This week in language arts we discussed the sequence in a story. We learned about how using words like first/primero, then/entonces and later/luego can be used in ones writing to show the order of when things occur.
We also talked about suspense/suspenso and surprise/sorpresa in writing. To demonstrate this I read a story with suspense and surprise that was riddled with drama. I then read them one without, that was not nearly as exciting. Next, I asked them to identify the most suspenseful one.
Adverbs/adverbios were also discussed this week. The kiddos learned that adverbs describe verbs and tell us how, when and where something occurs. Some examples that we talked about were: slowly/lentamente, yesterday/ayer and here/aquí.
This week we read a folktale called Donde sacó sus manchas la gallina de Guinea. This was a tale of friendship offering an explanation for the Guinea fowl’s protective coloration. Ask your child if they can remember how the Guinea fowl received her spots.
The students also continued writing their narrative fairytales. I’m really enjoying reading their rough drafts!
Spelling/ ortografía: Palabras con prefijos. Spelling sentences due Thursday.
This week we started our unit on metrics. The students practiced estimating the length of items and then finding the actual length by using a meter stick and measuring different items in the classroom. We also compared the differences in lengths between objects, determining which was taller or tallest, shorter or shortest and longer or longest. To compare the length of a car and a large truck we measured 3 meters in our class room which was about the length of the rug in our room which represented the length of a small car and then we went into the hallway to measure the length of an 11 meter truck. This helped the students to see for themselves the actual difference between the two lengths. On Thursday we practiced using the centimeter ruler to measure smaller items like pencils and erasers.
We have begun a new unit on Immigration and Citizenship. We learned about the four main reasons why people came to America during the mid 1800’s to early 1900’s: food, land, freedom, and opportunity. We read about where the majority of the immigrants were coming from, how they came, what they were leaving behind and what life was like when they arrived. We discussed the homework assignment of writing a report about an immigrant (this can be a relative, someone famous, or it could also be a general report on where the student’s family immigrated from). Hopefully you got the note I sent home on Friday with more detail on this assignment. Students also worked on posters advertising reasons to come to America during this era, using some of the same tactics that businessmen and steamship companies used in their ads during that time. The class also drew pictures depicting things that we have read about and identified routes on a map that different immigrants would have taken to get to America.
This week we continued with our Simple Machines unit. On Monday each student made a clay mountain with a road going to the top. We examined each road and discussed how distance and effort can be affected by the slope of the road. This lead to a discussion of the path of least resistance. We also talked about how energy and power can also affect the rate at which a distance is covered. Tuesday we defined and examined simple machines. The class had a chance to handle these tools and we read a book about how they work. On Thursday we watched a Bill Nye video on Simple Machines and did a crossword using tool clues. Finally on Friday we learned more about the wedge and inclined plane and how they work. We used a wedge on our apple (the snack of the day) to split it open and we compared effort used in lifting a load to pushing it up an inclined plane. This week we also learned a Simple Machine song that we will sing for anyone who attends our Invention Day. Speaking of this, I hope you all saw the note that went home on Friday about our Invention Day in June. Each student should make their own invention using at least two of the simple machines that we have learned about in class.
During our writing and spelling time this week we sorted our words, drew simple pictures to help remember some of our more challenging ones, met in groups and discussed vowel patterns, and did a word sort scramble. We did some personal reflections during our journal time. Each student chose three recent entries that they wanted me to read and one entry that they felt comfortable sharing with the class. We will start taking time to share these next week.
The 1-2 class finished their paper sculpture Geckos today. The students learned how to draw, cut out, and attach the head, legs, and tail. Then they added eyes, toes, and patterns with various stickers. We reviewed shape and form, 2-D and 3-D, realistic and abstract. The students all did a great job!