We had a very busy, short week! We have been working in the Really Great Reading Playground to practice what we are learning during our lessons. I love that I can see how they did on the lessons as they are graded. The children do a really great job of helping each other as they get out and put away the Chromebooks, as well as helping others if they get stuck while playing the games. This is important as I am working with small groups or individual students.
As part of our observance of Native American Month, we read the modern folktale Totem Tale, A Tall Story from Alaska, by Deb Venasse. This is a story about the animals on the totem pole getting their freedom for a night but needing to get back on the pole so they are not trapped in the land in between. We will be working more with this story next week because the author put interesting verbs in bold, big print that we will talk about more next week. We also worked on strengthening our memory by trying to remember all six animals on the totem pole at the end of the story. The children needed to listen carefully to hear their names as the carvings on the totem pole might have been difficult for the children to know what animals were on the pole.
We are working with one more and one less in math. We played some fun games and I quickly found out that the children are great with one more, and pretty good with one less. We worked with larger numbers, greater than ten, to challenge, and practiced writing them on white boards. We will be starting a new unit in math but will continue to work with numbers to deepen their understanding of the relationships between numbers.
Today we talked about Veteran's Day almost all day! We started by studying these photographs to talk about what we noticed and wondered about. The children were so interested in these photographs and had so much to talk about!
Some of the children shared pictures and told about what they knew about their parents, grandparents and even great grandparents service. The kids asked them questions and they did a great job answering with what they knew. We made a little booklet about Veteran's Day and the different branches of the military. We listened to music for each of the branches as well as other patriotic music. During indoor recess, I overheard them playing "veterans" in housekeeping.
I hope you have a great weekend!