Learning Lately

Reading- We wrapped up z and qu this week. We also practiced reading the sight words at and not. We also began echo reading the entire sight word list so the kids can get some general practice reading sight words. Much of our work in guided reading groups involved practicing the sight words that were specific to the book each group was reading. The focus of each guided reading group is tailored to the skills of the kids in that group but most groups worked on previewing the book by looking at the pictures before reading, making predictions, reading independently or reading with support, using the pictures to help figure out words and retelling after reading.

Writing- We worked on completing a personal narrative from start to finish. This involves thinking and planning, drawing, adding details, labeling, coloring and writing a sentence. We also worked on making sure our personal narrative was a true story from our life and that our pictures and words show who, what, and where. This is all review but it is difficult for the kids to accomplish so many different things. We needed more practice sticking with our writing until it is truly finished.

Math- We worked on teen numbers this week by practicing identifying teens, ordering teens, and counting quantities in the teens. We continued practicing writing numbers and some of the kids are learning to write their numbers all the way to 100. We also worked on building hexagons using other shapes.

Science and Social Studies- Our cool tool was about tone of voice this week. We enjoyed a mystery science video about why the sky is blue. We began learning about germs and how to sneeze into a tissue or our elbow to keep cold germs to ourselves. We also learned about the importance of hand washing!

Fabulous Hats!

I forgot to post some pictures from the fabulous hats we made before break. We read a silly Thanksgiving story about Thelonius turkey. The basic plot is that Thelonius thinks he is about to become dinner because the farmer Felicia keeps plucking his feathers out. He thinks she is seeing how he is fattening up so he pulls all kinds of pranks to distract her from eating him. In the end it turns out that Felicia was just plucking his feathers for her hat factory so she could make beautiful hats. We got creative and made our own awesome hats!

Learning Lately

A short post for a short week!

Reading: We read and discussed several books on the theme of thankfulness as well as some super silly Thanksgiving books. We practiced the name, sound, and formation of x and y.

Writing: We wrote about a friend from our class we are thankful for and what we like about them. We also took some of our writing and reading time to make fabulous hats inspired by the book Thelonius Turkey lives on Felicia Ferguson’s Farm.

Math: We continued developing our understanding of numbers with dot card Top it as well as exploring calculators, how they work and how we can use them to represent numbers in a different way. We also made a graph of our favorite colors.

Science and Social Studies: We focused on the concept of thankfulness this week. We also were “detective historians” and learned real facts about Thanksgiving and its history from this cool site. We talked about how the traditional story of Thanksgiving is a pretend story or a myth and that there was a special gathering in 1621 but it was not the start of friendship between the English and the Native Americans. At this age, the history of Native Americans after Europeans arrived in North America is not developmentally appropriate because it is too gruesome. At the same time it is important to present even very young children with truthful history that tells the story of all the ethnic groups involved. I would encourage you to take a look at the website if you get a chance-it is pretty interesting!

Thankful Today and Everyday

In our class we make being thankful part of our day everyday. We keep it simple and share a few things we are thankful for at the end of the day before we leave to go home. We challenge ourselves to notice something new to be thankful for each day. This trains our brains to be mindful of the good things that happen each day.

Since thankfulness and gratitude are universal values across cultures it is a great focus for us at school since all students can be included meaningfully in giving thanks. Today we read Bear Says Thanks , a friendship story. We then made a page for another student in the class telling why we are thankful for that student. Some students were absent today but when everyone is back and has completed their page we will read them all as a class.

Learning Lately

Reading: We finished up working on learning the name, sound, and formation of v and w this week. We began learning about x and y and will finish those letters up next week. We continued working on making connections as we read. We read about a variety of fall holidays and made connections to our own life as well as noticing connections between the holidays.

Writing: We continued to work on doing our best spelling by saying the word slowly and writing a letter for every sound we hear. We learned that we do not have to worry about spelling every word correctly, just try our best. We also made birthday cards for Dr. Majerus.

Math: We continued working on sorting by attributes and the attributes of different shapes. We also practiced writing numbers.

Science and Social Studies: We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about why leaves change color in the fall. We read about a variety of fall holidays (some are in the fall this year but not every year depending on the lunar calendar) such as Diwali, Halloween, Trung Thu, and Day of the Dead. We will continue learning about fall holidays next week as well.

Math Resources

In order for children to grow and develop their mathematical thinking, they need to engage in a variety of activities over time. One way to achieve this is using interactive activities on the computer. Listed below are several websites that provide an opportunity for children to engage in important mathematics. You and your child may want to check these out together to determine what is an appropriate developmental match for your child.
https://www.youcubed.org/resource/parent-resources/ – top pick
https://illuminations.nctm.org/Search.aspx?view=search&type=ac – one of the best
http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks1bitesize/numeracy/index.shtml look at carefully; it’s British so some activities may not be suitable because the units are different
http://mathforum.org/sum95/suzanne/active.html lists many links, some are appropriate for young children some are not; look at carefully
http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/math/patterns/logic.html lots of text; will need adult support
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/departments/hiat/websites/math.shtm lots of links to other websites; be cautious and check out the site before your child does
These (AND MANY MORE) can be found by searching for interactive mathematics websites for young children. In your child’s folder this week will be an informational note on how to access Everyday Math games that correspond to our math curriculum.

Yay for the Fast Pass!

Our class earned the Fast Pass! What is the Fast Pass? It is a reward to recognize classes with great behavior at recess and lunch. When a class earns the Fast Pass they get to keep Flash the Timberwolf in their classroom for the week and be the first class to go through the lunch line all week!

Heroes’ Day

What an amazing Heroes’ Day! We had a wonderful turn out of heroes. It was so fun to meet everyone and share our school with you. I loved seeing the kindergarteners share their learning with special adults in their lives. Our assembly was amazing. The students who shared their dreams for America really impressed me with their thoughtfulness and positivity. Here are tons of pictures of the fun!