Insects Week 2

Poem: Humpty Dumpty
Sight Words: good, put

Comprehension Strategy: Comprehension Strategy: This week we worked on Cross-Checking. Cross Check is a strategy for ensuring the words (and sometimes pictures) read make sense and match the letters on the page.

If a child has difficulty with this strategy, break down the process:
-Stop when meaning breaks down
-Look and say the letters, and word chunks in words
-Use picture support
Students practice this skill by listening to a story without seeing the pictures right away. We practiced this in a whole group setting and with partners.

This week we also learned about the word families -ay and -ai. We learned that words that end with a long a sound have -ay at the end. Words with a long a sound in the middle have -ai. We watched this fun video to help us understand more!

Vocabulary: This week we read the story, "I Love Bugs". The words we learned and added to our expanded vocabulary chart were flutter, swoop, crawl, creep, weaves, and blink. Here is our vocab review we made using iMovie.

iPads: This week students used Pebble Go to continue learning about insects. They saved a picture from pebble go and then used that picture to use in pic collage to label the parts of their insect. We also used the app ABC word families to practice spelling some tricky words from our ai and ay word families this week.

Writing: This week we discussed different opinion sentence starters. We wrote examples of different ways you could start writing your opinion. Using the chart, I modeled using a sentence from the chart to write an opinion writing. Throughout the week we continued practicing writing opinion pieces. We used teacher examples with missing parts to review all the necessary parts of our opinion writing including: our opinion, reason, example, and restating our opinion. At the end of the week we read "Hey Little Ant" and wrote an opinion piece stating if we thought the little boy should step on the little ant or let him live.

Math: This week in math we learned about the word compose. We practiced putting numbers throughout the week using math tools and number bonds. This is very similar to decompose but instead of knowing the number we use addition sentences to compose and find the number. A new math choice was added called Read It, Make It, Write It! This choice allows students to use math tools including colored counters, number bonds, tens frames and playdoh. Students used the playdoh to press the dice into and make the print showing 2 numbers.

Vocabulary: This week our word was compose. Compose means to combine numbers. This skill is very similar to decompose in the ways that we practice and show using math tools.

iPads: This week for math students continued using Popplet to document ways they can decompose a number. This week they added the addition sentence to the picture of math tools. Here are a few that they finished this week!

Content: We continued learning about insects and documenting the many changes we were seeing from the caterpillars in our butterfly observation journals. We sorted insect/bug pictures into 2 groups (insect vs. not an insect). This was a great way to discuss the characteristics of insects. We also spent an afternoon labeling an ant and each kiddo got a skittle if they were right without any help!

SEL (Social Emotional Learning): Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

This week we learned about the word integrity. We learned that integrity is doing the right thing EVEN when no one is watching. We started by talking about the meaning and making a chart of ways we can show integrity during the day. We also watched Howard B. Wigglebottom and discussed how integrity was present in the story we listened to. On Wednesday we used a picture of myself and crinkled a piece with every made up scenario of someone not showing integrity. We then talked about how when we do something we know is wrong, we can feel crummy inside, but it also disappoints our teacher. A story that we read during the week was Do Onto Otters, which was written by Laurie Keller (who came to our school that very same day!). We finished the week by watching a video about showing integrity. 

Extra: We had our 2nd Author Visit for the school year come on Thursday. Her name is Laurie Keller and she has written many good books including Arnie the Doughnut, We are Growing, Do Unto Otters, and many more! She read one of her books aloud to us and helped us learn how to draw a few of her favorite characters from her books! 

Reading: Students will...
-learn about r controlled and come up with words with ar, er, ir, or, and ur. 
-learn how to skip the word and come back when reading. 

WritingStudents will...
-review ending marks.
-review opinion writing. 

MathStudents will...
-learn about the term "all together".
-solve addition story problems. 

ContentStudents will be learning about Eric Carle and reading lots of his many books! 

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