100th Day of School

Poem: 100 Day Poem
Sight Words: where, they

Reading: This week our focus was to identify the main idea and key details in a read aloud. When we recall the main idea we think, "What was the story mostly about?" Key details are specific things that happened on pages throughout the story. Next week students will be using the ipad to work on main idea and key details. During our mini lessons we used Popplet to show examples of main idea and key details. One example was a variety of food. We discussed the pictures and decided that the main idea was food. It wasn't all about hamburgers, but of different kinds of food.

This week the vocabulary words we learned were apologize, snooze, confusion, attention, webbed, and notice. We read a favorite book called "Duck and Goose" as we found these words within!

For ipads this week students used Book Creator to make a word family book. They wrote 3 words that belonged to the word family and drew a picture to illustrate that word. STudents also used Tellagmi to retell a familiar story from their book box.  

Writing: We started our week with our writing prompt, "When I'm 100 years old I will..." Students took time to brainstorm things that they will be able to do then wrote their response to match their picture we took earlier using the Aging Booth app. They loved seeing their pictures of them as they would look when 100!

We also talked about the difference between fact and opinion. We watched a video that explained facts and opinions then we sorted cards into fact or opinion. We talked about how in our informational writing we need to write facts about a topic, however on the last page when we write our feeling ending, it can be an opinion.

Math: This week was a math focused week with celebrating the 100th day of school! We celebrated all day on Monday and then continued throughout the week during content. After Monday we continued learning about subtraction. We review that subtraction is when we are taking away and then we practiced different strategies to solve subtraction problems. We practiced using a number line. If the problem is 5-3 we would start at 5 and go back 3 (or make 3 humps backward). Students used a laminated number line and someone modeled using the number line app on the board. We also used our rekenreks to solve subtraction problems. Students would slide 5 over then slide 3 back and notice there were 2 beads left to find their answer. Other strategies that we practiced last week was drawing a picture and crossing some out, and using math tools to physically count and take away.

Content: This week was all about the 100th day of school. Monday was everything 100 and we continued this throughout the week. On Tuesday was had fun with a dalmatian dog and made 101 black dots on the dog. On Wednesday we made our gumball craft and included 100 gumballs using q-tips and paint. On Thursday we finished our 100 word book and were excited to bring it home to use at home and keep in our rooms! On Friday we participated in another STEM activity!

SEL: This week we spent time talking about fairness. We started the week by reading the book It's Not Fair! This book then led our discussion about things in our lives that we didn't think were fair including:
-my brother got to go to his friend's house and I didn't.
-my cousin got to stay at the park longer than me.
-my cousin got candy and didn't give me any.

We continued our conversations throughout the week by watching a fairness video, and participating in a band-aid experiment. All students were given a band-aid in the exact same spot no matter what was hurting them. We talked about how did the band-aid on our hand help our headache? Did it help our skinned knee? Students learn that being the same and getting the same treatment isn't always fair. We compare this to school and how each kiddo might need something a little different and that's okay. We discuss how fair is not always equal and we have to accept that. On Friday we sorted cards into fair and equal. We used these cards to continue our discussion from Thursday; fair is not equal.

Reading: Students will...
-learn words in the -ing and -ick word families.
-tell a connected story.

Writing: Students will...
-learn more about feeling/opinion endings.
-continue writing informational books.

Math: Students will...
-learn about place value with tens and ones.

Content: Students will continue learning about polar animals. We will focus most of our learning on penguins.

Polar Animals (Week 1)

Poem: Wishing for a Fish
Sight Words: for, him

Reading: This week our comprehension focus was: Predict what will happen next. While reading we pause before turning to the next page and ask, "What do you think will happen?" Students use background knowledge and understanding of what was already read to make a predicted guess. This helps with our comprehension of the story and understand what is happening while reading.

We also learned about our new work on writing page. Students are to use the book from their book box and write 1-2 sentences about what the story is about. After writing, then they draw a picture from the story.

Students listened to the story Red Eyes or Blue Feathers while listening for the vocabulary words communicate, temperature, sly, mood, scent, and survive. On Thursday we dove into our words a little further discussing the words mood and temperature. We talked about how a thermometer measures temperature and the word temperature is how hot and cold something is. Then students looked at pictures of kids showing different moods and emotion. Students had to use the word mood to describe how they are feeling. Then we practiced moods on our own faces.

Writing: This week we learned about nouns. We watched a School House Rock video about nouns and then completed a noun chart listing people, places, and things. We also began writing our own informational writing pieces starting with a planning page. Students always start with a topic sentence and then 3 facts about the topic. Students always end their writing with a feeling ending. This week I modeled how to take their planning page and transfer their writing to their book. Students are moving right along and teaching others about a topic they know a lot about!

Math: This week was all about subtraction! Our math vocabulary word was minus. We met Linus the Minus and learned how he takes away. Each day throughout the week we used a variety of methods to practice subtraction. We first used math tools to show how we take away when we subtract. We also used the app Doodle Buddy. Students use stamps and cross out the number we are taking away. This will be an independent choice for students on their ipad day. We also used our new tens frame paddles to practice subtraction! We also introduced a new math by myself activity that we practiced as a whole group called SMASH IT! Students use playdoh to show the subtraction sentence starting out by making balls and smashing the number that they are taking away. Students then use a recording sheet to write the sentence and answer.

Content: This week we started by learning about Martin Luther King and discussed how things have changed because of what he said and did. We used different paints to talk about different shades of skin color and how people are not just black and white. We are all special in our own ways. The rest of the week we learned about polar animals. We started off by learning about how animals survive the winter. We sorted pictures and talked about how these animals survive the cold. Then students colored their own winter diagram to show where students go to survive. Students also learned about Polar Bears by reading books and watching videos to finish their polar bear craft at the end of the week. We watched a video to learn about blubber and also did an experiment to test how warm blubber can be.

SEL: This week we continued learning about friendship, We started the week off by reading a class favorite, Elephant and Piggie "Should I Share My Ice Cream?" We talked about how Piggie made Elephant feel better in the story by sharing with him. Students shared a time that they have shared or done something nice for a friend to make them feel better. On Tuesday we used sandpaper and cotton balls to compare how actions and words can make us feel. Students started by feeling the cotton balls and sandpaper and describing how each felt on their skin. We shared things we can say and do to make it feel like cotton balls. We finished the week by talking about friendship and discussing different scenarios and stories. We also worked at making a paper chain of all the kind things we saw friends do during the day. We tried to make it all the way from the ceiling to the floor!


Reading: Students will...
-recall the main idea and key details in read alouds.
-learn words in the -un and -ub word families.

Writing: Students will...
-continue writing informational books informing others of something they know a lot about.
-discuss the difference between fact and opinion.

Math: Students will...
-continue practicing subtraction using rekenreks and a number line.

Content: Students will celebrate the 100th day of school while participating in lots of counting activities and crafts surrounding the 100th day of school!