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12.10 – 12.14 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY!

I hope you everyone had a great week!

On Wednesday, we got to interview a Subway Operator, whose job is to drive the subway! See pictures on Seesaw!

I’ve been posting some work samples and charts we’ve made in the classroom on Seesaw. An email was sent three weeks ago about how to sign up. I noticed a few of parents haven’t yet signed up. If you have any questions, please let me know!

In Reading and Writing, we continued diving deeper in our Nonfiction Unit. In writing, kids wrote facts in their own words on post it’s, sorted their post it’s into categories, named the categories (headings), and then began writing their first drafts. To expand kids thoughts, each sentence they wrote needed the words but, because or so. Ask your child about their topic!

In Math, we continued with our problem solving unit. Kids thought deeply about what they know, what they’re trying to find out, whether their answer will be larger or smaller, finding an equation that fits, and drawing a sketch of what the story looks like. Towards the end of the week, kids started to think more deeply about the question posed in the problem. Kids had parts of a problem, but no question, so their job was to make one that makes sense, and solve. Ask your child what kinds of questions they created!

For Subway Study, kids continued working in groups to create their subway car poster. Next week, we will talk about how you know a poster is your best work and what posters always must have.

This week, we read a Cam Jansen book, which the kids really enjoyed. During the entire read aloud, we stopped to notice and wonder about the story. We did this on a chart (see Seesaw), which is a good model for kids for what they should be doing during independent reading. Ask your child about this story; it was such a great book!

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 25 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays, so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have Library on Wednesdays! If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, November 18 – Family Morning – 8:45-9:15 in 318

Monday, December 24 and Monday, January 1 – No School

 

 

Lindsey

12.3 – 12.7 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY!

I hope you everyone had a great week!

On Wednesday, we had a wonderful time at the Transit Museum. Kids (and even adults) learned so many interesting and new facts! Pictures will be posted on Seesaw!

I’ve been posting some work samples and charts we’ve made in the classroom on Seesaw. An email was sent two weeks ago about how to sign up. I noticed a few of parents haven’t yet signed up. If you have any questions, please let me know!

In Reading and Writing, we started diving deeper into our Nonfiction unit. This week, we talked about the RAN Strategy (reading and analyzing nonfiction) and how it’s helpful for nonfiction texts. This strategy has kids express what they think they know before reading the book and then after, they think about what they learned, still are wondering, if any of their ideas changed and confirm knowledge that they thought they knew before reading the book. Kids will begin writing nonfiction books soon! Make sure your child is reading 25 minutes a night, we will be upping our time to 30 minutes starting in January!

In Math, we started our problem solving unit. In the beginning of this unit, we focus on fully comprehending the problem before solving. Kids think deeply about what they know, what they’re trying to find out, whether their answer will be larger or smaller, finding an equation that fits, and drawing a sketch of what the story looks like. Ask your child how this is helping them think deeper about problem solving!

For Subway Study, we talked about the different subway cars and how they’ve changed over time. Kids then picked a car they want to study, and similarly to the subway job projects, kids will be working in groups and presenting their research to the class. Ask your child what they learned this week about subway cars!

We finally finished our read aloud, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Kids thoroughly enjoyed this book and we will be watching the movie the Friday before December break! Ask your child what they think might happen now that Charlie owns the factory!

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 25 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays, so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We Library on Wednesdays! If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, November 18 – Family Morning – 8:45-9:15 in 318

Monday, December 24 and Monday, January 1 – No School

 

Lindsey

11.26 – 11.30 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY!

I hope you everyone had a great week! Next Wednesday, December 5, we will be going to the Transit Museum. We will be leaving at 9:15 and returning in time for lunch.

I’ve been posting some work samples and charts we’ve made in the classroom on Seesaw. An email was sent last week about how to sign up. I noticed a bunch of parents haven’t yet signed up. If you have any questions, please let me know!

In Reading and Writing, we completed our book blurb and recommendation unit, although kids are going to be writing recommendations throughout the year, which will live in our library. This is helpful for when a kid is having a hard time picking a book, they can look through other classmate’s recommendations and make a choice. Today, we started talking about our nonfiction unit. Kids explored nonfictions books and created a chart about what we notice and wonder! Make sure your child is reading 25 minutes a night!!

In Math, we completed 3 open ended tasks: pentominoes, a staircase problem and a money problem. These problems are geared to make kids use their habits of mind to problem solve (see ideas below). It was really interesting to see the different strategies kids came up with and how nobody gave up, even though the problems were complex. Next week we will begin out problem solving unit.

The Habits of Mind

  1. Persisting
  2. Managing Impulsivity
  3. Listening with Understanding and Empathy
  4. Thinking Flexibly
  5. Thinking About Thinking
  6. Striving for Accuracy
  7. Questioning and Posing Problems
  8. Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
  9. Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  10. Gathering Data Through All the Senses
  11. Creating, Imagining, Innovating
  12. Responding with Wonderment and Awe
  13. Taking Reasonable Risks
  14. Finding Humor
  15. Thinking Independently
  16. Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

 

For Subway Study, we talked about the MTA and different subway jobs. Kids split up into 7 groups (for the 7 jobs we discussed) and researched more about what the job entails and how it’s important. Kids will present to the class their findings next week.

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 25 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays, so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We Library on Wednesdays! If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, December 5 – Transit Museum 9:15-12:00

Tuesday, November 18 – Family Morning – 8:45-9:15 in 318

Monday, December 24 and Monday, January 1 – No School

 

 

Lindsey

11.12 – 11.16 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY!

I hope you all had a wonderful week! It was great talking to a bunch of you yesterday, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming conferences as well!

In Reading and Writing, we continued with our Book Blurb unit. This week kids published their first book blurbs, which will be laminated and put onto books in our library. Next week, kids will be exploring book recommendations and creating their own! Make sure your child is reading 25 minutes a day!!

In Math, we started out T-Shirt Factory Unit, which talks about place value. This is just an introduction (5 days or so), the longer version of the T-Shirt Factory Unit, will be in the spring. In this unit, we discuss how the PTA is ordering shirts and they’re ALL over the PTA room. They came up with an idea of organizing the t-shirts into rolls (10 shirts in a roll). We talked about examples for different numbers. For example if we have 32 shirts, we have 3 rolls and 2 loose ones, which is the same as thinking 3 tens and 2 ones. Ask your child what they noticed so far in this unit!

For Subway Study, we talked about rules and signs and what their purposes are. A bonus this week was that we interviewed a station agent. Kids came up with questions to ask Jurema, and she even showed us some of her gear! See attachment for pictures and questions that second grade kids asked.

Interview with Jurema

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 25 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays, so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We Library on Wednesdays! If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, November 20 – Family Morning – 8:45-9:15 in 318

Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 – No School

Wednesday, December 5 – Transit Museum 9:15-12:00

 

 

Lindsey

11.5 – 11.9 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY!

I hope you all had a great week!

This week, we enjoyed our trip to the Tenement Museum, thanks chaperones! Ask your child what their favorite part of this trip was!

Permission slips were sent out last week for our 12/5 trip to the Transit Museum. I’m missing a bunch of them, so please check your child’s folder.

Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching. Please use the website and code below to sign up for 1 time slot. I will have conferences on November 15 and some following days in case families can’t make it. Conferences are 15 minutes, please don’t be late. If you come a few minutes late, I can’t push back any times, it’s a tight schedule! Please let me know if you have any questions about the conferences or using the website.

 

Website and Access Code

www.ptcfast.com/reg1

Code:  31S1226234

 

In Reading and Writing, we began our Book Blurb unit. This week kids explored various books that have book blurbs on the back. Kids we’re noticing and wondering so many awesome thoughts. Check out the picture below for some post-it work. Kids will get to create their own book blurbs, which will be taped to the back of books in our library! Ask your child what they noticed or wondered about book blurbs they read this week! Make sure your child is reading 25 minutes a day!!

 

In Math, we continued talking about problem solving. Kids we’re given addition and subtraction problems and had to follow the steps we created as a class. This week, we also played a game called Cover Up. This is an easy game to play at home, please ask your child about it! Next week, we will be starting a new unit about place value.

 

For Subway Study, we talked about maps. Kids we’re exploring subway maps and writing their thoughts down with a partner about what they noticed and wondered. If you happen to ride the subway this week, please pick us up a subway map, we’re in need of a few more! A bonus this week was that we interviewed Brian, a track worker. Kids came up with questions to ask Brian, and he even showed us some of his gear! See pictures below!

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 25 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays, so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We Library on Wednesdays! If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, November 15 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 20 – Family Morning – 8:45-9:15 in 318

Wednesday, December 5 – Transit Museum 9:15-12:00

 

 

Lindsey

10.29 – 11.2 Email

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY!

Wow, I can’t believe we’re already in November!

This week, we enjoyed our trip to the “Secret Subway”, thanks chaperones! As a class, we saw the old City Hall Station 3 times and kids were amazed! On Monday, we have our Tenement Museum field trip. We’ll be leaving at 9:15 and returning by noon. Please make sure to have your child wear sneakers and a jacket. Weather isn’t looking great, possible rain, so please have them prepared.

Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching. Please use the website and code below to sign up for 1 time slot. I will have conferences on November 15 and some following days in case families can’t make it. Conferences are 15 minutes, please don’t be late. If you come a few minutes late, I can’t push back any times, it’s a tight schedule! Please let me know if you have any questions about the conferences or using the website.

Website and Access Code

www.ptcfast.com/reg1

Code:  31S1226234

 

In Writing, we concluded our series unit with a publishing party! Kids got the read their stories to their peers. All series books are now living in our library, where anyone could read them! Next, we will begin our book blurb unit. We will be writing book blurbs, which will be taped on the back of real books!

In Reading, we talked about how readers ask themselves questions while reading. Some questions we discussed were:

-What we’re the important parts I just read?

-Whose telling the story?

-What surprised me?

Ask your child which question they thought most about. Make sure your child is reading 25 minutes a day!!

In Math, we discussed problem solving steps. Kids we’re given addition and subtraction problems and had to follow the steps we created as a class. This week, we also played a game called Cover Up. This is an easy game to play at home, please ask your child about it!

For Subway Study, we talked about where we live, what the purpose of maps are and a little preview to what our field trip will be about. Kids are super excited to see the Tenement Museum on Monday! Ask your child what’s one new thing they learned this week in Subway Study!

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 25 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays, so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We Library on Wednesdays! If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming Events:

Monday, November 5 – Tenement Museum (9:15-12:00)

Thursday, November 15 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 20 – Family Morning – 8:45-9:15 in 318

Wednesday, December 5 – Transit Museum (9:15-12:00)

 

Lindsey

10.22-10.26 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY!

We had a great week! It was awesome seeing a bunch of you on Tuesday at our Family Morning. Kids really enjoyed interviewing and learning from you all!

Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching. Please use the website and code below to sign up for 1 time slot. I will have conferences on November 15 and some following days in case families can’t make it. Conferences are 15 minutes, please don’t be late. If you come a few minutes late, I can’t push back any times, it’s a tight schedule! Please let me know if you have any questions about the conferences or using the website.

Website and Access Code

www.ptcfast.com/reg1

Code:  31S1226234

In Writing, kids created their first fiction stories! By researching different series books, we discovered that fiction stories have an introduction (that introduces the characters and setting), a problem and solution. Kids also noticed that some series books end by setting up for the next book. On Monday, kids will have published books and will start another! Ask your child what the problem might be in their next story!

In Reading, we talked about how readers understand that reading is a meaning-making process. We discussed stopping to think about a story, uphill books and what to do if something doesn’t make sense. Kids had great answers for these topics! Next week, kids will be selecting a series to analyze more deeply. Ask your child what series they want to analyze!

In Math, we began learning how to solve addition equations with multiple addends. Kids were taught to scan the equation first, checking to see if there are any 10’s, doubles, or near doubles facts. After they learned to reassociate the addends (switch the order), which helps us with accuracy and efficiency. See below for an example!

For Subway Study, we discussed the reasons why we’re studying the NYC Subway System. We also read stories and articles about the secret subway. Kids are really looking forward to Tuesday’s trip! Ask your child for some reasons why we’re studying the subway system!

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 25 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays, so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We Library on Wednesdays! If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, October 30 – Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Trip (9:00-10:00)

Monday, November 5 – Tenement Museum (9:15-12:00)

Thursday, November 15 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 20 – Family Morning – 8:45-9:15 in 318

Wednesday, December 5 – Transit Museum (9:15-12:00)

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Lindsey

10.15-10.19 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! We had a wonderful week of learning. Kids have really learned the norms of the classroom and can now run morning meeting by themselves. Each day, two kids have the job of running morning meeting and calling on different kids to do their jobs (message reader, schedule reader, weather person, today’s #, etc.). Jobs change every three weeks, so all kids will get to try different jobs. Ask your child what’s their favorite part about morning meeting!

Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching. Please use the website and code below to sign up for 1 time slot. I will have conferences on November 15 and some following days in case families can’t make it. Conferences are 15 minutes, please don’t be late. If you come a few minutes late, I can’t push back any times, it’s a tight schedule! Please let me know if you have any questions about the conferences or using the website.

Website and Access Code

www.ptcfast.com/reg1

Code:  31S1226234

 

In reading we continued to talk about how there are several books in a series with the same character(s), but with different settings, problems and solutions. We read a few Henry and Mudge books as research for our own books. During writing kids completed their story maps and will begin their first fiction story next week. Ask your child about the book they are creating!

In math we continued exploring our Geometry Unit. Kids learned about polygons and quadrilaterals (shapes with 4 sides and 4 right angles). Kids also got to play with geoboards and make their own rectangles. This week we got to learn a game called Guess My Shape and kids needed to use the math language learned in order to guess their partners shape. You can play this game at home, ask your child about it!

In our subway study we continued making collages portraying different modes of transportation, which should be completed by early next week. They’re looking fabulous!

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays, so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We Library on Wednesdays! If your child is finished with their library book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, October 23 – Family Morning – 8:45-9:15 in 318

Tuesday, October 30 – Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Trip

Thursday, November 15 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 5 – Tenement Museum

Wednesday, December 5 – Transit Museum

 

Lindsey

10.8-10.12 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! We had a great week and a wonderful time on our walking trip, thank you chaperones! There are now three more confirmed trips in the coming weeks. Permission slips will be sent home shortly, but please make sure to write your child’s name and sign the back, thanks!

In writing this week, kids had three days to produce a writing piece. Some kids picked fiction and others nonfiction. Kids worked really hard and the room was so quiet the entire time! We also started talking about what all fiction stories have because we will begin our Series Book Unit next week! Ask your child what they wrote about this week.

In reading we started to talk about series books and how there are several books in a series with the same character(s). Later on in this unit, kids will create their own series books! Ask your child what their favorite series books are.

In math, we continued with our geometry unit. Kids learned about right angles and had to sort shapes into two categories with their partners. Lots of kids noticed that right angles make an L shape, which was helpful for them. Kids are also working on the open number line model, keeping the larger addend whole and splitting the smaller one.

In our subway study we continued talking about forms of transportation and sorted them into three categories: air, land and water. Kids were split into groups of four and began making their murals this week, which will be displayed later on in the school year at our Subway Study celebration. Ask your child which category they’re working on!

 

Some reminders:

-Kids should be reading for 20 minutes each night.

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays, so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-We have Library this Wednesday. If your child is finished with their book, have them bring it in and get a new one.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

Friday, October 19 – Picture Day

Tuesday, October 30 – Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Trip

Thursday, November 15 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 5 – Tenement Museum

Wednesday, December 5 – Transit Museum

 

Lindsey

10.1 – 10.5 News

Dear 318 Families,

Happy FriYAY! I hope you all had a great week!

I’m looking for a few more chaperones for our walking trip this coming Wednesday, October 10. Let me know if you can join!

This week in writing, we talked more about the writing process as well as how we as writers can measure our progress through goal setting and reflection. Kids have been working hard in their writing journals and using their heart maps to do so. We also talked about writing conferences and what our roles are during that time. Ask your child what they wrote about this week or what step they’re up to in the writing process.

In reading, we talked about how readers measure their own success by reading books they enjoy and understand. Kids each got a reading journal to record their thoughts and responses about a book. At the end of the year, the kids can look back at their journals and see all the different books they read this year. Remember, kids should be reading 20 minutes each night and need to bring their book bags in each day!

In math, we talked more about the number line model and splitting numbers. Kids tried the model on their own and really enjoyed it! This week, we also started our Geometry Unit. We explored different shapes and learned that 3-dimensional shapes like a rectangular prisms have multiple faces. Ask your child what they noticed about the different Geoblocks!

In word study, we talked about how some words get bonus letters (s,l,f and sometimes z). Bonus letters happen at the end of a word if it follows a short vowel, but if it’s part of a blend, the bonus letter isn’t added. Some words that have bonus letters are miss, fall, ball, toss, off, puff, mess and ill.

 

Some reminders:

-318 has P.E. on Wednesdays so please make sure they come to school in sneakers.

-Walking Trip permission slips are due Tuesday, October 9.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Upcoming Events:

October 8 – School Closed

October 10 – Walking Trip

October 23 – 8:45 Family Morning

 

Lindsey