Thank you for all of your donations! We are well stocked in waters and Clorox wipes. We do not need any more cardboard or tape-we took part on the cardboard challenge and it was a success!!!
October has been a blast already!
We had a busy week! We enjoyed music class for the first time and we loved it! Music was filled with belly laughs because the songs were so funny. Thank you Mr. Saunders for sharing music with us!
Mrs. Brown(Guidance counselor) came in to help us with student skills and social skills. She brings puppets to help teach the skills. We are learning how to identify good student skills in ourselves and others.
We met with our reading buddies and took part in the cardboard challenge in our classroom. We built ramps for our matchbox cars. We were introduced to the design process. We planned, designed, created, tested, analyzed, and reworked. The students worked very well with their 5th grade buddies(am) and their 3rd grade buddies(pm). The process was amazing and impressive to watch. Their ramps were awesome! We kept some of the ramps up to be able to play with next week. We worked so hard to build them but we did not have much time to play with them so we'll play next week.
We listened to a story about Johnny Appleseed and painted a tree and used apples to create apple prints on our tree.
In reading, we learned about the letter Ss. the word see, and focused on learning with our senses this week. We also practices taking a Unit assessment. We did a little everyday and it took us the whole week to complete it. This is the same process we will take when we take our unit 2 assessment. The students work well when it is broken down in chunks. We practiced using our private offices, listening carefully to the directions, stories, and questions. I read all questions out loud and they answer them by circling pictures on their page. This time we went over each section as we did them so they could learn and understand the process. The students loved using the private offices(2 manila folders standing up to give each student privacy).
In Math, we created in our number station all week. We built using a certain number of that material. We focused on number 5-8 this week. The children took tours of their creations to be able to observe that the same number of objects can look very different when built differently but all creations still had the same number of items. We practiced writing numbers 3, and 4. We did this using play dough, shaving cream, salt, writing on dry-erase boards, and finally writing in their Handwriting journals. We practiced identifying groups of dots and worked with a five frame. As children progress in their understanding of numbers, they will become very fast at identifying groups of objects even without counting them.
Next week we will be learning about the letter Pp and high frequency word a. Our essential question will be How do tools help us? We will study pumpkins and continue to work with apples. We will estimate and count by 10's. Please continue to read daily with your children and review letters and high frequency words. When practicing letters, please focus on both upper and lower case letters. High frequency words that we have learned so far are I, can, the, we, and see.