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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.


Last week was our apple unit.  We learned about living things and how they grow and change.  We talked about how apples are living things and we learned about their life cycle.  We read the book A Day at the Apple Orchard and made a life cycle of the apple using the book as our guide.

For math we worked on learning quantities and number words 1-10.  We read the emergent reader book Apples in the Basket and drew the number of apples that matched the words on the page.


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.


As we continued our Polar Express unit we read the book   The Night Tree,  which is a book about a family that goes to decorate a tree with food that is made to look like a Christmas tree.  The book is very different than  The Polar Express however it is a great introduction in showing how to compare popular stories.  We discussed how in both stories the characters had hot chocolate.

 

We then watched a video on how to make hot chocolate and then wrote directions on how to make hot chocolate in three easy steps.  For math we made hot chocolate mug art with cotton balls acting as marshmallows.  Students wrote how many marshmallows were in their cup.  To have a copy of the mug activity click here.

    

 


Today we continued our unit on the Polar Express.  We read the story Christmas Kitten and compared the gift that the boy got (the bell) as the first gift of Christmas in the Polar Express and the gift Sophie got (a kitten) in Christmas Kitten.  Based on the story Christmas Kitten we guessed on what we thought Sophie would have picked as the first gift of Christmas.  Then we wrote about what we would pick.

During read to self, students read the emergent reader Santa Has.. and filled in the blank line with the word ‘has’ and drew the picture of what the sentence said Santa had.

For math & art students completed a cut and paste puzzle that matched numbers with their number word.  Students then colored the picture showing The Polar Express and the conductor.


Just to catch everyone up on our Thanksgiving unit last week:

We used the Scholastic First Thanksgiving Virtual Field trip to learn about the Wompanoag Native American tribe that made friends with the Pilgrims and helped them survive the winter. We compared the Pilgrims Daily life to the Wompanoags Daily Life. The comparisons included food, houses, clothing, chores, and games.  We also created pilgrim hats and turned them into headbands that we wore out to the buses.

During math we’ve been learning about shapes and how to design patterns.  We created a native american head and shirt. Then we used real pattern block to practice making our own design for the shirts. Then we used paper pattern blocks that we glued to decorate the Wompanoag’s shirt. Last we counted how many of each pattern block we used and wrote it on the recording sheet.  You can find a FREE COPY of this activity here.

 



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