Week in Review: Fairy Tales

Poem: The Elephant Goes Like This
Sight Words: he, no

Reading: This week we introduced the skill: cause and effect. We first talked about different effects from things around us. For example if it rains and we have not umbrella the effect is we are wet. If the cause is it rains, the effect is a rainbow appears. If the cause is we trip, the effect is we are hurt. We then used the book, " If you Give a Pig a Pancake" to talk about some of the many cause and effect situation found within. For example because the pig got a pancake she then wanted syrup to go with it. Another book we used for Fairy Tale week was, "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig". The kiddos loved this rendition of the original 3 Little Pigs. Together we came up with the ending cause and effect for the story.

This week we learned which words belong to the -et and -ip word families. We watched our presentation of words then listed them on our caterpillar. Some of these words include but not limited to; jet, wet, let, lip, slip, rip, and skip.

Vocabulary: Our vocabulary words this week included "blizzards" and "impossible". On our review day we took these words a little further and took a video of a real life blizzard that we were experiencing! We also talked about the word impossible. Swimming in a blizzard is impossible because the water would be frozen. Students drew a quick sketch of something that is impossible. We had lots of different things including: ice skating in the summer, driving on water, and flowers growing in the water.

Writing: We learned about plurals on Monday! Students learned that a plural is when we are talking about more than one thing. When we write about more than one we add s to the end of the word. We watched a short video then completed our chart together. The kiddos caught on to this concept really fast!

This week we took our informational writing to the next level. We used a website called Pebble Go to research a topic. Once students have chosen a topic they have multiple tabs they can chose to learn about their topic in which the information is read to them. There are also videos and sometimes sounds of their topic (if it is an animal). Students go with a partner and researched a common topic. They began writing on their planning page.

Math: This week we introduced a new skill: determining which number is great than, less than, and equal to. We started off the week by discussing these words and adding them to our math vocabulary board. Students spent the week adding and describing these words in their math vocabulary journal. Then we worked each day on comparing numbers by using manipulatives.

Another day we decided to get up and moving and "eat" the bigger numbers. Students pretended to eat the bigger number than use their words to communicate with the class which number was greater and less than.

The following video was one that we showed at the beginning of the week to get us on track!

Content: This week we learned all about Fairy Tales! This is such a fun week for the kiddos! We started the week by talking about what a fairy tale is and what is included in most fairy tales. Each day of the week we worked a little bit on writing our own fairy tale. Together as a class we filled in our planning page and voted on each part. Then on Friday we wrote our fairy tale and as a class made a book using Book Creator. Take a look at our book below!

We also used empty milk cartons to use for our 3 Little Pigs activity on Friday. Students used each side of the milk carton to glue something on. First was a picture of the book we read, second they used yellow paper to look like straw, third they used brown paper to look like sticks, and last they used red paper to look like bricks. After completing each side they got with their iPad partner and recorded themselves retelling the story of the 3 Little Pigs. After recording they uploaded their video to Google Classroom. This was great practice for recording with the iPad.

We also spent time one day reading Jack and the Beanstalk. As a class we read a letter from the Hiant and used his big footprints to measure things around the room!

Our week ended with our Fairy Tale Ball. Students were paired together to enter the gym and learn about different dances. Students learn how to bow and curtsy, dance a box step, and walk a grape vine. Students danced as they listened to classic Disney fairy tale songs. At the conclusion of our ball students from all grade levels gathered in the hallway as the entire kindergarten paraded around the square waving elegantly. We were lucky enough to have Queen Cauble and King Wilson lead us in the parade!

Next week students will be working to complete the CogAT test. This is a test that is standard for all kindergartners in the Tippecanoe School Corporation. It is a fill in the bubble assessment that we complete as a class and will help determine what students might fall into the gifted and talented program in the future. This is not something that you can prepare for and something that shouldn't be stressed over. We will break up each test with a small break and will do the tests over the course of the entire week. During the week you can help by doing the following:
-make sure your child gets plenty of sleep at night (at least 8 hours).
-gets a good breakfast in the morning.
-make sure mornings are smooth by having things laid out the night before (backpack, clothes, shoes, etc.).

They will do great! :) 

Reading: Students will...
-learn words that belong to the -ake word family.
-review main idea.
-review retelling a story (using beginning, middle, and end).

Writing: Students will...
-learn about the bossy e.
-finish up uncompleted informational books. 

Math: Students will...
-review a variety of skills including subtraction and greater than/less than.

Content: Students will...
-learn about Dr. Seuss and have so much fun exploring his many books. Please take a look at the yellow paper that went home Friday as reference to how your child should participate each day. Monday have them bring their favorite stuffed animal to school to go along with the story, "If I Ran the Zoo".

Upcoming Events:
February 29: ABC of Ag Day @ McCutcheon
February 26: K-2 Movie Matinee
March 11: End of 3rd 9 Weeks

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