Today we started our day by visiting West Viriginia. We read Take Me Home, Country Road, by John Denver. The book we read showed how beautiful the Mountain State is that we had to look at more photographs of the state. Ask me to sing you Take Me Home, Country Road. (We love this song!)
The children are bringing home a postcard from West Virginia. I told them they may be able to find something to keep all their postcards in as we Read Across America. I suggested a shoe box, but they laughed hysterically saying it would stink from the shoes... I'm going to leave it up to you to work that out!
We studied some paintings of Norman Rockwell today. We were looking at the expressions on the faces of the children in the paintings and discussed what was happening. We made connections to the pictures. Since we have been talking about how feelings change throughout books we have been reading, it was time to add more feeling to our writing. So today in Writing Workshop, inspired by the paintings, the children wrote about an event in their life that they had strong or changing feelings. They did a great job not only choosing a story with strong feelings, but also using punctuation, spaces between words, and writing many high frequency words correctly. I am so pleased with their writing and with how confident they are becoming as writers.
In math, we did a quick lesson to learn about odd and even numbers. We used the ten frame to show odd and even with the pegs having partners. We read a poem that helped us remembered how to tell an odd number from an even number. A ten frame is a tool we can use to show how we know if the number is odd or even. Here's the poem:
Next week there will be another mini Spirit Week. On Wednesday, it is college day. Students can wear clothing that represents a college that is special to their family. Thursday is Holiday Day. Students can wear that represents their favorite holiday. And you guessed it, Friday is Pajama Day. The children can also bring in a small stuffed animal.
Have a nice evening and stay warm!