We started our week with a Social/Emotional Learning lesson that focused on frustration. We studied these four photographs and talked about how they were they same and what feeling that showed. We talked about how the faces of the children, and the adult in one picture, looked and how their whole bodies even looked when they were feeling frustrated. Ask me to tell you about the word frustrated.
Here's a short video we watched to understand the word frustrated more.
We talked about one thing we can do to help us when we feel frustrated. We got the "stress heart" out of our supply bag and talked about how squeezing that is a good way to relieve some stress. This week, we will be creating a Calm Down Kit. The children will need a shoe box or medium size gift or paper bag to decorate. They will also need things to decorate the box or bag with, such as construction paper, scrap pieces of wrapping paper, cotton balls, markers, magazines, etc. to decorate the box or bag. They do not need all those supplies, just some things to decorate it to make it special. These items will be used Wednesday afternoon to make a container to hold our Calm Down Kit Items. This kit will be something your child can use when they are feeling stressed, frustrated, mad, "wound up" with excitement, or sad. There will be other items in there, and a few things I would like you to print out to include, that can be used to calm down. I need a calm down kid too!
In OG, we practiced our auditory drill as well as added the word like as a red word. We used the bumpy board and began to learn the drill for that, as well as reviewed the arm tapping to learn a new word. The kids are doing a great job learning these routines. I know space can be an issue, but having their materials for these exercises at their desk is important so we can move through them quickly.
In Benchmark reading, we reviewed the text features side bar, caption and chapter title or heading. We wrote a caption together to go with two pictures.
In math we looked for hidden partners in seven, practiced adding on one more, and showed the magnitude of numbers using the Rekenrek and moving our arms and bodies like we were going up and down on a rollercoaster. We practiced writing the number 7.
We ended our day by reading a beautiful book called Layla's Happiness, by Mariahadessa E'Kere Tallie. This beautiful book is about what makes her happy. We read the book, then listened to identify verbs on some of the pages. Then we wrote an "I like" sentence that included a verb that told something we like to do.
We had a great day, and I'm happy to say after several hours on the phone, a new gateway, paying Comcast more money for internet, and getting more holes in my wall, I think my internet is good now. Tomorrow I try out two computers online. Cross your fingers for smooth sailing!
Have a nice evening!