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News for the Week of November 28th

Hi Parents,

Here is our classroom 2-213 news for the week of November 28th. We have a field trip to New-York Historical Society this Friday, December 2nd. I understand it is short notice, so please send back all permission slips as soon as possible. I would like to take 4 chaperones, so whoever can make it, please let me know. The exhibition we will be seeing is Playing in the Past. An excerpt about this display from NYHS:

This winter, the New-York Historical Society will be transformed by an enchanting exhibit of model trains and toys. Students will learn about the lives of children long ago and the history of toys and play through a hands-on, inquiry-based exploration of this exciting exhibition. All aboard!

I want to publicly thank all who attended and contributed to our Thanksgiving breakfast. I had a beautiful time mingling with you and hanging out with your children. Some parents were expressing that a breakfast is more convenient for those who have to work. If this pertains to you, please reach out and let me know before our December break rolls around. I want to schedule our holiday party at a time convenient for most.

I still need someone who would like to conduct our holiday craft. Please let me or the classroom mommies know if you would like to conduct a craft!

This week our class is learning about……..

Reading-

For our nonfiction unit, our class will finish reading Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs. During this week, the reading skills we will continue to be working on are are asking and answering questions pertaining to the different topics within the text. Students will use post-its, thinking maps and involve their partners in this very important skill in nonfiction reading. Asking questions about a text, whether for clarifying or seeking deeper meaning, allows for a more well-rounded understanding of a text.

Writing-

This week we will begin drafting our nonfiction All About piece. Your children have done some research, created their subtopics, took notes and learned about plagiarism. Students will begin constructing their introduction and move through the piece throughout the week. I will be meeting with small groups to reinforce important concepts of nonfiction writing. I understand some materials for research may be time sensitive, such as a library book. Please check up with your children about their research and if they feel like they have a sufficient amount or if there is anything further they are wondering about or want to know, help to research with them further at home or take them to the library. Feel free to reach out if you need any help with supporting your children in writing at home.

Math-

This week we will begin the topic of Metric Measurement of Length. They will delve into the topic of Measuring in Meters and Comparing Length in Meters. We are opening each lesson of the day with a word problems in which your children are given a role and expected to work in groups. I have seen wonderful progress from your children working together and supporting each other to solve difficult word problems. Have a conversation with your child about it at home!

Social Studies-

Children will now be delving into the topic of NYC long ago in which we will access multiple resources to write an informational brochure in their own words.

Science-

This week we will continue our work on fossils! When you visit our classroom, please check out or fossil display next to our science center and our bulletin board, with pictures, that shows our work with observing and comparing fossils!

Sincerely,

Ms. Kender