Friday, May 18, 2012

Week 35

First of all, I can't tell you enough how thrilled I am to be looping with my class to first grade next year. It's such a special treat to already know who your class is for next year and also for the children to know who their teacher is. I've had an overwhelming amount of support from parents and I know the children are all excited too. It is going to be a wonderful year for us all and I'm looking forward to it, as is Mrs. Hobbs. I will be teaching language arts and Mrs. Hobbs will be teaching math and science. We will share more about that in the fall.

Our language arts curriculum has wrapped up, but that didn't stop us from learning more. We started an ocean unit by reading the book called In the Deep Blue Sea, an original written by Deanna Jump.

After learning about sea animals, we located the nouns, verbs and adjectives in the book. Then we created our own books following the pattern from the original. Each child created a page and illustrated it using a noun, verb and adjective.

We learned that a submarine is used to go under water. We played some word games using the letters from the word submarine. We made lots of CVC words and had a contest to see who could come up with the most words using these letters.

We learned about the shark from reading some non-fiction books.

We had fun making a shark craft.

We learned about whales too.

We really enjoyed learning about Humphrey the whale. Humphrey was a whale who accidently swam into the San Francisco Bay and swam 64 miles up the Sacramento River. Lots of workers helped him to turn around and after 26 days, he was led back to the ocean. Ask your child for more details about this story. They were  captivated!

We watched a Reading Rainbow about Humphrey and then we illustrated our favorite part of the book.

Eric Carle is one of our favorite authors. We enjoyed learning about him, reading his books and doing Eric Carle centers in the library.

We read the book, Diary of a Worm to help set up our math lessons for this week. 

We focused on the concept of using tens. In other words, when you have a problem such as 9+3, it is easier to make a 10 and add the leftover to the 10. So the problem 9+3 becomes 10+2. We used our tens frames to regroup. We also used our Rekenreks for the same concept.

When we finished our math this week, we enjoyed going to free choice centers.

And we had one person in our class dress up for celebrity dress up day. Introducing Mia Hamm!

1 comment:

  1. Your class has been very busy! Loved seeing all of the pictures of your class. :)
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