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Thursday as part of our family unit we read the book My Wild Sister and Me, and we talked about how the boy and his sister liked to dress up and pretend to be animals.  Then we discussed about what we like to do with our family and then illustrated pictures about it.  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.  We compared the numbers and discussed which category had the most and which category has the least.  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.


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 called What Makes a Family.  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.  We drew our family portrait that matched the same number of family members on our family tree.  The activities can be found here.


As part of our All About me unit each student received a puzzle piece.  On the puzzle piece students drew and colored pictures that resembled themselves.  They drew pictures of themselves, their favorite colors, favorite food, favorite toys, etc.  Students where then encouraged to find others with puzzle pieces that they felt matched their pieces.


This last week our theme was All About Me, where students learned about what makes them who they are.  They learned about different body parts and how they look different and similar from others, discussed their favorite things, and learned about other classmates.  It is an introductory unit to the bigger International Baccalaureate unit of Inquiry Who We Are.

We started of the unit by learning how to read to self and partner reading with the emergent reader book, All About Me.  We read the book as a class first then students practiced reading by themselves and reading to partners.  Finally we filled out a web map and discussed the main idea and details of the story.


Last week as we continued to get to know each other in our All-Stars community we learned the song Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar.  Then we played the game who stole the cookies from the cookie jar where students sat in a circle and put their hands behind their back.  I gave one student a pretend cookie and then they passed the cookie around behind their back.  Then students took turns guessing who they thought had the cookie by staying the name.

Students then drew their own picture of themselves playing the game adding details to their picture of the classroom.  We took each picture and formed it into a class book of each student in class.  You can find the activity here.


We’ve been learning about the different parts of a plant and their uses.  We learned about the stem and how it acts like a straw and takes nutrients and water from the roots and feeds the plant.

On Friday we performed a science experiment with celery where we placed it in water with food coloring.  Students wrote about their hypothesis on what they believed would happen to the celery.  Then this week we observed the celery and wrote about our findings.

First Page:
“I think the water will stay the same”
“The water turned red”

Second Page:
“I think that the celery is going to be a rose”
“The celery changed colors”

Third Page:
“I think the celery will die”
“It changed colors”

Fourth Page:
“I think it will turn into a monster”
“One of them turned red”


With spring in full swing and the weather getting warmer, we started our unit on plants this week.  We started off by watching a video on plant facts and then wrote 2 facts that we learned in My Plant Book.  We also wrote four things that plants need.  (Example Book #1: Some plants eat bugs, Example Book #2: Plants do not have bones & Some animals eat seeds)

 

The next day for shared reading we read Seed to Plant and then during read to partner students read the emergent reader Plant Life Cycle.  We took what we learned and made plant life cycle wristbands.



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