What an exciting day we had. Besides the super fun Halloween and fall centers, students also got to carve a pumpkin today. Each student was able to feel the pumpkin pulp, take out a few seeds, estimate the number of seeds, and vote on the shape of the jack-o-lantern face. The students are also super excited to try a pumpkin seed tomorrow and to bring one home to grow. Below are the class estimates. Can you guess how many? Feel free to comment below. I will post the answer tomorrow.
In addition to our awesome pumpkin filled day, we were also lucky enough to have a visit from another community helper! Evangelia's dad, a firefighter, came to class to show the students his tools and talk about fire safety. The students learned a lot, and had tons of fun trying on all of the gear.
This week we continued our fun and learning.
Students loved reading Pumpkin, Pumpkin and learning about the life-cycle of a pumpkin. In other stories, they learned about all the ways a pumpkin is used from pumpkin pies to jack-o-lanterns, and even for boats! They made text-to-text connections as they read about the life-cycle of an apple and compared it to that of a pumpkin.
In math, students learned to make more and fewer, continued to practice naming coins and amounts (this takes all year!), practiced numbers words and color words, reviewed ordinal numbers, and began to learn number sentences.
Our field trip was an absolute blast! I cannot wait to return to Goebbert's Farm. Check out our awesome pictures!
Book Reports due Monday
Tic-Tac-Toe and Book in the Bag due Friday
Halloween Party Wednesday (see the note under parent information)
Half day Nov. 9
No School Nov. 12
Conferences Nov. 13
Picture retake Nov. 14
Week two of community helpers was a huge success. Students continued to learn about more community helpers, their tools, and their uniforms. They even got to meet some real community helpers! Officer Zalinski joined our class to show police tools, talk about safety, and to talk about what it is like to be a police officer. The students even were able to try on some gear! Mrs. Gaynor was also able to join our class and taught the students about CPR. She is a community helper because she teaches CPR and teaches other community helpers like lifeguards and paramedics. The students were excited to test out a real CPR dummy and a defibrillator. So cool!
In reading, students made connections to stories about community helpers and thought more about what they would like to be when they grow up. We reviewed title, cover, author, and practiced fiction vs. non-fiction.
In math students are reviewing their numbers, practicing more and less, naming and recognizing coins, learning addition, and practicing color and number words.
The students are learning so much, so fast! I can't believe it! Check out some of our fun pictures and wonderful writing below.
-Book Report due Monday
-Book in the Bag and Tic-Tac-Toe due Friday
-Field Trip Thursday - bring a disposable lunch!
-Halloween Party Thursday 5pm-7pm
The next topic in our Me and My Community Unit was Community Helpers. Students loved making connections to this topic as they talked about the community helpers they know about, including their own parents. :) I think their favorite part of the unit, however, was exploring what it is like to be a community helper at the Chicago Children's Museum! Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped keep us safe and made our day more special.Please check out all the fun we had this week in our pictures below.
~Book Report due Monday
~Tic-Tac-Toe and Book in the Bag due Friday
~Complete math packet (coming home on Monday)
~Reading Night this Tuesday! 10/16
Students had a great time this week learning about how we grow. They loved comparing what they could do to what a baby could do, and many students were excited to share stories about their younger siblings.
Besides making text-to-self connections while reading See How We Grow, students also reviewed finding the cover and title, naming the author, making predictions, and sequencing a story. Students have REALLY developed their one-to-one correspondence this week.
They did a great job writing "I have" and "I see" sentences this week, and even got to practice making sentences on an iPad.
In math, students continued to practice numbers 0-10, and writing them correctly. They also reviewed coins, learned about ABB patterns, compared amounts to find which group has more or fewer, practiced color words, and played a fun Missing Number game.
I am having so much fun with the students. I cannot believe how quickly they are learning. We are going to start guided reading this week. Wait until you see how quickly they begin to read!
Check out our fun pictures from the week!
~Book Report due Monday
~Picture Day Monday
~1/2 day Wed (kids leave at 11:30) *LUNCH IS SERVED @ 10:20
~Field Trip Thursday (bring a paper bag lunch)
~Tic-Tac-Toe due Friday
~Reading Night 10/16