Oak Room Newsletter

Week of June 8, 2015

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This week (as told by the Oak Room Kindergartners)...

We practiced taking the subway for our field trip. We looked at our sculptures with the first grade. Some of us looked at a picture and talked about it.

We went to the new Whitney Museum. It was Rezia's birthday. There was a water gun battle at the park. Aleisha lost her phone.

The Elms shared their song. Some grown ups played in a band. It sounded really beautiful and different. We went outside early. We had a fire drill.

We had second recess. We had a water slide at second recess. In exploration we painted canvases. At exploration some of us made music books of all the songs from Community Gathering. Some people went into the community room for the play.

We had August birthday celebration. In exploration we got ready for the play. We did the numbers.

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This week in Project Time

This week we began working on our final project to end our "Why Garden?" unit: a play about plants and butterflies! We picked our roles in the performance and started to work on costumes, background, props, and the script.

We are seeking a few parent volunteers to help us in the classroom with our project on Monday and Tuesday from 12:00 to 2:00pm. Please email Pascale at pascale@brooklyncompass.org if you are interested!

Mark your calendars: The performance is tentatively scheduled for the morning of Thursday, June 25th. More details and exact time/location to come!

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This week in literacy (and things to do at home)

This week in Reading Workshop we learned what "setting" means. We talked about how the setting is where the story in a book takes place, and how the setting can help us understand what the character is thinking or feeling. We also learned what "narrator" means. A lot of books have a narrator that says the parts that the characters aren't saying. We learned about quotation marks and how they help us to know when the character is talking and when the narrator is talking. Please use these new vocabulary words with your child at home when talking about books: setting, narrator, and quotation marks.
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This week in math (and things to do at home)

In number stories, a teacher tells the story and then several children retell it to the class in their own words and act it out. Some questions are asked before children go off and work on their own to solve the problem. Will there be more or less than ___? Why do you think that? Then the Oaks use unifix cubes in sticks of 10 to solve the problem, and record their thinking on paper. After, children explain their thinking, sharing their strategies with the class.

Please support this work at home by creating your own number stories for your child to solve.

This weeks number story below:

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Conferences are next week. Please sign up if you haven't already. We look forward to meeting with all of you!


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.