Week in Review: Colors

Poem: Little Ball
Sight Word: a

Reading: This week students were introduced to a new choice during Daily 5 Reading called Read with Someone. We completed an I-chart together as class that listed the expectations one of which included sitting EEKK. EEKK stands for Elbow Elbow Knee Knee. Students are to sit criss-cross applesauce right next to one another with a book in between them. They loved practicing this choice and sharing their books with someone else!

We also were introduced to a new comprehension strategy called Check for Understanding. There are so many times when reading I don't understand what I read. As an adult I have strategies that help me figure out and comprehend the passage that I'm reading. As children, we are teaching them these strategies to become successful readers for the rest of their lives. This strategy especially helps them comprehend what they are reading.

How can you help your child with this strategy at home?
  1. When reading to your child, stop periodically and say, “Let’s see if we
    remember what I just read. Think about who the story was about and
    what happened.” Do this 3 or 4 times throughout the story.

  2. When reading to your child, stop and have them practice checking for
    understanding by saying, “I heard you say...”

  3. Ask your child the following questions:
    • Who did you just read about?
    • What just happened?
    • Was your brain talking to you while you read?
    • Do you understand what was read?
    • What do you do if you don’t remember?
Students also were able to shop for good fit books for the first time! They found some really great books to read during Daily 5.

Writing: Students practiced writing the letters Pp, Rr, Nn, and Mm. They glued popcorn onto a p, used watercolor paints to paint a rainbow for r, put FROOT LOOPS on a piece of yarn to make a "n"ecklace, and make a letter m headband.

Math: This week we began learning about numbers 1-5 by doing the Number of the Day. During this time kids are expected to:

-write the number
-write the number word
-draw that number as it looks on a dice
-draw a picture of that number (ex. 5 stars)
-find the number on a number line
-display the number on a tens frame

We also practiced using the geoboards to make 2D shapes which will later be a choice for Math by Myself when the kids begin working independently during math. The tens frames were also put to use as the kids used manipulatives to show numbers 1-5.

Content: This week we focused on colors! Each day students wore a specific color to school, we learned that color song, and we constructed a list of things that are that color in the world. On Friday we used the story, "Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes!" as inspiration for our craft. Students made their own Pete the Cat and colored his shoes whatever color they wanted. They then wrote that color word on the paper provided that read, "I love my ___ shoes!". They turned out great!


Students will...
-learn and use a new strategy; "Do the words and pictures match?".
-review letter sounds.
-determine the difference between fantasy and reality.

Students will...
-continue writing letters including Hh, Vv, Yy, Ww, and Xx.

Students will...
-continue learning about numbers 6-10.
-begin Math by Myself and work independently using the same foundation as Reading Daily 5.

Students will...
-study the author, Mo Willems. We will read a variety of his books and complete crafts that go with the book, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus".

Upcoming Events:
September 16: School Picture Day
September 30: Exploration Field Trip
October 9: End of the 9 weeks


  1. I love this blog! It makes me feel like I am in the classroom watching my daughter learn. Thank you so much for doing this!

  2. Thank you so much Denise, that means so much! I do this blog for the parents, so it means a lot hearing that you value the information that is put on the blog. I'm so glad you enjoy reading each week! :)