Primary D Weekly Note

Dear Primary D Parents,

We went on a salamander hunt at The Schuylkill Center this week. Many students found Red-backed Salamanders, and a few students found Lead-backed Salamanders. Damien, one of The Center's educators, taught us that these salamanders do not have lungs, and they breathe through their skin. We also discussed frog respiratory systems this week and learned that tadpoles breathe through gills and adult frogs breathe through their lungs and skin.

In our Poetry Unit, we practiced using our five senses to make fresh observations for our poetry. We practiced this by describing some purple tulips in our room. Here were some of their observations of these flowers:

Tulips look like

a microphone
a twisty roller coaster
a folded up soft taco
an origami cat
unicorn hair
an overflowing pillow
a velvet dancing feather

Tulips smell like

a rusty car
an attic
fresh cabbage
a burnt radish

Tulips feel like

a bat
crab meat
human skin
a page of a book

We also practiced ode poems this week. We wrote odes as a whole class, and each student also began their own ode poem. You can practice ode poem writing this weekend by describing everyday objects in creative ways and speaking directly to the objects. We discussed the power of “small” poems and how poets can pack a lot of emotion and information into concise poems. Here are a few small poems your children finished up this week.

Gina is our cat
She is lazy
She is 8 or 9 or 10
She was a kitten
when we got her!

As soft
as a swan
as beautiful as a cherry blossom
as soft as a feather falling

Topics for discussion:

  • What is your ode poem about?
  • What happened in the Prince of the Pond this week?
  • What amphibians did you see at The Schuylkill Center this week?
  • What poem ideas do you have for next week?

Things to know:

  • Move-Up Night for rising 3rd graders will be on Thursday, April 27, at 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Mark your calendars for the final Primary Learning Celebration at The Schuylkill Center, Wednesday, May 17.
  • Throughout the spring, Primary Unit teachers will be in the yard on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00 to 8:15 a.m., 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.

See you soon,

Ben and Niké