Information about Ready Set Run went home today in folders. I encourage all of you to check it out! I coach a team, and we have so much fun! It is a fabulous way to spend time outside after school and exercise together.
We earned a Whole School Celebration this morning! The warm fuzzy tub was absolutely overflowing when we dropped all we had earned in. There is nothing quite like seeing the entire school cheering for their positive behavior! We got to watch an animated short as our celebration!
You also should have received information about Field Trip to the Audubon that is coming up soon! If you have any questions please let me know!
This week has been all about sound power! We are circling back to alphabet books to really zoom in on letters and sounds and to reinforce the connection of sound and symbol. We used alphabet books to play several games this week.
We started to week playing a game called, "Why This?" Partners looked at an ABC book and had to discuss why each picture was on the page. I heard students connecting the letter sound relationship. I even noticed some students realize their ABC books had a topic. For example, one student had a dinosaur ABC book and he exclaimed, "It is a brontosaurus because it starts with a b and my book has all dinosaurs in it!" when his partner asked him, "Why this?"
Another game we leaned was "Same and Different" This game had partners compare each page of their book and discuss if their pictures were the same or different. Students were so excited to find books that each had "elephant" for E or "zebra" for z.
"Add More Words" is a game we play in word work and in partner reading. In partner reading, students generate a list of words that could also work for each letter of the alphabet. In word work, students used letter stamps to stamp a letter and then draw and write words that start with the same letter.
Next week we will be moving into initial consonent blends and digraphs! This is learning I know our students are ready for. We will be noticing when words start with two consonats that make one, new sound.
This week each student wrote a book about the animal they were researching. Students really demonstrated a strong understanding that animals have needs they need to meet in order to survive. Kids made connections this week that led them to the understanding that the challenges of winter, such as little food and cold temperatures, causes animals to change their behavior. We really worked this week to define migrate, hibernate, and adapt through our research. Here are links to some of the videos we watched: (I think we watched the Fox video 5 times over the past few weeks, the class loves this video!)
Wow! These math students continue to blow us away! This week was kicked off with a lesson about subtraction. Subtraction tends to be trickier for students, so we really focused on explicit instruction this week about subtraction as taking from.
On Monday, we were learning that in subtraction equations the smaller number always comes first. We used felt watermelons and a 20 sided dice to model subtraction stories and write the equations that go along with the scenarios. The class quickly grasped the concept I was trying to teach and we talked about different strategies to solve subtraction stories quickly. One highlight was when you would roll two of the same number on each dice. We talked about how you could take each piece off one by one, or you could swipe the whole lot off. Modeling these concepts concretely gives students something to draw from when they solve these problems mentally. I really enjoy repeated modeling of equations so students understand why rather than just having memorized or known facts.
We learned a new game this week called Frog Hop. This game taught students how to use a number line to solve addition and subtraction stories. Students would roll a dice labeled with + and - along with a 10 sided dice. Then, they would moved their frog accordingly on the number line. Our class extended the activity by recording the equations that went along with their moves.
That is all for this week!