Mrs. Petitti & Mrs. Read - Primary Multiage

petittiReading/Writing:  For the past couple of weeks the students have been working in small groups during the ELA block.  During this time individual groups are working with instructional text to build on each student's reading abilities. Each group is working on the following: Word Work (phonics), grammar, fluency, comprehension strategies and writing skills. The children enjoyed the variety of genre and the group discussions about the text.

The children were excited to use the friendly letter format to write their moms a very special Mother's Day note!  Students have been learning about contractions (didn't - did not).  The children have used them during Morning Meeting as a way to greet their friends, and they also played a memory game with a partner and much more.
Science:  Primary Multiage scientists have been busy! They have spent the past few Thursday mornings working in the raised bed gardens outside. Amelia Reynolds has generously donated her time and gardening knowledge to help the students prepare the soil and plant some seeds. So far, they have planted carrots, radishes, parsnips, swiss chard, spinach, bush beans, onions, and some flowers. Primary Multiage scientists have also been working to answer the challenging focus question, 'What happens when objects collide?' Students have been constructing ramps to create slopes for balls to travel down and attempting to get the balls to change direction by colliding with another object. They have concluded that creating a collision is fairly simple, but getting the object to move in a desired direction is not so simple!
Math: Children have been using dominos and fact triangles to practice fact families. Fact families deepen their understanding of the relationship between addition and subtraction, (e.g. 3 + 2 = 5, 2 +3 = 5, 5 -3 = 2, 5 - 2 = 3). Children practiced how to identify characteristics of attribute blocks and enjoyed sorting the blocks. They also enjoyed making an attribute train. Students learned the "What's My Rule?" routine and used it to practice finding unknown numbers in number sentences. This activity provides practice with number patterns and arithmetic facts as well as a format for thinking about relationships between pairs of numbers in a function. Children have been practicing how to tell time to the hour on an analog clock and a digital clock. We enjoyed learning and playing a few new games: Salute, Shaker Addition, TricTrac (games reinforce addition and subtraction facts), Time Match (matching digital time to an analog clock).
Our last family Math Morning will be Monday, June 5 from 8:05-8:30 a.m.

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