Friday, October 24, 2014

Our trip to the Farm

This past Tuesday, our class along with Mrs. Nesser's class went on a trip to the Queens County Farm. It was a beautiful day for our trip! The students enjoyed walking through the farm, viewing different farm animals and especially picking their own pumpkins!

One of the first things we did was go on a hay ride!

Then we learned about pumpkins--
Here are some of the things we saw at the farm---
The goats
The students also got to feed the goats and pet them!
Petting the goats
A Llama
The pigglets
The chicken coop
Our next trip is this upcoming Friday at the Transit Museum!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Writing in our world, Star books, Number combinations

We recently started our new writing unit, Writing in our World, where we will be looking at different kinds of writing in our world and creating them! We went on writing walks both inside and outside of school, where students had the opportunity to look for different kinds of writing to sketch. At home, look for different kinds of writing and talk about why it's used and what the pictures/words say/mean.

In the block center, students also have the option of creating their own signs to hang up! J.L wanted to create a NO PARKING sign.

For reading, we have been reading emergent story books or as the kids know them as "star books." These are books with strong story lines and characters which will help the students learn plot and retelling skills. We have been using puppets to also help our retells.

In math, we have been working on numbers and different number combinations. Recently, we were working on combinations of 5. We played a game using ten frames with our partners and explaining how we saw the numbers. Example: 5 can be 2 and 3 or 1 and 4.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Continuing with shapes

We continued with shapes this week! Another shape we learned this week was the rhombus! Work on noticing rhombuses around the world. Many of the students refer to them as diamonds, but they're actually called rhombuses!! Students used rhombuses to create a variety of things and some even used rhombuses to create more rhombuses!!
Another shape activity we did this week was create shapes using sticks! Check out their creations below!!
We also went on a shape hunt in our classroom! Students used clipboards to walk around the room and find shapes around our room.
I also opened up a shape matching center! Students worked together to match shape cards!

This week we also learned about the tree map. A tree map is used to sort. We created tree maps to sort our likes and dislikes.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sharing our published work, shape centers, fire safety

Reminder families, this upcoming weekend is a three day weekend in observance of Columbus Day! Also, if you ever want to talk to me about anything at all, Tuesdays from 2:20-3:20pm, please let me know. :)

This week we have been delving deeper into reading pictures. We also started talking about how as readers we can say a lot about the story using pictures and we can also say how the story makes us feel. When you read with your child at home, have them talk about the story through the pictures and ask them how the story is making them feel...maybe even during different parts of the story!

In writing, we published one story last week and this week, we will be publishing another. Students had an opportunity to share their stories with a partner. We worked on complimenting each other's stories as well.

We have been integrating thinking maps into our read alouds. Recently, we created a bubble map to describe the troll from The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

In math, we are delving into shapes. Each day, we work on a new shape! On Fridays, we do a variety of shape centers-creating shapes with play dough, drawing shapes with a stencil, creating shapes with stamps, etc. Look for shapes at home and talk with your child about the sides and corners of the shape!

Recently, we learned about the hexagon and we used different shapes to create a hexagon--

Last week, firefighters came to our school to teach everyone about fire safety! Firefighter Joanne came into our classroom to discuss how we can safely leave our home in case of fires and what to do in case of a fire! She also showed the class a smoke detector and a video on the ABCs of fire safety!