FIELD TRIP TO MAPLE SUGARBUSH
The maple sugar field trip is upon on and we will be going on Thursday (3/10). Here are some important details for you to know as you prepare your child for a day outdoors:
- We will be outside for nearly the entire time (3 hours) and your child needs to be dressed appropriately. Be sure to check for a current forecast before school on Thursday. The forecast is calling for temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s with a god chance of rain. I'm hoping that most of that will occur in the late evening, early morning hours. Cross your fingers. It will be muddy! We strongly recommend rain gear and boots. We recommend dressing your child in layers with a light jacket on top so that he/she can be prepared whatever the temperature.
- Don’t forget to send a snack for your child to eat on the way to the sugarbush. Lunches should be packed in paper or plastic bags and must be labeled. Please do not send tupperware or other containers that your child will need to bring home. NO LUNCHBOXES PLEASE. Children should be able to throw away or recycle everything in their lunches when they are finished. Milk and water will not be available so please send a beverage. Water bottles are recommended in case your child gets thirsty throughout the day. Make sure everything is well-sealed and peanut/tree-nut free.
- Each child should bring a manageable backpack to carry his/her lunch. Books or notebooks, madlibs, & cat’s cradle strings are fine for the long bus trip. We will also have a fun worksheet packet for kids to do on the bus. Other games, electronics or toys are discouraged and we will ask that they be left at school. Your child will be responsible for keeping track of whatever he/she brings. These belongings will be kept on the bus as we have our tour.
- Buses leave at 9:00 a.m. We will return around 2:30 p.m.
- Parent chaperones on the bus include Mary LaBelle and Melissa McMahill. You are also welcome to drive yourself and meet us there. Please let Ms. Harrison know and we will send you directions.
- We have been told that the gift shop will be open for our trip. We ask, however, that only adults enter. Adults may be able to purchase some maple candy or syrup for all to share or to bring home. We may also try to make some pancakes at school next week depending on the schedule. Let Ms. Harrison know if you are interested in helping!
We have been working on comparison word problems where children need to find the difference or the quantity. One example is Cindy scored 27 points. Barb scored 17 points. How many more points did Cindy score? The two quantities are 27 and 17. The difference is 10 and the equation or number model is 27 - 17 = 10.
Another example for finding the quantity is John is 36 years old. He is 6 years older than Sam. How old is Sam? 36 - 6 = 30 These are a great word problems to connect to everyday life. If you get a chance, make up a few for your second grader! This study will lead into algorithms for double-digit subtraction. Ms. Hamilton will be teaching that unit beginning this week.
Today we had an exciting ending to our read aloud, The Giants and the Joneses. Be sure you ask your child about this well-loved book. We were all sad to see it end.
Enjoy the week!