In Reading, students loved our read-alouds last week including “Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly” by Alan Madison and Kevin Hawkes; “What Makes the Seasons?” by Megan Montague Cash; “When the Leaf Blew In” by Steve Metzger”; and “Let It Fall” by Maryann Cocca-Leffler.
In Language Arts and Science Discovery, we talked about the four seasons, one of the Core Knowledge Language Arts Domains. We read a Core Knowledge story about the four seasons and discussed the characteristics of each one. Another Core Knowledge Language Arts story we read was “Letters from Our Pen Pal, Annie.” It is a story about a little girl that lives in Washington D.C. She wrote about what the weather was like where she lived and we compared that to our own season. Students then created their own Four Season’s Book.
In Writer’s Workshop, students practiced rainbow writing the word “can.” They also worked on their journals by writing about what they did over the previous weekend.
In Math, students worked on counting up to 20. They started to warm up with the teacher by showing a few examples on a tens frame. Students then explained how they came about their answer when sharing what they got. Using teddy bear counters, they practiced counting up to 20. Other math concepts from Envision Math we introduced to students last week included the following: Counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and in Different Arrangements; Reading and Writing 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; Problem Solving Using Objects; and More, Fewer, and Same As.
In Movement and Coordination, we played a wacky game called Chicken Toss during JumpBunch. The game works to improve children’s throwing skills and eye/hand coordination. First, students practiced tossing the rubber chicken under/over handed into a hula-hoop. Each child then partnered with another student and they tossed the rubber chickens to each other with one hand and with both hands. We also played a fun game called Chicken Coop Races!