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Week 21

Our Ecologists focused on animals and plants that can be found in the ocean.  The class looked at and listened to different books (both fiction and nonfiction) to learn more about the ocean.  Our power words this week were: little, lots, has.  We also reviewed the -et and -eg word families.  The class had fun helping me fix a "sentence" that I made.  They were quite confused with how strange it looked and how I had forgotten my "4 star writing".  See the picture below to see what I wrote and how they helped me fix it with uppercase, meatball space, a period at the end, and kidwriting.  
This week we also reviewed graphs for our Math lessons.  We reviewed "How to Make a Graph" using the 4 steps:  1. Pose the question.  2.  Collect the data.  3.  Make the Graph.  4.  Analyze the data.  Ask your child to see if they can remember one, two or even all of the steps when making a graph.  We posed different questions this week; such as, "Do you like cats or …
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Week 20

More time or less time?  That was the question that my students had to think about this week as we continued our measurement unit with time.  Does it take more time to give a hug or ride the bus to school?  It seems like most of my class was able to catch on to this concept and could differentiate between the two in no time at all! 

My little Ecologists focused on forests this week.  I read some nonfiction and fiction books about animals that live in the forest and how a forest looks (plants, trees, etc.).  We also compared forests with savannas to see the differences between the two habitats.  Our power words this week were- one, of, said.  I was amazed at how many students knew the word "of".  Since the letter f doesn't make the /f/ sound in the word "of"- it can make it tricky to remember.  Super job with practicing at home!  This week, we also worked on the -eg and -et word families. 

Power Word game
Someone was close to winning- look at that smile!

Week 19

As the second nine weeks came to an end, I finished our week with a few assessments in Math and Writing.  I think that was partly the reason for my lack of pictures this week.  But even though there weren't many pics taken- we still got things done!  In reading, we focused on word families (-en, -ed) and power words (went, that, up).  The class began the week with the end of our Savannas and started with Forests towards the end of the week.  We will continue to look at Forests when we return for Week 20. 

The class reviewed measurement this week with our Math Talk words of: longer, shorter, taller, more, less.  I also introduced measurement with temperature using the words: hot, cold, thermometer.  The class did really well with this new skill and already had a lot of previous knowledge on the subject.  It was fun to see what they came up with as hot and cold examples.

Drawing examples of hot and cold

Week 18

Unplanned absences are no fun- especially when it's because your sick.  It sure felt good to get so many hugs from my students and having them tell me "I missed you!" once I returned.  I even enjoyed looking through the pictures they made me while they had their substitute teacher.  Warms my heart!

This week, the class began a new American Reading Company unit- Ecology.  My little Ecologists began the week looking at the differences between living and nonliving things.  And from there, we moved right into the Savannas- learning about the plants and animals that live in that area.  Our power words for this week are: on, and, why and also continued the -ag and -ap word families.

The class continued with measurement this week but focused on Weight.  The class looked at balance scales and used math talk words such as more or less when comparing objects.

Cutting out pictures from magazines to add  to our Living or Nonliving anchor chart.
 The finished anchor chart...
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Week 17

Our first full week back from Winter Break and this is what we did...

Reading:  short a (-am, -ag word families); power words (all, will, look); Animal Fiction (compared and contrasted to nonfiction books about animals)

Math:  Measurement- using our math talk words (height, longer, shorter, taller)

 Practicing our reading- using power words and a pattern  (whole group activity)

 Practicing measurement  with a "Shorter, Longer, or the Same" game

Making wiggly worms and them comparing each one  in their group to find the shortest to longest

Cold but still having fun!