We are studying life in the past, present and future. We studied this photographs of some schools from the past. We talked about what we noticed in the classroom and how it is different from our classroom. Ask me to tell you about what I noticed and what I learned.
In math, we continue to compare sets of objects. We are talking about more, less, fewer, as well as how many more or fewer as we dig deeper into the concepts. We talked about a strategy we can use when we are compare actual objects. The children need to be careful to line up the objects so they can be easily compared. We are also looking at groups of items and finding clusters of items that we don't need to count because we know how many are there without counting. There are a few math games online the children played to help reinforce that concept. Please check out our Homework page on the website, or go to our Google classroom to have your child play those games at home.
We continued our study of Mo Willems books. We read Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. We noticed how the words in the talking bubbles are written in different ways to cue the reader to read them either louder, softer, or with more expression. We wrote our own talking bubbles to share something else The Pigeon might demand. We used all upper case letters and made them bold, with yellow crayon for emphasis.
We will continue to read Mo Willems books next week!
Don't forget, Monday is the 100th day of school. If you choose to have your child do a project, they can bring it in on Monday. I sent the directions for the project home last week but will send it again today. This is optional! I know there is a lot going on right now!
Have a great weekend!
Today in math, we worked on organizing a collection into rows to compare quantities to determine which group had more. The children do a great job of counting and answering, but some children are still working on accurately drawing a set that has one more. We worked a little deeper into this concept to determine how many more one group had than the other. The children need to listen carefully to the language of math and think before responding to be sure they are answering the question that was asked.
In reading, we read a short story about a character that goes to Mars. We read a book about Mars so we had a better understanding of what Mars is like so we could write an opinion about whether we would like to live on Mars or on Earth. We talked about starting our piece with our opinion, then adding reasons to support our opinion.
We also talked about germs and staying healthy. We focused on sneezing into our sleeve and reviewed how important it is to wash our hands. We are also working very hard to stop licking our hands or putting things in our mouth. We watched a funny, older video about sneezing. You might get a chuckle out of it too!
We enjoyed seeing our friends' favorite books today. Tomorrow is Read at the Bells Mill Beach Day. The children can bring in a beach towel to read classroom books on tomorrow.
We are working as a class on making better transitions between activities. We have had a lot of leisurely transitions where children are finding distractions, walking slowly or just standing instead of going to the carpet for the next part of a lesson.
Have a great evening!
Day Two of our Read-a-Thon was very exciting with the children bringing a stuffie to school to read to during D.E.A.R. time. Tomorrow the children can bring their favorite book in to read during D.E.A.R. time.
Today we worked with counting sets and making a set with one less. We are also practicing counting to 100 in preparation for the 100th Day of School! We exercised with Jack Hartman to practice counting to 100. Your child can practice at home too! Here's one of the videos we practice with at school.
In reading, we are continuing to work on retelling key events from the beginning, middle and end of stories. Ask me to retell The Thank-You Book, by Mo Willems. This is the last book in the Piggie and Elephant series that Mo Willems wrote.
Have a nice evening!
We started our Read-a-Thon today! We had D.E.A.R. time today and read for ten minutes. During this time, the children are allowed to choose their books. We will do this every day for the next two weeks as part of our Read-a-Thon. We will be focusing on Mo Willems' Piggie and Elephant books during the Read-a-Thon. We practiced drawing Piggie and Elephant today. We watched a video that showed Mo Willems drawing Piggie. I tried, the best I could, to show them how to draw Elephant. Here's a video that shows Mo demonstrating how to draw Piggie's face.
We also reviewed counting syllables in words. The kids have fun using their index fingers to clap out the number of syllables in words. We also reviewed reading consonant, vowel, consonant words. In math, we reviewed using the words more and fewer to describes sets of objects.
Have a nice evening!