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I Love My White Shoes

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.”

Color Week!

This last week our theme was Color Week.  Our goal was to be able to read all the color words and celebrate a color a day.  Each day we celebrated a color by bringing in something for show and tell that represented each color.  Monday was red, Tuesday was orange, Wednesday was yellow, Thursday was green.  We also played games that matched each color per day on www.starfall.com.  Finally we completed poems by writing the color sight word in the blank lines.  The poems can be found here.

Brothers and Sisters

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.

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 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.

We Fit Together like Puzzle Pieces

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.

All About Me Emergent Reader

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.

Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar

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.


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