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April 5-9


This week was monster week! We discovered monsters are just creatures from our own imagination. We tried creating a monster from a given set of directions. Even though we each followed the same directions our monsters were all different. We decided that was because each of us are different and everyone has their own imagination. We also read the story Where the Wild Things Are and we listened to an interview with the author/illustrator. We found out that he made the book about monsters because they were the easiest to draw. There is no set way a monster has to look. Armed with that information, we set out to draw and color our own monsters. Then we each wrote a short descriptive story about a monster from our imagination that we turned into a class book. We ended the week by creating a monster and planting monster hair! Hopefully it will grow with some sunlight and water.



Monday:

No School

Tuesday:

Happy Easter! We found out that Easter is celebrated for 8 days and that the season of Easter is 50 days long. It is longer that Lent! In Religion, we reviewed what happened to Jesus during Holy Week and the special celebration of Easter. Then we watched a Brother Francis video: He is Risen! The Power of the Resurrection. Then we each shared something special we did to celebrate Easter.

Today in reading, we were introduced to 2 new sight words, not & then. Then we reviewed all of our sight words before we completed our sight word worksheets. We were also introduced to ur new emergent reader, Best Friends. Before we read the story, we each made a prediction about what we thought the story would be about. As we read the story, we talked about what was happening in the story along with the different number and kinds of sentences. We ended reading time by meeting one on one with Ms. Torborg so she could test us on our Ball words and Reading Counts books.

This week our theme is monsters. We started with a listening activity. We had to listen to the directions on how to draw our monster. Like draw a big circle for the face or draw a mouth with one tooth. The we had to color our monster according to the directions. When it was time to look at everyone’s monster, they were all different! Even though we each followed the same directions our monsters were all different. We decided that was because each of us are different and everyone has their own imagination.

In math, we reviewed number bonds. Then we completed a number bond worksheet.

We ended our day by creating spring cards for our neighbors at Ecumen. After coloring a picture, we cut it out and glued it on the front of our card. Then we wrote a short message in the middle.

Wednesday:

In reading, we listened to the story, Monsters Love Underpants, two times. The first time we listened for what was happening in the story. The second time, we tried identifying the rhyming words on each page and the sound words we heard. Next, we worked on on drawing a picture of a monster. We could create any kind of monster we wanted. Ms. Torborg helped us out by reminding us of different body parts a monster might have such a body, hand, and feet. Once our picture was complete, we completed a is/has/can worksheet. First Ms. Torborg completed one on the SMARTboard for her monster. Then we had to write complete our worksheet. We had to write at least 3 different items down under each heading. Since we created our monster, we could imagine them doing and saying anything we wanted.

In religion, we completed our Olweus lesson. Today we talked about the different between telling and tattling. We also talked about when and why we should tell an adult. Then Ms. Torborg read some different scenarios and we had to decided if it was telling or tattling.

In math, we were introduced to estimation. Estimation is a careful guess. You try to figure out how many without counting each one. First we read the story, Can You Guess What Estimation is? Then we watched a video clip from Sesame Street. Bert helped teach us how to estimate. Then we practiced estimating. First Ms. Torborg showed us a bag with 10 counters in it. Then she showed us another bag. After comparing the bags, we determined that the new bag has less counters than the bag with exactly 10 counters. We each tried to make a guess of how many counters were in the bag. We did the same thing with a second bag. This time we determined that there were more counters that the original bag. We also worked completed a Number Bond worksheet.

We ended our day by making some play dough. After it was cool, we got to play with it.

Thursday:

Yesterday we drew a monster. We also completed a is/has/can worksheet about our monster. We had to write at least 4 different items down under each heading. Today we did a writing project about our monsters. We used our is/has/can worksheets to help us write a description of our monsters. We had to write at least two sentences from each of the categories. We had to make sure that they were complete sentences telling the “who” and the “what”. Plus it had to have capital letters and end marks. Since we created our monster, we could imagine them doing and saying anything we wanted.

In religion, we learned a little bit about Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene was with Jesus when her performed miracles and preached to the crowds. She was with Jesus when he died on the cross. Mary Magdalene also one of the people to discover the empty tomb early Easter morning. She is the patron saint of women and her special feast day is July 22nd. We watched a short video and colored her picture in our saint book.

In math, we were introduced to a new game, Dice Addition. After directions, we gathered our supplies. Each person needed their counters, a tens frame, and two dice. To play, each person rolls their dice, adds the numbers together, and announces their number. The person with the higher number gets to add a counter to their tens frame. If the numbers are the same, each person gets to add a counter to their tens frame. Then they each roll again. The player that fills their tens frame first wins.

Friday:

This morning we worked on a cvc word ladder worksheet. We had to match and write the word that matched the picture. We also completed a number bond worksheet.

In the afternoon, we made a monster! The base of our monster was a big cup. Then we added things like eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, nose, and feet. Then we planted some monster hair (grass seeds) in the inside. Hopefully it will grow and our monster will have hair. Track of what is happening, we are keeping a journal. We wrote our first entry today. After writing what we did, we drew a picture of it.

We also got the BeeBots out again. After dividing into groups, we each got a number mat, BeeBot, and code planning sheet. We had to program our BeeBot to go from our starting number square to our ending number square.