2P "Team Badger" Newsletter
November 16 - December 4, 2015
- The High School Chorus and Jazz Band came before Thanksgiving to help start off the holiday season!
- Exploring Weather Tools from The Morris Museum! A box of weather tools and photos came to our class to help us explore our weather unit in a different way. Thanks PTO!
Math in Focus
We will be sending the Parent Letter home for this unit next week for your reference.
Several times a week, we start our math lesson with a Number Talk. We ask the children a seemingly simple question like "How do you solve 9+4?" It's very interesting to see all the different ways that there are to solve such a simple problem! We then use that knowledge and apply it to a more difficult problem like "39+14". In this way, we are trying to increase the children's number sense and confidence with their math facts and problem solving.
We have some incredibly thoughtful readers! When we meet in our groups they are enthusiastic participants and offer interesting theories and and insights to our reading.
Writing About Fairy Tales
We are wild about the weather!
We watched a clip of the tornado scene from the original Wizard of Oz and then identified the pattern of destruction that we saw. We looked at satellite and ground photos of Hurricane Sandy and talked about the differences between hurricanes and tornados. We watched and listened to the They Might Be Giants video "Roy G Biv" and talked about how light and water are needed to create a rainbow. We then watched a video about a scientist who studies snowflakes! Very cool! We then had the opportunity to create our own 6 sided snowflakes with origami paper and scissors. I'm hoping our windows will be completely covered in snowflakes!