Oak Room Newsletter
Week of April 4, 2016
This week as told by the Oaks...
Ellei's mom stayed for the whole day. We made signs and rules for the things at the carnival. Exploration was an hour and fifteen minutes. We did not have writing.
We had a carnival today and tomorrow. No one changed the schedule.
It was day 2 of our carnival. We got a tattle box. We had cozy lunch and the person who did it had to make more "Pass the Parcel" wrapping.
The carnival was a hit!
A few months ago when the Oak class was walking by the gym, they saw that the middle schoolers were having a carnival. When the Oaks asked their teachers, "Hey, why can't we have a carnival?" the response was, "Well, can we?" The Oaks spent months reading books about carnivals, brainstorming game ideas, exploring carnival patterns in math, making decorations and prizes, cooking carnival food, making decisions about pricing and jobs, learning the value of coins....and it was all so worth it!!! They worked so hard from beginning to end to create a carnival that the Compass community could participate in. Way to go, Oaks!
A special thank you goes to the folks who helped us out by working booths with the kids, and thank you for all the donations!
Field trip to Battery Urban Farm Thursday 4/14
Mark Morris Observation Day
Monday, May 2nd, 8:15am
Open Space Room
More upcoming trips
Tuesday, May 10th: Whitney Museum, details to come!
Tuesday, May 24th: Whitney Museum, details to come!
This week we started our new writing unit on opinion writing. Oaks brought in their collections from home and rather than "show & tell", they reviewed their collections and wrote about them. The Oaks became judges and decided which item was the best in their collection, and had to make an argument explaining why that item was the best. This work is an introduction to writing reviews. Soon the Oaks will be writing reviews about anything and everything: toys, restaurants, video games, etc.
At home: When your child feels strongly about something (I want pizza for dinner! This is the best toy in my room!) see if they can give you at least three reasons to explain why!
In Reading Workshop we continued to talk about understanding different kinds of genres. We learned that when readers read to learn about topics, we make predictions and also check these. After we read a bit, a page, or a section, we stop and ask ourselves, "Did my prediction match what I learned? Do I need to change my thinking or understanding to match what the book is teaching me?"
At home: Practice making predictions with your child before you read, and then asking the questions, "Did my prediction match what I learned? Do I need to change my thinking or understanding to match what the book is teaching me?"
At home: Around the neighborhood, count what you see: cars, trees, sidewalk squares, steps, etc. Ask more/less questions such as, "Are there more cars or trees on this block? How do you know?"