Children at Work 12.14.15 - 12.18.15
Looking closely at Calder's Wire Circus
Experimenting with an art installation in one of the Whitney elevators
Making the shapes in Stella's artwork with our bodies
We Went to the Whitney!
After our visit, we came back to school and made more art inspired by Stella. Check out our creations on the bulletin board inside of our classroom!
All of the children were sent home with an activity book and a Whitney museum "Friends and Family" pass, which is valid for free admission for two adults and all accompanying children under age 18. We encourage you to take a visit! Click here for more information about visiting the museum.
A big thanks goes out to our class parents and our many chaperones who accompanied us to the Whitney! It was a great support.
This Week's Reading Workshop
At home this week, you can ask them to show you how they figured out an unfamiliar word in the book they're reading. If you are reading with your Maple child and they come to a word that they don't recognize, ask them to see if any of the strategies above might help them figure out the word before telling them the word that is there.
Math: New Unit
This week, Maple kids used rekenreks to find different arrangements for seating the same number bus passengers on the top and bottom deck. They also found ways to quickly and efficiently count passengers on the bus before the bus drove by, using strategies like counting by ones or twos, or seeing 5 or 10 and counting on to find the total. Students also played the game "Passenger Pairs," in which they had to find two cards in a deck with the same number of passengers, but in a different arrangement.
Some of us also began to solve word problems using a "jumbo bus" with 20 seats on the top deck and 20 seats on the bottom deck, and explored how the bus driver could know how many passengers were on the top deck from knowing the number of passengers sitting on the bottom deck.
For more information on rekenreks and their use for building number sense, helping children to subitize quantities, and practicing counting, addition, and subtraction, click here.
Activities to do at home:
- To help your child compose and decompose quantities, ask them questions using household items, like "We have 10 utensils in our kitchen. Some are forks and some are spoons. How many spoons and how many forks could I have each? What are all of the possible amounts of spoons and forks I could have?"
- Play "Passenger Pairs." Card sets and directions coming home on Monday.
Project Time: Creating Living Systems and their Parts
Announcements and Important Upcoming Dates
- Winter Recess begins on Tuesday, December 22nd. School resumes on Monday, January 4th. Have a safe, relaxing, and fun break and see you all in the new year!
- Friday, January 8th: Fall Birthdays celebration (Look for a sign-up coming shortly)
- Monday, January 18th: No School: Martin Luther King Day
- Friday, January 22nd: Trip to the American Museum of Natural History