K/1 Week 22 News

 Literatura

This week we completed our assessments and jumped into our new theme: El tiempo. In this new unit students will have the opportunity to investigate weather by observing, describing, and measuring it

Our learning objectives this week were to:

  • Record our daily observations of weather using date and time.
  • Create a weekly graph of our weather observations.
  • Write about the weather and our weather-related activities using descriptive adjectives.

Matemáticas

This week we practiced our subtraction skills with new strategies. These might look to be more time-consuming, but they are meant to teach mental math strategies.  We break it down for the kiddos with manipulatives and on paper but then they start doing it in their head as they get more proficient.

We also introduced our Time unit in conjunction to our Weather unit in Language Arts.

Our objectives were to:

  • subtract 1-digit numbers from 2-digit numbers with and without grouping.
  • subtract using doubles facts of addition.

 

History & Geography

We worked on our civilization chart and did a review of the Maya and Aztec civilizations.  We read some trade books and revisited some of our favorite read a louds.  Next week we will begin our last ancient civilization, the Inca.

Our objectives this week were to:
• compare and contrast the two civilizations we have learned about
• understand that the Aztec and Maya had a religion, towns, and farming
• identify the area in which the Aztec and Maya lived

 

Science

In our science unit our focus has continued to be on how matter changes and mixing matter. Next week we will be finishing this domain and beginning our Astronomy unit. On Monday this week, we reviewed how atoms behave in different states of matter and had fun using marshmallows to illustrate this. We also checked to see how our experiments from last week were coming along and if our predictions were correct.

Our Objectives were to:

• understand there are three forms of matter; solid, liquid, or gas
• understand that matter can change or be a mixture.
• explain that matter can change in different ways, some changes are  reversible and other changes are  irreversible
• measure matter and observe changes over time.

English Word Work

This week we continued to work on last weeks sorts for spelling.  Green group  had short vowel words with ending blends. Blue group reviewed “it”, “ot” and “at” word family words (they should have brought a copy of their sort home to work on), Red group had “at” word family words.
Word wall words were: land, love, all
Vocabulary words were: water vapor, ruins, legends

K/1 Week 21 News

 Literatura

This week we completed our Nuestro vecendario en acción theme with a poem. Canción del trabajo provides a look into the people in our communities. This was a nice way for the students to see the unique qualities of poetry.

Our learning objectives this week were to:

  • Clarify words or ideas they don’t understand from our oral stories.
  • Identify words that rhyme.
  • Identify words that are repeated.
  • Distinguish consonant blends.
  • Identify diphthongs and their spelling. (ai)
  • Usea sequential writing map to plan a friendly letter.
  • Write a friendly letter. Revise the letter. Send the letter.

Matemáticas

We continued working on our fact fluency.  Have a strong grasp of our sums to 10 is very important.

We have begun taking daily timed addition tests to encourage students to become speedier and more automatic in the fact fluency.  The class is very excited about this. Each kiddo receives a star on a chart each time they pass along to the next test. They have 4 minutes to complete 50 addition problems.
Here are a couple Websites that are fun, engaging, and great practice:

Here is a video of our Math & Movement for fluency.

History & Geography

This week in our Early American Civilization unit we finished reading about the Aztec civilization.  The class had fun finishing their Aztec headdress, learning about Aztec pictographs, singing a new song about the Maya, Aztec, and Inca. We also worked on our civilization chart.

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Bella's Aztec Sun Stone

Bella’s Aztec Sun Stone

Our objectives this week were:
• understand the Aztec had leaders
• understand that the Aztec established a vast empire in central Mexico many, many years ago
• identify the Aztec capital as Tenochtitlan
• recognize by name the emperor of the Aztec, Moctezuma.
• identify the area in which the Aztec lived
• recognize the significance of Hermán  Cortéz to the Aztec

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This this week in our science unit our focus has continued to be on how matter changes and mixing matter. We finished reading our class matter book and wrote up observations on our pineapple experiment.  On Friday we began a new investigation mixing water and salt and water and oil.  Students predicted what will happen to our mixtures when we return to school on Monday.
Our objectives this week were to:

• understand there are three forms of matter; solid, liquid, or gas
• understand that matter can change or be a mixture.
• explain that matter can change in different ways, some changes are  reversible and other changes are  irreversible
• measure matter and observe changes over time.

English Word Work

This week we got our new sorts for spelling on Friday.  Green group I worked on short vowels words with ending blends. Blue group reviewed “it”, “ot” and “at” word family words, Red group had “at” word family words.
Word wall words were: only, end, help, lot,
Vocabulary words were: headdress, noble, enormous, royalty, courteous, irreversible, reversible
In our journal we wrote about our matter that changes.

Specialists

Character Education: 

This week in Character Ed class, your child learned about the possibility of participating in a book drive for the children of Humacao, Puerto Rico.  Recently ravaged by Hurricane Maria, Humacao is a city on the eastern side of the island with a (formerly)  booming tourist and fishing industry and a university, among other charms. Today, many children there have still not resumed school, and library collections have been left in ruins. A contact of mine who runs the library at the university of Humacao  recently put out a request for donations of children’s books that could be distributed to the children of Humacao and outlying areas.
 We thought the children of Spanish with Sarah could help! We propose that each classroom “adopt” a USPS box (12 x 12 x 51/2)  to fill with books— both in English and Spanish for ages 6 to 14.  Each class would also need to raise the $18.90 for shipping.  Today in class we talked about ways to earn a couple of dollars, perhaps by doing some extra chores. We hope this book drive not only helps children in a place far from here, but also reinforces to our kids value of empathy and service. If your child would like to participate, s/he  can start today! We will be collecting books in each classroom tomorrow, along with postage donations. We will cease collecting on Thursday, February 15 and send the boxes to Puerto Rico.  ~ Jodie Marion

K/1 Week 20 News

 Matemáticas

This week we continued learning to add two-digit numbers and one-digit numbers by grouping the two-digit number into a 10 and ones using place value.

Our objectives were to:

  • Add using doubles facts.
  • Memorize doubles facts up to 9+9 (please try this at home too so they become automatic.)
  • Recognize doubles in addition sentences.
  • Identify doubles plus one facts (6+7 is the double 6+6 plus 1)

 

20180202_092851_resizedHistory & Geography

This week in our Early American Civilization unit we continued to read about the Aztec civilization.  The class had fun planning their Aztec headdress. We will be making these in class next week.  We also watched a short film on Groundhog day.

Our objectives this week were to:
• understand that the Aztec farmed
• identify the area which the Aztec lived
• understand the Aztec have leaders
• identify the Aztec capital as Tenochtitlan
• recognize by name the emperor of.the Aztec, Moctezuma.

Science

measuring pineapple

                        measuring pineapple

This this week in our science unit our focus has been on how matter changes. We read a matter book and began working on a class book.  We also cut up a pineapple into slices and measured it’s diameter and then began to dry it in the window. We will mearsure it again next week looking for proof of evaporation and how matter can change.
Our objectives this week were to:

• understand there are three forms of matter; solid, liquid, or gas
• understand that matter can change or be a mixture.
20180130_112147_resized_1• measure matter and observe changes over time.

English Word Work

This week we got our new sorts for spelling on Friday.  Green group I worked on short i, o, u, and beginning blends. Blue group worked on k, wh, qu, tw, diagraphs,  Red group had v, y, and z sound sorts.

Reading buddies

       Reading buddies

Word wall words were: got, does, just
Vocabulary words were: chinampas, mixture, emperor
In our journal we wrote about Groundhog day.

Specialists

Music with Ms. Erin
 
In January the Kindergarten and 1st grade class learned vocal warm-ups for safe singing, learned and sang many well-known songs along with movement, and increased their recognition of note values and rhythm patterns.
In February they will be:
– Learning about the opera
– Hearing the story of Hansel and Gretel while listening to music from the story’s opera
– Listening to and singing famous love songs on Valentine’s Day
– Learning about jazz music, and listening to various styles of jazz
– Introduced to jazz musician Louis Armstrong

K/1 Week 19 News

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The kiddos reached 2000 tallies for their fantastic use of Spanish in class! They received teeth or lips as part of their piñata.

Literatura

This week we read a great story: Adivina quiên. This is a story about the different community workers in our town and their jobs.  This created a great opportunity for us to make lists of the different jobs of our parents.  We worked on our classifying and categorizing strategy by dividing our jobs lists into inside or outside jobs.

Doing the Mayuscula dance!

Doing the Mayuscula dance!

Our learning objectives this week were to:

  • Spell and use the following sight words correctly: porqué/ why, quién/who, juego/ I play or game, cierra/close
  • Focus on the correct pronunciation and spelling of güe, güi, gue, gui, ge, gi through reading and dictation.
  • Focus on the correct pronunciation and spelling of : /s/ en ci and ce words, and words written with X or Z.
  • Plan the writing of an invitation.  (You’ll be receiving an invitation this week!)
  • Categorize things based on a common factor.
  • Identifying words that should be capitalized and words that should not.

Matemáticas

Adding two digit numbers and putting those results in order from least to greatest.

Adding two digit numbers and putting those results in order from least to greatest.

This week we completed our 7th math unit.  Students took an assessment on identifying greatest and least in a group.  They ordered groups of numbers from least to greatest and greatest to least.

We also began our new math unit: Addition and Subtraction Facts to 20.

Our objectives were to:

  • used different strategies to add1- and 2- digit numbers.
  • Strategy: Add by making a 10.

    Strategy: Add by making a 10.

    add by making a 10, using number bonds.  (This often looks convoluted and confusing to parents but it is a strategy many of use mentally.  This lesson was to show how it is done on paper, to make this strategy accessible to those students who don’t automatically do this mentally.)

Here is a video to help you understand the strategy we introduced on Friday.

 

History & Geography

20180123_102429_resizedThis week in our Early American Civilization unit we continued to read about the Maya and began to learn about the Aztec civilization.  They heard the legend of the Eagle and the Serpent.  We found the Yucatan Peninsula on the map. The class had fun drawing some Maya glyphs.

Our objectives this week were to:
• locate the areas that the Maya and Aztec lived on a map
• understand that the Maya developed large cities of population centers in the rainforests of Mexico and Central America many, many years ago
• describe the significance of the stars and planets to the Maya
• understand that the Maya had a religion
• understand the significance of the Mayan calendar
• understand that the Aztec established a vast Empire in central Mexico many, many years ago20180123_104631_resized
• understand that the Aztec had a religion

Science

This this week in our science unit on matter we talked began to talk about  gas.   The students did investigations to identify two types of gas and their characteristics.
Our objectives this week were to:20180125_111348_resized

• understand there are three forms of matter; solid, liquid, or gas
• identify characteristics of matter
• identify different examples of gases
• understand that gas occupies space
• observe various gases and describe their characteristics

English Word Work

Our word wall words this week were:  most, much, know, knew, I’m

Our vocabulary words for the week were: atoms, accurate, gas, helium, legend, awe, scouts, valley

In spelling on Friday every one got new sorts.  The red group worked on l, k, j, w,  the blue group is working on consonant blends pr, tr, dr, the green group is working on and  vowel words with initial blends.

For writing we wrote about the Aztec legend of the Eagle and the Serpent.  We also wrote a writing response to our gas investigation this week.

Specialists

 Character Education with Maestra Sarah: For the next couple week’s we are working on a citizen project. We talked about how doing and saying kind things for others makes them feel happy.  We don’t do acts of kindness because we want something in return. We are working on random acts of kindness.  Students will share their acts of kindness on our school-wide bulletin board.
As part of our acts of kindness we are doing a canned food drive.  We would like to ask students to bring in canned and boxed foods for a donation to our local food pantry.  We will will make the donation on Tuesday, February 13th.
We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14th during Character Education classes.  Students are asked to make a box to collect their Valentines.  They should bring this box and their Valentine cards (one for every student in their class) on 2/14.
Art: IMG_4111In early January we looked at Ezra Jack Keats’ book “The Snowy Day” and also the US Postal Service stamps honoring this book.

The students learned how to create a figure using basic shapes: They cut out construction paper shapes to make a picture of a child making a snow angel, just like Peter does in “The Snowy Day.”

Then they added boots, mittens, a hat, and an oil pastel shadow.

The following week, we read another Ezra Jack Keats book called “A Letter to Amy” which features Peter in a rain coat. The students made another figure using basic shapes, and also used basic shapes for the sidewalk and buildings. The students did a great job on these “weather” pictures! Looking for basic shapes is a good way to learn how to draw whether it is a person, a landscape, still life, or any object.

We then switched to learning a few facts about Pacific Northwest Native Americans, and how important salmon fishing is to these tribes. We looked at several pictures of salmon swimming upstream to spawn, and the tools that Native Americans used to catch the fish.

The students learned how to draw a Sockeye Salmon using diagonal and curvy lines, then they added color using the side of oil pastels. The students also used the side of white oil pastels to fill in the background. The last step was painting watercolor over their oil pastel drawings. This created some beautiful texture on the fish and in the water. These beautiful fish look like they’re really jumping up a waterfall!

On January 31 and February 7, I will be out of town, and our art substitute Miss Karen will be providing some wonderful lessons on Native American pottery, using real clay and glazes! It would be helpful for the students to bring a clean plastic container (from salad mix or berries, etc.) to transport their clay pieces home when they’re finished.

K/1 Week 18 News

Literatura

This week we completed our de un lugar a otro language arts unit.  The kiddos had fun with their trucks/camiones on Friday to go along with our last story of the unit: Camiones.  We had fun talking about how these different trucks have different jobs.  We also used these trucks for size comparison, an art project, and finally for our weekly journal writing!

Our learning objectives this week were to:

  • use the letter G in our dictation (we usually do this on individual white boards but decided to do them on paper this week so the students could take them home for you to see).
  • make lists of items connected to one specific theme
  • make a list of items by size
  • identify the singular and plural of nouns
Using our math boxes, dice, and little 'crocodiles' to compare groups and say our full sentences.

Using our math boxes, dice, and little ‘crocodiles’ to compare groups and say our full sentences.

Matemáticas

This week we had such a great time with all our place value activities and our greater than/ mayor que and less than / menos que comparisons. We used our greedy crocodile to eat all the greater numbers and played several games.  The students were VERY good at using these mathematical comparisons in complete sentences while playing partner games.

Introducing our 'cocodrilo' who likes to eat all those big numbers.

Introducing our ‘cocodrilo’ who likes to eat all those big numbers.

Our objectives were to:

  • compare numbers using mayor que and menos que.
  • reinforce our place value knowledge
  • add multi-digit numbers using our place-value knowledge
  • practice our formation of 10 and apply this to our place value practice

 

History & Geography

This week in our Early American Civilization unit we continued to read about the Mayan people.  The class is enjoying the narrative that goes along with this section. Maria brought in a Mayan artifact replica that she shared with the class on Thursday. This week we worked on our civilization chart to better understand what characteristics make up a civilization.20180118_104228_resized_1

Our objectives this week were to:
• locate the areas that the Mayan lived in
• understand but the Maya developed large cities or population centers in the rainforest of Mexico and Central America many, many years ago
• understand the importance of extended family to the Maya
• understand that the Maya had leaders

Science

20180118_110346_resized_1This this week in our science unit on matter we talked continued to talk about liquid and began to take a look at gas.   The students did an investigation on measuring liquid by volume and mass. Friday.
Our objectives this week were to:

• understand there are three forms of matter; solid, liquid, or gas
• identify characteristics of matter
• identified that liquid matter can be measured by mass and by volume20180118_110149_resized20180118_105709_resized_2
• estimate and measure liquids
• identify different examples of gases
• identify that gas occupies space
• observe various gases

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This week we got our new sorts for spelling.  Green group is working on words with initial diagraphs and a,e,i short vowel sounds , blue group has blends gr, gl, bl, br, and the red group is working on h, f, t, c beginning consonants.  Our word wall words this week: began, back, ever, every.  Our vocabulary words for the week were: temple, plain, liquid, volume.  In our journals we wrote about the properties of liquid using descriptive words.20180118_091327_resized_1

K/1 Week 17 News

Literatura

This week we had a lot of fun with our De un lugar a otro theme. We read and sang El trencito cañero. 

Our learning objectives this week were to:

  • Identify when the letter C makes the /k/ sound and when it makes the /s/ sound.
  • Use the letters C, Q, Ch and G in class dictation.
  • Identify common and proper nouns.
  • Identify and change nouns from singular to plural.
  • Write a diary entry in their journal using three sentences to describe their day.

Matemáticas

This week we completed our unit on Ordinal Numbers and Position and jumped right into our unit on Addition and Subtraction facts to 20.

Our objectives were to:

  • identify right (derecha) and left (izquierda)
  • use different addition strategies like doubles facts and doubles facts plus one to add 1-digit and 2-digit numbers.
  • read and write numbers 0-20 using: dice, tallies, tens-frames, doubles, and number words
  • identify place value of numbers 0-20

 

History & Geography

dramatization of our story

dramatization of our story

This week in our Early American Civilization unit we finished reading about the nomads and began learning about the Maya.  The class compared and contrasted the two groups of peoples.  On Friday we read a couple of books about Martin Luther King Jr., did a demonstration about equality, and worked on a craft and writing piece related to MLK’s  “I have a dream” speech.

Our objectives this week were to:
• locate the continents of Asia and North America on a world map
• understand that prehistoric Nomads followed the animals they hunted
• understand that the first people in North America arrive by crossing a land bridge between Asia and North America
• comparing contrast hunter gather societies in Mayan Society
• understand the importance of extended family to the Maya
• understand that the Maya farmed
• understand that a shift occurred from hunting and gathering to farming among early peoples
• identify Martin Luther King Jr and explain why we celebrate his life.

Science

This this week in our science unit on matter we talked about liquid and solid.   The students did two investigations, one measuring mass of solid, the other looked at how liquid takes the shape of the container it is in. Friday. 20180109_112335_resized
Our objectives this week were to:

20180109_110705_resized• understand there are three forms of matter; solid, liquid, or gas
• understand that hey solid is the only form of matter that has a shape of its own
• identify that solid matter can be measured by mass
• understand that liquids take the shape of the container that they are in
• identified that liquid matter can be measured by mass and by volume

English Word Work

This week we got our new sorts for spelling.  Green group is working on e,i,o,u short vowel sounds in easy CVC words, blue group has blends cr, cl, fl, fr, and the red group is working on t, g, n, b beginning consonants.  Our word wall words this week: were, about, would, word, their, time, tell, than.  Our vocabulary words for the week were: retreat, weak, solid, mass, hurricane, harvest, equality.  In our journals we wrote about the proverb  “The more the merrier,” and how it related to our social studies readings for the week. We also wrote about Martin Luther King Jr and what our dream for the a better world means to us.20180109_092013_resized

K/1 Week 16 News

Happy New Year!

Reading buddies with the 2nd/3rd graders!

Reading buddies with the 2nd/3rd graders!

Literatura

This week we jumped right into our new Language Arts unit about travel.  In this unit we will read informational writing, realistic fiction, and poems.  These pieces are intended to offer the opportunity to learn about and experience transportation modes vicariously.  Students will have the opportunity to talk about their own travels and the travels of others.  We will learn more about familiar vehicles and to encounter a wide range of other, ore exotic, vehicles in which people travel in other parts of the world.

Our learning objectives this week were to:

  • make connections and predictions
  • classify and categorize: bicycles, fruits, ways to travel
  • identify sentences and capital letters
  • make lists (types of transportation, New Year’s goals)
  • identify proper nouns
Telling the position of students using ordinal numbers.

Telling the position of students using ordinal numbers.

Matemáticas

This week we also began a new unit in math: Ordinal Numbers and Position.  Our goals in this first short week of the new year were to:

  • use ordinal numbers to tell order.
primero – first, segundo – second, tercero – third, cuarto – fourth, quinto- fifth, sexto – sixth, séptimo – seventh, octavo – eighth, noveno – ninth, décimo – tenth, último – last

20180105_105104_resized_2History & Geography

Nomad behavior

                        Nomad behavior

We have begun our next unit on early American civilization this week.  We read about nomads that crossed over from Asia to North America. We acted out what it would be like to be nomads and talked about some of the animals that they would have been hunting during that prehistoric time, such as woolly mammoths and giant buffalos .

Our objectives this week were to:
• locate the continents of Asia and North America on a world map
• understand that prehistoric Nomads followed the animals they hunted
• explain the importance of hunting among early peoples

Properties of matter

                 Properties of matter

Science

This this week we began a new science unit on matter.  We learned that matter is what all things are made of. The students did an investigation on Friday. They observed how objects are alike and different. They thought of a way to classify the objects and then explained to classmates their rational for how they classified the objects.
Our objectives this week were to:

• understand there are three forms of matter; solid, liquid, or gas
• understand that matter takes up space
• identify that matter has certain properties
• explain that color, size, shape, and temperature  are properties of matter

English Word Work

Our word wall words this week were: they, these, ask, after.  Our vocabulary words for the week were: hunt, scent, and matter.  In our journals we wrote about our winter break. Due to the short week, we did not have any spelling words.

Word work

           Word work

Specialists

Music with Ms. Erin
 
In January the Kindergarten and 1st grade class will be focusing primarily on singing and melody. We will:
– Learn how to recognize when a melody is moving up or down in pitch
– Learn land sing lyrics and melodies to songs such as Oh! Susanna, Skip to my Lou, There’s a Hole in the Bucket, and Take Me Out to the Ball Game.
– Strengthen understanding of Quarter, Half, and Whole Note rhythm counts by singing out the count of the notes

K/1 Week 14 News

Literatura

This week we read several stories from our animals unit.  Our learning objectives were to:

  • Discuss the purpose for reading poetry.
  • Identify main idea and details in a poem. (El gusanito de seda)
  • Practice final consonant substitution in our oral blending.
  • List information provided in an expository text (Las arañas)
  • Introduce antonyms, discuss words that are opposite in meaning.
  • Review that adjectives are words that describe.
  • Draw conclusions based on clues (el cangrejo ermitaño)
  • Review the three types of sentences: telling, asking, and strong feeling.
  • Review the three types of end marks used for each type of sentence.

Matemáticas

This week we wrapped up our geometry unit with a big test.  We tried to instill an excitement for the test, that it was there time to show what they know!  The students did a great job.  The learning objectives for our geometry unit were:

  • identify, classify, and describe plane and solid shapes
  • make same and different shapes
  • divide shapes into two and four equal parts
  • describe the whole as the sum of its parts
  • understand that dividing a whole into more equal parts creates smaller parts
  • identify plane and solid shapes in real life
  • use plane and solid shapes to identify, extend, and create patterns

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This week we finished  our unit on the World’s 3 major religions.  We finished our class chart and took our assessment. On Thursday we celebrated by trying holiday foods from special celebrations of each religion.  We also made representations of the symbols from each religion as well.

20171214_105412_resizedOur objectives this week were to:
• locate Israel, the Middle East, and Jerusalem on a map
• review similarities and differences between the 3 major world religion
• identify the symbols and key holidays for these religions
• name three important prophets that we have learned about
20171214_105419_resized• contribute interesting facts from this unit to a class chart20171214_110612_resized

Science

This week in our Animals and habitat we talked about destruction and endangered species. The students shared information and their experiences that related to this topic.  I was impressed by how much this topic means to and impacts these five and six year olds.
Our objectives this week were to:

• understand how humans can effect  habitats
• identify the characteristics of a bald eagles’ habitat
• understand why and how habitat destruction can cause extinction
• understand that living things live in habitats to which they are particularly suited

English Word Work

This week in spelling the Red group worked on b,m,r,s sounds, the Blue group focused on the initial consonant blends bl, sl, and pl. Green group worked on soft vowels i and u in easy cvc words.  In our journals this week we wrote about our celebration. Our word wall words this week were: are, all, from, long, went, will, them, then.  Our vocabulary words this week were: destroy, endangered, similarities, and species.

Specialists

IMG_2389 IMG_2388Art with Ms. Kelly: 

The students learned how to make 2 different kinds of snowmen this month. The first one was made from both cut and torn paper, and focused on the snowman’s head. We read Lois Ehlert’s “Snowmen” book to see her fun snowmen collage pictures. After drawing the outline, the students filled in the snowman’s head and body with torn white paper to create texture. Then they learned how to use basic shapes to cut out the eyes, nose, hat, scarf, and a bird sitting on the carrot.

In the second snowman picture, the students used a black crayon to draw the outline, and then they used watercolor paints and salt to create a snowy background. This was a directed drawing and painting activity, and the students did a great job following directions and creating very cute snowmen!

The students are also learning about the Elements of Art (line, shape, color, texture, form) which are used in various degrees in all art forms.

Have a wonderful holiday!

IMG_5757Character Education with Ms. Jennie: A huge thank you to all the SWS community for making our 3rd Annual Giving Tree for Share a BIG success. Our van was stuffed full of holiday goodness! Thank you for your kindness and generosity to help those less fortunate!

K/1 Week 13 News

Reading buddies with the 2nd/3rd graders!

Reading buddies with the 2nd/3rd graders!

Literatura

This week we continued with our Animals theme and read Masticar, comer: Lo queen comes los animales. This is an informational photo essay about the foods that different animals eat, including plants, bugs, and other animals. We talked a little about the food chain.  The objectives of this week were:

  • to have a better understanding of informational writing.
  • to compare and contrast how animals and students eat.
  • to acquire new animal vocabulary along with verbs and adjectives to describe them.

Matemáticas

Using our knowledge of shapes to work on a directed drawing art project. Listening skills!!!

Using our knowledge of shapes to work on a directed drawing art project. Listening skills!!!

This week we worked with place value in new ways and continued our geometry unit by working with patterns.

We also practiced drawing shapes in a directed drawing activity.  Very fun!

History & Geography

This week in the world’s 3 major religions
We learned more about Christianity and Islam.  We worked on our class chart, filling in key information that we have learned from the read aloud so far. The students have been fascinated to learn about these three religions and about all the similarities they share.

Our objectives this week were to

• identify Judaism Christianity and Islam as major monotheistic world religions
• understand that there are many different types of religions in the world
• identify that followers of Christianity are called Christian
• identify that Christians believe Jesus Christ to be the Messiah and the son of God
• demonstrate familiarity  with the story of Jesus’s life
• understand that Easter celebrates Jesus’s resurrection after his crucifixion
• demonstrate familiarity with other important Christian holidays, such as Christmas which celebrates Jesus’s birth
• recognize the cross as a symbol  of Christianity
• recognize the both Christians and Judaism follow the 10 commandments
• identify the Bible as the Christian holy book and that a Christian house of worship is called a church
• understand that Islam originated in Arabia
• identify that followers of Islam are called Muslims
• identify that Muslims believe that Moses and Jesus were prophets, but they believe that Muhammad was the last and greatest of the prophets
• demonstrate similarity with important Muslim holidays such as Ramadan
• define the crescent and star a symbols of Islam
• identify the Qur’an as the holy book of Islam and that a Muslim’s place of worship is called a mosque

Science20171205_105647_resized

This week in our Animals and Their Habitats we finished working on our sea creatures and began a class book about being a whale.  We also watched a documentary on the ocean habitat.
Our objectives this week were to:

•  understand that saltwater covers most of the earth and it is found in several oceans
•  identify and locate the oceans of the world on a globe:  Arctic Pacific Atlantic Indian, Southern
•  understand that ocean life is very diverse
•  apply the food chain to sea life in the ocean
• understand how humans can affect the ocean habitats20171205_110826_resized

English Word Work

20171205_105652_resizedIn spelling the Red group worked on the z sound, the Blue group focused on the initial consonant blends sc, sn, sw  Green group worked on short vowels o and a in easy CVC words .  In our journals this week we wrote a listener’s  response to the book Rainbow Fish. Our word wall words 
were: more, many, over, and new.
Our vocabulary words this week Muslim and fasting.