Here is a short video showing you the excitement in the room when the children arrived to school and found that Lucky had already visited!
|Our note from Lucky the Leprechaun|
|Mrs. Fusco's class made traps. We kept one in of them our room.|
|Who made those tiny green footprints?|
|Directed drawing activity|
Reading Workshop/Phonemic Awareness: Our big book this week was "Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?" It was different from the original song so we had a great time predicting the characters on each page. We learned that readers use clues from the text and pictures to make predictions. In this book, we really needed to rely upon clues in the pictures to figure out who the character would be on the next page. See if your child can remember some of the characters.
We also read the book Koala Lou by Mem Fox. The students completed a retelling strip.
Our nursery rhyme was, "This Little Piggy." We focused on Sneaky Letter Y. Did you know that the letter Y can be very tricky? Rather than always making the typical y sound, sometimes Y disguises itself as the long e or i sound. We identified several sneaky y words in the nursery rhyme.
We had two new sight words this week. Our word wall is filled with so many words and has become a great resource for the children during Writing Workshop.
Writing Workshop: The children are really enjoying our persuasive unit. They have posted new signs around Hamagrael and have written several letters. The children continue to make the world a better place. Many of them are now writing letters to help stop littering in our town! The children know that in order to be very convincing, they must supply a lot of reasons. We practiced stretching out long words like rubber bands. Also, I have encouraged them to use "amazing vocabulary" in their work.
|Here is an example from our first day of persuasive writing. |
It also cracked me up - I love Property Brothers, too!
Handwriting: The children have almost finished their handwriting books. I continue to encourage the children to use lowercase letters as much as possible. They know that the first letter of a sentence must be capitalized.
Math: Hula hoop number bonds are quite a hit! This week we looked at numbers 4-8. We used number bonds to break apart the numbers and completed a few of our Envision worksheets as reinforcement. They also enjoy calendar math. This activity will help them prepare for calendar math in first grade. The children write the date at the top. Then, they fill in the ten frames for the date. The rest of the activities are typically done as a whole group activity. However, some of the children are independently completing the addition portion of the sheet :)
Social Studies/Science: We talked a lot about the spring season. Happy spring! We read our latest edition of Let's Find Out and learned about soil.
Next week: We begin our most exciting unit of the year!!! Please check your child's folder this week for a special invitation.