I hope you are enjoying the sun outside and hope all kids are happy and healthy again and looking forward to coming back to school. For the past two weeks now almost a third of our students was out because of the flue.
So this week we will review the concept of subtraction and look into more advanced subtraction problems in the 20-range. Don't worry if some kids might at first find this new concept frustrating, they will get over it soon, I promise. Just like with addition problems, we will use the splitting up of amounts technique to subtract in steps to ten and then subtract the rest of the amount. Many students already have the skills to talk about their approach to solving problems and to present this to their classmates. That way students learn from each other and develop and extend their range of strategies. So, if you are solving math problems at home with your kids, ask them to talk about their approach or tell you about the steps they take to solve the particular math problem. If your child does Blitzrechnen at home they can start practicing 'einfache Minusaufgaben'. The Blitzrechnen programm will only let you move on if you have mastered the step before. So if kids make mistakes, the App will continue to test them on a level until they are ready for the next one.
We started with another round of our show and tell presentations. Allan told us about his exciting trip to Island, Zoe about Costa Rica and Bruno about his trip to Austria. We located the countries on our map, named their capital city and the continent they are located in an then heard what the students liked most about this country. What was really nice is that students brought in pictures to show us that also included a picture of the country's flag, which I thought was a nice addition. At the end of their short presentation, other students got to ask questions or add something of their own on this topic. Students can choose a place they have visited or would like to visit. Presentations will be short and I will assist the students in their presentations. That way children learn to present and speak in front of their peers.
Secret Reader: Thank you Fionnuala for starting a new round of our secret reader! Please let me know if you also want to join us as a guest reader to share your or your child's favourite book with all students in our classroom. Your identity is kept a secret until you enter our classroom on a scheduled Friday (always 6th period from 12:20-13:05). You can bring along props or a snack that is related to the book and read it aloud and share the fun of reading with the kids. Your child is looking forward to having you visit!
Easter Vacation is from 26 Mar-06 Apr.
Excursion to the Deutsche Oper on May, 7th: We are very lucky to have been invited to a Kinderkonzert at the Deutsche Oper by a big opera lover in Christina's class. He will cover the cost for our whole grade level, which we really appreciate! Our class will take the school bus to this event (€7 per child), because the show ends around 12:00 and we wouldn't be able to get back to school in time. Let me know if you are interested in coming along, you can ride the bus with us or meet us at 10:45 at the Deutsche Oper: https://www.deutscheoperberlin.de/de_DE/calendar/kinderkonzert-freunde-wie-wir.14632985
Excursion to the Fleilandlabor on the 24th of May: This year the topic is frogs. We will visit the pond at the Freilandlabor and take a closer look at all kinds of insects and animals that live in and near a pond. If we are lucky we will catch frogs in different stages of their life cycle to compare them.
Excursion to the Allied Museum in June: With the motto of 'When Chocolate Rained Down from the Skies' we want to take a journey back in time to the Berlin Airlift. Highlights of the tour are the story of the “chocolate pilot” Gail S. Halvorsen and an inside tour of a British Hastings TG 503 airplane used in the Airlift. Students will craft their own “chocolate parachutes” and have them dropped from the Airlift plane.
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