The Week in Rimon
Rimon students have completed their Kevin Henkes posters! If you are in the school, please stop to look at the amazing posters hanging outside the first grade classroom. They are beautifully illustrated with lots of details from the books. Each poster includes the following information about the book: the characters, the setting, a text-to-text connection, a text-to-self connection and a reason that the child likes that particular book. For the culmination of our unit, as a class we composed a letter to Mr. Henkes and sent him pictures of our posters.
Now that we have finished our author study of Kevin Henkes, we are beginning to learn about writing personal narratives. More specifically, the children will be learning to write small moment stories, stories with lots of rich detail about a “small” moment in time.
Fundations lessons have focused on the suffix S. The children have been learning to write the “base word” first and then add the letter S when appropriate. We also learned that sometimes the suffix S sounds like a regular S, for instance in the word shops, and sometimes it makes the same sound as the letter Z, for instance in the word, bugs.
In math, we have been learning about geometry. We began by examining plane shapes and have moved onto studying solid shapes. Ask your children to share with you some attributes of the following solid shapes: spheres, cubes, rectangular prisms, cylinders, pyramids and cones.
Science has continued to revolve around the stars. At present, the children are learning about the constellations. We have read some of the stories about them and the children are very excited about our upcoming trip to the Museum of Science where we will see the show at the Planetarium.
Rimon social scientists have begun a unit about American “upstanders.” We will be exploring the lives of a number of Americans who have used their voices to speak out about injustice. This unit will culminate in our learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in time to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday.