Monday, June 6, 2016

May/June

Highlights

Language Arts:

 We have completed our Fundations program.  We wrote sentences; practiced high frequency words;
wrote unit words; worked with digraphs; and worked on identifying long and short vowels.
Writing:  we wrote our last portfolio piece--Which season do you like best, and why?  Everyone did an excellent job writing and supporting their opinion.
We read our Nursery Books we made in the Fall.

Math:

We worked on number sense; place value; counting to 100; counting on from a given number; addition and subtraction within 5; solving and writing word problems from our number corner;
reviewing shapes including 3-D shapes.

Theme:

We learned about plants and what they need to grow.  We planted seeds and observed bean, and sunflower seeds grow into plants.


We learned about rocks, observed and experimented with rocks that Hannah Putnam from VINS shared with us. We noticed one rock was magnetic; pumice was the lightest rock; coal was shiny; we could write with one on a piece of tile; and quartz was transparent. We collected a rock from outside, and wrote a report about our rock.

We also learned about the animals that live in the ocean.  We made a book based on a song Down By The Sea.  We read about each animal, added animals to our book, and did a craft project of the animal.  We celebrated our ocean unit with Ocean Day.  We had nine stations, and a special snack.

Other:

We went to see Curious George and the Golden Meatball.  It was a musical and a great performance.

We will celebrate Field Day on Wednesday.

Friday, April 8, 2016

March/April 2016


March/April 2016

Highlights

Literacy:
Fundations:  
learning new unit words, tapping, blending, reading, writing, and   spelling words; learning about digraphs--two letters that make       one sound e.g . wh, ch, th, sh, ck; reviewing high frequency/sight words      

                  
Writing:  
writing a narrative story independently with the components of character, setting what the character does, and a conclusion 

Reading:
working hard in our reading groups; learning strategies to solve unknown words; working on reading fluency, and comprehension  Each day we practice our reading skills by reading to ourselves, an adult, and a peer. Practicing our reading daily is strengthening our reading skills. 

Math:
We are working with the numbers 0-20 on a number line; reading and writing the numerals 1-20; counting forward and backward from a given number; counting objects in a set up to 20; estimating how many objects within 20; counting and comparing quantities to 25; composing and decomposing numbers to 5; learning about greater than and less than through a number line; observing likeness and differences of sea creatures and frogs; and working on place value

Theme:
Learning about  The 5 Senses

Sight: reading I spy books

Hearing: identifying items by their sound--pennies, macaroni, toothpicks, marbles, cotton, thread, unpopped popcorn, paperclips

Touch:  exploring different textures--shaving cream, sand, playdough, and bristle blocks

Smell: identifying items by their scent--coffee, cocoa, pepper, lemon, orange, cherry, cinnamon, vanilla, peanuts, alcohol wipe, and a strawberry

Taste:  sweet-marshmallow; sour-pickle; salty-pretzel; bitter--unsweetened chocolate

Class Council with Mrs. Lallier





Other:
Fiddlesticks assembly--listening to 3 people from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra play the bass, violin, and viola

Dress like a pirate/Math Day:
Solving math problems as a group to unlock Mr. D and the Otter
Participating in math stations 



Saturday, February 20, 2016

February 20, 2016

February 20, 2016

Highlights:  
January 22nd-February 12th

Literacy: 
Fundations: 
Blending letter sounds by tapping out the sounds individually; listening for letter sounds, writing the letter sounds heard, reading and spelling the words; decoding words

 Writing:
 Writing about self chosen topics, using the word wall and writing high                    frequency words from memory; writing about the story The Snowy Day

Reading:  
We have begun reading groups. Reading groups are held 3 times per week. During the lesson children are reading new books, rereading books from a previous lesson, and writing about the stories.
Please practice reading and writing the words that were sent home in January       this will help your child with their reading and writing.

Math:  
Writing numerals 10-18; coin recognition; sequencing numbers 10-20;                 matching the numerals to the corresponding 20 frame card; solving story problems; e.g. There were  four seal pups sitting on a rock and four mother seals searching for food in the water.  How many seals are there altogether?  
Listening for key elements is an important part of solving word problems  

Celebrating the 100th day of school!


 Thanks for making the 100th day  poster with your child we have very creative posters!


Theme:
Learning about Forces & Motion--experimenting with objects and how they move, recording our observations




Learning about Ground Hog Day and shadows and animals in winter
Celebrating Valentine's Day
Enjoying the PBIS whole school reward: roasting marshmallows and making S'Mores
K Otter Paw winner for January congratulations to Fiona


We had an awesome time at the Montshire Museum exploring all of the exhibits!








Fun at recess making snow angels and sledding!







Jump rope day in PE!