## Monday, December 15, 2014

### Week in Review--Grinch Week!

Poem of the Week!﻿

-Our sight words this week were the words “did” and “on”!

-We worked this week on the word family –op.  We generated words that belong in the –op family.  There were a lot!

-We also worked on sounding out CVC words- specifically the vowel sounds

-We  reviewed comparing and contrasting characters from stories

-We practiced answering questions about text using How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

-The CAFÉ strategies we worked on this week were

“Compare and Contrast”

1. Talk about characters in stories you read together.  How are they the same?  How are they different?  How is the character like themselves?  How is the character different?

Writing:

-This week in writing we focused middle sounds in words

-We reviewed the vowels and their sounds

-We worked on adding the middle vowel sound to CVC words

-We told a personal experience story by adding the final word to each sentence and the ending punctuation.

-We also added some new words to our word wall!

Math:

-We used shapes to make a picture and then drew what we had created.

-We worked on comparing numbers to identify which one was larger

-We used iPads in math for the first time this week!

Raz-Kids

These students moved up one or more levels in the reading program Raz-Kids that they can complete and practice both in class and at home!

Congratulations to the students who made it to the November Homework Club lunch celebration!﻿

Content:

-This week our theme was Christmas.

-We made ornaments on Tuesday with parent volunteers.

-We celebrated Grinch Day on Friday with many reading and writing activities.

Next week:

--Our theme next week will continue to be Christmas

--In writing we will be making a new 3 page book

--In math, we will be reviewing number writing

--In reading, we will focus on making inferences and supporting with evidence

--Thursday is Polar Express Day!!!   Wear pajamas to school.  Be ready for lots of fun!

## Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Poem of the week!﻿

-Our sight words this week were the words “how” and “is”!

-We worked this week on the word family –ap.  We generated words that belong in the –ap family.  There were a lot!

-We also worked on sounding out unfamiliar CVC words

-We  continued to work on responding to questions about a story

-We talked about summarizing the plot of a book

-The CAFÉ strategies we worked on this week were

“Responding to Questions

“Summarizing”

2. Ask you child what happened at the beginning of the story.  Continue to talk about the story by asking “Then what?”  This will help with summarizing and the sequence of events.

Writing:

-This week in writing we focused on what words need to be capitalized when we write out CVC words to connect the writing to the work we are doing with word families

-We looked at a page from Mrs. Stevens’s book and added a second sentence to the page to give more detail.

-We got a new Writer’s Checklist to use to check our writing.

-We used our new checklist to correct pages that our classmates have written

-We started a new 3 page book!

Math:

-In math this week we worked on writing the numbers 0-20.  Each student practiced the numbers that they were having difficulty forming correctly

-We played Number War (Math with Someone) which allows us to practice reading numbers in different forms and compare them to determine which one is larger

-We worked on drawing 2D shapes.  Students will be practicing drawing 2D shapes in a new “Math by Myself” station next week

-We reviewed 3D shapes

ELF ON THE SHELF
-Our elf arrived on Monday.  We read the story of Elf on the Shelf and named our elf Chippy.  He is watching our class carefully every day.  He seems to enjoy being up high where he can see everything.

Content:

-This week our theme was gingerbread.

-We read various versions of the Gingerbread Man story pilgrim to life today.

-We chased our gingerbread man all over school when he turned into a cookie and ran away!  Then we ate him!

Other:

Every year we have a special store in our school around the holidays called "The Penguin Patch". This store has items at a ridiculously reduced price for students to bring money to purchase gifts for friends and family. We just love everything about this store! The best part is seeing their little faces light up with excitement to choose a gift for someone special and purchasing it on their own just like a grown up!

Next week:

--In writing we will be reviewing vowel sounds and adding the middle vowel sound to words.

--In math, we will be reviewing addition and shapes.

--In reading, we will focus on relating stories to ourselves and compare and contrast.

--Our theme next week will be Christmas

--Friday is Grinch Day!!!   Wear green to school.

## Wednesday, December 3, 2014

### Week in Review--Pilgrims and Native Americans!

**Somehow I misplaced the information to write about this week. Since I am on maternity leave, I am not certain exactly what went on in the classroom all week. Therefore, I will just be posting the pictures and video from this week and no captions. So sorry!﻿

Poem of the Week!﻿