Reading Workshop: We had two new sight words this week. We now have 20 words on our word wall. We also completed the Alphabet Board.
One of our favorite read-alouds was Cranberry Thanksgiving. As you know, we have been talking a lot about the characters in the books we read. This week we explored how characters can change from the beginning of the story to the end. For example, the grandmother in Cranberry Thanksgving did not like the character, Mr. Whiskers. She really judged him by what was on the outside, rather than the inside. As the story developed, several things happened that caused the grandmother to change her opinion. In the end, she liked Mr. Whiskers! We also read The Ugly Pumpkin and discussed how the pumpkin changed in the story. Later in the week, we started learning about the settings of the stories we read. We read The Scarecrow's Hat by Ken Brown and the children were easily able to identify the setting as a farm.
Writing Workshop: The children continue to make excellent progress with their writing. We talked a lot about vowels this week. We have our own vowel strips glued to the inside of our folders to remind us to use vowels when we write. We also talked about the "power tools" we have when we are writing. We have alphabet charts, anchor charts hanging in the room, the word wall, and our new vowel charts. We also learned that there are some words we just know in a "snap". We brainstormed words that we use a lot in our writing and made a list. We added words like mom and dad. We decided that we should add these words to our personal word walls and place them in our writing folders.
|Gabrielle uses the word wall to help her with her writing.|
I am so proud of their writing. I am also excited because many of them are choosing to write during center/choice time. In fact, this week Nuala thought we needed a welcome sign for our door so she made us one during center time. Thanks Nuala!
|Nuala standing next to her welcome sign!|
Math: We continued our unit about comparing numbers. We also had a lot of fun with Thanksgiving math! We completed Thanksgiving Ten Frames, completed subtraction problems using turkey counters, counted Thankgiving foods, and played several Thanksgiving math games.
Social Studies: We read our latest issue of Let's Find Out and learned about the pilgrims. We talked a lot about the first Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims and Native Americans. We read a book about a Pilgrim girl named Sarah Mortin and learned about the chores Pilgrim children did long ago.
50th Day: Wow!!! We had so much fun rocking and rolling all day long. We completed several math activities with the number 50. The children loved doing Dance Dance Revolution to some great 50's songs. We read a collection of stories from the Dick and Jane series. We had a sock hop in the gymnasium and we have some experts at the hula hoop! We took our pictures next to a pink Cadillac and finally, enjoyed root beer floats. Mrs. Svare, Nuala's mom, took a lot of great pictures and will be emailing them to you. Thank you!