Week in Review: Mo Willems

Poem: Stretching Fun
Sight Word: and

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Reading: This week we continued working with beginning sounds and also introduced a new reading strategy; check to see if the words and pictures match. This week we used a letter mat to recall letter sounds. Each kiddo used a bean bag to toss on the mat. The letter that the bag landed on is the sound that they must produce. The kids love using the letter toss!

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On Friday we introduced a game called ZAP! We sit in a circle and pass a box filled with Popsicle sticks with a letter on each one. The box gets passed around the circle and each kiddo pulls out one Popsicle stick during their turn. They must say the sound of that letter to keep their stick. However, there are a few sticks with the word ZAP on them. When a student pulls out a stick with ZAP on it then they must put all their sticks back in the box. We loved playing ZAP for the first time on Friday to recall letter sounds.

Use the Pictures; Do the Pictures and the Words Match?
When reading with your child at home make sure that the word on the page matches the picture. If the picture is of a coat but the word on the page is jacket, we look at the beginning of the word and check to see if the beginning sound matches the first letter of the word.

Writing: This week we began writer's workshop and talked about writing procedures. We began by brainstorming a list of possible writing topics. After making a list of topics, we practiced choosing a topic and began writing. For our first writing we focus on our picture the most. We think about our topic and think about what our picture should look like. We think about what colors should be used and put as much detail in our picture as we can. As students draw their picture they are to label everything with the beginning sound. I first modeled a picture of a flower and showed students how to add to the picture.

Math: We introduced choice for Daily 3 Math. Students can now choose between Number Work and Math by Myself. When students choose Number Work they use a dry erase board to write numbers 1-20 and draw a picture showing that number. If they write the number 4 then they would draw 4 circles on their board.

If students choose Math by Myself, they are making shapes with the geoboard. We also made an I-chart as a class for Math by Myself and Number Work this week.

Content: We spent the entire week learning about author, Mo Willems. We read many of his books and worked on many crafts inspired by his very entertaining stories. Mo Willems is the famous author of the Pigeon books and he also writes all of the Elephant and Piggie books. We first watched a video to learn a about Mo Willems. We then made a predictable chart and came up with other things that the Pigeon should not drive; based on the story "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus". We used our handprint to make the pigeon and finished that craft on Thursday. We got very creative with this craft!

We then used a toilet paper roll to make our own pigeon to take home. We were able to get a class photo with our pigeons!

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