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This week we started our unit on cold weather animals and the season of winter.  We read the book Eskimo, Eskimo What Do You Hear discussed about different kinds of animals that live in very cold places such as the North Pole or Antarctica.  We also read an emergent nonfiction text and student wrote about what their favorite polar animal is.

The next day we watched a science video about the Walrus and discussed different things that walrus have to adapt to such cold weather.  For art we made construction paper walrus art.

 


As we continued our holidays around the world unit, we read Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah and watched a National Geographic video for kids that discussed Hanukkah traditions.  Students wrote about how people in Isreal celebrate Hanukkah.  At the end we sang the song Hanukkah, Hanukkah by Jack Hartmann.  The activities from the Holidays Around the World unit can be found here.


Last week we learned about holiday traditions at home and around the world.  The first day we watched a video about what holidays are and how people around the world celebrate them differently.

Then we read informational texts about Diwali and Las Posadas and drew pictures of symbols that represented three different winter holidays.  The activities for winter holidays can be found here.


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 we continued the fall unit we read the story Autumn’s First Leaf by Steve Metzger and wrote about if we were Pointy what fall color would we want to be.

On Thursday we went outside to go on a fall scavenger hunt.  Students founds things such as; different colored leaves, acorns, twigs, bark, and nuts.


To finish off our apple unit we learned how to make apple cider using a juicer.  We started off reading the book Max and Mo Go Apple Picking where the class in the story made applesauce instead of apple cider.  Then students took turns putting apples into a juicer.

Then we put the cider from the juicer into the crock-pot, added some ingredients, and let it cook.  When the cider was done, students had the cider and wrote their opinion on if they liked apple cider or not.  You can find the writing prompt in our apples mini-unit.

Also during literacy workshop time students worked on word work where they made sentences about apples.

 


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.”



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