What a great day! We learned about a very unusual animal. We studied photographs of pangolins. We did what readers and learners do and asked questions about this unusual creature. Then, we read an information text about pangolins. We learned about some of their external features and how they help them to survive. Ask me to tell you about this animal and it's external features.
In math, we continued to work with decomposing, writing number sentences, and solving story problems. I added some websites to practice addition, decomposing and skip counting to our website homework tab. Check the homework sheet there and click on the links to find practice games.
We visited Vermont today as we read across America. We learned about making maple syrup. We are beginning to learn about producers and consumers in Social Studies, so this was a great beginning for us. We read Sugaring, by Jesse Haas. This story is about a grandfather and granddaughter going into the woods to empty the buckets of sap into a big vat on a sled that two horses pull. They take the sap to the sugar house and boil it until it is just the right consistency and color. The grandma makes a special treat for the horses and little girl. This is a sweet story about a family working together.
We did a lot of word work today. We are working on writing simple words quickly, as well as learning our word wall words. As of today, we have introduced all the kindergarten words, but many of the students still need additional practice in spelling the words quickly and accurately. We will continue to work with these words, as well as add additional first grade words. I will be giving the students a word wall check-up, and we will work on the words they still need to learn to spell.
We made cards for one of our friends who had their tonsils out. We learned about how to make a card, writing a nice message, and decorating the card with something we know our friend likes. The kids worked hard on these cards and did a really great job!
We are working on building reading stamina in independent reading. The children are working hard to read for 15-20 minutes without interruption. This is hard work! Focus, using strategies and skills, recalling word wall words, and the physical side of making your eyes do the work across the page is a big task! But they are doing it and are so motivated by the Dr. Seuss books, as well as some of their favorite series characters such as Fly Guy, Piggie and Elephant, and Fancy Nancy. Ask me to tell you what I like reading during independent reading.
Have a nice evening1
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