Elm Class Update

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

We went to Mark Morris.

We had exploration with teacher helper.

We have a new recess where we get to play with toys.

Some kids started making stuffed animals.

We finished our compliment.

We added new materials to small worlds.

At lunch we can eat with the Pine Class.

We got new gathering spots and new places at lunch.


In Math, we are developing the use of an "open number line" as a model of mathematical thinking and a tool for addition. This week, the Elm class continued to work together to solve two-digit addition problems using strategies such as splitting (22+14 is the same as 20+10 and 2+4) or keeping one number whole and adding on by friendly numbers such as tens and then the ones (22+14 is 22+10+4).

Making jumps of these friendly numbers with ease will be our focus until winter break.
Try this type of counting at home. Start from any number that is not zero and add on tens: 3, 13, 23, 33, 43, 53....


As a class, we continued to work on chapters for our All About Brooklyn book. Each partnership worked on personal pages for the book. This week we spent time drafting our pages and sharing them with each other.

In this coming week we will make our writing even better by revising and editing our chapters. We will also publish and add non-fiction text features such as diagrams, photographs, and a table of contents.


This week we continued to build knowledge by reading non-fiction texts. We thought, "What is this book (or part) trying to teach me?" as we read. We also noticed when we read something that surprised us. Usually the places where books surprise you are the places where they teach you the most! For example, we read that people used to pay five cents to cross the Brooklyn Bridge. We also read that subway trains used to run cross the bridge as well.

When you read together, you can point out new information. Notice what surprises you and celebrate the gift of learning something new when you read non-fiction.

Next week we will focus on building vocabulary when we read non-fiction or the lingo of a specific topic.

Project Time

Our study of Brooklyn is beginning to look into the past. This week we started thinking about units of time: minute, hour, day, week, month, season, year, decade, century. Next week, we will be walking around the school's neighborhood thinking about what is new, old, and really old. These observations will launch our wonderings about Brooklyn's past.
Please let us know if you have special knowledge, interest, or resources for our study of Brooklyn's Past. We will dig deep into the time of Lenape Native Americans in the new year.


We had lots of projects going in exploration this week. Students worked to make a plan with together in big blocks and small worlds. These plans added some guidance to their work in these centers and supported an idea over more than one day of exploration.

We have exploration time from 2:50-3:30. Please let us know if you would ever like to join us to lead a center or support some of the children's work.

Thank you Mark Morris Dance Center

On Monday we walked to MMDC and learned some choreography from the Hard Nut Dance performance.

We will end our series of dance classes tomorrow, Monday, December 14th from 2:40-3:20. This final class will be open to family members. Please come by if you would like to join us.

Trip to the New Victory Theater

Thursday, Jan. 21st 2016 at 9am-1pm

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.