Friday, March 18, 2016

Week in Review--Weather (part 2)


Our CAFE strategy this week was focused on “Name the Problem and Solution”. When we read, we often recognize common elements of a story that include plot, character, setting, problem and solution and theme. We use these elements to help us infer what will happen next. As readers, when we identify and understand these elements, we store this information to help us remember and comprehend what the story is about. Literary elements work together to form the story and make it interesting. We learn literary elements separately, but we combine them when reading to give us a better understanding of the story. It is important that children specifically look for these elements as they first learn them. It is through exposure and practice that readers become good at using these elements to comprehend text.

How can you help your child with this strategy at home?

1. When reading a story with your child, discuss the character. Begin by asking your child who or what the story is about.
2. After determining the character, see if your child is able to tell you where and when the story occurs. Ask your child how they were able to determine the setting? Did he/she use pictures, words, or infer to establish the setting?
3. Continue to read the selection and discuss with your child important events that occur in the story. Ask your child what the problem is in the story and how the problem was solved.
4. Conclude the story by talking about the theme of the story. The theme is the underlying message, or meaning, of the story. Encourage your child to use what they know about the characters, setting, and plot to help determine the theme.

Our vocabulary words this week were:
  • prey
  • den
  • cub
  • blend
  • scraps
  • pounces


We wrote two different types of weather reports this week! The first report we completed with a partner by taking a picture of a specific type of weather, writing a fact about that weather, adding effects to the font and transition of the words and recorded our voice. The finished product was a movie we created using an app called Shadow Puppet Edu.

Our second weather report this week was a writing lesson where we pretended to be a weather reporter and was giving the forecast for the day. We used an app called Tellagami where we drew the background showing the type of weather and recorded our voice to go along with the character we created to explain and give the forecast. We tried to make sure to give facts and/or advice to our listeners about how to prepare for the type of weather we were forecasting! We finished by sending the video to Google Classroom and sharing with the class.



We learned a new math concept this week...ADDITION STORY PROBLEMS. We practiced as a group and with partners telling our own story problems and answering others story problems. We focus on writing the answer and/or challenging ourselves to write the addition sentence to the story problem as well. It is also important to remember to say the unit/item that is being told in the story with your answer. For example, if the story problem was “I went to the pantry and took out 4 cookies. I then took out two more. How many cookies did I take from the pantry?” The answer would not only be 6 but 6 cookies. .


This week was all about weather and fun we have with weather. We also took a little break from weather on Thursday and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with an entire day-o-fun!

  • Monday we completed a Popplet to go along with the story Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. We decided if we could have any food fall from the sky, what type of food would we choose!
  • Tuesday, we went outside on a walk around the school to enjoy the sunshine!
  • Wednesday, we shared our weather reports with the class.
  • Thursday, was all about St. Patrick’s Day!
    • When the students arrived the tables were green and there was a green doorway sign they had to walk through to get in the room!
    • They created rainbow binoculars to help find the leprechaun.
    • We realized the leprechaun changed our poem to his own poem about him!
    • Mrs. Brown caught the leprechaun and one of his pieces of gold and then he took it away from her and POOF he was gone!
    • He left us clues to find his pot of gold though and we solved all the clues, but only found a pot of Skittles. We didn’t mind though, they were yummy!
    • We painted a leprechaun using orange paint and fork to make his beard!
    • We finished the day by enjoying some ice cream with Lucky Charms cereal as our topping!
    • What a FUN DAY!
  • Friday, we continued with our weather fun and created a picture to go with our Cloudy With a Chance of _______ from Monday.

Below are SEVERAL pictures and video from our fun filled week!


We were turned into leprechauns!

I had to cut this video because it was really long but we found one coin from the pot of gold and you will see me showing the kids the coin and then POOF a hand comes up and grabs it and disappears! It was so shocking!


Next Week:
  • In reading we will focus on visualizing
  • In writing we will begin our third unit Opinion Writing.
  • In math we will continue to learn about addition & subtraction stories.
  • Our theme next week is all about INSECTS!
Important Dates/Information:
  • 4/8 Spring Pictures
  • 4/29 Spring Carnival
  • 5/5 Muffins for Mom
  • 5/10 Field Trip to Indy Zoo

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