Friday-April 20th is a school spirit day-Crazy day. Some ideas include crazy hair, crazy clothes(backwards, mismatched socks, etc). Have fun!
We are about to enter in our last week before vacation week. Vacation week in from 4/23-4/27. School starts again on the 30th.
Last week, the students were busy as always. They were excited to see their beautiful artwork go up on the bulletin boards. Their handprint flowers are coffee filter butterflies are brightening up our room and hallway!
We attended the band concert on Thursday morning in the gym. I am so proud of the mature bobcat behavior our class displayed.
In Math, the students enjoyed playing Growing train where they roll a dice and build a "train" to 20 with unfix cubes. This teaches the concept of addition(adding on) and practices math facts. We do this on a number line board that has 20 boxes. We use this same board to play Disappearing train. This game works in the opposite way. The children start with a train of 20 and subtract or take away pieces of the train working on the topic of subtraction. We practiced addition and subtraction with number stories by telling a story and practicing drawing it out and writing the equation. We also did domino addition where the students added the two sides of the domino and place it next to the appropriate number. Another game they loved was frog jump number line. They used two dice -one had addition and subtraction signs and one was a typical dot dice. They rolled both to determine if they moved up(addition) or moved backward(subtraction). This taught them the strategy of using a number line to add and subtract. Another fun game was Guess My Number. We would give them clues such as this number comes after 47 or this number is bigger than 11 but smaller than 13. The children were very excited to guess the number The children practiced identifying shapes by their attributes(color, shape, thickness, size). They spun the attribute spinners and looked through shapes to find a shape that had both of those attributes.
In reading, they focused on the essential question-What can help you go from here to there? The focus of the readings were on different forms of transportation(trains, boats, cars, planes) and different ways your body can get you from one spot to another(swimming, running, hopping). The letters we focused on were Jj and Qq and our new high frequency words are here and me. Keep reading daily at home and don't forget to write notes to each other and encourage story writing. Remember dictionary spelling is not the focus-inventive spelling is great! At this point, we are encouraging a comfort of writing so they can comfortably get ideas on paper without having to worry about perfect spelling. We do want them connecting the sounds they hear in the word to their writing. We should be able to figure out what they are writing without them reading it to us. This is the goal. They are all making great gains in this area.
Homework continues to be daily reading(at least 20 minutes), practicing high frequency words, counting backwards from 20, and counting by 5's. As the weather continues to improve(hopeful thinking), I would like to add daily outside play to their homework. Fresh air and play are very important to their growing bodies and brain!