Saturday, October 15, 2016

Week in Review--Community Helpers


In reading this week, we learned about the setting in a story. We learned that the setting is where the story takes place and where the characters are in the story. We read several community helper books and talked about the setting in the story and how sometimes the setting changes in the story.   

We also learned all about the -ad family. We built words in the -ad family, we went on a word hunt where we chopped the sounds up in the word and found it in a pile of other -ad words and we practiced rhyming with all of the words in the -ad family.

Our vocabulary words this week went with the story Good Morning Digger. We loved learning all about the words cement, early, vacant, community, weeds and welding. On Thursday, we shared our creations that we made during iPad reading time using ChatterPix where we took a picture of a community helper and described his/her job using the app! We did this to review what a community is and who some of the people are that live in a community.

Our new sight words: like, and
**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:
  • ChatterPix: This week we used the app ChatterPix to take a picture of a community helper and describe his/her job using the app and recording their voice.
  • Sky Writer: This week students practiced writing our first nine weeks sight words using the app Sky Writer. This app takes your writing and then has an airplane come out when you are finished to rewrite what your wrote using an airplane’s jet stream!
  • Students also continued to practice Reading Eggs, EPIC and QR listening books.

  • Numbers Pizza: This week students use an app called Numbers Pizza. This app is filled with counting practice, number recognition and more. They LOVED using this app!
  • Students also continued using Book Creator and creating their own math journals this week. We will complete a few entries in our math journals as a whole group for a couple more weeks and then students will enter their own entries in independently.


Writer’s Workshop this week focused on using shapes and lines when drawing our illustrations as well as using our sight words to create and write sentences. We always should write our sight words correctly, but then we learned that when writing unknown words we can stretch that word out and write the beginning sound we hear and write down any other sounds we hear when we say the word really slowly!


Our math vocabulary word this week was pattern. We learned all about different types of patterns. We practiced patterns that had two colors and even practiced apps that have more than two colors! We name our patterns using letters. We call the patterns ABAB patterns or ABC, AAB, ABB and so on! We will continue to practice patterns throughout the school year.


This week was all about COMMUNITY HELPERS!
  • Monday--We had a community helper come into visit us today. We had a veterinarian visit and talk to us about her job helping animals.
  • Tuesday--We had a community helper come into visit us today. We had a police officer visit us and talk about his job helping the community. .
  • Wednesday--We had a community helper come into visit us today. We had our school nurse come and talk to us about her job as a nurse.
  • Thursday--We completed a community helper book and talked about all of the jobs in the book.
  • Friday--We shared all of our community helper people and shared what job we want to be when we grow up!

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 is all about having EMPATHY. We started the week off by watching the next video on Class Dojo about our emotions and sometimes we can feel stuck in a maze when we are not feeling very happy. We then continued the week by reading a feelings book and acting out each of the feelings throughout the book. On Wednesday and Thursday we read a story called Wemberly Worried and wrote a list of things she was worried about and things we worry about. We talked about why things worry us and that it is okay to worry but it’s also important to learn from those worries that sometimes our worrying is proven to show that there isn’t a need to worry at all. On Friday, we finished the week off by going on a feelings hunt around the school. We talked about how when we show empathy we use our eyes, ears and heart to show we are recognizing how others feel. We walked around the school and completed a chart that had several feelings on it and would circle one of the feelings if we saw someone around the school showing that feeling. When we got back to our room, we shared the feelings we noticed.

A few discussion questions to talk with your child at home about this topic:
--Do you think your actions can cause feelings in other people? Name a time you think your actions affected someone else.
--Mojo learned about The Maze! What is The Maze? And, what does it prevent us from seeing?
--Ask a grownup in your life to describe a time they have been in The Maze.

Have your child create and complete patterns using items around your house!

Next Week:
  • In reading we will practice syllables and text features.
  • In writing we will continue Writer’s Workshop writing sentences and writing all the sounds we hear in a word!
  • In math we will learn the vocabulary word “sort”.
  • Our theme next week is all about Fire Safety!
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.

  • 10/14 End of 1st Nine Weeks
  • Week of 10/17-10/21 Parent/Teacher Conferences (If you do not know when your conference time is, please contact me ASAP)
  • 10/26--Grandparent Fair 10-11 AM (please complete the form and/or message me back on the event on text that I sent out)

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