Primary B Weekly Note

Dear Primary B Families,

This week we were visited by Sally McCabe, a volunteer "toad crosser" with Toad Detour at The Schuylkill Center. What's a "toad crosser," you ask? Each spring, much of The Schuylkill Center's toad population migrates to the Roxborough Reservoir to breed, and they must cross roads on this journey. Toad Detour blocks and diverts traffic on certain evenings, saving hundreds of toads from being hit by cars. (Check out http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/programs/public_events.html for more information or to sign up!). 

On Wednesday we took a trip to the Academy of Natural Sciences to see the exhibit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. We saw and learned about several species of exotic frogs. We even got to see Mexican Dumpy Frogs get fed live crickets! We certainly felt like we could have spent more time at the exhibit, so it's a great option if you are looking for an activity this weekend. The exhibit closes on Sunday, 5/14. 

In math, the first graders worked on a measuring and graphing project we called "Leap Like a Frog." Children worked with partners to take a "frog leap," mark and measure where they landed, and graph their results. Then, we measured ourselves. The next step of the project will be to compare our heights to the distance we were able to leap. After that, we will learn about how far certain species of frogs are able to leap in relation to their body lengths, and see how that "measures up" (pun intended) to humans' leaping abilities.

The second graders began exploring the number one thousand. They are using and extending their understanding of place value to add and subtract ones, groups of ten, and groups of one hundred with numbers up to one thousand. By solidifying their grasp of place value, students will be prepared to fully understand the standard "carrying" and "borrowing" algorithms rather than simply memorizing a set of steps.

Ask your child...

  • What did you learn about toads and toad crossing from our expert Sally?
  • What frog species did you learn about at the Academy of Natural Sciences?
  • How did our read aloud book, Jimmy: The Pickpocket of the Palace, end?
  • How does Sheila Tubman respond to problems in Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great?

Reminders:

If your child has a summer birthday and he or she would like to do an in-class birthday celebration, please email us to schedule a time.

The Schuylkill Center Learning Celebration will be Wednesday, 5/17, from 11:00-1:45. Check your inbox for a separate email about the event.

There is no school for students on Friday, 5/26, and Monday, 5/29.

Have a lovely weekend,

Becca and Marisa