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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.


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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As we finish up our unit on friends and familyWe read the book “I Love it When You Smile” by Sam McBratney.  We filled out a thinking map writing about elements of a story.

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Then students were given their own individual pictures of the problem and solution.  We decorated our pictures, matched them to the problem and solution.  As we matched them we retold the story through problem and solution.

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We then made a connection with the story as we talked about how our mom’s take care of us just like Roo’s mom helped make him feel better when he was grumpy.  Then we wrote about our mom’s with our sight words and we made construction paper mom’s.

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