Week in Review: February 18

Reading:
We worked on a new fluency strategy: read with expression. I read stories with excitement and worked on reading not too fast and not too slow, but just right.

We also started a new Work on Writing response page. I modeled the page with a story we had read earlier in the week called "One-Dog Canoe". When working on this page, each student is encouraged to write the title at the top and write a sentence about the story. After writing their sentence in pencil they then draw a picture to match their words.












Poem: My Little Sister
Sight Word: she, all

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Writing:
This week we continued working on how-to books. I modeled writing a how-to book during whole group with help from the kids. I wrote 3 steps of how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I talked about using transition words such as first, next, and last.

Math:
We spent time during the week decomposing numbers in more than one way. For an example, using a number bond students show that 2 and 3 make 5 as well as 4 and 1 make 5. We also practiced counting including counting to 75, counting by 10's, and counting on from a given number. We started counting at 23, 14, and 9.

Content:
This week we talked about dental health. We were lucky to have Miss Carrie come and talk to us about ways we can keep our teeth healthy. She showed us how to brush and floss our teeth. On Friday we made our teeth craft. First we wrote down one way that we keep our teeth healthy. Then we used mini marshmallows as teeth to glue onto our mouth.

We also watched a video that showed us the importance of keeping our teeth healthy. We practiced brushing in circles with a toothbrush on a tooth with sugar bugs.

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ABC of Ag Days:
On Thursday we went to McCutcheon High School for ABC of Ag days. The kids were able to see and pet lots of animals, plant a corn seed, and sit on a tractor. We had so much fun exploring the "farm"!















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Week in Review: February 10

Reading:
This week we went back to review main idea and supporting details. You can practice this skill at home when reading a story and asking what was the story mostly about. We also worked on rhyming words by using the pocket app to determine the rhyming word.



Sight words: good, said
Poem: Come Skating

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Writing:
This week we introduced How-To books. We have spent the majority of the year writing true stories but are now going to write for a different reason. We started by reading the story "My First Soccer Game". This author informed us of the game of soccer as well as gave us steps of how to do certain things while playing soccer. The author told us how to make a goal and how to dribble the ball within the story. We then made a list of things that we believe we are really good at. These are things that we could teach someone else how to do. We made a great list and we could have kept going!


We also wrote about hugs and kisses for valentines day. Each kiddo had to write if they liked getting hugs or kisses from their family and why. The majority of our class likes getting kisses!








Math:
We added a new choice to number work this week. It is the number of the day. We do this during calendar, now we have added it as an independent choice.

We have also been using the iPad during math to work on addition and other skills.





Content:
We talked about presidents including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We watched a video on Monday that explained what the president does. We learned a lot from it. We also read a story about Abraham Lincoln before making our Abe Lincoln craft. We learned that Abe is on the 5 dollar bill, he was the 16th president, and that he was the tallest president among other things.









Because Valentine's day was also during this week, we spent some time preparing for that. We made our bags for our valentines at the party as well as graphing our valentine m&m's. Each kiddo received an individual package of m&m's to use to graph how many of each color they got. They then had to determine what color they had the most of and what color they had the least of. Then at the end, they were able to enjoy their m&m's!















We also played a minute it to win it game. Each kiddo had to put a cookie on their forehead and get it to their mouth without using their hands. It was funny to watch others! We also decorated cookies with icing and sprinkles. So many sprinkles!





















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Week in Review: February 2

Reading:
Sight Words: make, play
Poem: Hide-and-Seek


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Reading Strategy:
Accuracy: We practiced clapping the number of syllables that are in words. We clapped words like dog that only has 1 syllable and we clapped words like watermelon that has 4 syllables! We used picture cards and our own names for what to count the syllables in.





Writing:
We talked this week about what gets a capital letter. We used the anchor chart to show the many different things that get a capital letter in our writing. Before today the only thing that we capitalized was the word at the beginning of the sentence. Now we know that names of people, places, and pets get capitalized as well as months, days of the week, holidays, and the word "I".





Math:
In math we worked more with subtraction. We first reviewed how to subtract using manipulatives. If you have 4 bears and take away 3, how many bears do you have left? This week we added another way to subtract; using a number line. This was tricky at first, but with practice we got better as the week progressed. For example if you have 3-2, when using a number line you start at 3 and make 2 "humps" backwards, which shows you that the answer is 1.

Content:
We learned all about fairy tales this week. We first looked at an anchor chart that explained what a fairy tale is. The throughout the week we listened to stories and determined what made each one a fairy tale. Stories that we read include: The Three Little Pigs, Jack and The Beanstalk, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.





On Tuesday we listened to Jack and The Beanstalk and saw that the giant left us a message! Our job was to explore the room and find things that were longer and shorter than his footprint that was left behind. After exploring, we met back at the carpet and shared the things that were longer and shorter and even the same size! The kids did great measuring the room!









































We also saved our milk cartons from lunch and used them to reconstruct the story of The Three Little Pigs. We painted the carton brown and then on each side put construction paper to show the different materials that the three little pigs used in the story. This was then used as a prop to retell the story to a friend.
Thanks to rainbowswithinreach for such a fun idea!





















































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