Eric Carle

Poem: Merry-Go-Round
Sight Words: now, find

Comprehension Strategy: This week our focus was on the skill, skip the word and come back. This is something I teach the kiddos to use when they come across a tricky word and others skills aren't helping to decode the word. Sometimes it helps students understand and determine the word when they read the rest of the sentence. To help understand this concept we used Skippy the Frog to practice. Using Google Slides students read sentences with a missing word. Skippy the Frog was covering everything in the word, except the beginning letter. After decoding the word, Skippy disappeared and a picture appeared in order for us to check our word.

Accuracy: This week we learned about r controlled words. Each day we learned about a new pair starting with ar, er, ir, or, and finishing with ur.

Vocabulary: A House for Hermit Crab is the story by Eric Carle that was used for vocabulary. We learned the words gingerly, debris, promise, plain, decorate, and frightening. This story is a great story about a crab who wants to add to his plain shell.

iPads: Draw & Tell: Students scanned a QR code and listened to "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". Then used Draw & Tell to illustrate and record themselves eating things every day of the week similar to the caterpillar.

PicEDU: Students continue working with vowel pairs by writing the missing vowel in each word using the doodle or font feature.

Writing: This week students learned about opinion starters. This includes "The best thing about", "The worst thing about..", "___ is the best", "My favorite", etc. This encourages students to begin thinking about what they're writing and branch out from "I like" sentences.

The rest of the week students were encouraged to find the missing piece of the OREO template. Each day I had a pre-made writing piece that was missing the O (opinion), R (reason), E (example), or O (opinion). They were great at identifying the missing piece and how I could fix it.

On Friday we had a guest teacher and students listened to the story "Duck Rabbit". Students then had to make an opinion about whether they thought it was a duck or rabbit and why.

Math: This week we starting solving addition story problems. We first used cut out pictures to help solve story problems that were told aloud. Some were told my Mrs. Keller and then our friends started the tell the story. Each day we learned about a different way we could solve story problems including using Doodle Buddy to use the stamps, dry erase boards to draw pictures, and math tools to move around. On Thursday we introduced a new math with someone activity that allowed us to tell and solve addition story problems with a friend. After next week we will add subtraction in the mix.

Vocabulary: This week we learned about the phrase all together. That means that when you add numbers together all together refers to the number you have in all after adding groups.

Content: This week we spent time learning about Eric Carle. We started by watching a video of Eric Carle sharing how he makes his creations. Throughout the week we read stories and enjoyed his beautiful illustrations. On Thursday we got to be with each kindergarten teacher as they rotated around to each classroom to help us create a masterpiece. Mrs. Ruhl came and helped us make spiders in webs from the book "The Very Busy Spider". Mrs. Brekke came and used our grumpy pictures to create a replica of "The Very Grouchy Ladybug". Mrs. Bunch came and made tissue paper seahorses with us to go along with the book "Mister Seahorse". And Mrs. Waber came to create fireflies to go with the book "The Very Lonely Firefly".

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 a 2 week unit about Self-Esteem. This is such an important and impactful skill that some kiddos need some guidance in thinking about. In this day in age, it is easy to let what others think impact how you feel about yourself so we have to be confident in knowing what makes us special! We started the week by reading the book "I Like Myself". Then we watched a video of Howard B. Wigglebottom about how he loved to dance and continued dancing because it made him happy. Then we read "The OK Book". Follow us next week as we continue this unit. 

Reading: Students will...
-learn about -s, -ed, and -ing endings. 
-compare and contrast stories and characters. 

WritingStudents will...
-review punctuation. 
-continue writing opinions. 

MathStudents will...
-learn about subtraction story problems. 
-learn how to take away. 

ContentStudents will learn about zoo animals before our trip on May 8th. 

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