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Last week we finished up a fun unit full of Thanksgiving activities.  For our word work we created a flip book with repetitive sight words and things that you do on Thanksgiving.

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We also read Thanksgiving books on things that we like.  Then students used their knowledge of sight words to write sentences using the word ‘we’.

 

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For math we read the story “The Great Turkey Race” discussed the problem and solution of the story.  Then we created our own math story problems using addition and pictures of turkeys for the visual.

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Finally we learned about the life of Pilgrims and Wampanoags on Scholastic.com’s First Thanksgiving website.  Students made designs on Wampanoags using pattern block cutouts.

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We read the story “Thanksgiving Day” and learned about the very first Thanksgiving.  Then we cut and glued pictures that illustrated the first thanksgiving in the correct sequence.  For our art and writing we made TLC art pilgrims and wrote about what we were thankful for.

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To finish off our families unit we created a class graph that illustrated who had siblings in their family and who did not.  We found that the majority of the class had both brothers and sisters.  Only one student had no brothers or sisters.  Finally the class copied the graph and we discussed which group had the most and which group had the least.

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Finally we read a book called “Families” as a class and then students partnered up, took turns reading the book to each other, and colored the pictures of the book.

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Lots of things are happening in Mr. Bowen’s All-Star class during our families unit.  First we read the story “I Love it When You Smile” and made connections with the story.  Students talked about times when their family members such as their mom or dad helped try to make them feel better.  Then students illustrated their connections to the story.

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Since the beginning of the school we have been collecting pictures of our family.  This week students got to share their pictures with the class.  We have also been learning how to ask questions in our class, so the class got to ask questions of the person sharing.

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For a math center students rolled a dice with family members on it, and students colored in the corresponding person on their graph.  Students used the graphs they created and compared them to their own families.

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For art students made hand painting family trees, putting apples on the trees for each family member that lives in their house.  Members of our class also made construction paper puppets of their moms or dads.

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This week we began our unit on families.  First we read a poem about families on the smart board and decorated them for their poetry journals.

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Later on in the day we discussed how families are important and the things that they do together.  Then we read the story “Gone Fishing” which is a story about a boy going fishing with his dad.

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Then we made connections with the story and talked about things we like to do with our family.  Finally we wrote and illustrated those things that we like to do.

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We finished up with our nutrition unit last week.  We read an online reading of the book “Jack and the Hungry Giant” on YouTube.  Afterwards, as an extension activity, students illustrated the foods that Jack and the giant picked for their meal.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0p5Oh6Gkfc]

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Finally students got to create healthy plates with foods that they would like.  They had to pick foods from every food group.

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First we read the story “There Was And Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey”, talked about the different thanksgiving food she ate and what food group they belonged to.  Then we created models of ourselves, with pictures of the things the old lady swallowed glued to our “stomachs”, in the correct sequence order.

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