April 4, 2022 Happy Spring!
Last week we began our first read aloud of a chapter book. We're reading The Heartwood Hotel, the story of an orphaned mouse who is looking for a home. To make it special, we turned off the lights and used a lamp so students felt cozy while listening to the story. Students learned how to select and preview a chapter book. They also learned that, with a chapter book, each time they begin a new reading session, they should try to recall the characters and what has happened in the book before reading on. Students answered questions about the text, discussed vocabulary and visualized the story.
In math, first graders began measuring the length of objects, and compared objects from shortest to longest using nonstandard measurement such as foot steps and cubes. First graders can complete any pages in their math workbooks up to Module 3, Lesson 4. Second graders practiced the regrouping (borrowing and carrying) algorithms for two-digit addition and subtraction. Students who are having difficulty conceptualizing borrowing and carrying are using place value charts and disks to provide a clearer picture of the concept. Second graders can complete up to Module 4, Lesson 13.
In the afternoons, students added the finishing touches to their animal homes. These will be shared with you at Student-Led Conferences.
- We could use donations of snacks. Snacks should be healthy and prepackaged (if not fruit). Unfortunately, we cannot serve homemade snacks. Fruit, string cheese, granola bars, and crackers are examples of snacks we can serve.
- Thursday, April 7th we are going on an Out & About to Fernhill Wetlands. Please send your child to school with layers of clothes, a rain jacket, comfortable shoes and/or rain boots, and a water bottle.
- Friday, April 8th NO SCHOOL for students. (Teacher In-Service Day)
- Thursday, April 14th, Student-Led Conferences. Please call the office at 503-359-4600 to schedule a 20-minute conference. Conference times are available 9 a.m.-noon (last morning slot 11:30 a.m.) and 3-7 p.m. (last evening slot 6:30 p.m.). We recommend calling as soon as possible to find a time that works best for you. As the name indicates, students, rather than teachers, guide the conferences. They share with you what they have been working on in class and what they’re most proud of.
- Thursday, April 21st, Out & About to Chehalem Ridge Nature Park. Please send your child to school with layers of clothes, a rain jacket, comfortable shoes and/or rain boots, and a water bottle.