This week we are starting to use cubes and other non-standard manipulatives to measure different classroom objects. Today children traced their foot and are using materials such as; dried noodles, cheerios, paper squares, dotters, milk jug caps, etc. to measure. I will post pictures tomorrow! Students are expected to write numbers 1-10 correctly before winter break and rote count to 20 independently.
During writing workshop students have been practicing oral story telling. Then students go back to their seat and sketch an idea, add detail and label their illustrations to give the reader more information. Some students have been adding sight words and trying to create sentences about their illustrations. I really have been trying to encourage kiddos to sound out words themselves and use the alphabet chart as a reference. We write with lowercase letters and use meatball or finger spaces between words. They have been really working hard!
During reading workshop we have been learning different strategies to read a book. We can think of a story that we know, we can use our eyes and look at the pictures to create a story, we can find sight words we know and we can read the words. I still try to encourage kids that they are reading even if they cannot correctly read the words on the page. I have been reading some books that contain patterns and talking to kids about how some stories have patterns and how we can predict words on the page when they repeat. Author, illustrator, title, title page, characters and setting are also vocabulary that are being discussed during this time.
Our physical science unit will start on December 4th. We will end with a popcorn experiment!
Our social studies lesson on needs and wants will start the week before winter break. Children will learn that people have wants and those wants sometimes affect others along with the difference between goods and services.
FINALLY!!! HANDWRITING, HANDWRITING, HANDWRITING!! I will be reintroducing lowercase letters with handwriting lines. I use the strategies and oral formation language from FUNDATIONS. The top line is called the sky line, mid line- plane line, bottom line - grass line and any letters that drop below grass touch the worm line.