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

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