Primary D Weekly Note

Dear Primary D Families,

It was another busy week in Primary D. Our classroom is full of engaged learners as we delve more deeply into our studies of poetry, measurement, penguin story problems, and amphibians! 

April is National Poetry Month, and our poetry study is in full swing! We have been reading aloud many different kinds of poems, some written by children and others by published poets. We will be examining the structure of poetry, learning how poets use line breaks and white space, among other crafting techniques. We will also begin experimenting with rhythm, pattern, and repeating lines. The children brainstormed a list of topics that they plan to use to create poems. Several children have even brought in favorite poems to share with the class!

We had a beautiful day for our visit to The Schuylkill Center this week. We played at Founder’s Grove in the morning, where we spotted our first toad. In the afternoon we hiked to Cattail Pond to meet with Damien, one of The Center’s amazing educators. He did a wonderful lesson that focused on the life cycle of a frog and the characteristics of amphibians. We were also introduced to a ton of new vocabulary. The ponds are springing to life, and we observed tadpoles, water fleas, water striders, and a frog.  

Topics for Discussion:

  • What was the activity at Encuentro?
  • Our new read aloud is The Prince of the Pond by Donna Jo Napoli.
  • Who are the characters?
  • What is Pin’s problem?
  • What did you learn about amphibians at The Schuylkill Center?
  • Which activity with Damien did you enjoy the most?
  • What are you looking forward to writing about during the poetry unit?

Things to Know:
The Student Council is having a pretzel sale on Monday April 17. Pretzels are $1 and mustard is not available. The pretzels are from Center City Soft Pretzel Company, which is an all-natural soft pretzel company. The facility is nut-free, dairy-free, and kosher certified. The pretzels are only made from three ingredients: flour, yeast, and water.

There is no school for students on Friday, April 21 as it is an in-service day for teachers.

Move-Up Night for rising 3rd graders will be on Thursday, April 27.

Mark your calendars for the final Primary Learning Celebration at The Schuylkill Center,
on Wednesday, May 17.

Throughout the spring Primary Unit teachers will be 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’re welcomed to do so at this time.

Have a great weekend.

Niké and Ben