Saturday, September 24, 2011

Week 5

We have had such a wonderful two weeks with our color unit. Thank you for dressing your child in our color of the day. It sure made it fun for the children and helped to reinforce our learning. Their excitement for the color each day was amazing. This was my first year to do a color unit and it definitely will not be my last. 

We started off with purple day on Monday.
We read three fantastic books about the color purple and had fun pretending to be Harold from the story Harold and the Purple Crayon as we drew our own purple pictures.
We learned about the letter Mm with the help of Marvin the Monkey and we learned the sight word "we" and a song to help us remember the spelling of that word.

In science, we wondered what colors made up the color black. We did a chromatography experiment where we filtered out the colors and learned that many colors mixed together make the color black.
In math some of us were struggling with patterning so we extended it to a different lesson. Mrs. Langham created strings of patterns and we learned that we could make the same pattern in many different ways using different manipulatives. By changing the color or changing the manipulative we learned we still have the same basic pattern.

Tuesday was pink day. We loved this day and we love the pink song about Pinky the Stinky pig.
I loved Garrett's t-shirt he made just for pink day.
We enjoyed reading the story Pinkalicious and Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum. We each got a piece of bubble gum and tried to blow a bubble with our gum. We then graphed how many in our class could blow a bubble. The we made a picture of ourselves either blowing a bubble if we could blow one, or one with our bubble popping if we could not. 
These are displayed outside our classroom. We have received so many compliments from teachers about our beautiful artwork.
We also went to the library on Tuesday and got to check out our own library book to take home. Please remember to return the library book Tuesday so that your child can check out a new one.

Wednesday was black and white day.
We read the book Ten Black Dots. This was a story about how different items were made with black dots. We transferred this story into our own book, One Black Line. We each created a picture using one black line. Many of the students were very creative.
We also read the book Harry the Dirty Dog and enjoyed making our  own Harry Dogs. 
The black song was fun, but the white song was our favorite. We say the word "underwear" in this song and find it very funny.

It looks like I messed up and forgot to take a class picture on brown day, but we still have many pictures to enjoy. We read the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? We then picked our favorite part of the story and illustrated it. We made brown bears and attached our illustration to his tummy. You can find these displayed in the hallway outside of our classroom.

Friday was rainbow day. We enjoyed the book, What Color Are Your Underwear? and the Robert Munsch book Purple, Green and Yellow.
We learned about Roy G. Biv and how his name spells the colors of the rainbow.
Click on the link below to go to the Youtube video that we watched to learn about Roy G. Biv.
In math, we did a lot of extending patterns and predicting what the 11th spot would be if we knew the core pattern. We practiced by making patterned bracelets.

Our focus in social studies this week was how to get along with others and how to make friends. We learned what makes a good friend and how to treat others. We also learned how to introduce ourselves and make friends with others. We have been working on problem-solving so we can work out our small problems.

We enjoyed going to Hill Harbor again on Friday. We also got to meet some classmates from Mrs. Armstrong's 3rd grade class. They will be our buddy class this year. We get together and read books and play games with our buddies. 

Don't forget picture day is on Wednesday, September 28th. Our class picture time is 8:00AM, so please be sure to be on time. Also, if you would like to order pictures, please be sure to send in your order forms before pictures are taken. 

I sent home Scholastic book orders for October. Please send in your book orders by Friday, October 7th. You can also order online. See the FAQ tab on the blog to find out how to do so. There is a Pete the Cat book available this month that I'm sure your child will enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a new follower. I love teaching kids about the colors too.