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This week, we learned a new life skill. We learned that it is important to look others’ in the eyes when we talk to them. When they give us something or do something for us, we should say, “thank you.” We practiced this skill when sharing crayons and other learning materials. More to come next week!
Body in the Group
We continued to learn about keeping our bodies in the group. We used figurines to play partner games where students had to identify which figures were in the the group and which were not. We also learned that while in the group, our bodies need to do the “just right thing.” We should not be too close or too far away from our friends in the group. We learned to recognize what the “just right” amount of space is. We practiced this skill walking in line and working in small groups.
Number 9 Formation Poem
Make a lollipop and add a line,
That's the way you make a 9
Ramps & Cars
Seasonal & Nonfiction books
Word balls: spelling & writing simple words
-Bug & Numbers
-Bugs & Bubbles
-Bugs & Buttons
Pipes, balls & water
Literacy Small Groups:
Lowercase Writing Review
This week, we worked to review the formations of magic c letters. We drew a card from the pile and said the letter we chose. We reviewed the proper formation of the letter and made it on our sensory bag. Then we used a pencil (with alligator fingers) to form the letter on our papers. We had to remember that all of our letters start as a lowercase c.
Listening for Sounds
We reviewed beginning or ending sounds with a fun bowling game. Using mini bowling pins, we segmented 3 sound words. For each sound we heard we placed one pin on our mats. After we identified and colored the sounds we heard on our papers, we got a chance to use a ball to knock down our pins.
We practiced carefully tapping and sounding out words by individual phonemes (or sounds.) We cracked open mystery balls that contain three letters and a toy. We said the name of the toy slowly and tapped each sound we heard. We used the letter to build that word and recorded it on our papers.
Special End of the year surprise
We are working on a special project to share with you at our End of the Year celebration. We can’t wait to share it with you!
We have been learning about things that move or help us move. This week, we wrote in our journals about things that move or help us move on our playground. We used our turtle talk and worked to add finger spaces between our sentences. We will continue to add details and colors to make our illustrations pop.
Math Small Groups:
What’s heavier than Me
After learning about the concept of heavy and light, we brainstormed items that would be heavier than our own bodies. Something that is difficult to lift is usually heavier than us. We illustrated our ideas on a paper scale to show the heavier item.
Measuring with Oscar
We used a card with this week’s story character, Oscar, to compare lengths around our classroom. We hunted for items that are longer and shorter than our Oscar card and recorded them on our papers.
Finding Same Lengths
We continued to experiment with measurement. Using snap cubes we made towers of a set quantity. We measured items from our classroom to find objects that are the same length as each tower. We illustrated objects that we found that are the same length.
Heavy vs. Light
We experimented with weight. We made predictions about how heavy or light an object would be. Using a scale, we weighed various classroom objects to find out which was “heavy” and which was “light.”
Using the Handwriting Without Tears program as a guide, we continued to practice forming numbers 1-10. This week, we practiced number 9 using our laser lights and in our letter formation books.