Today's morning work was a quick brain warm-up: following steps to draw a ladybug.
The day's reading lesson focused on comparing and contrasting two of the main characters in Blueberries for Sal. The class worked together as a group to complete a Venn diagram with two circles, one for Little Sal and one for Little Bear. They then chose three ideas from each section to record on their own Venn diagram papers. Ask your child to describe ways in which Little Sal and Little Bear were the same/different.
We read and discussed Have You Filled Someone's Bucket Today? This book helped the boys and girls understand how their actions and words impact both themselves and others. Our goal is to be bucket fillers, not bucket dippers. Parents, you can reinforce this by using these terms with your children at home.
During math, we continued to work with data. The boys and girls completed a bar graph and looked for a pattern in the data. We will try to use the words increases and decreases instead of goes up/gets bigger or goes down/gets less/gets smaller.
We regrouped after P.E. with some storytime. Ask your child what the gardener learned in the book What About Ladybugs? After this, the first graders played a game to better remember the names/locations of the seven continents and four (or five depending on what atlas you use) oceans. Stella Dino traveled around the world rug with each students as we played "Where's Stella?"
Our day ended in the computer lab. The boys and girls logged on to their computers and began using the powerpoint program. They typed the title of the project (Shapes) and their names. They also added shapes to the title page. They learned how to use the shift key to make capital letters and colons. Our next computer session will be on Thursday.
Ms. Weindruch will teach the second financial literacy class of the year tomorrow. If you have yet returned the Climb to Safety media consent form, please do so tomorrow. Thank you!
We will take our first field trip at the end of the week. We will eat lunch at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Please plan on sending your child to school with a bag lunch. Do not your child's usual lunch box. Rather, everything that is part of your child's lunch should be something that can be eaten, recycled, or discarded. Thank you!