Although we are all excited for Spring Break, there’s been a lot of work being done in the weeks leading up to it. We have delved into new units in all subject areas, and are excited to tell you all about what we’ve been doing.
Here’s what we’re working on now…
We launched our unit on fairy tales. The children have been enjoying this unique genre. Our lessons are focusing on identifying traits of characters, characters’ motivations, the impact the setting has on the story, playful language, and magical elements. As the children read, they have been instructed to jot about their noticings and theories. It is important for them to get in the habit of writing down their thoughts while reading.
Please remember, the children should continue their 20 minutes of daily reading while on break.
To introduce opinion writing, the children wrote persuasive pieces about one of their strong opinions. We discussed the structure and development of an opinion piece, and how it differs from our previous genres. Now we’re using everything we know about opinion writing to write about our reading. They will create opinion pieces based on the post-its they are writing during Reading Workshop.
We launched our unit on New Amsterdam by visiting the Museum of the City of New York. The children are learning about life during the 1600s and are enjoying making connections with their current life in New York City. In groups, we have begun researching various topics about daily life in the colony. The children will be working on many more fun projects about the Dutch in New Amsterdam in the coming months.
In addition to our daily calendar math routine, the children were excited to begin a new math investigation. This new unit, Ages and Timelines, explores the relationship between addition and subtraction, constant difference, and uses the model of the open number line to show work and mathematical thinking. The context for this unit is the story of “El Bisabuelo Gregorio” and his great-grandson, Carlos, who explore these mathematical concepts using the ages of the people in his family. The children love exploring the relationships between Carlos and his family members’ ages, as well as what we’ve noticed about the relationships between our ages and those in our own families.
Other Notes of Importance:
- Just a reminder about birthday snack – We love celebrations! Keep in mind the celebration should be less than 20 minutes, as to not interfere with our academic work. Therefore, the fewer choices the children have, the less time it may take to distribute snack. Feel free to bring along a special read aloud to share, while the children are munching away! Please give us a week’s notice to plan a celebration, and remember, goodie bags are not permitted during school celebrations.
- PLEASE label your child’s belongings. There are lots of articles of clothing that come into the room in the morning and then are not claimed (or are lost) by the end of the day. This will make it easier for us to help the children keep track of their things.
Have a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break!
All our best,
Allison and Robyn