We started our day by analyzing these turtles and tortoises. We looked at how they were the same and different, and we looked for more information to find out about how tortoises are the same and different from turtles. In the United States, sea turtles are always called turtles, but turtles found on the land are sometimes called turtles and sometimes called tortoises!
In Really Great Reading, we are working on segmenting words with three sounds. We are using our fingers to indicate the beginning, middle and end sound, and using a fist to say the whole word. We talked about consonants and vowels today and identified them together in words.
We read one of my all-time favorite silliest story today. We read Potato Pants, but Laurie Keller. Event though this is such a silly book about potatoes buying pants, it has a very good lesson. We started listening to the story, then stopped and made sure we understood what the problem in the story was, which is a strategy we want our readers to learn. When reading, you do not need to start and keep reading to the end of the book. Stopping to check your understanding is important! When I asked what lesson the author wanted their reader to understand they quickly responded the book is about forgiveness. We talked about making apologies and forgiving others is important, but not always easy. Ask me to tell you about Potato Pants!
In math we talked about counting on one more and counting back one less. We used bigger numbers and added in using a number sentence. We will work more on this next week.
We took a spelling test with 25 words today! This is not a graded test, it's used to see what the children know about spelling words and for grouping for additional work. We talked before we started about doing our best try and that they would probably not be able to spell a lot of the words, but to try and at least put the sounds down they heard. I'm so proud of how positive they were and how they stuck to it! That was a longish test!
Have a great long weekend!