Primary B Weekly Note

Dear Primary B Families,

We had a short but jam-packed week! We continued our nonfiction studies in both reading and writing. In reading we learned that readers retell facts rather than a story. We also learned that readers are better able to remember the facts they read when they use an expressive reading voice. This is certainly a fun skill to demonstrate for your children at home! 

In writing we learned that writers do not "run away" from challenging words that are specific to the topic they are teaching about. For example, a student fearlessly and phonetically spelled the word "obstacle" in his piece about America Ninja Warrior.

Thank you for assisting your child with their Theme "homework." Please continue to help your child notice the places and resources that your family visits and uses both inside and outside of your neighborhood.

Next week we will be asking our students and families to participate in our Martin Luther King Jr. service project. For the past several years, Primary Unit has partnered with the organization Reach Out and Read (http://www.reachoutandread.org/). Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit that raises money to purchase children's books for pediatric care facilities around Philadelphia. Children raise money for the organization by asking adult family members and friends to "sponsor" their at-home reading. Check your email and your child's backpack next week for the tracking sheets and more information.

This weekend, ask your child:

  • Second grade: How can you "move" on an open number line?
  • First grade: What skills did you practice on our assessments?
  • What did you learn about your own neighborhood?
  • How can pictures help you teach your readers when you are writing an informational text?

Enjoy the "mini break," and we will see you on Tuesday, 1/17.

Becca and Marisa