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This week is Polar Express week!  We started the week with reading the book Polar Express by Christ Van Allsburg.  After we read the story we retold the story with sequence cards by putting the cards in the correct order.  Then students completed a cut and paste activity to retell the sequence of their story.  Polar Express retell came from Simply Kinder.


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This week we began our unit on gingerbread.  In this unit we read many different versions of the gingerbread man folktale.  We started by reading a version that resembles original Gingerbread Man story.  We did a retell of the story by doing a sequence cut and paste.  Then we made our own gingerbread men and write action words to complete a phrase.

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The next day we read another version called Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett.  Students made a list of things that they would run away from if they were the gingerbread baby and wrote about it in their journals.  The gingerbread man writing prompt comes from The Education Center.

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We compared the characters from the story from Gingerbread Baby to the characters from Gingerbread Man using hula hoops and character cards.  Then students made gingerbread houses for the gingerbread baby.

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Today we learned about the first Thanksgiving by reading The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern, and we retold the first thanksgiving by putting pictures back into the correct order.  The First Thanksgiving Sequence activity can be found here.

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We also finished up our discussion on nutrition and read the emergent reader book called Thanksgiving – “I Like” Series.  Students partner read the story and completed the extra page at the end.  Finally we made toilet paper roll turkeys with colored tissue paper and paper plates as the backing.

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Today as we continue our fall science unit we read the book Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington.  Pumpkin Pumpkin is a book that follows a boy that found some pumpkin seeds that planted them and watched the pumpkin grow.  Students learned different pumpkin science vocabulary and the life cycle of a pumpkin.  Finally students retold the sequence of the story by putting in order the life of a pumpkin seed in a A-Z Teacher Stuff craft.

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We did not have school in Martin Luther King Jr day, so we spent the rest of the week celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.  We started by watching a Reading Rainbow reading of a picture book about Martin Luther King Jr.  Then we created an anchor chart and wrote about what our dream is.  (“My dream is that everybody would get along.”  “My dream is that people all would be nice.”  “My dream is my brother would be nice to me”)

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Finally we watched a Martin Luther King Jr. video on Brain Pop Jr, and played a sequencing game where we put parts of MLK’s life back into the correct order.

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Last week we had our mini unit on The Mitten by Jan Brett, and we began with reading it whole group.  Then we created an anchor chart and discussed the elements of the story.

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Next we completed a mitten sequence cut and paste activity; illustrating the order that the animals entered in the mitten.  Finally students retold the story by acting out the story using masks printed out from Jan Brett’s website.

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This week marks my favorite week, The Polar Express week!  On Monday we read the story and students retold the story by putting pictures in the right order.  They also shared with the class what happened on their part of the story.  Finally they retold the story in correct sequence order by doing a cut and paste activity.

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Today students wrote about what they would choose as the first gift of Christmas (A silver bell, pony, and genie bottle).  At the end of the day students created a train glyph, answering questions about trains.

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