Oak Room Newsletter
Week of Feb 1, 2016
REMINDER: NO SCHOOL MONDAY!!!!
This week, as told by the Oaks:
We did this chart of living animals and systems on the board. We did patterns for our carnival in Math. We read a new book about carnivals and museums.
We had music on during Writing Workshop. We did more pattern stuff in Math. Handyman Joe sent us mail.
Some people got to use the hermit crab in exploration. We went on a field trip and saw trains and busses. At the Transit Museum we got to make our own trains or busses.
Weekends with Hermi
The Oak Carnival
Clinton Hill Library
We need two more chaperones for our trip to the Lowline Lab on Friday, 2/12. We will leave by school bus at 9:30AM and return no later than 1PM.
We need two chaperones for our trip to the Morgan Library and Museum on Friday 3/4. We will leave by school bus at 9:30AM and return no later than 1PM.
We need four chaperones for our trip to the Morgan Library and Museum on Thursday 3/10. We will leave by school bus at 9:30AM and return no later than 1PM.
Please email Pascale at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
In Writing Workshop we remembered the saying, "Once you're done, you've just begun!" that we learned last year. It helps us to remember to go back and add more to our books, or to start a new one on our own when we are ready. We worked on 2 for 1 sentences--writing two sentences to answer one question. We also worked on adding more details and techniques to our pictures to really teach our readers.
In Reading Workshop we got a package from Handyman Joe! It was a giant toolbox/chart for us to organize all of our tools for solving and checking hard words.
At home: Some children have been getting stuck trying to think of a new topic when they start a new book. Make a list of topics your child knows about with your child at home that they can keep in their writing folders.
We started a new unit on patterns! This week we made different patterns we could use to decorate our carnival. We also used different body movements to create patterns. Lastly, we worked on figuring out what comes several steps beyond the visible part of a repeating pattern.
At home: Find patterns all around you. Discuss with your child what makes it a pattern. Create patterns together to music through dancing and movement.