Friday, December 16, 2011

Week 16

We had another fun and busy week in Mrs. Langham's class. I heard several students say "this is the best day ever" on many different days this week. We had a lot of fun and accomplished a lot, in spite of not having recess or Hill Harbor all week.

We read many different versions of the gingerbread man this week.

Did you know there were so many versions? We have enjoyed reading them all. We can't get enough. We've enjoyed getting postcards and tracking our gingerbread man on the map. He went international this week. We received postcards from Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Italy, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam, Taiwan, Bahrain, Uganda, British Columbia, Bahamas, London, Australia, and Jamaica. Our gingerbread man returned to the states on Friday and the last postcard we received was from Dallas. Our gingerbread man has sent us postcards from 41 different states. 

In language arts, our sight words this week were "come", "no" and "yes". We learned two new reading strategies. Skippy the Frog teaches us to skip the word we don't know and finish reading the sentence. Then we hop back to the beginning and read it again. Sometimes by skipping a word, we are able to figure out what that word might be by reading to the end. Trying Lion teaches to try a word that makes sense after reading to the end.

We practiced those reading strategies during the Daily Five.

We also worked on syllables and practiced "rolling" out the sounds found on our gingerbread men.

We had a visitor this week too. We enjoyed seeing Mrs. Langham's grandson, Noah again. We gave him high fives. He is now crawling, standing and has even taken a few steps. He is almost 9 months old now.

In science, we have been learning about the four seasons. We made a weather watcher book and drew and wrote about the seasons in our book.

One of our favorite activities this week was decorating gingerbread men.

Mrs. Langham let us take one bite of our gingerbread men and we had to stop. We graphed which part of the gingerbread man we ate first.

Then we got to eat him. That was our favorite part.

We discussed why the gingerbread man just didn't swim across the river in our stories. This lead to a science experiment. We predicted what would happen if we put our gingerbread man in water.

We checked him after 20 minutes to see what he looked like and made a sketch. 

We also sketched him again after an hour.

And again toward the end of the day. We now understand why it was important for the gingerbread man to stay out of the water.

We had a fantastic time at our winter carnival. Thank you to all of the parents who helped make this happen. Enjoy the pictures below from the carnival. I'm sure they have shared wonderful stories with you from all of their fun games that they played.