Primary B Weekly Note

Dear Primary B Families,

We have been quite busy readying ourselves and our classroom for Open Houses next week. We're looking forward to seeing many of you from 7:55 - 8:15 a.m. on Monday, 3/13; Tuesday, 3/14; or Wednesday, 3/15. If family members are not able to visit on the same day, they are welcome to visit separately on different days. If you are unable to visit us on one of the scheduled days, please email us to set up an alternative time. And remember, the Primary Unit chorus concert will be a separate event in the Garage on Friday, 3/17, at 9:00 a.m.

In Writing Workshop we have been editing and rewriting informational texts about our real-life neighborhoods. Many Primary B authors have included bold words, labels, captions, researched facts, and other important features of nonfiction that we learned about during this unit.

In Reading Workshop we have been working on strategies to improve our fluency. Readers have learned to notice when they are reading dialogue by paying attention to quotation marks, to identify which character is speaking by reading the "dialogue tag," and to make their voice match how they think that character's voice might sound.

We got a special surprise on Wednesday afternoon when Mayor Kenney, who had been visiting the middle school, just so happened to be exiting the building during our recess time! A few lucky kids got to say hi and shake his hand.

In response to parent requests for more informal face-to-face time with their child's teachers, the Primary Unit teachers will be in the Lombard school yard on Wednesdays and Fridays from approximately 8:00 - 8:15 a.m. We also hope this will incentivize families to arrive on time! 

We hope to see you next week at our Open Houses and/or the following week at family-teacher conferences. Here is the link if you still need to schedule a conference time: http://doodle.com/poll/iburc6utsdgm742y.

Some conversation starters for the weekend...

  • How did you fix up your informational text this week?
  • What's a "dialogue tag"? How does it help you as a reader?
  • What did Fudge eat WAY too many of in Fudge-a-Mania?
  • What is the history of your United City neighborhood?
  • What special event did your "neighborhood council" plan for United City?

See you soon!

Becca and Marisa