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November 24th Newsletter

                                                                                                                November 24, 2009

Dear Classroom 120 Families,

              A few weeks ago the Sinfonia Orchestra came to Barton to play classical music for us.  We invited one of the musicians to our room.  His name was Chris and he played the trumpet professionally--he used to play with Prince!  He was terrific with the kids! He showed them the valves of the trumpet and described how it worked, shared stories, and played a few songs that the kids were familiar with.  He even played “Happy Birthday” to Ella while we sang to her!  This concert seemed to have sparked some kids to decide they would like to play an instrument. 

              In Language Arts, we have been making “self to text connections”, reading in groups, and writing small moments that are stretched out and include many details. 

              Our math work has focused on geometry.  First graders have been working to describe shapes, naming shapes, and covering shapes with pattern blocks.  Second graders have been learning about shapes too.  We are identifying vertexes and angles, sorting shapes, and ordering them according to square units.

              We’re excited to go to the Science Museum tomorrow as a culmination of our study of the human body!  We will then be moving into a short unit about the community, then learning about map skills as we begin preparing to send our “flat people” around the world.  I will be asking each of you to send in an address of someone we can “mail” ourselves to, who will respond and help us learn about where they live.  From past experience, I know that it’s helpful to have a few extra addresses of people who will respond to use for some students who may not know anyone who can help with this assignment. 

              I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I am so grateful to be working with such bright, enthusiastic, wonderful children each day.  Thank you for sharing them with me.

                                                                                                  Sincerely,

                                                                                                  Jane Spicer