Monday, November 17, 2014

Library Trip and more

This past Friday we took a trip to the Flushing Library. The students were so excited and they even were able to look at books as well as receive cards. The teacher even played the guitar to sing songs and read books to them.

R reads at the library

W and his mom read together

H reads the book

We also started to work on pattern book writing and reading books. Students have been able to read the books and recognize the basic sight words to help them with their reading and writing. 

R reads the pattern.

A reads the pattern

Writing some of the patterns.

Students also have been working on building a city in blocks. They used the books to help them and also started labeling the city. They used what they knew and also with scaffolding they were able to label the city and use words they knew to help them. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Veterans Day!

In honor of Veterans Day, Ms. Rebecca came into the class and taught the students about the Navy, Army, Coast Guard, and the Air Force. Students were able to act out each job and also created hats to share at home with their families.
Ms. Rebecca has the class act out and go over the job.

N makes her hat

A works on her hat

T makes his hat

N works on his hat

W makes his hat

J makes his hat

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Halloween!

As a class we celebrated Halloween on Friday and the class had so much fun. The students made and played a memory card game that Ms. Rebecca had brought in for them. They also made Happy Halloween cards, which went well with our unit of study, which is writing in the world. One of the types of writing the class has been working on is making cards.

Also during the week we worked again on acting out the stories that we have been reading. This time we acted out the Three Billy Goats Gruff. 

D, J and L act out the story 

L acts out her part as the big billy goat

Students also this week worked on a flow map by putting story events in order to help them retell the story in their own words and from their memory.
flow map of the Little Red Hen

This week we also looked at syllables. The students were introduced to syllables earlier in the year and we went back to look at how syllables are helpful and how they help us sound out words, and it helps the students think about the big sounds they hear.

working on syllable writing by adding words to a poem.

This week the students talked about music again. J brought in his violin to play and share with the class.

During the week the poetry center was introduced and  students worked on cutting out a poem and then they had to find the sight words of the week. This center will be open from now on so the students are able to read words from the week.

In the block building center students continued to work on a city representation. When we visit the Transit Museum this week, I hoping this sparks an even greater interest in building in the block center.

This week in the art center, students worked on spider hats in celebration of Halloween!

J and her hat
Lastly in the art center this week, students were able to create Halloween hats. Students made spider hats

Friday, October 24, 2014

What a great week!

Even though the trip was canceled we learned about the farm and did farm activities in the classroom. 
Students worked on farm books to help them with vocabulary 

Students made farms
This week was such a fun week of learning. Students learned and did so many new things. Even though our trip to the farm was canceled, we were still able to get pumpkins and also were even able to visit the Farmers Market. In writing we have been working on signs and making signs that can help us. We even went on a neighborhood walk with Ms. Rebecca to look at signs all around us.
J.Z made his sign in a story

Outside on the neighborhood walk 
Another thing we did this week was work on learning about Diwali the Festival of Lights. Students made Rangoli Mats which is something that the holiday symbolizes. 

J.H makes his mat

J makes his mat

Thanks to the first grade teacher Ms.Tracy students were still able to get pumpkins even though they couldn't go the farm. They were really excited to decorate them as well. 
D's decorated pumpkin

Today we had the chance to go to the Farmers Market and look at where produce comes from. They were able to collect leaves along the way that will be used for our art projects in the next few weeks. Students picked out apples, pears, watermelon, and apple cider to have as a healthy snack. It was a great day and we had so much fun.

T and his dad on the trip 

students getting leaves