Thank you so much for coming to Back to School Night this week! It was such fun to put names with faces. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for fall conferences or volunteer opportunities or have any other questions, be sure to reach out. With your support, I know this is going to be a wonderful year.
In math this week, your child learned about bar graphs, designed a survey, polled all 22 members of our class, and created their own graph to present their data. Want to know the favorite dog breeds, authors, donut flavors, and sports of the kids in Room 8? Check out the hallway where they are on display. Your child also had the chance to delve deeper in elapsed time as they reviewed and scored the work of 4 fictitious students.
I introduced Readers Workshop this week by reading the (so) sweet book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. We watched the award-winning film short of the same name (link is in my email, be sure to watch it with your child!). Next, we read Come On, Rain! which is one of my favorite mentor texts full of rich, descriptive language. Your child learned to hear the difference between writing like a reporter/storyteller. You can help by asking your child to show you an example, and by pointing out any great descriptions you run across yourself. We also enjoyed the Chinese legend, The Weaving of a Dream and learned about the ‘magic of 3’s” in storytelling. Wilma Unlimited demonstrated the power of perseverance as we learned about this track star who overcame childhood polio to become an Olympic gold medalist.
We began Writers Workshop, and your child has written a couple True Stories (narratives) about people and places that are important to them. We sampled a handful of books, and discovered what it takes to write a beginning that will hook our readers…ask your child how they revised their beginning to do this! Over the next few weeks, your child will learn to revise and edit their work and take one of their stories to a ‘published’ book form. Stay tuned.
Kiddo Poet in the Schools Terri Glass led the class in creating fantastical “museum” poems. She will visit our classroom 5 more times. Next week, Kiddo funded Lisa Spendov will lead our class in mindfulness training. Again, thank you for supporting Kiddo by donating at any level you feel comfortable, these programs truly create a well-rounded educational experience for our kids.
We talked about the learner profile trait of being courageous, and then created small posters. Our class decided that courageous can mean speaking out, standing up for friends, raising your hand in class, trying new foods, and just being brave and bold. Sound right to me!