Week in Review: Polar Bears

Poem: I Have a Little Wagon
Sight Words: in, it

Reading: This week we focused on the comprehension strategy: identify the main idea and supporting details. We used pictures to help better understand this concept. The two examples we used was a main idea of food and the beach. The food poster had a variety of pictures of food; fruit, meat, snacks, etc. The beach poster had sandals, the sun, sunscreen, etc. We discussed how all the pictures have something in common, but what was it?

We do this when reading also. When reading to better understand what is happening in the story we ask ourselves what the story is mostly about. When reading a book about polar bears this week we learned a lot of facts about polar bears, but on each page it still talked about polar bears. The main idea was polar bears. Supporting details included; polar bears can swim, they have fur, they can hunt, etc.

We started working with syllables this week! Kiddos have to listen to a word and then break the word up and confirm how many syllables. Check out the video to see how we practice at school!

We also took one of our vocabulary words and explored it further. This week we took the word planet and learned about the different planets in our solar system. Xander also was able to elaborate with a book he had in his book box!

Writing: This week we took our planning page to write our first informational book. Each day students watched as the teacher modeled how to take the information from the planning page and transferred it to each page of the book. We had a few students finish their book and are starting to teach others about another topic. The following are skills that students are working on and can be reinforced at home too!
-Informational writing needs 3 facts (these do not include opinions or "I see" sentences).
-Stretching out unknown words. For example if a student wants to write the word store using phonetic spelling it would look like "stor". Another example is watermelon would look like "wotrmeln". Please encourage this spelling at home! This is a skill that many need extra practice with.

Math: This week we have worked at identifying tens and ones in numbers 11-19. We introduced this concept by using the Number Pieces app to show the different base ten blocks. Students then were able to explore and work with that app during the week. We also showed tens and ones by using a tens frame. Students were given 2 tens frames and filled in the designated number (13). Then we looked to see how many tens frames were full (1), how many extra dots (3). Another day we looked at tens and ones with a number bond. Students can use any of these ways to demonstrate their mastery of tens and ones.

Content: We continued our polar animal unit by learning about polar bears. We scanned QR codes and watched informational videos about polar bears. Then we used the app Popplet to make a class tree map. We listed all of the things that polar bears are, have, and can do. We also experimented with blubber. We used crisco to feel how much warmer blubber is for polar animals in the arctic. We ended the week by making polar bears with a fact that we learned during the week.

Reading: Students will...
-learn words in the -ug and -ub word families.
-tell a connected story.

Writing: Students will...
-learn about feeling endings and how to write an ending to their informational book. After students complete their first informational book, they will beginning a new one.

Math: Students will..
-explore measurement and how items can be longer/shorter and heavier/lighter.

Content: Students will...
-learn all about dental health. Students will practice brushing the correct way and hear from a real dental hygienist!

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