K/1 Week 10 News

Literatura

In this short week of school we completed our first Language Arts unit by reading Llueve, which is a poem about the rain that using silly rhyming words. Students also practiced their letter sounds sorts (which is great for vocabulary building!) and had a lot of fun! Our language arts learning objectives this week were to:

  • compare and contrast images as parecidas (alike) or diferente (different).
  • practice dictation of letter O words
  • complete picture sorts for U and A words
  • complete their first assessment (this is all about following directions, listening, showing what they learned through this long first unit.  On Friday the students had their first formal assessment on beginning sounds, ending sounds, vowel identification, and rhymes.)
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The class did a fantastic job comparing and contrasting Aleya and Bella.

Matemáticas

This week we began our next math unit: Shapes and Patterns. Most students are already able to identify, name, and describe circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles.  They are also able to recognize spheres, cubes, and pyramids. In this unit we will compare shapes, and determine how they are alike and different by describing their geometric attributes and properties. Our objectives this week were to:

  • identify, classify, and describe plane shapes (Vocabulary: círculo /circle, triángulo /triangle, cuadrado /square, rectángulo /rectangle, lado /side, esquina/corner, clasificar /sort, color/color, parecido/alike, forma/shape, tamaño/size, diferente/different)
  • make same and different shapes
  • repeat the calendar pattern of geometric solid shapes.

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We finished our unit on ancient Egyptian civilization this week.  We took a unit assessment and then had our Egyptian celebration. We ate Egyptian food, walked like an Egyptian, made classmates into mummies, and dressed up like pharaohs.
Our next section in this domain will be Three World Religions.20171106_103508_resized

Our objectives this week were to

•  locate Egypt on a world map or globe and identify it as part of Africa
•  understand that much of what we know about ancient Egypt is because the work of archaeologists20171106_103542_resized
•  identify to Tutankhamun  as a pharaoh  of ancient Egypt
•  explain the significance of Tutankhamun

Science

This week in our Animals and Their Habitats domain we read about fresh water habitats and saltwater habitats.
Our objectives this week were to:

•  identify the characteristics of the freshwater habitat
•  explain the difference between freshwater and salt water habitats
•  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
•  describe the landscape of the ocean floor
•  understand that ocean life is very diverse

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This week in spelling the Red group worked on t and v sounds, the Blue group had the diagraphs th and wh, and the Green group continued to review short vowel sounds.  In our journals this week we wrote about a visit from veterans, Mr. Bob and Mr. Gary. Our word wall words this week were: our, out, day, down, ride, run.
Our vocabulary words this week were:  priceless, veterans, saltwater.

20171107_112003_resizedIn honor of Veteran’s Day, we had two guest veterans from the VFW come speak to the students on Tuesday.  The everyone did a wonderful job of listening and asking thoughtful questions.

Specialists

Art with Ms. Kelly: 

IMG_2138 The students in all grades have been learning about Pablo Picasso this month in Art. We read a short book about this famous artist, and also looked at several examples of his artwork. Some of the art vocabulary words the students are learning about and/or reviewing this month are Cubism, Realistic, Abstract, and Collage.

We’ve been focusing on Picasso’s use of the guitar and violin as a theme in his artwork. He created a variety of drawings, paintings, collages and sculptures depicting these stringed instruments, some of which are recognizable and some are not. The students then made their own version of a cubistic guitar using the collage technique. The kindergarten and first graders worked really hard on this challenging project!

The students learned how to draw a simple guitar shape by observing a real guitar, and using basic shapes. The following week they cut the guitar drawing into shapes and rearranged it on a background of a variety of papers. It was fun to look at the wonderful compositions (arrangement of shapes) when we displayed the artwork on the whiteboard! The 2nd and 3rd Grade class artwork is on the bulletin board at school. I think Picasso would have loved seeing all the students’ creative, abstract art!

It was great having Miss Erin teach the students about guitar music while we were working on guitar art! We’ll be doing one more Picasso art project at the end of the month.

K/1 Week 9 News

DSC_0667Literatura

This week we had our hands full with sugar running through the veins of these wonderful K/1 students!  They certainly kept us on our toes but we were able to harness their extra energy and get a lot accomplished.  Some of our language arts objectives this week were to:

  • write in complete sentences using correct capitalization, spacing, and punctuation.
  • differentiate between sounds.
  • do letter sound sorts in Spanish (just like English!)
  • retell a read-aloud, with details, in the correct sequence
  • use the word of the day in more detailed sentences
  • identify initial and final sounds in spoken words

Matemáticas

This week we had a TON of fun with our subtraction, especially on Halloween!

Tens frames addition.

Tens frames addition.

Candy corn addition and subtraction match up.

Candy corn addition and subtraction match up.

Candy corn estimation.

Candy corn estimation.

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Addition to fill the pumpkins.

Addition to fill the pumpkins.

History & Geography

20171031_085654_resizedWe continued our unit on ancient Egyptian civilization.  We had fun learning a song about King Tutankhamun, being archaeologists and digging into chocolate chip cookies to find the chips, and making an Egyptian headdress.

Archaeologist digging for valuable chocolate chip artifacts

Archaeologist digging for valuable chocolate chip artifacts

Our objectives this week were to

•  locate Egypt on a world map or globe and identify it as part of Africa
•  identify Hatshepsut as a pharaoh of ancient Egypt
• explain the significance of Hatshepsut as a pharaoh
•  identify Tutankhamun as a pharaoh of ancient Egypt
•  describe key components of a civilization
•  understand that much of what we know about ancient Egypt is because the work of archaeologists

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How long is a rainforrest boa constrictor?

How long is a rainforest boa constrictor?

This week in our Animals and Their Habitats domain we finished learning about the rainforest and began reading about fresh water habitats.
Our objectives this week were to:

• identify three characteristics of the tropical rainforest habitat
•  explain how tropical rainforest animals have adapted to the tropical rainforest habitat
•  classify animals on the basis of the types of food that they eat ( herbivore, carnivore, omnivore)
•  classify water habitats as either freshwater or saltwater habitats
•  identify the characteristics of the freshwater habitat

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This week in spelling the Red group worked on r and s sounds, the Blue group had the diagraphs ch and sh, and the Green group reviewed short vowel sounds.  In our journals this week we wrote about Pharaoh Hatshepsut  and Halloween. Our word wall words this week were: girl, good, but, boy, look, like, into, have.
Our vocabulary words this week were:  tradition, colonies, patterns, tomb.20171031_085647_resized

K/1 Week 8 News

Celebrating the first 1000 tallies of the year!

Celebrating the first 1000 tallies of the year!

Literatura

This week we read a very funny poem about a character by the name of Crispín, who does everything in funny and extravagant ways.  The poet used rhythm, repetition, and rhyme to create sound effects that are linked to the humorous illustrations.  Our language arts objectives this week were to:

  • discuss reality and fantasy
  • identify title and author
  • identify rhyme and repetition
  • write using correct spacing, capitals, and punctuation
  • write about ourselves
  • use our daily site word for complete sentences (This particular daily activity has helped the students reach 1000 tallies in their Spanish usage!! They then earned a very fun piñata!)
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Birthday popsicles for Maria!

Matemáticas

Subtraction on the number line.

Subtraction on the number line.

This week we continued our exploration of numbers through number bonds, addition, and subtraction.  We took advantage of the beautiful weather and participated in some whole body subtraction.  We used number lines to count backwards for subtraction. This week we also started a countdown for Halloween.  Each day the calendar helper cuts a link and we count backwards.  This correlates well with our subtraction by counting backwards. Students also used big paperclips on long number lines at their desks to help them with seat work subtraction.

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We continued our unit on ancient Egyptian civilization.  We had a great time making marshmallow pyramids.

Our objectives this week were to

•  locate Egypt on a world map or globe and identify it as part of Africa

Visiting architect, Andy

                      Visiting architect, Andy

•  identify pyramids and their shapes
•  explain the significance of pyramids in ancient Egypt
•  describe how the pyramids were built
•  explain that much of Egypt is in the Sahara Desert
•  recognize the Sphinx and explain its significance in ancient Egypt20171024_101104_resized

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This week in our Animals and Their Habitats domain we continued to learn about the rainforest. We watched a video showing animals and the sounds that they make from the rainforest. On Friday we got to taste things that come from the rainforest. Thank you to all the parents who drove on our field trip. Not only was it a beautiful day, but a great success as well!
Our objectives this week were to:

• understand that living things live in habitats to which they are particularly suited

rainforest food taste good!

rainforest food taste good!

•  identify the habitat of the salmon we talked about on our school trip
img_2732•  identify the characteristics of the tropical rainforest habitat
•  describe foods that come from the rainforest20171024_082521_resized
•  explain how tropical rainforest animals have adapted to the tropical rainforest habitat
•  classify animals on the basis of the types of foods that they eat

English Word Work

This week in spelling the Red group worked on n and p sounds, the Blue group had the ill, ig, and ip family words, and the Green group had the word families ish, ash, and ush.  In our journals this week we wrote about seeing the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx and our field trip. Our word wall words this week were: call, come, eat, each, fun, find, give, get.
Our vocabulary words this week were:  pyramid, treasure, Dam, Sphinx.

Specialists

ART with Ms. Kelly IMG_2031This month the K/1 students worked on observing the shapes, sizes and edges of leaves. We made leaf rubbings with oil pastels and crayons, which was challenging for their little hands but The 2nd week was easier! We talked about warm and cool colors and then the students used watercolors to paint over the crayon rubbings.  Some of these beautiful little leaves are on the bulletin board at school.

We also worked on observing, drawing, and painting pumpkins. The students made a drawing with black crayon and then mixed yellow and red tempera paint to make beautiful orange pumpkin paintings. The following week the students made a second pumpkin picture using construction paper shapes with a jack-o-lantern face. I hope you enjoy their great pumpkin art this fall season!

Next month – Picasso art projects!

Music with Ms. Erin
What we did in October:
– Learned the musical terms Staccato and Legato (“bouncy” and “smooth” sounds)
– Learned all about the ukulele, had a sing along, and learned how to play the C chord on the instrument
– Learned the story of Peer Gynt, and listened to Edvard Grieg’s compositions ‘Morning Mood’ and ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’
– Listened to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice by composer Paul Dukas
Plans for November include:
– Introduce the acoustic guitar, and sing along with guitar accompaniment
– How to recognize Like and Unlike musical phrases
– Learn about the orchestra, and the orchestra’s instrument families
– Listen to Sergei Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’
– Listen to Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’
Character Education with Ms. Jennie
In November, our theme for character ed will be Compassion and Generosity and we’ll be setting up our 3rd Annual Giving Tree for Share. Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again! Look for the tree and the gift tags in the hallway but the second week of November. Information about the specifics of the Giving Tree will also be posted in the hallway, and we’ll send out more details in an upcoming newsletter as well. Our quote of the month is: “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington and our featured poem is another seasonal one called “The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven” by Jack Prelutsky. Check out the bulletin board to see what books we’ll be reading as well!

K/1 Week 7 News

Literatura

This week we read and listened to the classic De colores. This poem is all about country and city sevens in which animals, people, and objects from nature are seen through a color prism. Even though colors are not mentioned by name, the pictures are tied into the rhythm, repetition and rhyme to create beautiful sound and visual effects.  Our objectives this week were:

  • to identify rhyme.
  • to create and identify rhyming words.
  • to identify initial and final phonemes in spoken words.
  • to become familiar with the sight words: mira, son, todos.
  • to correctly form the letters: Rr, Ss, and Tt (we spent an extra day on S).
  • to read with a partner and within a small teacher led group for fluency.
Resta de la risa (on R day!) Subtracting from 10 using teeth.

Resta de la risa (on R day!) Subtracting from 10 using teeth and dice.

Matemáticas

This week we continued using different methods for addition and subtraction.  Students used tens frames, tallies, counters, stamps, blocks, etc. to show number families on number bonds. Students objectives this week were to:

  • take away to subtract.
  • count on to subtract. (counting on from the lesser number)
  • count back to subtract. (counting back from the greater number)
  • use number bonds to subtract. (using the part-whole concept  to see the connection between the parts and the whole)

History & Geography

We begin our unit on ancient Egyptian civilization this week.  We worked on a map of Egypt, had fun with hieroglyphics, and got to examine live papyrus, papyrus paper, and an Egyptian painting with hieroglyphs  on papyrus paper.  Thank you Maria, Bryce, and Ms. Kelly for sharing your artifacts.

Our objectives this week were to:

live papyrus

live papyrus

•  locate Egypt on a world map, and identify it as part of Africa
•  explain the importance of the Nile River and how its floods were important for farming
•  identify hieroglyphs as the way of writing in ancient Egypt
•  explain why writing is important to the development of a civilization
•  explain the significance of gods/ goddesses in ancient Egypt20171020_100702_resized

Science

This week in our Animals and Their Habitats domain we finished our temperate deciduous forest animals chapter and began reading about the tropical rainforest. We talked about the location, climate, and levels of the rainforest.

Our objectives this week were to:

• understand that living things live in habitats to which they are particularly suited
•  identify the characteristics of the temperate deciduous forest habitat
•  identify the characteristics of the tropical rainforest habitat20171020_110104_resized

English Word Work

This week in spelling the Red group worked on l and m sounds, the Blue group had the ug, un, and up family words, and the Green group had the word families ick, ack, ock, and uck.  In our journals this week we wrote about how Egyptians used hieroglyphics. Our word wall words this week were: what, with, up, use, saw, said, so, some.
20171020_093311_resizedOur vocabulary words this week were:  Egyptians, canopy, hieroglyph, depicted

Just a reminder that we will have our field trip to the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center on Thursday at 9:45. Students should bring a brown bag lunch.  Parents are driving so please check the sign up sheet outside the classroom if your child needs a ride.

Apparently a little bird told that my birthday was this week. I felt very showered by love from everyone!  Thank you so much!! ~Ms. Marcie

 

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The K/1 class was a great audience for a 2nd grade presentation.

 

K/1 Week 6 News

Literatura

This week we read Se dice due res goloso and La gata Maroma. Both these poems were great examples of rhyme. Our weekly objectives were:

  • listen and respond to the poems
  • substitute target sounds to create new words
  • practice the skill of visualizing (imagine or picture what is happening in a story)
  • identify rhyming words and clap the rhythm of each word
  • identify repeated words
  • identify and segment final consonant sounds (important in reading and writing!)
  • introduction to the writing process: plan. We’ve made lists and now we made a plan for writing about ourselves.

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This week in math we jumped into subtraction and we had a blast with our halloween themed tens frames and number families.  We are working on using our number bonds to help us create number families.  The kiddos had a great time crafting their own haunted house for their number families.  These are on display in the hallway.  Please note the kiddos did a fantastic job following directions on this task. They had to glue on the sides of all windows and place them just right in order to fit correctly on the houses.  Many times, crafts are about the academic piece AND following directions!  Our learning objectives were:

  • to explore different ways to subtract: quitar,  restar (by crossing out pictures), menos (-), enunciado de resta (5-3=2), menos que (3 is less than 5)
  • to show subtraction with concrete objects like cubes and our number boxes
  • counting backwards with and without the number line (the opposite of counting on with addition)

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Trading at Market

                        Trading at Market

We finished our unit on Mesopotamia this week.  We reviewed what weve learned so far about Mesopotamia and what it takes to make up a civilization. On Thursday the class had a great time  with Market Day, trading goods and sampling some Mesopotamian type foods.

Our objectives this week were to

•  locate the area known as Mesopotamia on a world map or globe, and identify it as part of Asia
•  identify farming, cities, religion, leaders and writing as key factors to the development of a      civilization.
•  identify Mesopotamia as the cradle of civilization
•  review the importance of the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers to Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia food at Market

Mesopotamian food at Market

Science

This week in our Animals and Their Habitats domain we read about the temperate deciduous forest and the animals that live there. We’ve compared deciduous trees to evergreens in our own schools back yard. We also looked for Animals near our school that might be found in a

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"Hibernation"

Hibernation

Our objectives this week were to:

• understand that living things live in habitats to which they are particularly suited
•  understand that living things live in habitats to which they are particularly suited
•  identify the characteristics of the temperate deciduous forest habitat
•  explain how temperate deciduous forest animals have adapted to the temperate deciduous forest habitat
•  classify animals on the basis of the types of food that they eat (herbivore, carnivore, omnivore)

Spotting deciduous tree

                Spotting deciduous tree

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Zoophonics: Lizzy Lizard

English Word Work

in spelling the Red group worked on j and k sounds, the Blue group had the   et and en family words, and the Green group had the word families ill, ell, and all.  In our journals  we wrote about what makes  Mesopotamia a civilization. Our word wall words this week were:  may, me, my, no, now, not, or, of, off, on.  Our vocabulary words this week were: species, temperate, and hibernate.

K/1 Week 5 News

Literatura

This week our Language Arts objectives were:

  • to recognize words that rhyme
  • identify words in the selection with our letters of the week: ll, m, n, ñ
  • discuss how words and pictures go together
  • clap rhythms
  • put pictures in order of occurrence using: primer, después, luego, finalmente

Matemáticas

This week we worked on ways to add.  Our objectives were:

  • count on to add.
  • use number bonds to add in any order.
  • write and solve addition sentences.
  • recognize and use the following math vocabulary: summer, más, igual a, enunciado de suma, más que
  • K: use dice to work on number identification

History & Geography

In social studies this week we continued our unit on Mesopotamia.  On Monday the class had fun making clay tablets and practicing their cuneiform writing.  We continue to add information to our civilization chart. On Thursday each student made their own version of a ziggurat (pyramid structure with a temple at the top).20171002_102020_resized

Our objectives this week were to

•  locate the area known as Mesopotamia on a world map or globe, and identify it as part of Asia
•  describe the significance ofgods/ goddesses, ziggurats, temples, and priests in Mesopotamia20171005_102843_resized
•  describe the city of Babylon and the Hanging Gardens
•  recall the importance of the Tigres and the Euphrates rivers and canals to support farming and the development of the city of Babylon
•  describe the significance of leaders to the development of civilization
•  identify Mesopotamia as the cradle of civilization

Science

This week we continued our chapter on East African Savannah and its animals. Tuesday we played a food chain game. Students had to think about what happens when an animal is removed from the chain. On Friday we began our next chapter on the temperate deciduous forest.

Food Chain game

                   Food Chain game

Our objectives this week were to:

• understand that living things live in habitats to which they are particularly suited
•  identify the characteristics of the grassland Habitat
•  explain how grassland animal have adopted to the grassland Habitat
•  match pacific specific plants and animals to their habitats
•  catagorize animals on the bases of the types of food that they eat
•  identify the characteristics of the temperate deciduous forest.

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This week in spelling the red group worked on g and h sounds, the blue group had the op,og and ot  family words, and the green group worked on in, en, and un words.  In our journals this week we wrote about our ziggurat and food chains. Our word wall words this week were:  his, has, him, her, for, if, go, do, did
Our vocabulary words this week were:
Cuneiform, climate, food chain, caravan, ziggurat.

K/1 Week 4 News

Literatura

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reading with Lily

This week we read, sang, and acted out Canción del bichito de luz and Los 3 Perritos.  Our learning objectives this week were to:

  • read, trace, write and use our sight words in sentences: may, el, bebé, yo.
  • correctly form our daily letters in upper and lower case: Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll.
  • identify beginning sand endings of words and spaces between words.
  • identify rhyme within a poem.
  • create rhymes with their own names.
  • segment syllables, identify the initial and final sound in given words.
  • use capital letters for names of people, states, and cities.

First graders are meeting with me multiple times a week in reading groups. They should practice reading their books on a daily basis.  They each have an incentive chart and can mark their chart for each book they read. They will go to the treasure box each time they fill their incentive chart.

Kindergarteners will be receiving their readers in a few weeks and will have the opportunity to fill out their own incentive charts for trips to the treasure box.

Matemáticas

Our math objectives for this week were to:

  • create number bonds
  • identify missing numbers from number bonds
  • use a number balance to check our number bonds
  • add within 0-10
  • write our numbers correctly

History & Geography

This week we wrapped up our landform unit by playing a landform riddle game and acting out different landforms.  On Tuesday we begin a new unit on Early World Civilizations.  We’ve started off with Mesopotamia as our first civilization to study.

Land form acting

                     Land form acting

Our objectives this week were to

•  Identify and locate the Middle East on a map of Asia.
•  find the area known as Mesopotamia on the map and understand that this was part of Asia
•  explain the importance of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and the use of canals, to support farming
•  describe the city of Babylon
•  identify cuneiform as a way of writing in Mesopotamia
•  explain why writing is important to a civilization

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This week we took a pause and reviewed what we’ve learned so far about the three habitats that we had studied. At the end of the week we began our next unit on the East African Savanna. We watched a short video on animals from this region.

Our objectives this week were to:

• describe the three things that a habitat must have
•  review what we have learned about the Arctic Ocean, Arctic Tundra, and the Sonoran Desert
• review what it means to classify animals as herbivore, carnivore, omnivore
•  identify the characteristics of the grassland habitat, specifically the East African Savanna
•  identify four geographical regions of Africa on a map

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This week in spelling the blue group worked on d and f sounds, the blue group had the ap and ad family words, and the green group worked on ad, ab, ed, ob words. In our journals we wrote and drew things about our desert . Our word wall words this week were:  what, this, here, there, where, why, who, how
Our vocabulary words this week were: desert, canals, trade, Savanna20170925_101234_resized

Specialists

Character Education: I so enjoyed having the students bring in one of their “favorite things” over the past few weeks! It’s such a fun “get to know you” activity. This took a bit more time than anticipated, so we are finishing up our theme on Manners next week and then will move on to our next theme: Friendship, Cooperation, and Teamwork. In K-3rd grades, we will be reading some great books including The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi, and Amos and Boris by William Steig. Our poem will be a seasonal one, called Something Called the Wild Geese by Rachel Lyman Field. Be sure to check the bulletin board to see more books, as well as the poem, song, and quote we’ll focus on for the next several weeks.

 

IMG_1703Art: 

We jumped right in with art history this month, and the students learned about ancient Cave Paintings and also ancient Egyptian art.

We made our own textured “rock” surfaces by crumpling paper grocery bags, and the students learned how to use basic shapes to draw either a deer or a horse. The students used oil pastels similar in color to the red ochre rocks that prehistoric people used to make crayons and paint. The students “signed” their paintings with hand prints like the ones found in several cave paintings.

We looked at some famous Egyptian art and jewelry, and learned that the Egyptians used carvings of Dung Beetles in much of their art work. Egyptians revered the dung beetle (a type of Scarab Beetle) which makes balls of dung as a nest and food source for their eggs!

The students learned how to use basic shapes to draw a beetle, and then they used watercolors to mix yellow and blue to paint their beetle green.

All the kiddos did a great job this month, and we will start some Fall Leaf projects in October.

 

October Music with Ms. Erin

In September the Kindergarten and First Grade class learned about Quarter, Half, and Whole notes, dynamic signs for loud and quiet, high and low sounds, clapping and counting a steady beat, and got to play my electric piano.
We also sang songs together, including:
 – Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
 – Old MacDonald
 – London Bridge
 – Farmer in the Dell
 – Go Tell Aunt Rhody
 – Kumbaya
 – On Top of Old Smoky (and the funny version, On Top of Spaghetti!)
For October we will be focusing on:
 – Learning about composers (story time: famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
 – Listening to Edvard Grieg’s works ‘Morning’ and ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’
 – Hearing and moving to differences in musical phrases and styles (repeated melodies vs changing melodies, bouncy and smooth, fast and slow, etc.)
And of course, we will sing more songs together!

K/1 Week 3 News

Journal writing with a little help from Lily.

Journal writing with a little help from Lily.

Literatura

In language arts we continued our poetry unit by acting out our poems/songs and listening for details. Our poems this week were La abejita chiquita and  La hormiguita y Ratón Perez. We also looked for examples of capitalized words and different punctuation. First graders had the opportunity to read with me a few times throughout the week.  They should be reading on a daily basis to focus on fluency. Our objectives this week were to:

  • distinguish vowel sounds /e/ and /i/ in spoken words
  • oral blending of sounds
  • writing a sentence correctly on lines using correct capitalization and punctuation (2 sentences for 1st graders)
  • use words of the day in oral sentences (they are getting really good at this and earned another trip to the treasure box!  That’s 300 Spanish sentences to date!)

Matemáticas

We practiced composing and decomposing our numbers of the day using base ten cubes, tens frames, and other classroom counters. Stu

Fall number bonds

Fall number bonds

dents practiced their counting skills by 1, 10, 5, and 2(3 is new and will be introduced later this year as a new first grade skill for us.). We put our thinking caps on (which, apparently, make a clicking noise…) and worked on solving story problems with patterns and greater than and less than skills.  Students shared with the class how they had solved the problem. We will be doing this all year in our subjects, solving problems and then sharing so classmates can learn from the different approaches used to solve problems.

Our math objectives this week were to:

  • make number patterns
  • make number bonds

img_2477img_2467History & Geography

In social studies this week we had fun learning more about the continents and  land forms. We watched a short video on land forms, read a book that we colored and took home, and made our salt dough land forms diagram. Thank you to the parent helpers who made the salt dough for our class!!

Our objectives this week were to

•  locate and color the seven continents on a world map.
•  recognize and describe the land form terms: mountains,  volcano,  rivers, lake ,  ocean,  desert , island, canyon, valley, hills, and plains.
•  create and label a model of different land forms
•  identify land forms in North America
•  identify cardinal directions, map key, and map scale on a variety of maps

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This week in Science we finished the Arctic Ocean and read about the Sonoran Desert.  We had lots of giggles doing a blubber experiment. The class also did an activity where they had to sort different animals into three groups: carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.20170918_100610_resized

Our objectives this week were to:

• Understand that living things live in habitats to which they are particularly suited.
•  explain how some  arctic animals use blubber to keep themselves warm.
•  identify the characteristics of the desert habitat
•  explain how desert animals have adapted to the desert habitat
•  classify animals on the basis of the types of foods that they eat.

 

 

English Word Work

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This week in spelling we divided into three groups.  Each group will have their own sort and activities that they will be working on every week.  In our journals this week we wrote about our blubber experiment and the desert. Our word wall words this week were:  at, that, he, she, it, is, in, by
Our vocabulary words this week were: blubber, continents, omnivore, and rivers

K/1 Week 2 News

Literatura

img_2402-1This week in language arts we had a lot of fun with our playful chancho. He likes to play with words by stealing their initial sound and sometimes their final sound. We worked a lot with the oral combination and separation of syllables. This is fun for the kiddos and definitely grabs their attention. We used the chancho to work on our listening skills for a directed drawing.  We then separated our names into syllables.  (Look for these on the hall bulletin board next week.)

We are working hard to remember our correct letter formations: top-down. Sometimes a student is sent home with extra practice or to finish something they didn’t quite have enough time for in class.  (They won’t receive homework unless they didn’t use their time wisely in class.) This week we reviewed letter formations for Bb, Cc, Ch ch, Dd.  We also worked with the following words of the day / palabras de use frecuente: en, con, qué, un.  You will see these words in their daily planner.

We’ve added our Spanish tally system and the students love it!  They got to go to the treasure box twice this week, which means they have been doing a great job using their Spanish in class!!

Matemáticas

We all had fun using our math boxes and tens frames to creat groups of objects. Kindergartners worked on identifying numbers, forming groups, filling out a tens frame correctly, matching up groups, and writing numbers correctly (top down).
First graders also worked on tens frames, using different colors to show all the different combinations we can use to add up to 10. We are working on identifying number words and making connections with greater than and less than. Some math words we focused on this week were:

  • igual – equal
  • más que– more than
  • menos que – less than
  • mayor – greater
  • menor – less

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I have been so impressed with how everyone is arriving each day ready to go with their materials and eager to work on their red binders. I can’t believe it is only the second week of school, what a wonderful class we have! In social studies this week we had a nice variety of ways to learn about geography. We made a “living” map, we danced to a directions song, constructed a cork compass and created a compass rose quilt.

Our objectives this week were to
•  locate the seven continents and four oceans on a flat world map
•  recognize the geographic terms of continent, country, state, city, and island

Compass experiment

                  Compass experiment

•  find directions on a map: east, west, north, and south
•  identify the points on a compass rose
•  identify classroom cardinal directions

Science

This week in Animal Habitats we went on a local Safari looking for plants and animals that live near us. We also learned about the Arctic tundra and the Arctic Ocean and plants and animals that inhabit this area

Our objectives this week were to:
• describe what a habitat is
• Understand that living things live in habitats to which they are particularly suited.
•  Identify two characteristics of the Arctic tundra habitat
•  explain how arctic animals have adapted to the Arctic tundra habitat
•  identify the characteristics of the Arctic Ocean habitat
•  explain how Arctic animals have adapted to the Arctic Ocean habitat

Habitat search

       Habitat search

English Word Work

This week the class was introduced to our spelling program and how to do their sorts. I will be working with each spelling group throughout the week on their sorts and words. In our journals this week we wrote about the Arctic tundra.
Our daily vocabulary words were: shelter, Arctic, north, south, east, west.  Our word wall words were: you, me, in, can, we, us, see, be, want

Sharing:   Several students have wanted to bring something from home to share with the class.  I wish we had the time to hear about all these special things but because we are so busy all the time we have to limit sharing time and what is being shared.  Your child may bring in an item on Fridays.  This sharing should have something to do with what we are learning about in class.  Thank you for helping your child decide if their sharing fits this criteria.

Sharing a toy globe

Sharing a toy globe