe soil, what I did at the Wissahickon, where I got my soil sample, what was around me. What did I learn about soil?

...what small moment story I chose to fix up and fancy up to publish. Did I change my beginning and/or ending to make it more exciting? When can I use quotation marks in my writing?

...what strategies I am continuing to practice as I read. What does it mean to visualize as I read? How does making mental pictures as I read help me become a better reader? What did I visualize as we read the story The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant? What connections did I make with the story?

...ask me to notice words that have the glued sounds ang, ing, ong, ung… (gr.1 Fundations)

...how I practice fluency during Fundations. How did the story, Skip is Sick help me think about how stories are organized? Did the story help me think about a time I was sick? What are some examples of glued sounds? (gr.2)

...how I can use addition facts to make subtraction facts. What are Domino Magic Squares, and how did they work? How did I use the Double Flap Dot Cards? What is a fact family? Would I rather have ⅓ of a cookie or ½ of a cookie? (gr.1)

...some strategies for adding two two-digit numbers in my head. (gr.2 Math)

...about making cornbread for the Feast.

Wishing you all a lovely holiday,

Jane and Bernadette