Elm Class Update

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

  • We met a horse, the black one was named Ranger.

Sorry there is not much here this week, unfortunately we missed our time for our closing circle this week.

Project Time this Week

We launched our study of Brooklyn. This week second graders shared art about places they love in the Borough of Brooklyn and we began to study the map. We also began collecting our questions about Brooklyn which will guide our study in the coming weeks.

We started to observe more areas of Brooklyn during our trip to Prospect Park. Second Graders considered these questions:

  • What do you see?
  • How do you feel?
  • What do you wonder?

You can continue thinking about these questions with your child as you travel in Brooklyn. We are looking forward to further trips in the coming weeks.

Trip to the Salt Marsh Nature Center

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 10am-2pm

3301 Avenue U


We will continue to experience natural spaces in Brooklyn next week when we travel to the Salt Marsh Nature Center. We will travel by Bus to the Salt Marsh and participate in a natural classroom lesson with an Urban Ranger.

We will need chaperones to join us on this trip. Please contact us if you are available.

Math this Week

Thank you to all of you who brought in change for our collection. We began learning about coins and their values by observing the coins and noticing what about them is the same and what is different. We also found clues on the coins that helped us determine the value.
At home, please offer your child opportunities to use coins in real life situations. Your child can count coins when making purchases or check the change you get back. You can also practice making a certain amount in various ways. We found at least five different ways to make 25¢ with pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.

Reading this Week

In reading, Elm has continued our study of poetry. We have read many different types of poems including story, list, wondering, silly, and shape poems. We have noticed how poets get creative by having non-living things say or do things like people (personification). We also looked for examples of metaphor (I’m so hungry I could eat a horse) and simile (busy as a bee) in poetry.

Next week we will wrap up our poetry unit by thinking about how and why poetry collections are made and making our own. We will also think deeply about the hidden meanings in some poems.

As book bags begin to go home, please read the collection of poems your child has and talk about them together.

Exploration and Worktime

We are having fun together during exploration. Some students have begun to sew patches to personalize their book baggies. We are also working to create self portraits.

You can look forward to seeing these completed projects soon.

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October Shares Continue

We have loved hearing about special items and events during morning meeting. We will continue next week.

Please see the following calendar for the upcoming shares and consider a special object, photo, or story with your child.

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