Nocturnal Animals

Poem: Muffin Man
Sight Words: do, had

Reading: Our reading focus this week was make a mental image. This is great for any reader as they listen to a story that is being read to them they are thinking about the words and picturing what is on the page. As we are reading before showing the page I will ask, "What do you think the picture looks like? What did the illustrator draw?" We also practiced this strategy by matching printed picture with the words that I read aloud. They had to correctly match the picture to what they heard.

Students also learned how to complete the new work on writing page. While at this choice students are to use a book in their book box and draw a picture of the setting and characters. Students are also encouraged to write a sentence or words about the setting and characters.

Students learned and read words in the -et word family this week. We watched a picture video on Monday, listed words on Tuesday, and blended words on a word hunt on Wednesday.

Writing: This week in Writer's Workshop students learned about meatball and spaghetti spaces. Meatball spaces are spaces in between words and are important to know what we are reading. Spaghetti spaces are tiny spaces in between letters in words. We introduced this concept using a chart and then students practiced using "meatball spacers" while writing. These are tools that help them know how much space is good enough.

Throughout the week we also reviewed each part of a true story and brainstormed ideas for the who, where, and what happened. Students were able to work in small groups and learn how to upload their story onto Book Creator.

Math: In math students learned ways to make the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Students used math tools to show these ways to better understand the variety of ways. Our vocabulary word this week was plus and we used this many times as we read the ways to make each number.

Content: This week we learned about nocturnal animals. We first learned what nocturnal meant and classified animals into 2 categories; nocturnal and diurnal. Then we used a read aloud from reading (Stellaluna) and an informational video from PebbleGo to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between birds and bats.

We also talked about owls and completed a tree map with what owls are, what they can do, and what they have. Students finished the week with an owl craft that was displayed with their tree map.

iPads: This week for ipads students using the app Chatterpix to take a picture of a character from a story that they listened to. Within the app they recorded what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Popplet was another fun app that students used this week to record their sight words. They were able to make their own graph including sight words that they typed and wrote using the pen tool.

In math students used QR codes to scan numbers around the room. They then used their recording sheet to document each number on a tens frame.

For our vocabulary review this week we used a new app called Draw and Tell by Duck Duck Moose. Students used the stamps to create a picture and explain that it was peculiar. Students learned that the word peculiar means strange.

Reading: Students will....
-analyze characters in a story.
-learn words in the -ig word family.

Writing: Students will....
-practice writing capital at the beginning of a sentence only.
-discuss what makes writing easy and hard to read.

Math: Students will....
-learn ways to make the number 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Content: Students will....
learn about the pilgrims and Native Americans. They will compare and contrast the similarities and differences and talk about how they were both important with our first Thanksgiving.

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