Friday, December 12, 2014

Check it dots, and shirt shopping

This week as we continued to work on our pattern books. Students were introduced how to use the check it dot system on their writing . They use circles and then check off to see if they used a capital at the beginning of their sentence, punctuation at the end, and if they spelled their word wall words correctly. Some of the students also are working on checking to see if they used finger spaces and also if they labeled their pictures to help them read it back.
D's paper  with his check it dots

more of his story

Students will be using this system throughout the rest of the year to help them in their writing.

Today Ms. Rebecca came in and introduced the students to new vocabulary. They learned about types of shirts and then she did a fun shopping activity. They were really excited to use the language  and it is very useful for the next upcoming units. 
Ms. Rebecca goes shopping with K

Her shirt shop

J goes shopping

The students practice folding shirts

B goes shopping

Friday, December 5, 2014

Measurement, new centers, pattern books and more.

This week in class we added new learning materials to our centers to help us learn about the holidays. During the month of December we will be learning about Kwanza, Hanukkah, and also Christmas. This week in centers we added a holiday tree, some new jingle bells and also created some fun snowy art work with shaving cream and also glue. We learned about things we could do after we read the Snowy Day.
I.s and S make a holiday recipe

looking for holiday bells, ornaments and other things related to December

our finished winter paintings.

In math we started a new measurement unit and we used cubes to help us think about how we could figure out how many cubes it would take us to figure out the length of our sneakers and shoes. We also played a math game where students needed to make ten frames with different numbers.

K and J.Z make their number on the ten frame

S and A work on the ten frame game
N counts to see if she made the correct number combination

figuring out how tall our shoe is

R used cubes on the inside to see how long his sneaker was

J figured out length and width of his boot.

K, J, J.Z, and L work on tracing their shoe

H measures his sneaker 

 In writing this week we worked on finishing our simple pattern books. Students worked on their check it dot system punctuation looking to make sure they used capitals, periods and also were able to read their writing.
J reads her story

L's story..

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving and more!

Happy Thanksgiving. I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving and their extra days of family and rest.  This week we worked on making number combinations with the wreckon wrack and we also learned how to play roll and record which was sent home with the students to play at home. Students also were introduced to new center materials and a new gingerbread girl puzzle.
In writing we have been working on pattern books and also in reading. Students were able to read a turkey pattern book, and even used Thanksgiving words to make a pattern book.

T uses the wrack to figure out different ways to show 8

L works on combinations

J works to show his thinking

In dramatic play students made a Thanksgiving Day Feast! They set the table , cooked, and even made little menus

J makes dinner

I.S adds table decorations.

In the block center a new set of materials was laid out. W and D worked on making different objects.

new puzzle 

In math this week we had many different games and students even worked on taking numbers they knew really well to work on adding to make different numbers.
Grab and count

roll the beans 

working on addition L

B also works on addition 

In reading this week students not only worked on reading pattern books but they also used strategies taught as looking at the pictures to figure out the words, and also pointing under the words to help their partners read. 
A and L work to read together

R and J work together

K points to the words as she reads

L points under the words

I.B reads the turkey pattern book.

In honor of Thanksgiving, students used the Time for Kids to create thinking maps all about Thanksgiving and what is means. They chose from creating a circle map, bubble map, or a tree map.
B reads her tree map 

J.Z. reads his tree map

I.B, and N read their circle maps

More fun Thanksgiving activities the students did were roll the dice to create a turkey based upon the number they rolled, and also a turkey puppet with the poem of the week on the back!

H makes his turkey

The students really had a great day yesterday and they even were able to taste Pumpkin Pie!