Dear 2A Families,
We have had a terrific Spring so far! We enjoyed field trips to the Desert Museum and Sabino Canyon. The students have had the opportunity to observe desert plant and animals in their habitat. At the Desert Museum, we saw many of the animals that the students have been researching for their desert animal reports. At Sabino Canyon, we had a terrific hands-on experience where we learned more about adaptations. Thanks again to all our drivers/chaperones. We couldn’t have gone without you.
The students have been doing such a great job over the last three weeks participating in literature circles. We have read Freckle Juice by Judy Blume and Stone Fox by John Reynolds. Each novel contained challenging vocabulary words which the students worked hard to learn to spell and to understand. We loved both stories and the class had enthusiastic discussions about both! Last week, the students read three different non fiction books about animal habitats, desert cacti, and ocean reefs. After reading individually, the students read together in groups and created presentations to share what they had learned with the rest of the class. We’ve done this before but this time, the kids didn’t know who they would be grouped with because they selected the books that they were interested in reading before they were grouped. They did a great job planning, organizing, and presenting as teams. See the photos below.
We continue to do daily spiral math review so that we revisit and practice all the math we have learned so far this year. Currently, our math lessons that you will see in the homework consist of measurement, fractions, and geometry. In class, we do our number of the day and the spiral math which keeps the kids’ skills fresh in subtraction, multiplication, addition and division problem solving. As always, we have fun telling time, counting money, and keeping track of the daily temperature every morning.
Last week we planted our garden. We had a special guest come help us. My mom, “Mrs.” Allen, is a Master Gardener at the University of Arizona agriculture extension. She had small groups of the students prepare the soil and plant seeds. We are hoping to grow kale, lettuce, spinach, radishes and sunflowers. It was a productive day and we all enjoyed being gardeners!
A FRIENDLY REMINDER: We have been asked to remind families that the courtyard outside our classrooms is not a playground. We need this area to stay quiet and calm in the mornings before we open our classrooms. Thanks!