Poem: All by Myself
New Strategy: Skip the Word and Then Come Back
While reading this week we practiced using our new strategy to help us become better readers. When we come across a word we don't know, we skip the word and read the rest of the sentence. Then we come back to the word that was skipped and use the rest of the words in the sentence to help to figure it out.
This week we introduced opinion writing. We talked about what an opinion is and the importance of having reasons to support your opinion. We also discussed the word "because" and how we use it before stating our reasons for the opinion. We introduced this genre of writing by reading "The Pigeon Wants a Puppy". We then made a list of things that we want and discussed reasons we would give mom and dad as to why they should let us have the thing we want.
This week we reviewed past skills and also worked with new and advanced skills such as telling time. After reading "The Grouchy Ladybug" we discussed time and used mini clocks to show time to the hour. Everyone caught on very quickly and had lots of fun working with the clocks.
We did an author study this week for Eric Carle. We read many of his books this week including "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", "The Grouchy Ladybug", "Mister Seahorse", "A House For Hermit Crab", and many others. We ended our fun week with a room rotation. Each kindergarten teacher had a craft in her room inspired by an Eric Carle book. Each kindergarten class spent 20 minutes in each room and had a folder of crafts to bring home at the end of the day. In our room we made a turtle craft inspired by the book "The Foolish Tortoise". The kids used a paper plate as the turtle shell and glued tissue paper to make the shell look green. The kids had lots of fun going between each room.
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