Friday, January 20, 2017

Week in Review--Polar Bears

Reading:

In reading this week, we learning all about the strategy “Predict What Will Happen and Then Confirm”. As adult readers we make predictions often without even realizing it. We do it when we watch movies, read a book, or hear someone tell us a story. It is a way of focusing our attention and motivating us to want to hear or read more. Children benefit from predicting in the same way. Therefore, it is important that we guide them to not only predict what will happen, but to also confirm their predictions. To predict, readers tell what they think will happen in the story. To confirm, readers find out if their predictions were true, partially true, or way off. Using this strategy gives readers the chance to make connections to the text, think ahead, and become more engaged.



To kick off our learning of this week’s word families (that’s right we now have TWO word families), we watched a video that had us reading and learning new words that end with the -ut and -ug sounds. We built words in the -ut and -un families, we went on a word hunt where we chopped the sounds up in the word and found it in a pile of other -ut and -ug words and we practiced rhyming with all of the words in each family.

Our vocabulary words this week went with the story Red Eyes, Blue Feathers. We loved learning all about the words sly, scent, communicate, temperature, survive and mood. Later in the week we reviewed the word




Our new sight words: for, him

**Be sure to keep the white sight word cards from week to week and continue to practice all of them as new ones are sent home every week.

Our Poem of the Week:




iPad Fun:
**Due to the NWEA middle of the year benchmark testing, we did not have iPad choice this week. Our iPads were bundled up with the other kindergarten classes so all students could have an iPad to take the test at the same time in each class. We will pick back up with our iPad choices next week! We also are getting 5 new iPads to add to our classroom and that will put us at a half a class set! We are so excited!




Writing:

Writer’s Workshop this week, we continued to practice writing and filling in the planning/idea page that goes with our information writing unit. We completed one page together as a class to make that three total that we did together and then on Tuesday, students were off on their own writing their own pages about a topic they are experts in! They have to know at least three different facts about the topic in order to be considered an expert. We continued the rest of the week perfecting filling out the planning page. We will work next week on transferring the planning page to a book!




Math:

Math this week we learned all about the vocabulary term minus. We were introduced to a friend of Gus the Plus named Linus the Minus. We learned that he likes to take things away from math problems. Whenever we see or hear his symbol/name we know that we are taking away! We continued through the rest of the week practicing subtraction. We learned a new game for Math by Myself called “Smash It”. The idea of this game has students create Play-doh balls according to the subtraction problem and smash the correct number of balls down that the problem says to take away. Students write the answer on the answer page when finished and move on to the next problem. For the rest of the week practicing subtraction we used our iPads and learned how to subtract using the app Doodle Buddy and used our ten frame paddles too!









Content:

This week was all about Martin Luther King Jr and Polar Animals!
  • Monday--We learned about who Martin Luther King Jr. was and why he was so important. We then completed our own dream pages!
  • Tuesday--We read a small book introducing us to several types of arctic animals!.  
  • Wednesday--We read a story about polar bears.
  • Thursday--We completed a story sequence page that went with the story we read the day before.
  • Friday--We completed our second STEM challenge! Our task was to create a snow den for a polar animal using toothpicks and various sizes of marshmallows. We also tested out whether having "blubber" on our body keeps us warmer than having nothing. We put our hand in a bag of blubber and put it in a bowl of ice water and our hand that wasn't in the blubber and we compared which one felt warmer. We decided we would much rather have the blubber if we were a polar animal!















Click on the link below to see the students sharing their STEM challenges!



Social Emotional Learning (SEL):
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

This week’s SEL focus was continuing our learning about FRIENDSHIP. We started the week off by completing a couple more of our friendship task cards that gave us a situation that friends might encounter and we discussed how we would handle it. We also read a story written by Mo Willems, one of our favorite authors that was about sharing with our friends. We finished the week by discussing how our words affect our friends. We felt sand paper and cotton balls and learned that we want our words to feel more like cotton balls towards others and not sand paper. At the end of the week we worked on showing our friendship skills towards others. Every time a skill was caught or recognized that student(s) received a piece of paper chain to add to our Friendship Chain. Our goal was to have so many students showing friendship that our chain would go from the top of the door and touch the ground by the end of the week. And we did it!

A few discussion questions to talk with your child at home about this topic:
-What is one thing you can do at school to be a good friend?
-What is something you would like for a friend to do for you?
-What is something you love and enjoy doing with your friends?.  





PRACTICE AT HOME:
Have your child tell you about our STEM challenge on Friday. Ask them any challenges or successes they had while working on building the arctic animal den. It was such a fun experiene and the laughter, conversation and teamwork was an absolute teaching WIN to witness!

Next Week:
  • In reading we will focus on “Main Idea and Supporting Details”.
  • In writing we will continue to write Information Writing.
  • In math we will continue working on subtraction!
  • Our theme next week is all about the 100th day of school!

 
Important Dates/Information:
**Go to our classroom webpage if you want to see important dates on a calendar! I will update this classroom calendar as dates and events come about.

  • 1/23--100th Day of School! Be sure to check the orange half piece of paper that came home on Friday!
  • 2/9--Parent University 5:45-7:30PM
  • 2/20--President’s Day NO SCHOOL (make-up snow day if needed)
  • 3/3--Movie Night K-2
  • 3/10--End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  • 3/13-3/17--Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 3/27-3/31--Spring Break NO SCHOOL

Friday, January 13, 2017

Week in Review--Snow!


Reading:

In reading this week, we learning all about the “Author’s Purpose”. We learned that when an author writes it’s for a specific reason. We put these options into three categories with the word “PIE”. Author’s write to “persuade”, “inform” and to “entertain”. We read several books and other various writing this week and discussed the purpose for that writing. We explained why an author would choose to write that particular pieces and if their purpose worked.



We also learned all about the H Brothers family. The brothers are “sh, wh, th, ch”. We sang songs to go with every H Brother, we made puppets to go with each brother and brainstormed a list of words that have that specific brother’s letters and sounds in the word.





Our vocabulary words this week went with the story The Hat. We loved learning all about the words clothesline, startled, perked, woolen, cackled and snorted. Later in the week we reviewed the word “clothesline” by taking our hats and gloves and pretending to wash them like they did before washer and dryers and hung them on a clothesline in our classroom to dry out until recess!



Our new sight words: here, said

Sneak peak into our classroom during our reading block. Students are working on Daily 5 choices, iPad task all while enjoying our flexible seating options throughout the classroom!


Go Noodle is a website where we get our wiggles out! Below is a video of the class having fun during the "secret handshakes" video!





**Be sure to keep the white sight word cards from week to week and continue to practice all of them as new ones are sent home every week.

Our Poem of the Week:





iPad Fun:
Reading
  • Book Creator: We created our own snow stories using book creator this week. The stories could be about things we know about snow, a time we have played in the snow or anything at all that has to do with snow. The only requirement for the stories were each student had to have an illustration, sentence and recording. Once the book was finished, the book was saved to the iPad and uploaded to Google Classroom.
  • Word Family App: We practiced building, reading and sorting various word family words using a word family app.
  • Reading Eggs/QR Books: Third round all students completed lessons in Reading Eggs and/or listened to stories on “tape” using QR codes inside picture books.



**Below are a few examples of stories students created in Book Creator this week:










Math
  • Book Creator: This week students used the app Book Creator on their own by adding a journal entry of the activity number of the day! We have been doing number of the day as a whole class since the first week of school and they are now experts and are able to do this on their own! They rolled a dice to find their number, wrote the number, the number word, drew the dice, tally marks, number of shapes and number line! They finished the activity by recording their voice explaining their thinking and what they did with the number of the day.
  • Moose Math: We practiced subitizing and adding and subtracting while subtizing this week using this app!




Writing:

Writer’s Workshop this week, we began our second writing unit! This unit focuses on writing an informational writing. We learned how we, even at five years old, are already experts at a lot of things. We can use our knowledge from those things to teach others about a topic we know a lot about. We will continue to learn and write in this unit for the next several weeks. This week we created a “Class Experts” chart where we wrote down ideas of what we are experts in. We have to know at least three facts about a topic in order to be an expert and write about the topic. We used that chart to start our first planning page as well this week. We wrote all three things we know about fish as a class and will continue to practice the planning page before writing in books.




Math:

Math this week we learned all about the vocabulary terms greater than, less than and equal to. We compared objects, numbers and more by using these terms throughout the week. We used our class rekenrek’s, math tools and even compared numbers in a Google Slide using the symbols all to show differences between greater than, less than and equal to!





We have a new choice at Math with Someone called “towers”. This game is SO much fun. The partners roll a dice and then build up that many cubes. After building their towers, they compare to see which one is “greater” and it gets to knock down the smaller tower.




Content:

This week was all about WINTER AND SNOW!
  • Monday--We talked about all of the things we know about snow.
  • Tuesday--We watched a video about how snowflakes are made.  
  • Wednesday--We created our own snowmen using 3 circles.
  • Thursday--We made our own snow using conditioner and baking soda.
  • Friday--We took the snow we made the day before and explored with it! We made snowmen, letters, numbers and more!








During Free Play Friday time last week, we didn't have as much time as we usually do. So we did not get out all of our games and toys to explore. Instead, we were allowed to draw and do whatever we want on the white boards! See below how much fun it was!





Social Emotional Learning (SEL):
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

This week’s SEL focus was learning about FRIENDSHIP. We started the week off by reading a story called Stick and Stone. In this story, two friends stick up for one another when the other one is struggling or being picked on by someone else. We talked about how we would feel if someone was picking on us and what a friend could do to help that situation. We continued throughout the week by talking about and watching videos involving friendship. We answered friendship task cards and reflected on ourselves and how we react with our friends in different situations. We finished the week by reading a story called Enemy Pie.



A few discussion questions to talk with your child at home about this topic:
-When was a time you and a friend had a conflict? How did you resolve it?
-How is one way you can make a friend feel special?
-Name a time you encouraged someone else to do something they didn’t think they could do.  


PRACTICE AT HOME:
Have your child tell you something they are an “expert” in and at least 3 facts they know about that topic. Be sure that the facts are not opinions, they have to be three true things they know. This will help in our writing unit!


Next Week:
  • In reading we will focus on “Predict What Happens Next”.
  • In writing we will continue to write Information Writing.
  • In math we will begin working on subtraction!
  • Our theme next week is all about Polar Bears!

 
Important Dates/Information:
**Go to our classroom webpage if you want to see important dates on a calendar! I will update this classroom calendar as dates and events come about.


  • 1/16--MLK Day...We HAVE SCHOOL
  • 1/23--100th Day of School! Be sure to check the orange half piece of paper that came home on Friday!
  • 2/9--Parent University 5:45-7:30PM
  • 2/20--President’s Day NO SCHOOL (make-up snow day if needed)
  • 3/3--Movie Night K-2
  • 3/10--End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  • 3/13-3/17--Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 3/27-3/31--Spring Break NO SCHOOL