Dear Primary B Families,
Thank you for braving the weather and visiting United City! (And thank you for your patience and flexibility around all the rescheduling due to the snow day.) It was a proud moment for teachers and students (and hopefully families!) to see our months of learning, researching, meeting, planning, creating, and problem-solving come to fruition in such a student-centered manner.
On Thursday we introduced a digital portfolio app called Seesaw (http://web.seesaw.me/). Students used the app to take photo, audio, and video documentation of their United City avatars, homes, and neighborhood features. We (the teachers) will be editing and uploading our classes' work and sharing a link to our private and secure Seesaw site soon.
While our past several Weekly Notes have focused on theme, we have, in fact, been continuing with reading, writing, and math instruction! In math, first graders have been learning how to compare quantities by using subtraction or "missing addend" addition (e.g. 4 + __ = 9) to find the difference. Later in the week, a handful of first graders began exploring and creating "equivalent equations" (e.g. 2 + 7 = 10 - 1). The second graders have been writing multi-digit story problems and creating visual representations to accompany them. Next week they hope to solve each other's problems.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming conferences. Remember, these meetings are meant to be two-way conversations! We welcome families to come prepared with specific thoughts, questions, or stories to share with us. Also, if you would like to take home your child's "house" and/or "neighborhood establishment" from our theme study, we will have it ready for you at our conference. Otherwise, the project will be "demolished" and repurposed.
- The Primary Unit Chorus Concert will be in the Garage on Wednesday, March 22, from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
- There is no school for students on Thursday, March 23, or Friday, March 24, due to family-teacher conferences.
This weekend ask your child:
- What photos, recordings, or videos did you post on our Seesaw site?
- How did Fudge-a-Mania end?
- What would you like your family to share with your teachers at conferences?
See you next week,
Becca and Marisa