Primary B Weekly Note

CONTRABAND ALERT(!): Toys, specifically Shopkins and Pokemon cards, are not allowed in Primary B. We ask that students do not bring any toys with them to school in their backpacks or pockets or snuck down their shirts! If you find any “contraband,” please remind your child that it should stay at home. Thanks!

Dear Primary B Families,

It was so nice to return to school and hear about everyone’s fun-filled long weekends. We are immersing ourselves into a busy few weeks as we prepare for our learning celebration on December 13.

In math this week, second graders are beginning a new unit studying larger numbers. By recognizing that large numbers are made up of a group of ones, a group of tens, and and a group of hundreds, students are better able to grapple with adding, subtracting, and comparing numbers up to 1000. First-grade mathematicians are writing their own number stories and drawing pictures to represent their equations.

We are wrapping up the editing process and working towards becoming published authors in writing workshop. Using an editing checklist, students searched the “sloppy copy” of their story for missing words, appropriate capitalization, ending punctuation, and conventional spelling. After completing the checklists independently, students signed up for a one-on-one meeting with their publisher (Becca or Marisa). After a publishing meeting students, students will begin to write the “clean copy” of their personal narrative story, to be shared with you in a few short weeks.

As part of the Book Fair this week, we welcomed Anna Forrester into our classroom Friday morning. Anna is a TPS parent, amateur naturalist, and author. Our students listened attentively to her story of a family who does a “bat count” each summer on their farm. After the reading, students asked thoughtful questions about the book and bats in general. Anna did a great job answering many questions about bats, and we think there might be some independent bat research happening for some of our students.

This week, ask your child…

  • What is your project topic? How are you representing your project?
  • What personal narrative are you choosing to publish?
  • What is a word attack strategy to use when reading a challenging word?
  • What books did you enjoy exploring at the book fair?
  • What is something you learned about bats?

A Look Ahead:  The winter concert is on Tuesday, December 13. The concert begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Garage. Following the concert, Primary Unit will host its Learning Celebration in the classrooms. Students are busily preparing to share their learning with all of you.

Some Recommended Reading:

Beginner Readers: Biscuit the Dog books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Middle Readers: High Rise Private Eyes series by Cynthia Rylant

Good Chapter Books: Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald

In partnership,

Marisa and Becca