Yummy Yogurt!

We had a great lesson today from Mrs. Garrett at Nutrition Services! She taught us about food groups and helped the class make a yummy snack with yogurt, blueberries, and granola. The kids had a fun time making and eating their snack. They are expert yogurt parfait makers now so I think all the parents should definitely demand breakfast in bed this weekend! Haha!

Learning Lately

Reading: We are reading and spelling so many words and working hard to hear all the sounds in a word! Vowel sounds can be tricky! We are working on hearing short and long vowel sounds in words as well. We continue to work on memorizing sight words and applying that knowledge to reading and writing. We began our non fiction unit by reading to learn about iguanas. We also have a stuffed animal “pet” iguana our class is taking care of.

Writing: We began non fiction or informational writing. We began making a book about iguanas. We made our cover with the title and the author, drew diagrams of an iguana and wrote a sentence about what parts an iguanas have. We will continue writing facts next week to complete our books!

Math: We continued our work with counting and skip counting. We solved a number story about having enough seats at a party. We worked on showing the number story using pictures, numbers and words as well as showing how we solved the problem.

Science and Social Studies: We learned a little more about Dr. King this week. We celebrated Beulah Ralph’s birthday and talked about how she helped kids in CPS during desegregation. We are taking care of Lizzy the iguana(she is non living but we are pretending she is living) based on what living things need.

Learning about Martin Luther King Jr.

We have spent some time digging into some complex topics related to Civil Rights and Dr. King. This is a tough but important topic to get into with little kids. The kids did well trying to wrap their minds around the injustice in our history as a country as well as how this injustice can still play out today.

Here we are joining hands as brothers and sisters, no matter our skin color!

Here are some of resources that we enjoyed as a class and some that are good for adults to educate themselves.

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/teaching-about-kings-radical-approach-to-social-justice

 

Learning Lately

Reading: We are reading and spelling so many words and working hard to hear all the sounds in a word! Vowel sounds can be tricky! We are working on hearing short and long vowel sounds in words as well. We continue to work on memorizing sight words and applying that knowledge to reading and writing. We read some important books about Dr. King this week as well.

Writing: We wrapped up personal narrative this week and wrote our very best personal narratives. I will be sharing that writing with you at parent teacher conferences later this month. Next week we will start informational writing.

Math: We went on a shape walk around the school and found so many shapes to draw. We also practice 10 frame “quick looks” to see numbers quickly (rather than count everything by ones) so the kids develop a sense of how larger numbers are made up of combinations of smaller numbers.

Science and Social Studies: We had some interesting weather discussions this week. Our cool tool was about being a problem solver. We learned about Dr. King’s important work by reading books and watching videos to hear Dr. King speak and see what the March on Washington was like. We also briefly discussed the history that led to the need for civil rights work and how we can help continue Dr. King’s work today.

Learning Lately

Reading- We continued working on sight word memorization this week. We learned about long and short vowel sounds. We applied our letter knowledge this week to tapping and spelling simple consonant-vowel-consonant words this week. We are working hard to hear the middle sound and choose the correct vowel as well as use correct letter formation as we spell. Reading groups are going well. Each group works on skills the children need to work on to become better readers like predicting, retelling the story, tapping words, practicing sight words, review letter names and sounds, and using picture clues to figure out unknown words.

Writing- We worked on stretching out or tapping words to make sure we write a letter for every sound we hear in the word. We continued to practice writing sentences with a capital at the beginning, words, word spaces, and punctuation.

Math: We continued building our number sense by playing games with 10 frames and breaking apart the number 10 into various combinations. We continue to practice counting skills. We got to start using our math books this week and will have more written work in math.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about if animals can laugh! We continued learning about weather. Mrs. Davison taught us about growth mindset and how our brains need to be challenged to learn!

Growth Mindset

Today our counselor, Mrs. Davison taught us about something so important…the growth mindset! We can do hard things to help our brains grow! We have to keep trying new things and we will keep getting smarter! Even grown ups can learn new things!