Dear Primary D Parents,
We made balloon rockets at The Schuylkill Center this week as we continued our study of air. Students pumped balloons up and “launched” them inside a Ziploc bag along a string. Students made the following observations in their science notebooks about the rockets:
- “Air pushes out so fast. The more air you put in, the faster it will go.”
- “It only went backwards.”
- “Bigger balloons go faster and farther.”
Students also took the following notes on the weather and environment in their science notebooks: "partly cloudy," "a light breeze," "crisp," "a pinch of breeze," and "lots of green leaves."
We learned the term "overcast" this week. We encourage you to practice using meteorologist vocabulary as you discuss the weather with your child at home. We’re hoping every Primary D student becomes an avid meteorologist this fall.
In Writing Workshop this week we worked on revising our pieces by adding detail, and we shared the Writing Workshop mantra, “When you’re done, you’ve just begun.”
In Reading Workshop we modeled and practiced several reading strategies, including “use beginning and ending sounds.” Wherever students are in their reading, we find this strategy to be useful in helping children decode words accurately.
Enjoy the weekend,
Ben and Niké