Mrs. Orr’s Classroom
March 15, 2001
Dear Moms and Dads,
On Monday I told the children that it would be nice to have a five day
week. I guess I should not have said anything! However, I did use
part of the day to write an agricultural grant to support our garden. Keep
your fingers crossed that we receive the grant. It involves working with a
local farmer as a partner in our garden adventure. Barb and Kendall
Maynard have agreed to be our partner.
When we arrived back at school last week from vacation, we were astonished
to see how tall our tomato plants have become. I think the growth is going
into the height rather than the fruit. We have seen flowers since February
8th on some of the plants.
The children have completed their individual books about a character named
Monster. We will share them with each other and our learning partners next
Tuesday. The books will arrive home next week. They are
Please be sure to check your child’s back pack for his/her report card
tomorrow. I look forward to seeing most of you next week for our
We have started the extension of our famous American unit. We
generated a list of what we think we know about famous Americans and what we
would like to find out about them. I am going to read a book about Harriet
Tubman to the children next week. I will read a few biographies to the
whole group followed by their independent choice of a famous American to study
in a few weeks. Each child will create an oral presentation and prepare a
project to show special characteristics or accomplishments of the famous person.
This is similar to the presentation the children did about a Native American
I am rereading each of the Red Clover Books to the children to refresh
their memories about the story events in preparation for the voting which will
take place during April. Each child will get a chance to “score” each book
using a rubric I developed. He/she will score the story and the
illustrations. The collections of reviews and scoring rubrics will be
compiled into a book that will arrive home for your enjoyment and
Here are some questions to ask your child this week:
1) What flower in the classroom blossomed again?(amaryllis)
What is happening the the story called The Plant That Ate Dirty
3) How tall are some of the tomato plants?
4) What book
are you reading in your literature group circle?
5) What is your
favorite Red Clover Book? Why is it your favorite?
6) Who is
sitting at your table with you this month?
7) What did you do in studio
Enjoy your sharing time with your child. I am certainly enjoying the
smiles and accomplishments your children are making in school! This is a great
time of year to sit down with the children and show them the level of work they
were doing in September compared to now! I look forward to sharing many
pieces of your child’s work with you next week.