Primary C Weekly Note

Dear Primary C Families:

This morning we learned that changing the way you read a poem can change the meaning of the poem. Poet and parent (to Itzy) Martin Wiley joined our class to practice reading poetry with different emotions by emphasizing specific words on each line. Martin demonstrated this with an excerpt from Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham, a familiar text that kids had fun manipulating. Students began to make the connection that they can control the emotion in their poetry by deciding where a line break may be. Later, he guided students in writing a collective poem that challenged our poets to push themselves while having a limited amount of time to add a line of poetry. 

This week, Damien, our educator at The Schuylkill Center, led a discussion about the respiratory systems of amphibians. Our students searched for red-backed salamanders under rocks and logs, then examined them carefully before releasing them. We then headed to the pond to look for tadpoles and newts. We rounded out the day with play time in the Pine Plantation, then back to school where we documented our findings of the day in science journals.

This week ask me:

  • What is the important thing about you? Also, ask me what I think the important thing is about Primary C.
  • How do salamanders breathe? How do adult frogs breathe?
  • How did our read-aloud, The Prince of the Pond, end?
  • What do I know about congruent shapes and symmetry? (Jane’s math group)
  • What is the best tool for measuring the side of our school building and why? (Jennifer’s math group)

Dates to remember:

  • Next Thursday, April 27, is Move-Up Night for parents of current 2nd graders. Get a preview of third grade at 5:00 p.m.
  • The Primary Unit looks forward to our third and final learning celebration, which will take place at The Schuylkill Center on May 17 (rain date May 24). 
  • Primary teachers will be out in the yard on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00-8:15, so if you would like to say hi or need to check in with us about anything, you are welcome to do so at those times.

Have a great weekend.

All best,

Jennifer and Jane