Sunday, March 11, 2012

Numbers in the Teens & Numbers in the Twenties

Here are two videos to help kids remember that teen numbers start with a 1 and numbers in the twenties start with a 2! I'm going to use these as a review at the beginning of math time each day.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My Lucky Day

Our story of the week is My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza. This is a funny story about a smart pig who outwits a fox and avoids becoming the fox's dinner! We will be focusing on the elements of the story, including the characters, setting, and plot.

Our sight words this week are do, come, away. **Note: The Friday newsletter had a typo. It listed the number words, one, two, three, four, and five as our sight words, but those are for the following week!**

We have been working on the "h brothers" in phonics. Last week, we concentrated on "sh" and "ch". This week we will be working on "wh" and the following week "th".

In math, we will continue learning about place value and practicing building numbers. This is tricky for many students but provides a solid foundation for number sense, so we will spend a lot of time on this.

In social studies, we have been learning about wants and needs, goods and services, and trade. We will continue our study of these economic terms next week!

Our class is studying the author Jonathan London for reading month. He is the author of the Froggy series. Our class will be writing our own Froggy books for reading month!

Don't forget that for reading month, we are having a school-wide and class-wide contest to see who reads the most minutes during the month of March. This can include your child reading to you or  you reading to your child. Record your minutes each night and return the logs every Friday!

On Wednesday, March 28, MTA will host reading night from 4:30-5:30 in the gym. At reading night, your child can share his/her Froggy book with you. Students will be able to participate in a craft or activity that each teacher has created to match their class' author study. We hope to see you there!
Upcoming Events
* Thursday, March 15- Progress Reports Issued
* Friday, March 16- No School (Professional Development Day)
* Wednesday, March 28- Reading Night 4:20-5:30
* Friday, March 30- Character Dress-up Day (Students may dress up like their favorite story character)
* Monday, April 2- Field Trip to the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum (permission slip will come home on Monday, March 12)
* Friday, April 6- Spring Break Begins

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dr. Seuss and The Blue Pigs Band!

Last week we did many activities with Seuss books in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Here are two of the projects we made:
The Cat in the Hat

A closer shot...
 The Cat in the Hat project idea came from the blog Teaching Two. The kiddos had so much fun making them!
Horton Hears a Who
The Horton Hears a Who project idea came from the Fun in First blog. So cute! The kinders had to use tracers to trace their own shapes, so they all turned out slightly different. :)

We read many Dr. Seuss books last week including The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, Happy Birthday to You!, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop and a few others. The kids loved rhyming along with Dr. Seuss!

On another note, we had special guests at school today...the Blue Pigs band! The Blue Pigs are a band comprised of Detroit Police officers. The kids loved listening to the music, singing along, and dancin' to the beat! Here are a few pictures and a video clip from the concert:

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rooster's Off to See the World

This past week, we focused on Dr. Seuss stories all week and the kids loved it! We made some fun Dr. Seuss art projects, which I will try to post pictures of later this week.

Next week, we will be reading Rooster's Off to See the World by Eric Carle. Eric Carle is also author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? You can check out his author webpage here.

Our sight words for the week are: so, funny, and out. We will be working on the "H Brothers" in phonics, focusing on "sh" and "ch".

In math we will be focusing on place value and getting more familiar with how to build numbers using the ones, tens, and hundreds place.

Here is a link to a website where students can practice building numbers using base ten blocks (like we use in class): Base Ten 

In Social Studies this week we will be focusing on needs versus wants.

Last week in math we focused on geometric shapes. Check out the pictures of students working in groups to sort the shapes into the correct category!

Have a great week everyone! I will be back soon with our Dr. Seuss project pictures. :)