During our Reader's workshop we learned that when readers talk about their books they will often talk about the characters and the setting. We learned that the characters are the people animals or creatures in the story and that the setting is the place where most of the story takes place. We worked with Ms. Audet to write about the beginning, the middle and the end of one of our just right books. Everyone received a new just right book and read with Ms. McCormack.
During our Math block we learned a game called Dice Subtraction and played it two times! This game will help us to subtract small numbers quickly. We used craft sticks to decompose teen numbers into a bundle of ten and "some more" and then made number models to show this work.
During our Writer's Workshop we continued our study of opinion pieces. Each writer worked hard to craft their pieces so that the reader could really understand why they felt the way they did. We learned that when a writer is trying to persuade the reader they will state their opinion, tell their reason why and then include some facts which support their opinion.
Thursday morning Rylen shared a new game for our classroom. He brought a chess game and began teaching some children how to play. Thursday afternoon Mrs. Heelan joined us to work with us on making origami designs.
As we prepare to enjoy a much-needed break from the demands and routines of school, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you how proud I am of each and every one of your children. They are a kind, flexible group of learners who are working hard to grow their independence and their academic skills. Thank you for sharing them with me every day.
I hope you enjoy this time with family and friends!
Every day we check on our Decorah eagles. All three of the eggs have hatched and we've been delighted to see the fluffy babies as they poke their heads out of their nest and tell Mom and Dad to feed them!
This week we concluded our study of Pushes and Pulls by examining Speed and Direction. We used cardboard, blocks and a ruler to solve a tricky problem. The problem was how to move a toy car and have it end up in just the right spot WITHOUT giving it a push or a pull. After many false starts we discovered that using a ramp was a great way to move the car, but that the ramp had to be just right so the car wouldn't go too far.
During our Reader’s workshop everyone received a new just-right book and we worked at centers where we practiced hearing ending sounds, reading harder spelling words and writing small words.
During our Math block we During our Math block we used a steady beat to measure the time it takes to walk and tiptoe down the hall. We practiced finding solid shapes by feel, played the Mystery Block game, and practiced skip counting by 10’s. We made 2-and 3-dimensional shapes using toothpicks and marshmallows and then talked about our shapes. We practiced counting on from several random numbers and learned that this is a skill that Kindergarteners should practice a lot!
During our Writer’s workshop we learned that writers sometimes write letters to persuade people and to solve a problem. We wrote to the “Kid” from the story Hey Little Ant! telling him why or why not to squish the ant. We read a fun story called I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato and we talked about how sometimes, writers write about things they don’t like. We added an opinion piece about something we do not like to our writing folders. We decided that persuasive opinion pieces should tell our opinion, have several reasons why, use the word because and include details.
We've been enjoying our April share. On Friday Caleb shared an old army truck.