Christmas Around the World

Poem: A Little Elf
Sight Words: she, you

Comprehension Strategy: This week we worked on retelling holiday stories. We used a chart to show how the beginning and end are small but a lot happens in the middle of the story.

This week we learned words that belong to the -am word family. We made a list, went on a word hunt, and wrote the word with our word slides.

Vocabulary: This week we learned words that would help us with understand terms during holidays around the world. Those words were passport, country, world, tradition, celebration, and holiday. Students were then able to apply these words when traveling to 5 different countries throughout the week to learn about Christmas traditions.

iPads: This week students worked at scanning QR codes for many rounds. For morning work, students scanned QR codes that sent them to videos of different holiday traditions. For reading students scanned QR codes within books and listened to the book. After listening students used a picture of Santa to record what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story.

The second round students used QR code cards to scan which brought them to a holiday picture. They then used the app Skywriter or Doodlebuddy to stretch out the word and write all the sounds they hear in the word.

Math: This week we reviewed math skills that we have learned all ready this 9 weeks. One day we reviewed 3D shapes by watching the video and then rolling a cube which landed on one of the 3D shapes. When it landed on the shape, students had to recall the name of the shape, how many vertices, and how many faces.

We also reviewed addition within 10. We practiced finding the answer by counting on and using a number line.

iPads: This week students used BOOM learning to practice with a few different math skills. One deck had students add quickly with 0. This helps students understand that anytime a number is added to 0 the answer is always that number. 0+2=2. The other deck they worked on helped with subitizing. Students looked at a tens frame and had to count the ornaments and click the number.

Content: This week students learned all about holidays around the world. Each day students got their passport and "traveled" to a new country. The teacher in that classroom would read a story or show a short clip and share information about the traditions in that country. The countries students traveled to were Mexico, India, Italy, England and France. Each day students made a craft to go along with the traditions of that country. They had so much fun learning about how different people in the world celebrate christmas.

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 talked about kindness. We started the week by reading "How Full is Your Bucket?" We talked about how everyone has an invisible bucket above their head. When we are hurtful then the water drips out. When we are kind then a drop goes into our bucket and fills it up! Then we sorted stories that were kind and unkind. On Wednesday we watched a video about being kind and on Thursday we listened to a story about an anonymous friend. Every time someone was unkind her heart broke. (When this happened I tore a piece of our paper heart. Then we talked about how we could put her heart back together. But even when we were kind and put it back together it was still not the same. We are working hard at being kind to others and filling up their bucket and keeping their heart together.

Reading: Students will...
-learn words in the -en word family.

WritingStudents will...
-write letters to Santa!

MathStudents will...
-review numbers with number stockings. 

ContentStudents will read The Polar Express and do lots of crafts to go along with the book. We will end the week with watching the movie and wearing our pajamas! 


Poem: Did You Ever See?
Sight Words: did, play

Comprehension Strategy: This week we spent a lot of time retelling stories. When retelling stories we use our retelling chart that requires us to recall the characters, setting, and what happened during the story. It also addresses problem and solution.

We learned words in the -op word family this week!

Vocabulary: This week students found words in the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Those words were sneer, beneath, mistletoe, nimbly, ramshackle, and flue.

iPads: This week we used the Grinch and on Chatterpix shared how we would make the grinch grin!

We also started working with a new app called BOOM Learning. This app has a deck of cards that are assigned that students work through a task. This week they were building CVC words using christmas light bulbs.

Writing: This week during Writer's Workshop we talked about speech bubbles. We found speech bubbles in some of our favorite stories like Elephant and Piggie. Then we practiced giving the Grinch a speech bubble using the app Balloon Stickies. After our lesson we added speech bubbles to our writing.

Math: We also practiced addition within 10 a variety of ways. We used number lines and counters to show how to add. Make sure to practice with those addition flash cards that went home! This is a 2nd nine weeks skill that will be tested!

Vocabulary: This week students learned about the word addends. Addends are numbers that are being added together. We looked at written addition sentences and circles the addends.

iPads: This week students completed a slides assignment of adding with a number line. They did pretty good showing their answer by dragging the circle to the answer on the number line!

Content: This week we had so much fun surrounded around the book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". We read the story during reading and during the week we brainstormed ways to make the grinch grin. With our answers we finished our Grinch craft to hang in the hallway!

We also had a lot of fun with our science experiment. We used a balloon with a heart drawn on it. Then we added baking soda to the balloon and put the balloon on top of the bottle. When the baking soda hit the vinegar inside it then began to blow the balloon up. We watched the heart grow 3 sizes!

After reading the story we played a favorite each year called Punch a Bunch! Students take turns punching through a cup covered with tissue paper to find a paper inside with a question from the story written on it. Students did their best to answer the question without looking back in the book! 

On Friday we had Grinch day when we wore all green and watched the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". While we watched the movie we enjoyed green cookies and juice. We also had fun during reading and wrote sight words using green glue. 

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 continued learning about listening and following directions. We read the story Lucey Walker Nonstop Talker, listened to a story from Howard B. Wigglebottom, then helped determine when he was listening and when he wasn't from the story. We also matched descriptions to our whole body listening posters from last week. 

HOUR OF CODE: This week we also participated in The Hour of Code. Students played games on the ipad called kodable and ScratchJr. Students enjoyed learning how to code with these fun and engaging games. 

Reading: Students will...
-learn words in the -ot family.
-retell stories.

WritingStudents will...
-be "traveling" to different countries and learning about holidays around the world. 

MathStudents will...

ContentStudents will