During spelling, we checked out the Unit 8 spelling words. They all have the long a sound spelled with ay or ai. Later, we began working in our phonics workbooks. The first unit is a review of consonant sounds.
Today's writing lesson involved writing a review of the performance we watched at the Chicago Children's Museum last Thursday. The students each chose their favorite scenes and characters and explained the reasons for their choices. We worked on stretching our writing to share more information.
The boys and girls began a math assessment about shapes and fractions. They will finish it on Thursday. In anticipation of tomorrow's Report Card Pickup Day, each student completed a self assessment reflecting how they feel they are doing in school so far. These will be shared with parents tomorrow.
The specials class of the day was P.E. Recess took place indoors due to the cold temperatures. Ms. Wagner reported that many students did not stop playing/reading when she told them it was time to do so. We had a brief chat about following directions when they are given. The boys and girls promised to do better next time.
During science/math/reading, we completed our lessons about pumpkins. We began and ended the lesson by reading portions of the book How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? We shared ideas about how to best count the pumpkin seeds the class scooped out of the pumpkins on Pumpkin Day. The students at each table were given ten little cups. Once they had ten cups with ten pumpkins in each cup, they received a larger cup to make a hundred. This continued until all the seeds were counted. The groups shared their results and we created a chart with data from each of the groups. We looked at the information for the number of ribs and the number of seeds. We identified the least and greatest number of seeds and ribs. Ask your child for details!
The final lesson of the day focused on learning some basics of North American geography. We used the map and key of North America in our Map Champ Atlas books to locate various land and water features, continental and national boundary lines, and much more.
Tomorrow is Report Card Day! I look forward to meeting with each of you. You will also have the opportunity to see the amazing structures in the hallway, as well as the students's sketches and their A House is a House for Me projects.
When students return to class on Thursday, they will participate in a special "Around the World" event with other kindergarten and first grade classes.
Also, we could use leaves from a variety of trees for another activity that I had originally planned for today. However, going outside to collect fall leaves just did not happen! We will take on the project this Thursday whether we have real leaves or not. If it is possible for your child to rummage around in the snow tomorrow and gather leaves for us to use on Thursday, that would be great! If not, we will improvise! Thank you!