We have completed our introduction and routine lessons for Benchmark, so today we are starting our first unit, Rules at Home and School. We read a short passage about soccer rules today. The students are learning to answer the question that is asked and to not repeat what other students already said.
We also read an information text about playing by the rules in sports. We went back to the text and highlighted the key ideas in the text about playing by the rules. Ask me about a rule we talked about when playing soccer or other sports.
We then did a guided writing activity to draw a picture that shows a rule that was in the passage we read, as well as the information text we read. I demonstrated basic writing skills that writers need to learn. I emphasized beginning the sentence with a capital letter, putting spaces between words, and using punctuation at the end of the sentence. The children drew a picture to go with the sentence. Our sentence was "Always be a good sport." You will find your child's writing in their red folder. We are reserving the yellow folder for paper you will be receiving at our next distribution. Your child could copy off my writing for this assignment. We will do a lot of guided writing this quarter.
We also began to learn about nouns. Ask me to dazzle you and tell you what I know about nouns. I'm sure I didn't know about nouns in kindergarten! We watched a blast from my past, Schoolhouse Rocks and learned about nouns. Enjoy!
We began a very modified Orton-Gillingham lesson today about the letter c sound. We studied an interesting photograph of carrots and were surprised to see carrots that were not orange. Ask me what other color carrots can be! We repeated an alliterative sentence with the letter c and listened to a story about carrots to reinforce the hard c sound. The story is called Too Many Carrots, by Katy Hudson. Ask me to tell you who three characters were in the story.
In math we worked to find hidden partners and to write a number sentence to show the decomposition of 3. Our number sentences look like this: 3= 2 + 1
We read a story with a very good lesson in it for our Book a Day. The story is called Mela and the Elephant, and it is written by Dow Phumiruk. The story is about a little girl who goes out to explore the banks of the river. I've posted the story below so you can watch it with your child and talk about the lesson the story teaches.
Have a nice evening!