Primary D Weekly Note

Dear Primary D Families,

We began our spring study of birds this week. Students are eagerly sharing bird facts with each other and reading about birds, and a small group of students has even started an Activity Time bird drawing club.

At the Schuylkill Center this week students sketched the habitat of the apple orchard and noticed the calls and movements of various songbirds and raptors. We made big lists of what students already know and what they wonder about. Here are some of the things students already know: ducks have waterproof wings, birds are closely related to dinosaurs, birds have different beaks and feathers, different kinds of birds have different skills.

Here are some things students are wondering about birds:

  • How big can ostrich eggs get?
  • Do feathers grow back after birds lose them?
  • Which bird has the longest wingspan?
  • How far can birds see?
  • How did birds evolve?

One bird fact we learned this week is what differentiates birds from other animals. It’s not that birds fly. It’s not that birds lay eggs. As your child what it is.

In first grade math class this week students are working on story problems about penguins. Students are noticing the connections between addition and subtraction number sentences and also working on how to show their work in a complete, clear way. Second graders are working on subtraction facts, multi-digit addition and subtraction, calculating sums of money, and much more.

We’ll see you soon.

Ben and Niké