Saturday, September 26, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

Because our short week for the fair last week, I'll be sharing what we've been working on the last couple weeks!

Constitution Day was September 17, so we read a book that helps explain the Preamble to kids called We the Kids. Then, we talked about our rules at school and put them in categories. The kids drew a picture of what happens when we follow rules. A lot chose to draw a picture of having fun at recess, a benefit of doing what we should!

We have been working on recognizing letters - next week we will start focusing on one letter a week with sounds as well. We worked with our table mates to sort letters.

We've also been working hard on sight words. It seems like things are starting to "click" with reading! I was so proud of the kids this week as they read with me in small groups. Reading bags will come home on Tuesday again - please return the next day with the books, sight words, and sign off sheet. Your student should be reading the book to you!

We spent this week learning about apples. We used the scientific method to see if an apple can float. We made predictions, followed a procedure, and recorded our results!

We tasted apples and made a graph with our opinions.
We talked about how an apple grows.
Next week, we will talk about parts of an apple and make applesauce.

We will have library on Tuesday, so please send your child's book back! Our fundraiser also ends on Tuesday, so also send the packets back that day. If you have any questions, please let me know! I'm excited with the progress our class has already made this year!

:) Miss McPheron

Friday, September 11, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

We had a great week. We have been doing a lot of hands-on activities to help with our learning!

In Math, we learned to play the game bump. Students are working on counting and number recognition with this game.

We used objects to work on showing groups. First, we worked with "equal" groups, and later we worked on groups that were "more" or "greater." We have been focusing on using math vocabulary as we learn the skills.

In Science, we learned about the properties of objects. We made observations of my Travelocity gnome, then worked on sorting by colors. We used fruit loops, and got to eat then after we sorted them!

We also sorted by size, and used pasta. 
We also learned about texture and sorted objects into groups, like squishy, soft, fluffy, rubbery, fuzzy and hard.
We have been working on writing numbers and letters. Today we used shaving cream as a fun way to work on number formation.

Next week, we will learn about the Constitution. We will continue working on comparing groups of objects as more, less, or equal. We are also going to be learning to use the chromebooks. In a couple weeks, we will take an online assessment called i-Ready on the chromebooks that we will use to measure growth throughout the year.

If you have any questions, please let me know!
:) Miss McPheron

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

We made it through a long, hot week! This week we have worked on learning the names of letters and learning to write them. The pace will pick up next week and we will start working on more than one letter a day. We will continue working on the sight words "I" and "am" and will add "and" this week.

In Math, we have been working on counting groups up to 5 and writing numbers 0-5. We use a lot of objects to practice that, as well as pictures on paper and the Smart Board.

We used stickers to represent numbers as well. Peeling stickers is great to build fine motor skills, that will eventually help their hands get stronger for writing. 

In Social Studies, we learned about the American Flag. We learned that the flag represents our country, and the kids made flags to represent themselves - thanks for helping your child make their flags!

We are still working on routines. We read a book called Too Much Glue and practiced making dots with our liquid glue. We put glitter on the dots on a monster to make a glitter monster! They're hanging in the hallway at school. Squeezing glue bottles is another way to build hand strength.

Next week we are going to learn about the properties of objects - that means we will be sorting by size, color, and texture. Hopefully we have some cooler weather coming and the kids will be more comfortable. They really have been doing a great job!

If you have any questions or concerns, let me know! Send a note in the orange folders or send me an email.

:) Miss McPheron