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Whole Body Listening
We practiced keeping our bodies in our own personal space with some Personal Space Freeze Dance. When the music stopped we checked our own space as well as the space of those around us to be sure we were respecting others’ personal space. We also learned that it is okay to remind others when you need your own personal space. At the end of the week, we made a picture of what personal space looks like to us. Everyone was careful to draw their body NOT touching a friend next to them. If they drew their family members, their bodies may have been closer together since our bubbles with family member are smaller than with friends and strangers.
Song of the Week
Earth Day books
Draw & Labels things that live on Earth
Earth Day Dice Game
Watercolor Earth Projects
Trash to recycle, trash bins to sort
Literacy Small Groups:
Lowercase lowercase x
We learned how to form the lowercase letter x. Letter x is also a sliding letter. To make sliding letters, we use sliding strokes. We used confetti to practice its formation. We also used special pens to rainbow write this letter and practiced it in our books
We practiced matching vowels with their sounds. These letters (a,e,i,o,u) are often the most difficult to master for young learners. Beginning by placing our marker or crayon on a vowel, we stretched out the vowel sound to reach the picture that makes that sound while tracing the line.
Lowercase lowercase y
We learned how to form the lowercase letter y. Letter y is also a sliding letter. To make sliding letters, we use sliding strokes. We used shaving cream to practice its formation. We also used special pens to rainbow write this letter and practiced it in our books.
We continued our practice writing in our journals. This week, we wrote about taking care of our earth. We slowly sounded out words to write a sentence about one way we can help keep our planet a great place to live.
Math Small Groups:
Nature Scavenger Hunt
We learned what it means for quantities to be equal. Equal quantities have the same amount. Starting with a set number of Duplo blocks we took turns adding blocks to make two towers. When all the blocks were used we compared the towers to be sure they looked the same and then counted them to be sure they have the same amount of blocks in each tower.
Two Trees Sharing Sort
We continued our practice dividing quantities equally with a springtime tree sort. Using a set number of spring objects we sorted them equally among the trees. We placed any leftovers (from odd numbers of objects) aside.
We learned how to divide items equally into two groups. Using a number dice, we rolled a number. Using that number of bottles, we sorted the bottles fairly among the two recycling bins. Each bin must have an equal number of bottles. We also learned that any leftover bottles can’t be placed into a group since it would make the group not equal.