Monday, May 15, 2017

5/8 - 5/12:Research:Butterflies

Morning Meeting & Phonemic Awareness Activity
* Question of the week: Would you hold a butterfly?

Whole Group:

We continued our unit on Insects. We read nonfiction insect books and we observe our class butterflies (chrysalis). We also also gathering information to prepare for our research project. During our research we will learn:
What it looks like
What it eats
Life cycle
Cool Facts

We will research Ladybugs and butterflies.

Last week we did our unit on Ladybugs. This week the students will research butterflies in nonfiction stories.

Read Aloud Books


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Centers

Whole Group Reading Response:
Nonfiction butterfly book

life cycle map

Guided Writing:
Facts about Butterfly

Art: Butterflies Symmetry

Poetry: First comes a butterfly

Math: Subtraction rain drops from 5

Comprehension:
Identifying story elements, retelling familiar stories, main idea

Writing:

We continue with our Monday morning journals to increase our journal writing skills.

We began working on information writing. Information writing "informs" the reader. We will be using informational writing in our research unit.


Listening Center:


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Science :


Living vs. Nonliving

Animals in their habitats

Social Studies:


Memorial Day

5/1-5/5:Insects,Ladybugs

Morning Meeting & Phonemic Awareness Activity
* Question of the week: Would you hold a ladybug?

Whole Group:
We continued our unit on Insects. We read nonfiction insect books and we observe our class ladybugs. We also also gathering information to prepare for our research project. During our research we will learn:
What it looks like
What it eats
Life cycle
Cool Facts

We will research Ladybugs and butterflies.

This week we did our unit on Ladybugs. The students enjoyed researching facts about ladybugs in nonfiction stories and learning about ladybugs.

Read Aloud Books


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Centers

Whole Group Reading Response:
Nonfiction lady bug book
life cycle map

Guided Writing:
Facts about Ladybugs

Art: Paint Ladybug

Poetry: Ladybugs

Math: Ladybug Math

Comprehension:
Identifying story elements, retelling familiar stories, main idea

Writing:

We continue with our Monday morning journals to increase our journal writing skills.

We began working on information writing. Information writing "informs" the reader. We will be using informational writing in our research unit.

Listening Center:

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Science :


Living vs. Nonliving

Animals in their habitats

Social Studies:


Memorial Day

4/24-4/28: Recycle, Bug Unit

Morning Meeting & Phonemic Awareness Activity
* Question of the week: Do you like bugs?

Whole Group:
This week, we discussed what is means to recycle. We talked about the different recycling signs that we see and we sorted pretend cans, papers and plastics.

We also begin our unit on Insects. We read nonfiction insect books, we observe our class ladybugs and have a ladybug research project.


Read Aloud Books


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Whole Group Reading Response:
Nonfiction lady bug book
life cycle map

Guided Writing:
My name is __ This is how I look in the spring

Art: “Friends Put Their Hands Together”

Poetry: Save the Earth

Math: Two  More Two fewer

Comprehension:
Identifying story elements, retelling familiar stories

Writing:

We continue with our Monday morning journals to increase our journal writing skills.

We continued with our Persuasive writing in our persuasive writing journal. Persuasive writing tries to convince or persuade someone why they should or should not agree with you.

The author's purpose is to:

Convince someone to do something
make someone believe in something
change someone's mind

Some of our persuasive writing entries are:

Will a tiger be a good pet?
Should children do chores?
They should serve _____ in the school cafeteria.

We also are finishing up our science observations in our plant journals.

Listening Center:

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Science :

We will continue with our plant observation reflections and we will continue with our plant measurements.

Recycling, Earth Day

Social Studies:

Continents and using correct words and phrases related to chronology and time

April 10 -April 14: Recycling

Morning Meeting & Phonemic Awareness Activity
* Question of the week: Do you recycle?

Whole Group:
This week, we discussed what is means to recycle. We talked about the different recycling signs that we see and we sorted pretend cans, papers and plastics.


Read Aloud Books

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Recycle


Centers

Whole Group Reading Response:
Web: What can we do to keep the earth clean?

Guided Writing:
" "was a ________.
But now it is a _____.
(reusing materials)

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Art: Paper plate earth with things you can recycle hanging down, cut pictures from grocery flyers.

Poetry: Recycling

Scholastic: Planting

Math: What do you recycle at home graph

Comprehension:
Identifying story elements, retelling familiar stories

Writing:

We continue with our Monday morning journals to increase our journal writing skills.

We continued with our Persuasive writing in our persuasive writing journal. Persuasive writing tries to convince or persuade someone why they should or should not agree with you.

The author's purpose is to:

Convince someone to do something
make someone believe in something
change someone's mind

Some of our persuasive writing entries are:

Will a tiger be a good pet?
Should children do chores?
They should serve _____ in the school cafeteria.

We also are finishing up our science observations in our plant journals.

Listening Center:

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Science :

We will continue with our plant observation reflections and we will continue with our plant measurements.

Recycling, Earth Day

Social Studies:

Continents and using correct words and phrases related to chronology and time

Important information to remember

Field trip: Discovery Museum

Friday, April 21, 2017

April 3 - April 7

Morning Meeting & Phonemic Awareness Activity
* Question of the week: Do you have a garden?

Whole Group:
This week, we continued planting seeds observing and charting their growth. We drew a picture of our plant on the "Parts of a Plant poem. We discussed putting our plants in the Fox Hill School garden. We turned & talked about the life cycle of a plant and discussed what plants need to grow. Then we a walk outside to look for "Signs of Spring." The children collected items found outside and took turns discussing their findings. Lastly, the children drew a picture of their collection and wrote about it.


Read Aloud Books
And then it's spring by Julie Fogliano
I'm a Little Seed by Kay Sands
Butterflies by Emily Neye
Bucket Filling from A-Z by Carol McCloud
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Centers

Whole Group Reading Response:

Sequence the pictures and write about what is happening in each picture.


Guided Writing: Draw a picture of all the things a plant needs to grow. Label your picture using the words in the word bank: air, sunlight, soil, water

Art: We painted for our Eric Carle pictures: Next week we will choose what we will draw and draw it on our painted work.

Poetry: "It's Spring, It's Spring"  

Scholastic: Planting

Comprehension:
Author Study: Eric Carle. We learn how the author writes and how he illustrates his books.

Writing:

We continue with our Monday morning journals to increase our journal writing skills.

We will begin Persuasive writing in our persuasive writing journal. Persuasive writing tries to convince or persuade someone why they should or should not agree with you.

The author's purpose is to:

Convince someone to do something
make someone believe in something
change someone's mind

Some of our persuasive writing entries are:

Will a tiger be a good pet?
Should children do chores?
They should serve _____ in the school cafeteria.

We will also writing about our classroom experiments during the month of March and April during our guided writing.

Listening Center:

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Science :

This month we will be studying magnets. Students will be using magnets at the science table to understand how magnets work and what make magnets "stick" together.

We began working on our science journals. Our first journal entry was Oobleck. We experimenting with cornstarch and water to see how oobleck becomes a solid and a liquid in our hands. In our journals we wrote the materials, procedure and we drew a picture.

We will continue our science journal throughout March and April.

Social Studies:

We are studying community helpers this month. We will be looking forward to parents coming in to learn more about different occupations.

Important information to remember

Field trip: Discovery Museum

March 27 -31

Morning Meeting & Phonemic Awareness Activity
* Question of the week: Do you know like to plant?

Whole Group:
This week, we began talking about planting. We discussed the life cycle of a plant and what a plant needs to survive. We also discussed types of plants.



Read Aloud Books

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Centers

Whole Group Reading Response:

Sequence the pictures and write about what is happening in each picture.
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Guided Writing: Draw a picture of all the things a plant needs to grow. Label your picture using the words in the word bank: air, sunlight, soil, water

Art: We finished painting for our Eric Carle pictures. We also began working on our Mother's day art projects.

Poetry: "Rainbow"  

Scholastic: Planting

Comprehension:
Sequencing and life cycles

Writing:
We continue with our Monday morning journals to increase our journal writing skills.

We will begin Persuasive writing in our persuasive writing journal. Persuasive writing tries to convince or persuade someone why they should or should not agree with you.

The author's purpose is to:

Convince someone to do something
make someone believe in something
change someone's mind

Some of our persuasive writing entries are:

Will a tiger be a good pet?
Should children do chores?
They should serve _____ in the school cafeteria.

We will also writing about our classroom experiments during the month of March during our guided writing.

Listening Center:

From Seed to Plant


Science :

This month we will be studying magnets. Students will be using magnets at the science table to understand how magnets work what make magnets "stick" together.

We began working on our science journals. Our first journal entry was Oobleck. We experimenting with cornstarch and water to see how oobleck becomes a solid and a liquid in our hands. In our journals we wrote the materials, procedure and we drew a picture.

We will continue our science journal throughout march.

Social Studies:

We are studying community helpers this month. We will be looking forward to parents coming in to learn more about different occupations.

Important information to remember

Field trip: Discovery Museum

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Now that the Spring weather is finally here, we have been going outdoors looking for "Signs of Spring!" First, the children used a magnifying glass and a container to collect nature items such as grass, nuts, flowers, and more! Next, while on their adventure outside, they saw principal, Mrs. Johnson and showed her the things they collected. Then, we went inside our classroom to turn & talk about about the things we collected. Lastly, the children were so excited to draw and write about their findings!
* Optional Homework:   Please continue to practice the sight words daily that come home weekly in your child's blue bag. In addition, please read to and with your child 15 minutes (or more) daily and continue the Raz-kids online reading program for your child. We have sent a sheet called:  Good Readers.....in your child's blue bag to help your child with decoding unfamiliar words. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
*  Science Unit:  We continue doing science experiments and have started our "planting unit."  The children have been excited to observe and chart the growth of their plants for the "Fox Hill School" garden. In addition, the children continue to track the temperature daily. Lastly, in preparation for Earth Day, we have discussed the 3 R's: Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse. We turned & talked to our partners on how to keep our Earth clean. They have been quite the "scientist in Room 1".
*  Discovery Museum:  The children enjoyed their field trip to the Discovery Museum in Acton and were so excited to visit each exhibit with hands on experience. We would like to thank all the parent volunteers for coming! To end our magnet unit, Mr. Musselman from the Burlington Science center came to Fox Hill and gave all the kindergartners a great magnet show! Thank you Mr. Musselman! Keep an eye out for more details for the May and June field trips. Remember, you must have a CORI from Burlington to go!
*  Fundations:   We have sent Unit 3 from our Fundations program. Please continue helping your child with letters and their sounds and "tapping out" CVC words daily.
*  enVisions:   We have started Topic 8 in math. Please continue to review addition and subtraction math facts daily. In addition, continue to help your child practice counting by ones, twos, fives and 10's to 100. Lastly, please review all math work that comes home daily. As usual, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
* A special thanks goes to Mr. Ciccarelli for volunteering in Room 1 every Thursday since September!  Thank you Mr. Ciccarelli! In addition, thank you to all  the families of Room 1 for your support all year!