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Category Archives: Comprehension

Apologies for the long time between posting.  Things have been busy at home and at school.  As we start our first International Baccalaureate unit we are learning about fall-time traditions such as Halloween traditions.  We read an informative text called Celebrate Halloween.  We discussed how one Halloween tradition was to dress up in costumes.  Students wrote stories about their favorite costumes.  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.  Students put a sticky note above the category of the costume that they will wear during Halloween, or their favorite costume.  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.


As part of our fall unit we read the story Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington.  In the story it was about a boy who planted a pumpkin seed and the stages it goes through as it grows.  We then completed a sequencing activity that showed the life cycle of a pumpkin.

 


To finish off color week We read the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle.  We recreated the sequence of the story by making paper bag puppets of the brown bear with the other animal characters in the story.  You can get the paper bag puppets from Mrs. Ricca’s Kindergarten.


For the past two weeks one of the reading skills the students have been learning is how to compare and contrast their lives to books.  This week we reread and discussed the story Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes and talked about white was probably the color he liked the best since those were the shoes he had.  Students decided which color is their favorite color and made their own Pete the Cats (wearing their favorite colored shoes) with construction paper.  They also completed the sentence “I love my ________________ shoes.”


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.


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.


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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