Friday, November 28, 2014

Lessons for the first week of December

Hi Families! I am currently taking an online course on using digital tools to differentiate learning. One of my assignments was to place a week's worth of lessons on my class website for students to view. I will be posting this week's lessons below with supporting activities at home and supporting websites too!

Monday

  • Reading-Readers look at the pictures to figure out difficult words. 
Use raz-kids.com and in your book room, read 3 books and write down 2 tricky words. Use the pictures to help you figure out the tricky words. 
Go to www.bookflix.com, login using the school password and listen to any story. 
  • Writing-Writers will begin their see-saw pattern book. 
Watch and listen to this story- I Went Walking by Sue Williams 

This is a see-saw book, the pattern goes back and forth. Begin your own see-saw pattern book at home. 
  • Math-Greater/Less than

Tuesday
  • Reading-Readers look at the first letter to figure out difficult words. 
Use raz-kids.com and in your book room, read 3 books and write down 2 tricky words. Use the first letter to help you figure out the tricky words. 
Go to www.bookflix.com, login using the school password and listen to any story. 
  • Writing-Writers will continue their see-saw pattern book. 
Write the next page of your see-saw pattern book. 
  • Math-Review greater/smaller

Wednesday
  • Reading-Readers make sure their pointer finger doesn't get ahead of their reading voice. 
Use raz-kids.com and in your book room, read 3 books and point under the words as you read. 
Go to www.bookflix.com, login using the school password and listen to any story. 
  • Writing-Writers will revise their pattern book.
Reread your writing, add details to your pictures. 
  • Math-introduce concept of equal/same 
Replay the games from Monday and Tuesday. 

Thursday
  • Reading-Readers make sure they use their finger to match their voice with the words they are pointing to. 
Use raz-kids.com and in your book room, read 3 books and write down 2 tricky words. Use the pictures to help you figure out the tricky words. 
Go to www.bookflix.com, login using the school password and listen to any story. 
  • Writing-Writers will continue revising their pattern book. 
Reread your writing, make sure you have finger spaces and capitals. 
  • Math-Continue greater/less/equal

Friday
  • Reading-Readers go back and reread when they get stuck on a word. 
Use raz-kids.com and in your book room, read 3 books and write down 2 tricky words. Go back and reread the sentence after you figure out the word. 
Go to www.bookflix.com, login using the school password and listen to any story. 
  • Writing-Writers share their writing with others. 
Share your book with a family member at home. 
  • Math-Review numbers 0-20

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi Families!

Reminder this Thursday and Friday, school will be closed for Thanksgiving. I want to wish all families a wonderful and restful break and I hope that you all get to spend cherished time with your loved ones.

Today as I was walking into the office, P, from our class introduced me to his cousin and uncle and as I passed by he said "Look, there's my teacher-come meet her!" I was so proud!

This month, the children are beginning to read and write. For reading, they have been reading pattern books. These are books with a repetitive text. For example: "I have a cat. I have a dog. I have a bird." This will help student to begin to notice sight words and it will build their confidence in reading.

In writing, the children are writing their own pattern books. This also reinforces the use of sight words and will build their confidence in writing. Here are some examples:


In math, we have started to learn how to count backwards and how to count by 10s. When you have a minute or two at home, count with your child.

Here are some good games for sight words:
Sight Word Bingo
Sight Word Spelling

Here are some games for counting:
Counting backwards train
Count the vegetables 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Happy November!

Sorry for not posting in awhile. I ran the NYC Marathon nearly 2 weeks ago! I was excited to have crossed the finish line and even happier to celebrate with fellow TALES teachers, Ms. Mark (2nd grade) and Ms. Reilly (3rd grade).
We finished up our writing in the world unit recently! The class created buttons to wear! Here are some of their buttons-
I.W's button says to "Stop drop and roll" 
Q.D's "I like to play" button
C.S' "No hitting" button
P.L's "Love" button
This month, we started new units where the children will begin reading words and writing words! We have been reading and writing pattern books! Work at home on reinforcing sight words (the, and, in, etc.) to help your child recognize these words in books and also write them in their own books!

In math, we are continuing to work on numbers to 10 and we've been learning different games to practice numbers. We also read 10 Dots by Donald Crews and created different things with 10 dots!
Another game we recently learned is roll and record, where students work in pairs to roll and die and record it on a sheet.
The children also created dot image cards that they took home. You can use these cards or other items to practice counting items from 0-10.

Reminder next week is a short week. There is no school Thursday and Friday in observance for Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Trip to the Transit Museum

Last Friday, our class went to the Transit Museum! We had a fun time learning about transportation and viewing older trains! Our class even got to make a bus to take home!


After making our buses, we went on a tour around the museum. Our first stop was to learn about buses and we sat on a bus!
We even took turns driving the bus!

Then, we went to look at different trains! Our tour guide, Mr. Yule taught us about what goes on trains and we talked about how the trains looked different from today's trains.

We ate lunch at the museum surrounded by all different kinds of signs!


At the end of the trip, we took turns going through the turnstiles!

When we got back to school, we celebrated Halloween! Some students changed into costumes!