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# Tag Archives: math

## More Apples

Yesterday as we continue to learn about apples and how they are an important to our community and our state, we read a story called The Biggest Apple Ever. We learned how to identify a problem and solution in a story and created a co-constructed chart that identified the problem and solution of the story.

Today we read a number book called Ten Red Apples where in the story each farm animal ate one apple from the apple tree until there were zero apples left. Then students worked on completing an emergent reader that counted apples one at a time from one to ten by writing the sight word that we’ve been learning so far this week, see. Students learned the repetitive text to help them learn how to read one word at a time.

For science we continued our discussion on living things and we talked about how apple trees are living things and apples are part of the apple tree that contain the seeds. We also learned about the different parts of an apple and we created and labeled a diagram of an apple.

All these apple activities come from my apples mini-unit found here.

## Life Cycle of an Apple

As we continue with our IB unit on Who We Are we are learning about what we harvest during the fall time. Today we read about children taking a trip to an apple orchard. In the book we learned about how apples grow. For our learning target this week we are learning how to retell stories or parts of stories in the correct sequence. We then created a life cycle of the apple. We also learned the song Way Up High in the Apple Tree where students practiced subtraction with every apple we ate in the song.

## Polar Express 2019

Much apologies for being so late in updating.Â  The holidays were quite the busy time for my family.

The last week of school before break was one of my favorite units, Polar Express week!Â  We started the week by reading the bookÂ The Polar ExpressÂ by Christ Van Allsburg.Â  Then throughout the week we did activities that went along with the book.

On Friday December 20th we had our Christmas party and Polar Express day.Â  Students were able to come to school wearing their pajamas.Â  We started out the morning by making ABC order trains.Â  For math students math train glyphs; coloring the trains based on questions asked.Â  Afterwards they got to open their Christmas presents from me!

Then after lunch students were given their own ticket’s to “ride aboard the Polar Express”, and they came into the library to watch the polar express on the big projector.Â  The outside of the library door shows a train tunnel with the train light shining and railroad tracks below.

Students sat in columns as if they were on a train.Â  They got to have hot chocolate and popcorn!Â  At the end of the movie they each received a tiny bell that came from Santa’s sleigh!

Throughout last week we compared different Gingerbread Man folktales from around the world.Â  We also did art and math projects that supported our readings.Â  During math we learned out to make patterns using gingerbread people and students made glyphs based on the directions I gave them.

The directions were:

• If students favorite holiday cookie was chocolate, color the gingerbread person brown
• If students favorite milk was chocolate, color the frosting green
If students favorite milk was strawberry, color the frosting red
If students favorite milk was plain, color the frosting blue
• If the student is a boy, color the buttons blue
If the student is a girl, color the buttons pink

## What Will You Be For Halloween?

Apologies for the long time between posting.Â  Things have been busy at home and at school.Â  As we start our first International Baccalaureate unit we are learning about fall-time traditions such as Halloween traditions.Â  We read an informative text calledÂ Celebrate Halloween.Â Â We discussed how one Halloween tradition was to dress up in costumes.Â  Students wrote stories about their favorite costumes.Â  The sample writing below says “I like the unicorn”.

For math we created a class bar graph to show what kind of costume is our favorite costume.Â  Students put a sticky note above the category of the costume that they will wear during Halloween, or their favorite costume.Â  We discussed the category with the greatest number of students and the category with the least amount of students.

For art we did two projects; Frankenstein paper plates and Frankenstein puzzles.

## Apple Life Cycle

Last week was our apple unit.Â  We learned about living things and how they grow and change.Â  We talked about how apples are living things and we learned about their life cycle.Â  We read the bookÂ A Day at the Apple OrchardÂ and made a life cycle of the apple using the book as our guide.

For math we worked on learning quantities and number words 1-10.Â  We read the emergent reader bookÂ Apples in the BasketÂ and drew the number of apples that matched the words on the page.

## Brothers and Sisters

Thursday as part of our family unit we read the bookÂ My Wild Sister and Me, and we talked about how the boy and his sister liked to dress up and pretend to be animals.Â  Then we discussed about what we like to do with our family and then illustrated pictures about it.Â  I dictated what they said verbally in their stories.

For math we made a class graph that illustrated who had only brothers, only sisters, both brothers and sisters, or no brothers or sisters in their family.Â  We compared the numbers and discussed which category had the most and which category has the least.Â  These activities and more can be found here.

Finally as a treat we had one of our students parents come in to the class to read a book about a special family.

## Family Tree

Last week was our unit on families; how our families roles and responsibilities are different, and activities that families do.

We started off by reading an informational text calledÂ What Makes a Family.Â  For math we made a family tree, gluing apples on our tree that match the number of people who are in our immediate family.

For writing we’ve been learning how to draw circles and sticks and how to be illustrators.Â  We drew our family portrait that matched the same number of family members on our family tree.Â  The activities can be found here.

## Hot Chocolate

As we continued our Polar Express unit we read the bookÂ  Â The Night Tree,Â  which is a book about a family that goes to decorate a tree with food that is made to look like a Christmas tree.Â  The book is very different thanÂ Â The Polar ExpressÂ however it is a great introduction in showing how to compare popular stories.Â  We discussed how in both stories the characters had hot chocolate.

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We then watched a video on how to make hot chocolate and then wrote directions on how to make hot chocolate in three easy steps.Â  For math we made hot chocolate mug art with cotton balls acting as marshmallows.Â  Students wrote how many marshmallows were in their cup.Â  To have a copy of the mug activity click here.

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