Week in Review: Thanksgiving

Poem: Turkey in the Barnyard

Reading: This week our comprehension strategy was: Relate a story to a personal experience. During the week we read "The Stuffed Turkey" and then shared about our thanksgiving experiences when we went to other people's houses and ate too much food.

We spent the week reviewing the -at and -ot word families. We did this by rolling a dice and reading the word that it landed on. This helps us recognize words in previous word families, but it also allows us to practice blending sounds in CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words. This helps us become better readers.

We also spent time reviewing sight words. This week we practiced by scanning QR codes that had a voice recording of a sight word, then students looked to match up the QR code with the written word.

Writing: This week we talked about what makes writing easy and hard to read. Students were shown 2 examples, one example that was easy to read and one that was hard to read. We discussed the differences and went through things that we needed to make sure were included in our writing.

Math: This week we reviewed number formation and practiced writing our numbers 0-20. We practiced using dry ease boards and shaving cream! After hearing a number said aloud students would write that number. This is a 2nd nine weeks skill that will be tested before winter break.

Our math vocabulary word this week was hexagon. Students were familiar with this word when we studied 2D shapes during the first nine weeks.

We also introduced a new app this week: Number Line. Students grab a bag of addition flash cards. Then they write the addition sentence in the app and use the number line to find the answer. After using the number line, students then check their answer on the back.

Content: This week we studied the Thanksgiving holiday. Students disguised turkeys to fool the farmer so they wouldn't be dinner on thanksgiving. On Monday we shared the different disguises! We made turkeys with the -ot word family on the feathers. We also had our thanksgiving day feast and had turkey placemats that we wrote our sight words on.


Reading: Students will...
-learn and practice reading/spelling words in the -ap word family.
-summarize stories.
-review making a mental image.

Writing: Students will...
-learn about ending marks. Learn the different marks and identify them in sentences. Students are encouraged to use a variety of ending marks in their writing if it makes sense.
-learn how to reread their writing and fix errors in their writing.

Math: Students will...
-sort by size. We will review sorting by color and shape as well.

Content: Students will...
-read about the gingerbread man! We will go on a hunt and read many different varieties of this great story!

Upcoming Events:
November 30: Food Drive
December 4: PMO Show
December 8: Barnes and Nobles Night
December 16: Christmas Program
December 18: End of the nine weeks

Week in Review: Pilgrims/Native Americans

Poem: Oh Rainbow Fair
Sight Words: now, are

Reading: This week we introduced a new comprehension strategy: respond to questions about the story. This is an important strategy that you can practice at home when reading with your child. Ask questions like, Who is in the story? Where are the characters? What happened on the last page? We practiced the strategy throughout the week and even practiced with a partner. When reading a story I would stop periodically and I would have student turn to person next to them and ask them a question. The other person would have to respond to their question.

Writing: We have been working on writing our own true stories. We started the week off my brainstorming things that we could write about. Our list included things like playing baseball, going grocery shopping with mom, getting a new pet, etc. Then I modeled how to choose a topic from the list and begin writing my own true story. Each true story needs to have the following: who is in the story, where you are in your story, and what you are doing in your story with a beginning, middle, and end. I chose to write about going to my nephew Noah's 4th birthday party. Below are the pages that I modeled for the class. Upon finishing their stories, students are encouraged to upload their story to Book Creator and send it to me through Showbie.

We also talked about using meatball spaces in our writing. This helps our writing look neat and makes it easy to read. Students have sticks they can use for meatball spaces as they're writing.

Math: This week we worked in addition within 5. We added a new choice to math by myself and a new choice to math with someone. At math by myself students sit near the story of posters and use the number bracelets to write down the story of's on their paper. For math with someone students show their partner addition flash cards. Students can use a number line or cubes to figure out the answer until they become more fluent.

Content: This week we learned about pilgrims and Native Americans. We watched videos, read books, and worked on crafts throughout the week. One day we used a Venn diagram to discuss the difference between pilgrims then and what we do now. For example pilgrims would trade for things, now we buy things when we need them. On Friday we talked about how Squanto taught the pilgrims how to fish and grow food. We then thought about what we could teach a friend and wrote that down on our Indian corn craft.

Reading: Students will...
- review the -ot and -at word families.
- relate a story to a personal experience.

Writing: Students will...
- discuss the importance of starting a sentence with a capital letter (and no other capitals).
- discuss/show what makes writing easy and hard to read.

Math: Students will...
- review and practice writing numbers 0-20.

Content: Students will...
- learn about and celebrate Thanksgiving.

Upcoming Events:
November 26 & 27: Thanksgiving Break
December 4: PMO Christmas Show
December 7: Penguin Patch
December 16: K/1 Christmas Program
December 21: Christmas Break

Week in Review: Owls/Nocturnal Animals

Poem: Overdues
Sight Words: what, you

Reading: This week we worked on the strategy: Make a Mental Picture. Students do this by listening to the story and predicting what they think the picture looks like without actually seeing the picture. They love this strategy because they like to check and see if what they thought the picture looked like was right.

This week we learned about the -at word family. We wrote a list of all the words that end with -at, went on a word hunt, and also found -at words in a word search.

We also introduced the new Work on Writing page. When students make this choice during Daily 5, they grab this page and a book from their bookbox and start creating. Students are to choose one book from their bookbox and write about the main character. They write about and draw the setting (where the character is). Then they use words to describe the character and draw a picture of the character. 

Writing: This week we continued writing true stories. As a class we wrote another true story, this time about our special, P.E. We used the True Story chart to review the things we needed in our true story. These things include: who is in our story, where we are, and what happened. We talked about writing our stories and not forgetting to write a beginning, middle, and end. At the end of the week students used the app Book Creator to upload their story. They then sent their story to me through Showbie.

We also talked about how to be a smarty speller. To be a smarty speller we start by saying the word slowly like a turtle, then we stretch out each sound like a snake. After we have said the word slowly and stretched it out, then we write the sounds we hear. We practiced stretching words out and added the goal to the board.

Math: This week we introduced number bonds and number bracelets after learning about the Stories of 1-5. This is just another way to help kiddos understand the concept of addition.

This week students also scanned QR codes that told them about a shape. They had to use the description to draw the 2D shape and then write the shape name.

We have also made Math Writing a choice. Students start by writing the math vocabulary word in their math journal, draw a picture of the word, and describe the word. Then on the back they do the number of the day. When they are finished in their math journal they begin working on another number page.

Content: We continued our nocturnal animal unit this week. We started by talking about owls and completed a can, have, are chart. Throughout the week we sorted animal pictures into diurnal and nocturnal, made a video of nocturnal animal facts, and completed an owl craft.


Reading: Students will...
- learn the -ot word family.
- practice the strategy: Respond to questions about the story.
- retell the story in order by telling the beginning, middle, and end.

Writing: Students will...
- begin writing their own true stories. When they're finished they will upload their stories to Book Creator.

Math: Students will...
- begin addition within 5.

Content: Students will...
- learn about Pilgrims and Native Americans in preparation for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Upcoming Events:
November 19: Parent University 
November 26 & 27: Thanksgiving Break
December 4: PMO Christmas Show 
December 16: K/1 Christmas Program @ 7:00
December 21: Christmas Break

Week in Review: Bats

Poem: My Eyes Can See
Sight Words: my, with

Reading: This week we introduced a new comprehension strategy: Compare and Contrast. To introduce this strategy we talked about something they all know a lot about; donuts and cupcakes. We use the words "alike" and "different" as we discuss what we know about the two. After understanding what the strategy means, we then begin to use the strategy. We do this by comparing characters/parts within a story, and we compared 2 different stories. We used a venn diagram and the app "popplet" to show comparisons and differences.

We also practiced blending words. We did this verbally by listening to the onset and rhyme (ex. /b/ ag ... bag) and by sounding out CVC words with the app ABC magic spelling. This is a skill that helps us when we are reading and writing.

Writing: This week we introduced true stories. We discussed how true stories are when we write about something that really happened to us. We write our true stories in a 3 page book, where we make sure to include who is in our story, where they are, and what happened. This week we worked as a class on the same story. After modeling how each page should look, students went back and wrote the same thing in their own 3 page book. We decided to write about Grandparent's Day which took place last Friday. On Friday we worked on recording our story in the app Book Creator. The finished products were so good!

Math: This week we introduced "Story Ofs". This is when we talk about the different ways to make a number 1-5. We use our fingers and other math manipulatives to show this visually. After completing each poster, we review the different ways. This will help kiddos as we introduce number bonds next week and addition.

Content: We know so much more about bats after this week! We started the week by reading informational stories about bats and completing a popplet. We listed all the things we knew about bats. Then we charted whether we thought bats were cute or creepy. With that information we filled in individual papers documenting the information we gathered as a class. We also read Stellaluna and compared and contrasted bats and birds. 


Reading: Students will...
-continue using the strategy: Use a mental picture.
-learn and practice reading words in the -at word family.

Writing: Students will...
-continue writing true stories by writing a true story that matches the teacher. They will review the 3 pages of the story: who is in the story, where the characters are, and what happened.

Math: Students will...
- use number bracelets and number bonds to show the different ways to make numbers 1-5.

Content: Students will...
- continue learning about different nocturnal animals including owls.

Upcoming Events:
November 26 & 27: Fall Break