Friday, December 2, 2016

Week in Review-Gingerbread

Reading:

In reading this week, we learned about the reading strategy “Summarize a text”. We learned that when you summarize you tell someone about a book or any story but do not need to give several key details. When you summarize you say 2-3 sentences to give the basic meaning of what the story was about. This concept was a little hard for most of the class to understand because we are used to telling the main idea, supporting details and retelling the beginning, middle and end of a story. We like to give lots of detail! Having to switch things up and leave out a lot of detail but still get the point across of what the story was about is more difficult than one might think!

We also learned all about the -og family. To kick off our learning of this word family, we watched a video that had us reading and learning new words that end with the -og sound. We built words in the -og family, we went on a word hunt where we chopped the sounds up in the word and found it in a pile of other -og words and we practiced rhyming with all of the words in the -og family.



Our vocabulary words this week went with the story The Gingerbread Man. We loved learning all about the words batter, dough, glaze, sow, single and delicious. .

Our new sight words: he, in

**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
  • Gingerbread Cookie/ChatterKid: We used these two apps to create a gingerbread by first mixing the batter, rolling out the dough, baking and finishing up by decorating the cookie. After decorating, we saved a picture of the cookie and we recorded ourselves saying something that if we were a gingerbread man what would we run away from as fast as we could!.
  • Google Classroom: We uploaded our gingerbread cookie recordings into Google Classroom. We are getting better and better at learning how to do this task independently!
  • Word Wagon: This is a new app where students pick an image and build the letters that make up that word!





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.
  • Animal Math: Students used the animal math game this week to practice addition problems!










Writing:

Writer’s Workshop this week, we learned all about ending punctuation! We learned why we have to have punctuation at the end of a sentence and the three most common types of punctuation...the period, exclamation mark and the question mark. We learned what type of sentences each of these symbols would be found at the end and we are working on remembering to add them into our own writing.

We also learned how to write write creative stories this week by writing a fantasy story in the same format of a true story. We have worked so hard learning how to write a true story, that learning how to write a fantasy story was an easy transition. The class was excited to be able to add in silly characters and things the characters do that really could not happen in real life but make for a funny story! We also learned how to add a speech bubble to our illustrations to show the characters talking to one another.





Math:

Our math vocabulary word this week was the word “addends”. We learned that the two numbers being put together in an addition sentence are called “addends”.

Our math focus this week was all about addition! We learned that you can use several different strategies to solve addition problems. We learned how to use math tools, a number line and even draw a picture. We also learned that sometimes we don’t need any strategies other than our brain! There are some addition problems we just know by memory too!







Content:

This week was all about Thanksgiving!
  • Monday--We read the book The Gingerbread Boy.
  • Tuesday--We read the book The Gingerbread Man and The Gingerbread Mouse.
  • Wednesday--We read the book The Gingerbread Baby.
  • Thursday--We completed a craft to go along with the story The Gingerbread Baby where we created a gingerbread house out of paper and put a gingerbread baby in it, just like the character in the story did.
  • Friday--We went on a gingerbread hunt around the school! We were going to eat gingerbread cookies and someone peeked in the oven too soon and they all jumped out and took us on a wild goose chase around the school! Finally, we were able to find them back in our classroom and we were sure to gobble them up before they ran away again.


















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 HONESTY and knowing the difference between telling a “squeal” on someone or if it’s a “big deal”. We read the story Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a Big Deal and learned the difference between kid sized problems and adult problems. The kid sized problems are ones that can be handled by kids and if there is something or someone being hurt or injured that would be a problem that an adult needs to handle. We sorted out different scenarios where we had to decide as a class if they were a squeal or considered a big deal and why. It was a great discussion and we are all well on our way to becoming our own problem solvers!

A few discussion questions to talk with your child at home about this topic:
--What is an example of a kid sized problem?
--What is an example of an adult sized problem?
--Why is it important to not tell an adult about everything that happens?



Something EXTRA:

We have a classroom elf arrive from the North Pole this week. We started off right away giving him a name and continuing to be on our best behavior at school. One day he didn't move from his spot and we realized he had a cold just like several of us in class! When we went to music and came back he was holding a tissue! What a silly elf. We named him "Bun Bun". We are having so much fun with him and are excited he will be with us for the next couple of weeks!




PRACTICE AT HOME:
Have your practice basic addition facts under 10! Encourage them to use math tools (any small items you have around the house to help them add like cereal, small toys or even pennies), a number line or have them draw a picture to solve the problem. .

Next Week:
  • In reading we will focus on asking and responding to questions.
  • In writing we will continue focusing on true stories, fantasy stories and publishing finished stories into Book Creator and uploading them into Google Classroom
  • In math we will focus on length and weight
  • Our theme next week is all about the Grinch!

 
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.


  • 12/7--Hour of Code (at school during the morning)
  • 12/7--Reindeer Stem Activity (during the afternoon)
  • 12/8--Barnes and Noble Night
  • 12/9--Grinch Day
  • 12/9--Spirit Day Wear PJ’s

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Week in Review--Thanksgiving!

Reading:

In reading this week, we reviewed and practiced the reading strategies retell a familiar story, respond to questions about a book and relate a personal experience to a story. These strategies help children with their comprehension of a story and relating events in a story to themselves helps students remember the events and even to predict what might happen.

We also learned all about the -it family. To kick off our learning of this word family, we watched a video that had us reading and learning new words that end with the -it sound. We built words in the -it family, we went on a word hunt where we chopped the sounds up in the word and found them in a pile and fed the words to our turkey who gobbled them up!


Our vocabulary words this week went with the story Bread Comes to Life. We loved learning all about the words crop, golden, sprout, sturdy, grind and patch.

Our new sight words: she, you

**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
  • Hand Turkey/ChatterKid: We used these two apps to create a turkey out of our hand and then make that turkey talk! We recorded ourselves saying something that we are thankful for during this holiday season.
  • Google Classroom: We uploaded our turkey recordings into Google Classroom. We are getting better and better at learning how to do this task independently!
  • Tellagami: A few students did not have a chance to complete their tellagami videos from last week, so we had it as a choice again. Once they finished and uploaded to Google Classroom they were able to go practice with the app Partners in Rhyme.



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.
  • Geoboard: Students used a geoboard app to create various pictures using shapes and the rubber bands on the app!


Writing:

Writer’s Workshop this week was continuing to focus on writing a True Story. We learned how to use a writer’s checklist to make sure we are getting all of the pieces to a true story and writing that we need before we are finished with the piece. We also learned about speech bubbles and wrote what we are thankful for in the speech bubble to go with our turkeys!






Math:

We reviewed all of our math vocabulary words this week and our number stories. We also practiced addition, counting and 3D shapes!

Students have a few new choices during independent work time. They are practicing subitizing with dominoes and then “driving” them into a parking lot that matches the number on the domino, they are able to do a number of the day entry using white boards and the last new choice is practicing different ways to make a number. For that last choice, students are using number bracelets or math tools to help determine different ways to make a number. The students then write the addition sentence on a recording page.




Content:

This week was all about Thanksgiving!

  • Monday--We shared our turkey’s in disguise!
  • Tuesday--We made our fest outfits!
  • Wednesday--We made a place mat for our feast and turned ourselves into turkeys! We also had our feast in our classroom during lunch!











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 GRATITUDE. We watched a video where Kid President told us things he is thankful for and then we completed a chart coming up with ideas of people, places and things we are thankful for. We learned that “gratitude” is a fancy word for thankful and this week the entire country focuses on being thankful for their life.

A few discussion questions to talk with your child at home about this topic:
--What is one thing you are thankful for at home? Why?
--What is one thing you are thankful for at school? Why?
--What is one thing you are thankful for about another person? Why?





PRACTICE AT HOME:
When reading a story, have your child connect something about the story to his/her life and retell their story using a beginning, middle and end just like in the book.

Next Week:
  • In reading we will focus on sequencing a story.
  • In writing we will write fiction stories.
  • In math we will focus on addition.
  • Our theme next week is all about Gingerbread!

 
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.

  • 11/24-11/25--NO SCHOOL THANKSGIVING
  • 12/2--Spirit Day MME Gear
  • 12/8--Barnes and Noble Night
  • 12/9--Spirit Day Wear PJ’s

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Week in Review--Pilgrims and Native Americans

Reading:

In reading this week, we learned the reading strategy “Analyze Characters”. With each book we read we discussed the characters in detail. We talked about how characters can change throughout a story. We also discussed if any characters had a conflict they had to deal with and learned how they dealt with the conflict. There were even a few characters that we read about that did not change at all throughout the story!

We also learned all about the -ig family. To kick off our learning of this word family, we watched a video that had us reading and learning new words that end with the -ig sound. We built words in the -ig family, we went on a word hunt where we chopped the sounds up in the word and found it in a pile of other -ig words and we practiced rhyming with all of the words in the -ig family.

Our vocabulary words this week went with the story Owl Moon. We loved learning all about the words echo, statue, bright, shadow, minute and brave.

Our new sight words: got, his

**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
  • Popplet: We used the app Popplet to write and type word family words. We then saved the image and uploaded it to Google Classroom!
  • Google Classroom: We began to turn assignments in this week using Google Classroom. This is an app where each student has a specific ID that is associated with their school Google account. When completing an assignment on the iPad, students learn how to save the assignment and turn it in using this app. We turned in two different assignments this week using Classroom.
  • Tellagami: After listening to information on the app Pebble Go, students created a video using Tellagami where they took a picture of a Thanksgiving scene and recorded their voice so the character in the video is describing something they learned about the holiday. Students then saved the video and uploaded it to Google Classroom!










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.
  • Geoboard: Students used a geoboard app to create various pictures using shapes and the rubber bands on the app!


Writing:

Writer’s Workshop this week we continued to learn how to write a True Story. We  learned the difference between writing that is easy to read and writing that is hard to read. We created a list for each option. Later in the week students helped me correct my own writing that was hard to read. My examples varied from each day. My writings were hard to read because they were too squished together and needed meatball spaces, they were too spread apart and needed to be closer, the sight words were misspelled, my picture didn’t match my words and I didn’t write down all of the sounds I heard. Sometimes I even wrote letters down that I didn’t hear in a word. All of those things are ways that make our writing hard to read.


Math:

Our math vocabulary word this week was add. We learned what it means to add two or more things together. We also finished up learning the different ways to make numbers 6-9. We will finish up our number stories next week with the number 10!

Students have a few new choices during independent work time. They are practicing subitizing with dominoes and then “driving” them into a parking lot that matches the number on the domino, they are able to do a number of the day entry using white boards and the last new choice is practicing different ways to make a number. For that last choice, students are using number bracelets or math tools to help determine different ways to make a number. The students then write the addition sentence on a recording page.











Content:

This week was all about Nocturnal Animals!
  • Monday--We read a story about the first Thanksgiving.
  • Tuesday--We focused on the Pilgrims and learned how they lived.
  • Wednesday--We focused on the Native Americans and learned how they lived.
  • Thursday--We completed Pilgrim and Native American crafts.
  • Friday--We retold the story of the first Thanksgiving using our Pilgrim and Native American puppets. Students each had a job, one was the videographer (using the iPad) and another was the director telling them to go and stop and the rest of the students were either a Pilgrim or a Native American.




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 to learn about PERSEVERANCE. We watched the third and final video on Class Dojo where Katie does not give up and gets herself out of the dip! We practiced several ideas this week where we worked on perseverance. We tried carrying an object using a fly swatter and if the object fell we learned from our mistake and persevered to keep going and complete the task. Another day we played catch with a ball and learned that if we couldn’t catch it very well, we can keep trying and get out of the dip. On Friday, we each set a goal of something we would like to accomplish. These goals could be at school or home or anywhere! I am excited to watch these students keep trying and not giving up to achieve these goals. Ask your child what he/she chose as their goal and please let me know if they do in fact reach that goal. We plan to celebrate any students who meet their goal that they set. See the picture below to see all of our goals!



A few discussion questions to talk with your child at home about this topic:
--Often we use the word "best" as our goal. How else can we phrase our goal to allow for a growth mindset?
--How can you "learn new ways to improve?" Give an example from your week.
--What kind of attitude should we have when we see others who are rock stars and we aren't rock stars yet?

Other:
We said goodbye to our Title One teacher aide this week. Mrs. Popp has been so much fun in our classroom and she is now moving on to a new job at McCutcheon. We are so excited for her but we will miss her! She brought us yummy cookies to say goodbye!



PRACTICE AT HOME:
When reading a story, have your child make a mind movie while you are reading. Have them describe to you what is happening in their mind.
Next Week:
  • In reading we will review several strategies we have learned.
  • In writing we will continue to write a true story and a Thanksgiving writing!
  • In math we will review our ways to make 1-10!
  • Our theme next week is all about Turkeys and Thanksgiving!

 
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.



  • 11/24-11/25--NO SCHOOL THANKSGIVING
  • 12/2--Spirit Day MME Gear
  • 12/8--Barnes and Noble Night
  • 12/9--Spirit Day Wear PJ’s