Dear Primary B Families,
This week we finished our read aloud, the Judy Blume classic, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and began the sequel, Super Fudge. The children have been absolutely loving the books; it's no wonder they have stood the test of time. Be sure to ask your child what the expression, "Eat it or wear it" means!
For our Theme work the children had the opportunity to share the information they gathered about their neighborhoods. We then used thumbtacks to plot ourselves on a large map of Philadelphia. Then, to give the children a more tangible sense of how maps represent relative size and space, we gave each child a sparsely detailed map of our classroom. Their task was to draw specific parts of our room in their accurate locations. This proved challenging for many of our students!
We announced that next week in Writing Workshop we will all begin writing informational chapter books about our neighborhoods. The children are excited about this, and we encouraged them to take some time this weekend to walk around their neighborhoods with an adult and ask lots of questions.
This afternoon we were visited by a representative from Reach Out and Read to help us kick off our (belated) MLK Jr. service project. Participation is optional. Please check your child's backpack for a packet that includes a letter from us, a sheet for your child to list his or her sponsors, and a sheet for your child to keep track of the books he or she has read.
This weekend your child should be able to ...
- tell what happens to Dribble at the end of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
- (Becca's word work group) give examples of closed syllable exceptions.
- (Marisa's word work group) give examples of digraphs.
Have a nice weekend,
Becca and Marisa