# Elm Class Update

## This week in the Elm Class (as told by Elm students)

We are working on projects about how Brooklyn was 400 years ago.

We are trying to build a train station.

Kids are making signs for the bathroom.

We are talking about feelings in reading.

After word study we always play "Guess My Word".

We are working on BIG things for exploration.

Sometimes we work with Paul for making something like a model for exploration.

Dramatic play is doing a really fun thing. We are making a castle with beds that are a fort. Chairs are big beds.

We made a train station in the block area. We put a bridge across. We also made trains coming through with cardboard.

## Math

Currently in math the Elm class is focusing on subtraction story problems and efficient strategies to use to solve such problems. Counting back by tens or other friendly numbers has been a focus. Playing games that help us consider how close we are to a ten or "landmark" number or help us add or subtract a ten quickly support our problem-solving skills.

We will continue this work next week as well as explore the relationship between addition and subtraction.

## Reading

This week we have been focusing on sharing about characters with a reading partner. Second graders met with their reading partners and introduced them to the characters in a book they had read. Students used a menu of partner sharing options.

Partnerships practiced retelling what happened by saying "first... then... next... after... finally...".

Students made predictions by asking themselves, "What might happen next?"

Parters reread their book together and noticed new details.

We also introduced characters to their partner by telling them a few big ideas about the character.

Partnerships also work on rereading together and change their voices to sound like the characters in their text.

We can also show their feelings with our whole bodies and act like the characters.

At home, you can practice being reading partners together and choose from the menu together.

## Writing

This week in writing we continued writing personal narratives. We noticed that we have many ideas for stories from our everyday lives. We started special "Tiny Topic" notebooks where we can write down ideas for a story. We then worked on planning a story to stretch the idea across the pages of a book.

At home, you can continue to note events or moments that could be a story. Second graders can add these ideas to their tiny topic notebooks as soon as we get to school!

## Project Time

During Project Time, we are moving further back in Brooklyn's past....400 years! We have been thinking about the natural environments of Brooklyn before buildings and bridges: forests, wetlands, beaches, and freshwater habitats. Our trip to the Museum of the City of New York serves as a launching point into our study of the Lenape who lived in this area and used the natural resources of these environments in a sustainable way.

This coming week we will begin to plan and create a large model of Brooklyn that shows the physical features of this area during the time of the Lenape.

### 209 West 42nd Street

#### New York, NY

The second grade will travel to the New Victory theater and see a performance of The Velveteen Rabbit.

We would love to have some family members join us for this trip. Please let us know if you are interested.