This week we read and discussed the poem “Que Sueño”. This poem talked about a mole who fell asleep in his clothes on top of seven mattresses. It was a great opportunity to compare and contrast animals while learning some new vocabulary with animal names. Because this poem was so short we were also able to review the work the kids have done in the past few weeks on rhymes and syllables. It is great to see that all of the students are taking the information they learned and are able to apply it to new readings. The activity that the students most enjoyed this week though was being able to finish our fall leaf projects. We used the Otoño book we received last week as well as past journal entries to write about what we like about fall. Many of the kids talked about how they liked the leaves changing colors, pumpkins, and of course Halloween! We even created a word bank of words that we could use while writing in our projects that can also be used on our upcoming field trip! I was very imporessed with all of the hard work the students did this week and I am excited for the upcoming weeks as well!
Although we had a short week it was packed with so many fun activities! In math this week wrapped up our final chapter 2 activity. All the students have a very solid understanding of number bonds and it made our transition into talking about addition and counting on very simple. To set us up for more traditional addition, which we will begin next week, we started talking about counting on. We did this a lot during our calendar time where we would count to the end of the month beginning with today’s date. We also did this with the number of days we have been in school, as well as with random numbers on our number chart. This is a very simple but very important skill for the kids to learn and feel comfortable doing. Trying having your child count on at home with whatever numbers you happen to run into! Doing this with page numbers in a book, or street signs, is a great way to get them to notice numbers outside of the classroom.
Social Studies & Science
We worked on a new sort this week and did several activities. The class sorted their words into word families and practiced reading them out loud, listening for the vowel sounds. I was impressed last week that almost everyone was able to sort their words alphabetically. I’ve said it before, but these are such smart kiddos! We wrote responses to our Science and Social Studies lessons in our journals. Almost everyone wrote how I forgot to bring the lid in for our mini rain forest, this was very amusing to everyone and journal worthy too 🙂
We talked about marching bands and listened to John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, identifying the instruments being played. We also sang the nonsense song Mairzy Doats, as sung by Burl Ives, best known as the snowman narrator in the cartoon of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
In 1st grade art, we started a couple projects. We looked at photos of Ancient Egyptian collar jewelry and used a thick paper plate to make the base for a collar which the students can wear. The students painted the plate gold and will add beads and other decorations next week. They also started their “Fence Portraits” by drawing directly on the fence post, which will be painted next week. Great job everyone!