Friday, September 4, 2015

Week in Review--Families


This week in reading we focused on print concepts of a book. The main things we learned and practice each day were…front cover, back cover, spine, title page, where to start reading, where to go after the sentence if finished and where to go after the pages have been read. We also talked about spaces in between words and word by word matching. Word by word matching focuses on touch the word and matching it to the word you say as you are reading. It helps you not skip any words and to read the correct words on the page.

We also learned a new Daily 5 choice this week to add to our Read to Self and Work on Writing choices. We learned all about Word Work! Word work is a choice where students practice writing and using letters of the alphabet and class names. We practice these by using dry erase boards, Play-doh and Magna Doodles. We will eventually introduce more items to word work but for now we will stick with these three things.


In writing this week our letters of the week were Jj, Qq, Uu, Ss and Bb. We had so much fun learning, singing, writing, exploring and creating this week with these five letters. We are getting close to being through with the entire alphabet! We will then move forward to a Writer’s Workshop format for our writing time.

This week we had a lot of fun with the letters, we created jelly fish, Q-tip painting, designed our own silly pairs of underpants, added stripes and spots to a sssssssssssnake and created the letter Bb out of pipe cleaners and beads! So much fun!


In math this week we continued to focus on shapes. In learning about the shapes, we counted and learned about the number of sides and corners each shape has. We practiced this by using Popsicle sticks and marshmallows to create the shapes with sides and corners and then later in the week explored with a variety of math tools to create various pictures out of shapes. We had some really creative ideas!



Houston….we have liftoff! Our iPads have been launched! We have started using our iPads for morning work and then throughout the day during writing and a few free time moments. We began with learning the basics of the iPads and started with one of our favorite reading apps—Learning A-Z (formerly Raz-Kids) and a letter tracing app! We will continue to learn and grow with our iPads every day! I am excited to see them become more and more comfortable and to start creating some really neat projects!

Doing a fantastic job waiting patiently in line to get materials!



This week was all about FAMILY! We shared pictures and stories of our families every day. The end of the week we completed a picture all about the members in our family. I think it’s safe to say this group definitely LOVES their families!

Next Week:
  • In reading we will learn the CAFE strategy "Check for Understanding".
  • In writing we will continue with letters in the alphabet.
  • In math we will focus on finding different ways to show the numbers 1-5!
  • Our theme next week is all about colors!
Important Dates/Information:
  • 9/16 School Pictures
  • 9/30 Field Trip to Exploration Acres (please send in money)
  • 10/9 End of First 9 Weeks
  • 10/19-10/22 Parent/Teacher Conferences

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