Primary B Weekly Note

Dear Primary B Families,

This week we have been busy poets, herpetologists, readers, writers, and kids.

Our poetry study has grown from studying poems to taking a stab at writing our own. Students were introduced to the idea that poets use special “poet’s eyes” to examine an object and think about it with their hearts and their minds.  After discussing how a pencil sharpener sounds like bees, the ceiling is the classroom’s sky, and a pair of scissors is like an alligator, students were invited to choose an object that “spoke” to him or her and examine it with their poet’s eye. Students then began crafting poetic noticings and were eager to share their observations.

Wearing our herpetologist hats, primary students learned about a frog’s external anatomy.  Students learned a fact about each major part of a frog’s body and face, and then we constructed a large paper frog.  Students then challenged their brains to remember all the parts of a frog in writing.  

At The Schuylkill Center we had a lesson with Damien, an educator from The Center, about frog respiration.  We learned that tadpoles use gills to get oxygen, frogs use their noses and their skin, and some other amphibians, like salamanders, only breathe through their skin.  Lucky us, we then were invited to search for salamanders, and our class found two!  The salamanders reminded us of worms with legs; they were so tiny!

At The Center we also visited the ponds and took time to observe frogs and tadpoles.  We were able to identify much of the frogs’ external anatomy in real life.  Students successfully named and saw eyes, nostrils, and tympanic membranes on many, many frogs!

Questions to ask you child…

  • What object did you write about?  What did it remind you of?
  • What did you call a salamander with a red back?  A black back?
  • How can you figure out the author’s lesson in a fiction story?

A look ahead…

4/27 Move-Up Night for Incoming 3rd Grade Families (5:00-6:00 p.m)

5/17 Primary Unit Learning Celebration - at The Schuylkill Center

Wednesday & Friday Mornings - Look for Primary Unit teachers in the yard from 8:00-8:15 a.m. We are out and available to check in, say good morning, or just chat with you and your kiddos.  We hope to see you there.

We hope you have a lovely, long weekend!

Marisa and Becca