|Olaf greets us everyday!|
Reading Workshop: We read several versions of the gingerbread man including, The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School, The Gingerbread Girl, and The Gingerbread Cowboy. The children were able to identify the refrain in each book and described how it changed to fit the theme or setting of the specific story. We completed story maps and listed the characters, setting, and ending to the books.
We also have a new flannel board activity. The children put the gingerbread story events in the correct order by placing them on the flannel board.
|Sarah completed the flannel board.|
The children loved reading club this week because we played Sight Word Candy Land! We played it using the traditional rules, but each card had a sight word on the front. When the children picked cards they had to read the sight word before they turned it over to get the color(s). Many of the children continued playing the game during centers in the afternoon.
|Sight Word Candy Land|
Writing Workshop: Exciting news! We picked our pieces to publish and began the revision and editing process. Our partners help us make our stories easier to read by giving suggestions and feedback. Our publishing party will be next week.
Phonemic Awareness: We played a lot of rhyming games and practiced spelling CVC words using a fun gingerbread theme.
Math: We practiced numbers in the teens this week and completed math tubs. For one of the tubs, the children practiced area and perimeter. Although the students have a very basic understanding of these concepts, they were able to gain additional practice counting objects up to 20. The also completed a missing number activity and put gingerbread numbers in order from 10-20.
|Area and Perimeter of gingerbread men|
Social Studies: We talked a lot about traditions this week. We do not talk about the specifics of certain holidays. Instead, we learn about families and the traditions they have when celebrating together. Our latest issue of Let's Find Out talked about family traditions and the use of lights in many December holidays.
We helped collect cans of cat and dog food for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Thank you to Mrs. Fusco for organizing this wonderful activity! The children loved helping the dogs and cats!
We have learned a lot about the geography of our country through our gingerbread exchange.We have received gingerbread men from states such as California, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, South Carolina, and North Dakota! We learned important facts about each state. The gingerbread men are proudly displayed on a large map in the hallway for all of the students to enjoy.
|Our gingerbread map|
Center/Free Choice Time: The children love centers! They are able to choose from several activities such as iPads, blocks, painting, Legos, etc. So, I was really excited when a few of them asked if they could form a writing club. Several of the children brought in notebooks and used some of their free choice time to write stories together. The "club" started gaining more members throughout the
|Here are a few boys enjoying Writing Club.|
We found a fun game for the Smart Board. The children were able to decorate a gingerbread man from Candy Land!
|Elijah makes a gingerbread boy.|