1B Family Update
March 10, 2017
We look forward to seeing you next week for our Curriculum Share on the 17th! Below are some updates from the past two weeks, including our trip to Kyoto. Read-a-thon buttons will be passed out on Monday.
We began our new unit on Measurement, Data and Time! Students worked on measuring length. They used non-standard objects to measure other objects, such as paper clips or ones cubes, and compared lengths using the words "shorter than" and "longer than." Students learned how to measure using a ruler to the nearest centimeter, learning that centimeters are a standard unit of measurement that is used around the world. We began telling time on the hour (12 o'clock, 1 o'clock, etc.) on an analog clock, learning the difference between the two hands: hour and minute. Telling time can be a difficult concept for young children. You can work on telling time with your child at home by pointing out times at various points in the day to make students more aware of AM and PM. For example, it's 7:00 am, we need to eat breakfast! Or, it's 12:05 pm, a little after noon, we need to get to the park.
We started our new unit called Opinions. Students will learn how to express themselves through opinion writing! We are defining an opinion as a statement that explains how someone thinks or feels about a topic and that it is not right or wrong because it is based on a personal belief. A way to support us at home is to have us support our opinions with descriptive reasons. A sentence starter for us is: “I like/dislike ______ because __________.” Encourage us to listen to others' opinions and recognize that their beliefs do not have to be the same as ours.
This term we will be exploring genres! We are starting off with Fairy Tales and will be identifying the features of Fairy Tales that make them unique. If you have any Fairy Tales at home, you can use the following questions to discuss the book as you read or after. (The parentheses have some references for parents.)
Who are the main characters?
(Typically, princesses, princes, queens, kings, animals that act like people.)
How did the story start? How did it end?
(The story usually starts with: “Once upon a time...” or “A long, long time ago…” and ends with: “...and they lived happily ever after.”)
Amy Czaja and Kendra Thomas
Parent Teacher Conferences
While we will have regular school days on Wednesday and Thursday, there will be no school on Friday, March 24. Please make childcare arrangements for your student(s) on that date.
To sign up for a conference, please use the link below:
Then, insert your classroom’s entry code:
- KA | XNZ191105
- KB | PUT1126094
- 1A | NXF1126095
- 1B | W4E1126096
- 2A | 69B1126097
- 2B | 2C31126098
- 3A | FAE1171423
- 3B | JST1126099
- 3C | 1V01171404
Students will share a group project from the Homes and Maps Inquiry units and their All About Books from their nonfiction writing unit! We hope to see you all there.
Inquirer Student of the Week #1: Roscoe
Roscoe has demonstrated our learner profile for March: inquirer. Inquirers are curious, ask questions and love to to learn. Here are examples from classmates of how Roscoe showed that he is an inquirer:
- I hear Roscoe ask a lot of questions. For example when a teacher asks, "Does anyone know this?" if he doesn't know, he will ask "can you give us an example?"
- I always remember that he asks a lot of questions.
- He always raises his hand to ask questions or answer questions for others.
- He will ignore distractions on the rug during lessons so he can learn new things.
- He's an inquirer by asking a lot of questions when he doesn't know what something means.
Ms. Czaja's dad visited!
He shared photos of Ms. Czaja scuba diving.
He read the book, The Tub People, a Czaja family classic.
The students identified the genre of the book as fiction because the main characters were toys that talked!
Etcher shared his toy car and answered questions from his friends.
Students taste tested three fruits (grapes, tangerines and bananas) then selected their favorite and supported their opinions with reasons, such as the grape was the best because it was juicy and squishy.
Marble Jar Celebration
The students filled the marble jar by working together to do great things. They voted to have a BFG party since we finished the chapter book before break! We watched parts of the movie and had popcorn. It was fun to see which parts were different or the same from the book.
Students measured various objects with a ruler then compared their lengths.
Students learned to measure starting at the 0 cm line and measure to the nearest cm. Some even measured to the nearest half cm.
Students used clocks to tell time on the hour.
Students got to explore a model of how bamboo homes look in Japan.
Photo Booth Fun!
Students used props and made silly faces at the photo booth.
The students got to enjoy a traditional Japanese tea.