We had a great Monday morning! We worked with the letter b in Orton Gillingham. In Benchmark reading we looked again at labels and how they can help us learn more as we read. We read a short book about bees and looked at the photographs and labels. It was great to take turns reading so I didn't do all the reading!
In writing, we wrote narratives. The children could pick their own topic. We brainstormed first, then planned out our story. We rehearsed it with a study buddy. We talked again about putting spaces between words, using complete sentences, and using a capital I when using the word I in a sentence, not just at the beginning of a sentence. Most of the kids worked the whole time on their writing. They are writing more sentences now. Their illustrations, just with pencil or Flair marker, have more details in them. Some of the children didn't work the whole time and were reading instead while I was working with reading groups. I have stressed the importance of working the whole time. In writing, they can also fix up their writing, add to it, or add more details. Although I love that they love to read, it's important they show their best effort and build writing stamina. They have a lot of freedom in virtual learning, and sometimes they take full advantage of that! I know it's hard, but I know they can do this. You can ask them to see their writing, or most of them posted it to Seesaw. If they did not get it on Seesaw, could you please give them a hand in taking a picture so that I can read it and give them feedback. Thanks!
In math, we are working with composition and decomposition of numbers. We worked with number bonds today. We noticed how the whole group is in the circle with two lines, or paths, leading to two other circles.
We also had a really fun read aloud. It was called Bee-Bim Bop, by Linda Sue Park. This book is so lyrical and fun to read. It shows a family working together to make dinner. I've included the story below along with the slides we used to changed the words in Bee-Bim Bop to practice saying each sound, then blending it, then putting it in a sentence. Ask me to read some of the Bee-Bim Bop word play slides with you.
I hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying the beauty of the snow! If it were only a little bit warmer to be able to stay out longer and enjoy!
Have a nice evening!