March 24, 2017
Dear 2-O Families,
The first graders loved seeing the Jungle Book Thursday. If you have a chance I encourage you to come see the show.
This week in Reader’s workshop we’ve been filling our books bins with new fiction books and a few other books. Our read alouds have been Balancing Act, Calder about Alexander Calder, Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki, The Peace Book, Russell the Sheep, My Dearest Dinosaur and On This Spot. On This Spot describes how on place on earth (New York City) looked at different times during history. Next We’ll be thinking more characters in our books and what they want and do.
In Math we worked with attributes blocks. Some of the qualities or attributes we sorted by were color, size, thickness, and shape. We introduced the concept of “What’s my rule?, worked more with fact families and we divided shapes into two equal parts. In math we’ll work with more ways to subtract. Keep up practicing math facts at home.
First graders balanced a paper crayfish on a finger using clothespin counter weights. They explored balance during academic choice using pipe cleaners, foam and plastic cups, popsicle sticks an clothes pins. We used a string for our tight rope. First graders made predictions
about whether they thought a item pictured would be stable or not. On Monday we’ll test out predictions. 1-O authors are busy adding details to their fiction stories.
At the Dinosaur Dig on Wednesday, fourteen of the world’s leadings first grade paleontologists enjoyed getting right into the dirt and digging for fossils. They unearthed fossils, brushed and cleaned them. They sorted the fossils by bone type. Then each paleontologist chose three bones to trace or sketch and measure using small tape measures. Afterward we shared what we found and what parts of the dig we enjoyed.
Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 – 2:00 we have a special program Haven Safe Kids.
Have a good weekend,
Mrs. O. and Ms. Sailor