Polar Animals

Poem: Wishing for a Fish
Sight Words: him, for

Comprehension Strategy: Predicting was our main focus this week. Students used phrases like, "I Think.." and "I predict.." to guess what was going to happen during read alouds throughout the week. To predict, readers tell what they think will happen in the story; to confirm, readers find out whether their predictions were true, partially true, or way off. Using this strategy helps readers make connections to the text, think ahead, and become more engaged.

Vocabulary: This week we read the story, "Red Eyes or Blue Feathers". In this story students learn about animals and how they survive in their habitats. Words that were added to our vocabulary chart were communicate, mood, scent, sly, survive, and temperature.

Accuracy: Students added 2 new word families this week, they were the -ug and -ut word families. We watched our songs and then made our lists on Monday and Tuesday and then wrote the word later in the week. This is such a big skill that we work on in kindergarten stretching out and writing CVC words. Students read the sentence on the slide and predict the missing word family word, write it on their dry erase board, then we check our work by checking the word on the next slide. This is a great skill to practice at home with sidewalk chalk (when it gets warmer), markers, crayons, chalkboards, shaving cream, etc. Find ways to make it fun!

iPads: This week students used Epic to listen to a story that was sent to them. They found the book in their mailbox that I had sent them to listen to. While listening students took screenshots of pages in the story to use for their task in pic collage. (Screenshots was a skill that I have front loaded and we had practiced before this specific task.) Students then went into pic collage and used the text tool to write the main idea of the story in the center circle and added the screenshots, one picture in each quadrant for the key details. Take a look at some of the finished products! Educators, grab your free copy by clicking on the image!
 Main Idea Graphic Organizer

Students also spent time in popplet again reviewing their word families. This week they wrote/typed words from last week's word families (ub and un).

Writing: This week during Writer's Workshop students learned about Nouns by watching a video and then brainstorming nouns in their life and writing them on a chart. Throughout the week we continued working on their informational writing planning page and then at the end of the week they learned how to transfer their writing from their planning page to their finished 4 page book.

Math: We learned about Linus the Minus! The kids love the idea that he is sneaky and steals numbers! We practiced the skill of subtracting (taking away) throughout the week using a variety of strategies. One day we learned how to play SMASH IT (a subtraction activity that is added to math by myself). Students use playdoh to make balls and then smash the number being subtracted. Then we practiced using our tens frame paddles and took away counters when subtracting. We finished the week with subtracting using Doodle Buddy. Students will use Doodle Buddy individually as their ipad math choice next week.

We also are on to our new calendar journal for the month of February with new skills!

Vocabulary: This week students learned the word minus. Minus is the sign that tells us to subtract.

iPads: This week students practiced subtraction skills and review greater than, less than, and equal to using the app Animal Math.

Content: This week we learned about polar animals and then dove deeper into our knowledge of polar bears. We listened to videos about polar bears, read stories about polar bears and completed a tree map of facts about polar bears. We also experimented with blubber. We learned what blubber is and got to feel what having blubber is like. Using crisco in a baggie students felt the difference between having blubber and not having it. We ended the week with a polar bear craft.

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 started talking about friendship. We started the week by reading Stick and Stone. In this story we listened about stick and stone and their journey through life of being lonely and then when they found each other they made each other happy. We also learned about the 5 finger challenge and what makes a good friend. We also listened to the story Enemy Pie and why it's important to be kind to others, even when you think they do not like you. 

Reading: Students will...
-learn words in the -ick and -ing word family.
-tell a connected story.

WritingStudents will...
-learn about facts and opinions. 
-continue writing informational writing books. 

MathStudents will...
-continue learning about subtraction.
-learn the word subtract.

ContentStudents will learn about penguins. 

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