Oak Room Newsletter

Week of May 9, 2016

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This week as told by the Oaks...

We went to the Mark Morris Dance Center. We had exploration when we don't have it on Monday.

We went on a field trip to the Whitney Museum. We had a new writing unit. A friend left early because she was feeling sick. We went to a water park that was close to the Whitney Museum.

We worked on a project about Fort Greene Park. We built places using three pieces of paper.

Instead of us having to choose our own exploration choices, Lorna and Pascale chose them for us.

In math we had booklets instead of a paper. Teacher's helper was an exploration choice today.

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upcoming trips

Tuesday, May 24th: Whitney Museum, Mirror Cells exhibition. We will leave Compass at 10:15AM via school bus, eat lunch at nearby Pier 51 Playground, and return via subway by 2:00PM. 1 chaperone still needed!

Thursday, June 9th: Brooklyn Grange, a workshop with City Growers. The Oaks will learn about all the natural processes that occur on a green roof farm. We will walk over from Compass at 9:20AM and return by 12:15PM. 4 chaperones needed!

Project Time

This week we used our drawings of buildings to create models using only three materials: paper, gluestick, and scissors. What a challenge! Some friends made their models 3D, others chose to represent just the facade. In dramatic play, a group of Oaks continued to recreate Bittersweet. Their was a debate about how to sort and separate the many types of sugar (and fake sugars).
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In Writing Workshop we started our new unit on realistic fiction. We learned how to make up characters and give them a name, think of a setting, and create some sort of adventure or trouble for them to get into. We also challenged ourselves to take charge of our own writing!

At home: Create realistic fiction stories with your child. Create an imaginary friend that might go on adventures!

In Reading Workshop we started the new unit on meeting characters and learning lessons. We learned that it's important to get ready for our reading adventures by taking a sneak peak to figure out where characters might go and what they will do. We also learned that readers use the story line to predict what's going to happen next.

At home: Please have your child read for 20 minutes daily.


In math we are continuing our work with story problems through the context of cars and dogs. This week focused on group counting to count large quantities. Instead of just counting by ones, we are challenging ourselves to skip count (counting and combining things that come in groups of two, four, five, and ten).

For example, "George the dog walker walked a group of five dogs int he morning, five dogs in the afternoon, and five dogs in the evening. How many dogs did he walk that day?"

Another example: On Tuesday, Morell the dog walker walked five groups of dogs with five dogs in each group. How many dogs did he walk on Tuesday?

At home: Create similar problems that challenge your child!

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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.