Oak Room Newsletter

Week of June 1, 2015

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Who: The Oak Room

What: We will be led on an educational tour of the Whitney Museum, exploring some works of art that connect to the work we have been doing in reading workshop to get to know characters. After we visit the museum we will have lunch outside and spend some time at a nearby park and playground (weather permitting).

Please make sure your child brings a lunch in their BACKPACK. Because we will be taking the subway, we want to make sure children have their hands free to hold on to their partners and subway poles!

Where: The Whitney Museum is located in the Meatpacking District at 99 Gansevoort St.

When: Tuesday, June 9th from 9am to approximately 2pm.

How: We will be taking the subway for this trip. We will take the C train from Lafayette Avenue to 14th Street.

We are still seeking a few more chaperones for this trip! Please email Pascale at pascale@brooklyncompass.org if you we are interested in coming!

Book shopping

Sorry book shopping did not happen this week! We will make sure it happens on Monday!
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This week (as told by the Oak Room Kindergartners)...

We wrote our garden project ideas in writing. We saw big boxes we decorated. We had indoor recess. The brain grew bigger and we took the water out and it's shrinking.

Our plants are growing. We did a new calendar. Lots of people could choose the art center. We made ipads and phones.

We had the man for Z come in. His name was Denny. He makes Z books. We got to keep Z in our room. We got into groups and one person shared their book at Community Gathering.

We had a really long recess. We didn't have closing circle. Lorna read us a crazy story.

We had writing in the morning. We did not have partner reading. Carmen wrote the morning message.

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

This week in Reading Workshop we continued to study the characters in our books. We worked on paying attention to the final pages of our books, because sometimes characters' actions or feelings change at the very end of a book. We also paid very close attention to the illustrations to focus on a character’s facial expressions, body language, and gestures to help us think about how a character feels and acts. But it is also important to look at the pictures and words together to figure out what the characters are doing, thinking, and feeling. The Oaks had some fun at the end of the week, acting out the characters in their stories with their partners. Have some fun at home and act out the characters as you read with your child!

In Writing Workshop we learned about bringing our stories to life by adding what the characters are thinking, feeling, and saying.

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

We worked on two new number stories:

Delia had 13 tomatoes on her plant. Her mother picked off 4 to put in their salad for dinner. How many tomatoes are left on Delia’s plant?

Lorna had 21 cherries. She ate 6. How many cherries does she have left?

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.

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This week in Project Time

This week we picked our projects! We wrote about our project ideas and then shared them with the class. We made a big list of all the ideas and put the ideas into four categories: garden play, butterfly garden, garden arts, and a vegetable garden. Then we picked which project we wanted to work on. Next week we will begin our final projects!


It's conference time!! Please sign up for conferences by picking ONE time slot. Conferences will be held on Thursday, June 18th and Friday, June 19th from 1pm to 7pm. Sara and Kirsten will be available for conferences during these times as well, but you do not need to sign up to meet with them. Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!


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.