We had a lot of pumpkin fun this week!
Reading Workshop: We continued our unit about pattern books. During our guided reading groups, we read several pattern books. We noticed that most of the words changed at the end of each sentence and that the last page was usually different than the rest of the book. We talked about using picture clues to help us figure out unknown words. Due to the short week, and the half day on Tuesday, I did not meet with every group.
Our favorite book this week was The Biggest Pumpkin Ever. After reading the story, we identified the main characters. We also compared them using a Venn Diagram. A Venn Diagram helps readers organize their thinking and increases comprehension of the story. After making a large Venn Diagram, the students completed their own.
|Our large Venn Diagram|
Phonemic Awareness: Mrs. Falco was back to visit us on Friday! We continued to break words apart into individual sounds/phonemes. We used Elkonin boxes this week and learned to "push" the sounds we hear in words. The short vowel sounds are very tricky to identify. We will learn about these sounds all year.
Writing Workshop: I continue to be amazed by my young authors! We learned how to make speech bubbles this week. The children loved using them in their illustrations. We also have a new anchor chart called "How To Write A True Story." We identified the different things a true story must contain, such as who, what, where, what happened.
|Authors hard at work!|
Math: We completed our second unit and will being unit 3 next week. We made a fun project using different shapes. We made silly pumpkins using rectangles, ovals, and triangles. We explored several concepts during math centers. Look below for pictures of these fun centers. We used candy corn ten frame cards to identify and count various numbers, ordered numbers 0-20 using pumpkins, played on the iPads, and played a fun roll and color game to count up to 12.
|Starting to order and working as a cooperative group|
|The finished project!|
|Counting using ten frames|
|Using fall counters to count|
|Roll and Count|
Science: We are still learning about the five senses. We talked about our wonderful fall walks and how we used our senses to explore our environment. We also learned about the skills we use as scientists!
|Our science anchor chart|
Exciting news!!! We have a new student joining us on Monday. Her name is Sarah and we are thrilled to have a new friend in our classroom. Welcome Sarah and family!
Next week we will learn about bats and other nocturnal creatures!