|Our Nocturnal Animal Display|
We had so much fun learning about nocturnal animals this week!
Reading Workshop: We continued our study of pattern books. We read I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. After reading a few pages, the children starting reading along with me. I asked them how they knew what to say, and they all exclaimed, "It has a pattern!" We realized that patterns help us make predictions. We also talked about the different ways pattern book are written and how the pictures help us figure out what comes next.
We also read pattern books during our guided reading groups. We practiced pointing to each word as we read. We used special monster pointers, too! Your child should have brought home his or her book from reading club. Please have your child read it to you a few times. This helps build confidence and improve fluency. We learned about Eagle Eye this week. Eagle Eye tells us to look at the pictures to figure out new words.
We read several books about bats, owls and other nocturnal creatures. After reading Stellaluna, the children made a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting bats and birds. They also created the main character, Stellaluna. After reading a non-fiction book about bats, we each wrote one fact and pasted it onto a large black bat. We also made owls after reading a non-fiction book about these amazing birds.
We learned two new sight words. Please remember to look through your child's reading folder every Monday. It will contain the new sight words for the week and the book we read in class. You can keep the sight word sheet and book at home and return the folder by Friday. If you do not have your laminated list of words, please let me know and I will send home another one for your child.
Writing Workshop: Wow! We have almost finished our first unit of study. We discussed revision and editing this week. During the revision process, the children looked at a model I had written on chart paper. Then, using the revision checklist on the Smart board, we reviewed the piece and discussed what I did well and how I could improve my story. We also learned about editing. Again, we used my sample story and checked it to see if I had spaces in my writing, used the word wall, used lowercase letters, etc. We met with writing partners this week, too! Our first writing celebration will be next week.
Phonemic Awareness: We played a fun pocket chart game to review beginning sounds. We used the letters in BAT to sort words that started with those letters. We had a few new letter experts this week and our board is almost complete!
Math: We are currently exploring our third unit and learning about numbers 7-10, while still reviewing 0-6. We used the Smart board for several activities and the children love taking the quiz every day on the Smart board. We completed four math tubs for math centers. Please see pictures below! We reviewed ten frames, measured bats, counted bats, and completed a fun math sheet about nocturnal animals. We also made a graph this week. It was called, "Do you think bats are cute or creepy?" We learned that graphs are a way to display information.
|Counting with bats|
|Measuring the wingspan using unifix cubes|
|Going Batty! Ten frames with bats|
|Bat roll and count|
|Our bat graph - 17 cute, 4 creepy|
Next week: We will have tons of Halloween Fun!