As part of our Polar Express week students got to try out hot chocolate before our Polar Express Day. I showed students how to make hot chocolate and they wrote 3 step directions on how to make it. Students also drew pictures on the back of the directions.
Students got to sample the hot chocolate and then we made a class graph on if the class liked hot chocolate or not. It was a very lopsided graph since everyone said the liked hot chocolate!
At the end students cut out a cup of hot chocolate on construction paper and wrote about what they thought hot chocolate is.
We read the story Froggy’s Halloween and wrote in our October Journal about what we want to be for Halloween.
Then we made a class graph; displaying what type of costume the class picked overall. Each student got their own graph to illustrate the results and find the category with the greatest and least students.
Also for math, we learned the song “Ten Little Witches” (on You Tube) and students practiced counting up from 1-10 and backwards from 10-1. Then students made a book that goes with the song.
On Friday we read the story The Costume Party by Victoria Chess. To continue on our study about character’s we discussed the different character’s of the story and what costumes they picked to wear to the costume party.
We then made a connection to the story and talked about how we will have a costume party in our class on Halloween Day. We created a class graph as a class discussing what kind of costume we will wear to our Halloween Costume party. We also talked about which category has the most students in it.
As part of our new reading program I have been trying to incorporate a new routine that seems to be working with creating more independent learners and is student driven. This routine is called The Daily 5. Everyday during our reading workshop block I try to structure our activities around these 5 basic routines.
- Read to Self
- Read to Someone
- Work on Writing
- Listen to Reading
- Word Work
During our whole group time we read the story Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes By Eric Litwin.
Then students practiced reading accompanying color books from our reading program and Reading A-Z based on the leveled readers in. Students are able to independently these books because they have had practice reading these books before and they are on their level. Shown below are pictures of read to someone.
For work on writing they wrote and drew a picture about their favorite color using displayed color words at a center. As a class we created a bar graph.
For one of our read out louds we read the story The Costume Party by Victoria Chess. As a class we discussed how Halloween is coming up this month. Students discussed what they wanted to be for Halloween.
As a class we created a bar graph displaying what they’d like to be for halloween. Student’s copied the class bar graph individually and described what category was picked the most.