Week 28 Learning

 

Welcome Back! I hope everyone had the BEST Spring Break!

Here is a preview of what we will be learning this week:

Sight Words: Review: and, am, are, do, can   Bonus: about, how (1st grade words)…We will be having a spelling test on Friday over these words! It is very important that our students know how to not only read their sight words, but write them as well! A letter will be sent home tomorrow with all of the details! 🙂

*We will also do the Sight Word Fluency PowerPoint for practice!

**I will be sending home a list of first grade sight words this week for those of you that want to start practicing! 🙂

Morning Message:

Monday: Take a Trip to Planet Blip (-ip words)

Tuesday: Dine with Nine Messy Monsters (-ine words)

Wednesday: The Clock Who Could Not Tock (-ock words)

Thursday: A Snack for Mack (-ack words)

*The kiddos will continue to use the word family roof tops in the mornings to practice their word families.

*We will also begin using partner Readers Theaters this week! This is going to be a great way to build up every child’s fluency!

Reading Skills: This week, we will be reviewing and applying good reading strategies. We will also discuss things that good readers do.

Reading Anchors: Review: Reading is Thinking, Making Connections, Readers Use Stickies to show their Thinking

Big Books/Shared Reading: Easter Books

**We will also read Crysanthemum and have a discussion on how we should treat others. It is very important for kiddos to treat everyone with respect and kindness. So, we will be doing a fun little activity to promote this!

Guided Reading Centers:

Listening: Listen to a QR code reader and complete a response page

ABC Center: Egg-Cellent Rhymes/Osmo Words

Word Work: Rainbow Roll-n-Write Sight Words

Writing Center: Write the Room/Free Writing Activity

Technology: Language Arts Games

Pocket Chart: Word Family Sort

Poetry: Leprechaun/CVC words

Lightbulb: rhyme practice, word families etc…

Art: Easter Egg Water Color Painting/Lady Bug Art Activity

MIMIO: Rhyming Match

Interactive Writing: This week we are going to write about an array of things such as what we know about math, adding, subtracting, cheetahs, etc… My goal for this week is to focus on capitalization, punctuation, spacing, and staying focused. We have gone over these things all year, but the more we practice, the better we will get!

*Writing Skills: capitalization, punctuation, good spacing, staying focused. We will also be moving our name pencils on our writing goal chart. Each week a child will pick what they need to focus on or get better at and place their pencil next to that section of the chart. For example, if a kiddo needs to work on using capital letters appropriately, they will put their name pencil beside that section. The next week, that kiddo will reevaluate and see what they need to work on and move their pencil accordingly.

Writing Anchors: Review: Capitals, Punctuation, Thinking, Tricky e.

Independent Writing: Free Writing, Science Journal Writing, etc…

Poem: Rain

Things we focus on with our weekly poems:

-Rhyming Words

-Capital Letters

-Punctuation

-Sight Words

-Fluency (reading smoothly, not like a robot, and sounding like we talk)

-Word Chunks etc…

Penmanship: P-S continued…

Math Focus: Addition and Subtraction/Number Sense

Number Talks:

-Dot Cards

-Rekenreks

-Number Strings PowerPoint

-Make What You See

Classroom Routines:

-Piggy Bank Addition

-Subitizing Cards Game

-Did you eat cereal for breakfast?

-Race to 20 using number paths

Math Anchors: Reviewing: Some and Some More, Some and Some went Away

Investigations/Math Lessons:

-Five Little Monkeys Subtraction Activity

-Toss the Chips Game

-Bunny Rabbit/Carrot Subtraction Activity

-Inch Grid Designs

Math Centers:

-Piggy Bank Addition

-Stack it Up

-Osmo Numbers

-Bump

-Number Match word/numbers

-Add and Cover

-Shamrock Sums

-Teen Numbers

-Ten Frame Match Up

-Technology-Math Games

-MIMIO: Fly Away Subtraction

-Addition File Folder Games 1 & 2

Math Journals:

-twenty frames

-problem solving

Small Group Math:

-Bear Caves

-Shake and Spill

-Cardinality Games

Science: Science Experiments

-walking water experiment

-watch it rain experiment

I am soo excited about these science experiments!!!!

Have a Magnificent Week!!!

Week 27 Pictures

I know this is a lot of pictures, but what a FUN week of learning we had! Enjoy!

Lucky Charms Graphing:
The kiddos graphed their marshmallows and then we analyzed our graphs. We had some good discussions about our observations.

 

“I love you and you love me too.”

Practicing Blends and Digraphs

Working on writing sight words

“I like my dog. He is good. The dog is cute.”

“I see a cat and a dog. I see a bird.”

“I love my bandaide.”

 

Make What You See: The kiddos used square tiles to make the design that I flashed on the screen. Afterwards, they had to create their own design using 6 tiles within the rules I gave them. Lastly, the kiddos glued paper squares onto the inch grid paper to create their design and a number sentence to go with it. The number sentence was how they saw their design.

After this fun activity, the kiddos decided they wanted to make more designs! It was tricky because the rules I gave were that at least one side of each square had to be touching another side.

Math Memory

Add and Cover

Shamrock Sums

 

Leprechaun Traps: We made leprechaun traps out of empty tissue boxes, bags, and any other scraps we could find in our classroom! We then left gold coins out over night to see if we could catch a leprechaun! The next day, the coins were gone and rolo candies were left! To say the kids were excited is an understatement!

 

We read and sang 5 Little Ducks aloud. Afterwards, the kids made 5 little ducks using yellow beads and a pipe cleaner. We then practiced creating addition sentences to get the sum of 5. They did really well with this activity.

Week 27

 

One more week until Spring Break!!

This is what we will be learning this week:

Sight Words: no, had, yes (these are the last of our kindergarten sight words!!!)

*We will also do the Sight Word Fluency PowerPoint for practice!

**I will be sending home a list of first grade sight words after Spring Break!

Morning Message:

Monday: Spend a Day in Backwards Bay (-ay words)

Tuesday: Spring in the Kingdom of Ying (-ing words)

Wednesday: When Zelda Spilled Purple Ink (-ink words)

Thursday: A Nap for Zap (-ap words)

*The kiddos will continue to use the word family roof tops in the mornings to practice their word families.

Reading Skills: Inferencing and analyzing stories. The kiddos will make predictions based on what they know about the text so far. We will also discuss why we think the author may have written the book. Was it to inform us of something, entertain us, or to persuade us?

Reading Anchors: Review: Reading is Thinking, Making Connections, Readers Use Stickies to show their Thinking

Big Books/Shared Reading: St. Patrick’s Day Books

Guided Reading Centers:

Listening: Listen to a QR code reader and complete a response page

ABC Center: Pot O’Gold Sight Word Game

Word Work: Osmo: words/Roll & Write Sight Word Game

Writing Center: If I had a Pot of Gold…..

Technology: Language Arts Games

Pocket Chart: Put Mixed Up Sentences in Correct Order

Poetry: I Like School

Lightbulb: Write the Room 1 & 2, cvc words, and other activities

Art: Clover Craft-students will decorate a clover and write a sentence to go along with it.

MIMIO: Flower Power-word families

Interactive Writing: This week, we will be focusing on stories with leprechauns in them. We may write about how to make a leprechaun trap or what we would do if we caught a leprechaun-it’s all up to the kiddos’ imaginations! I can’t wait to get started though!

*Writing Skills: capitalization/punctuation and continue practicing how to show and not tell in our writing. For example, if someone wants to write, “I am happy.” Instead, they could write, “My smile was as big as the sun.”

Writing Anchors: Writing Goals-Add our name pencils to the chart this week!

Independent Writing: Free Writing/Leprechaun Trap Writing

The kiddos will get to design their very own leprechaun trap using manipulatives from our classroom. I will snap a picture and then they will get to write all about it!

Poem: Leprechaun

Things we focus on with our weekly poems:

-Rhyming Words

-Capital Letters

-Punctuation

-Sight Words

-Fluency (reading smoothly, not like a robot, and sounding like we talk)

-Word Chunks etc…

Penmanship: P-S

Math Focus: Addition and Subtraction/Number Sense

Number Talks:

-# Talk PowerPoint

-Quick Images using Tiles

-Number Strings PowerPoint

-Make What You Saw

Classroom Routines:

-Missing Parts

-Memory

-Count Around the Circle, start with the number 4.. Ask will we get to 3? Why or why not?

Math Anchors: Reviewing: Some and Some More, Some and Some went Away

Investigations/Math Lessons:

-Lucky Charms Graphing 🙂

-Unit 6 1.1: 6 Tiles in All

-5 Little Ducks Addition Activity-Coming up with # sentences as we sing the song. We all made a manipulative with a pipe cleaner and put 5 yellow beads on it. Pictures to come!

-Piggy Bank Addition using dice and pennies!

-Unit 6 1.2: Toss the Chips

New Math Games to Introduce/Review:

-QR Code Numbers/Ten Frames

-Race to Ten

-Race to Twenty

Math Centers:

-Add and Cover

-Shamrock Sums

-Teen Numbers

-Ten Frame Match Up

-Bump (one more, one less, make ten)

-Osmo (IPAD)- Numbers

-Technology-Math Games

-MIMIO: Fly Away Subtraction

-Addition File Folder Games 1 & 2

-Addition Pop!

-War: Who has less/more

Social Studies/Science: St. Patrick’s Day

-Create/Make Leprechaun Traps

-Make Leprechaun Lucky Pudding

As always, have an DELIGHTFUL week! 🙂

Pictures From Week 26

We had a great week! We even ate GREEN eggs to go along with the book Green Eggs and Ham!

“I love love mom.”

The kids LOVE this math game. I mix up all of the numbers, then the class cheers as the student tries to put the #s in the correct order as fast as they can!

“I like my teacher to learn with me and I like to help with you.”

“I can see the rainbow.”

My lunch crew that traded in tickets to eat with me!

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

Our CHAMP winners this week!

We read this Dr. Seuss book before completing this activity. We used actual goldfish crackers to come up with our number sentences. Then, we drew out our problem!

Using addition workmats and teddy bears to create number sentences.

Pictures from Week 25

Using playdoh to create sight words from our story.

Animal Research!

This group read a book about meat eaters and plant eaters. Afterwards, we sorted them out and matched the descriptions of the animals underneath.

My Lunch Bunch 🙂 I love that they trade in their tickets to eat with me! It gives me time to really focus on them individually and to hear their stories that I don’t always get to listen to during the school day. 🙂

Practicing fluency reciting long a words.

“I like to sleep. I am tired.”

“I like to eat breakfast in the morning.”

One of our reading groups read a book about what a mom likes to do in the morning. Then, they wrote a sentence about what they like to do in the morning! This one says, “I like to play with my IPAD.”

“I don’t like to get up in the morning.”

Our CHAMP Award winners!

Week 26

 

Hey Everyone!

This is what we will be doing this week:

Sight Words: to, not, home

*We will also do the Sight Word Fluency PowerPoint I referenced last week!

Morning Message:

Monday: Fat Cat Book (-at words)

Tuesday: Dog in the Fog Book (-og words)

Wednesday: Scot and Dot Book (-ot words)

Thursday: Baby Bug Book (-ug words)

*I also have some word family roof tops that the kiddos will be using throughout the week to practice word families.

Reading Skills: We are going to be working on summarizing this week in reading and guided reading. Other skills include making connections and Reading is Thinking.

Reading Anchors: Reading is Thinking, Making Connections, Readers Use Stickies to show their Thinking

Big Books/Shared Reading: Dr. Seuss Books

Guided Reading Centers:

Listening: Listen to a QR code reader and complete a response page

ABC Center: Candy Land Sight Word Game

Word Work: Osmo: words/cvc boxes

Writing Center: I Like Green Eggs and Ham Activity

Technology: Language Arts Games

Pocket Chart: Missing Word Sentences

Poetry: EEKK

Lightbulb: Word Family Activities

Art: Cat and the Hat Activity

MIMIO: Blends

Interactive Writing: We will be writing prepositional phrases this week (Ex. The cat is under the table.). I will also have the students find prepositional phrases within Dr. Seuss books. If we get a chance, we are going to review alliteration, as well. I have a fun little alliteration activity using paper plates that I know the kiddos will LOVE! 🙂

*Writing Skills: capitalization/punctuation and practicing how to show and not tell in our writing. For example, if someone wants to write, “I am happy.” Instead, they could write, “My smile was as big as the sun.”

Writing Anchors: Writing Goals

Independent Writing: Free Writing/Completing Non Fiction Research Projects

Poems: I Like School (focus word: to)

Things we focus on with our weekly poems:

-Rhyming Words

-Capital Letters

-Punctuation

-Sight Words

-Fluency (reading smoothly, not like a robot, and sounding like we talk)

-Word Chunks etc…

Penmanship: M-O

Math Focus: Addition and Subtraction/Number Sense

Math Centers:

-Match Numeral to Word

-Bump (one more, one less, make ten)

-Osmo (IPAD)- Numbers

-Technology-Math Games

-MIMIO: Fly Away Subtraction

-Addition File Folder Games 1 & 2

-Addition Pop!

-Subtraction Bowling

-Counting w/Playdoh Subtraction Smash

-War: Who has less/more

Math Anchors: Reviewing: Some and Some More, Some and Some went Away

Number Talks:

-# Talk PowerPoint/Quick Images Game

-Dot Cards

-Number Strings

-Make What You Saw

Investigations:

*Story Problems (referenicng Dr. Seuss Book: 1 fish, 2 fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish) The kiddos will use actual goldfish to practice addition and subtraction problems.

*One More/Fewer

*More or Less at the end of a story problem

New Math Games to Introduce:

-Memory

-Stack ‘Em Up

-QR Code Numbers/Ten Frames

Classroom Routines: Mixing Up Patterns, Count Around the Circle, # Mix Up, Would You Rather…..

Science: Dr. Seuss Fun

-We will be doing lots of Dr. Seuss stuff this week since his birthday is on Thursday! One activity we are SUPER PUMPED about is that we are going to make GREEN EGGS and HAM to go along with the book! We will see how the eggs start off as a liquid and then change while cooking.

Have a SPECTACULAR week!

Building Your Child’s Mathematical Mind

Subitizing

Math should not be stressful or hard.  I want to make math fun and easy for your child.  This month I want to encourage you to play games that help build your child’s  ability to SUBITIZE.  I know that seems like a weird word, but all it means is, the ability to know how many without counting.

For example, if you hold up 4 fingers on one hand, does your child know it is 4 without having to count each finger?  If so, that is subitizing.  When you are playing with dice and a five gets rolled, does your child know that it is 5 without having to count all the dots?

The ability to tell “how many” without having to count each individual item is a really big key to building your child’s number sense and helping them understand addition and subtraction.  However, even as adults we can’t subitize sets of items that are larger than 5, unless they are arranged in a familiar pattern like dice.  We have been working on this in our number talks everyday and will continue working on this idea throughout the rest of the school year. I wanted to send home some fun and easy things you can do with your child so that they see math, and subitizing, outside of school.

  1. When giving your child a group of things at snack time, give them the items and say how many they are getting.  For example, give them 3 crackers and say, “Here, you get 3 crackers.  This is 3 crackers.”  This way they start to see numbers are connected to a group of objects.
  2. Fast Finger Flash – hold up a number of fingers and then hide it behind your back.  Ask them if they could tell how many fingers you were holding up. After they get good at doing it with only fingers on one hand, move to showing fingers using both hands so they can practice subitizing up to 10.   Later, mix up how you show them the numbers on your fingers. For example, don’t just show 7 fingers by using 5 and 2. show 4 on one hand and 3 on the other.
  3. Play the old card game of “war.” Split a deck of cards in half, you get half and your child gets the other half.  Each person flips over one of their cards, whoever has the most on their card wins.  You can also play that whoever has the least on their card wins.  Most of the time, try to encourage your child not to count to tell how many, instead just look at the cards and tell who has more and who has less. You can also do this with dice. 

Thank you for all that you do to help your children learn at home! 🙂

Week 24 Pictures

This week’s CHAMP Award winners!

Our class won the GOLDEN FORK at the CHAMPS ASSEMBLY! This is a pretty big deal, because it means that we were the best behaved all week long in the cafeteria. We also get to hang the fork on our classroom door all week long!

Subtraction Smash with Playdough! The kiddos fill a ten frame with playdough balls. Then, roll a number and they have to smash that many. Afterwards, they have to write a subtraction number sentence showing the difference.

The Valentine’s Party was a BLAST! The kids had so much fun playing games , decorating cupcakes, and having a photo shoot! Thank you to all who helped!

SIght Word Fluency PowerPoint I referenced in my previous post.

Our AWESOME Candy Heart Science Experiment! We had a cup of vinegar, Dr. Pepper, and just plain water. We predicted what we thought would happen after dropping a candy heart in each. We found out that the candy hearts would sink straight to the bottom in the water and the vinegar. However, in the Dr. Pepper, we found out that they would sink to the bottom, fizz a bunch and them pop up to the top! Of course, EVERY kiddo had to do it! It was sooo fun!

The kiddos predicted how many candy hearts would fit in the heart on their paper. Then, they had to count the actual number that fit.

This was a fun game. I would flash words at them. If they knew the word, they got to eat a marshmallow!

Candy Heart Graphing

Sight Word Parking Lot Game

Our last week’s CHAMP Award winners 🙂