November 20th

Hi Parents,

Quite a lot has been happening in 1D. It’s hard to believe that we have only three weeks before our winter break. I’d like to share with you some of the highlights from recent weeks.

During our Literacy block, we have been learning how to read nonfiction books most effectively. Students have a step-by-step process that will help them get the most out of these exciting new books. We’ve learned so much more by sharing our learnings with reading partners. Did you know a gecko cleans his eyeballs with his tongue? Neither did I until a six-year-old told me! Pairing up nicely with reading of nonfiction, we have been writing our own “All About” books. Students select a topic they know a lot about, plan their book by naming the chapters in their books, and then begin writing like a teacher, sharing interesting facts about their chosen topic. Today, one student shared with us. “All About Disney.” She taught us about the best rides, where to shop, how to get there, and shared important information about the parade. I expect many more wonderful books to be shared next week!

In math, we just finished up a unit on geometry and are heading back into number sense. We’ll be working with larger numbers, more complex problems, and the expectation is that students will begin to be more thoughtful when it comes to choosing a strategy to solve the problems.

We have completed our fun and informative science unit on air. The kids did a great job of writing and drawing scientific observations records to show their learning. I’ll put some up on the outside bulletin boards so you can see them for yourselves.

This week, we begin learning about winter celebrations, starting with American Thanksgiving. We’ll focus more on the harvest and thankful aspects which have a lot in common with many other harvest festivals around the world. Following that, we’ll look at many winter celebrations that occur around the world in December. Looking forward to sharing a meal with you all on Thursday in the Secret Garden. Don’t forget your picnic blanket and keep your fingers crossed for a nice day!


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