Oak Room Newsletter

Week of January 11, 2016

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This week, as told by the Oaks:

We made a chart about shares. Sadie shared her puppets. Lisa from MOMA came.

In math workshop we did a fun game. We lined up really early at recess, lunch recess. We had snack on top of the rug. We met Orca. She is cute. She is playful. In Pascale's big word study we got choose...Blind Partner Sort or Writing Partner Sort.

Today we did the worm bin. Today we did a very fun project time. We had priting time. (That's project time and writing time combined.)

We got a class pet. We got to get it ready. We got to touch different animals (on the field trip).

Bus driver Suzie came for the next time. Today in Exploration we finished doing the hermit crab tank. Today in Exploration we had some trouble. Word Study was different. Georgia read a book.

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Upcoming Field Trips

We need one more chaperone for the Museum of Natural History trip on Friday, 1/29. We will be leaving at 9AM by school bus and returning no later than 1PM.

We need one more chaperone for our trip to the Transit Museum on Friday, 2/5. We will leave by school bus at 9:30AM and return no later than 1PM.

We need three 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 have two field trip to the Morgan Library in March. More information to come!

Please email Pascale at pascale@brooklyncompass.org if you are interested!


The Oaks have collaborated on a store! They have been making and donating things to sell in the store, as well as working on signs and pricing.
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This week in project time we divided into groups and rotated around the classroom, spending time in different stations with different objects, to figure out if they were a living system or not. We took notes and shared why we believed some items were living systems and some were not.
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We concluded our writing unit focusing on Nicola Davies's craft moves this week. The Oaks edited and revised their writing by thinking of what other craft moves they could add to help make their writing stronger. After our field trip to Petsmart, many Oaks wrote non-fiction stories focusing on what they had just learned! We will continue our work with non-fiction in the next writing unit: Nonfiction Chapter Books.

We also concluded our reading unit focusing on non-fiction. Next week we will begin the next unit--Readers Have Big Jobs. In this unit we will introduce more advanced reading tools with a focus on understanding comprehension.

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This week in Math we played a new game called Passenger Combos. With a partner, they created new cards and recorded any missing combinations of passengers from their deck of cards. This work supported them in recognizing number combinations using five- and ten-structures quickly, as well as recognizing amounts that are equivalent but in different configurations.

In The Double Decker Bus, the bus driver has trouble figuring out how many empty seats are on the top of the deck once passengers have gotten on the bus. The Oaks used different subtraction strategies to help him figure it out.

Bus driver Suzie also visited the class to see if they could make her a chart of all the combinations of 10 passengers on her bus.

At home: Continue subtraction work with your child at home. If a bus has 10 seats all together, but there are 6 people sitting down, how many seats are available? If there are 12 eggs in a carton, and we eat 4, how many eggs will be left?

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Contact Information

Feel free to email us anytime. Pascale can be reached at pascale@brooklyncompass.org and Lorna can be reached at lorna@brooklyncompass.org.