Saturday, May 5, 2012

Week 33

I don't know why, but the end of the school year is always the busiest. We have so many extra activities into our regular week. The kids are excited about becoming 1st graders and are like sponges, so eager to learn and soaking up everything that I tell them. It is also a fun time of the year. It is a time to reflect and see just how far they have come in a year. 

I have been busy this week doing many assessments. I have given the TPRI to every student and I'm happy to say that 100% have passed all sections. I have been doing DRA's to check their reading level and have been working on math assessments. I am so pleased with how far this class has come. They are an incredible group of kids! Let's take a look at some of the fun things that we did this week, but first I wanted to share the paleontologists with you from last week. They are too cute not to share.

Our book of the week was Warthog's Paint. We used this book to make predictions. We also compared it to another book that we read earlier in the year, Mouse Paint.

Our letters of the week were Yy and Zz. We learned them with the help of Yippy the Yellow Yak and Zelda the Zebra.

We enjoyed hearing some of Mrs. Langham's former students come read to us books that they had written and published. It helps us get excited about going to 1st grade.

In science, we continued to learn about plants. We learned that baby plants look like adult plants. We plant a memory game matching baby plants to the adult plant.

We watched a movie about the life cycle of a plant and we wrote about it in our journals. We learned about the parts of a seed and we compared two lima bean seeds, one soaked in water and one that was dry. We opened up the wet one and looked at the parts of a seed.

And we planted beans and are looking forward to watching them grow.

We started a unit on zoo and we began learning about different animals and their characteristics. We began by reading about each animal, writing about each one and doing an art project. We started off by learning about hippopotamuses. 

Then we learned about giraffes.

And then we learned about zebras.

We used a Venn diagram to compare the giraffe and the zebra.

We learned that no two giraffes have the same spots and no two zebras have the same stripes. We compared this to our fingerprints. We compared our fingerprint to that of one of our friend's. 

In math, we started to decompose the number 10. We revisited the book Ten Apples Up on Top. We talked about balancing ten apples up on our head and making subtraction problems if we dropped some of those apples from our heads. We got out our Rekenreks and practiced making subtraction problems with partners using these manipulatives.

We also worked on addition and subtraction problems using dominoes.

And lastly, the most anticipated day of the week, Sports Day.  Here are some random shots from the day. Thanks to all the parents and grandparents that came out to support their child. It made us feel so special.


  1. I love the zebra and giraffe activities! Very cute! We are currently in the middle of a jungle unit too. =)

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    1. Thanks, they are from Mrs. Jump's Zoo Unit on TpT. I highly recommend it. So cute!