We started our week off by celebrating Epiphany- the coming of the Three Kings. It is always amazing how long it took for the Kings to travel all that way. Our theme of the week was winter. We started out learning all about the sun. We found out that the sun is really just a star. It provides the Earth with heat and light. As we explored the relationship between the Earth and sun, we discovered the reason that we have different seasons. When it is really hot, summer, we are tilted close to the sun and when it is really cold, winter, we are tilted away from the sun. Next, we explored each season. For each season, we examined the weather that occurs, the activities we like to do, and the way people dress. This week we also completed two different writing projects. One was about something we like to do in the snow. The other one was about what a snowman might do at night when no one is watching them. We ended the week by creating a snowman using puffy paint.
Happy Epiphany! Today we celebrated the wise men visiting Jesus. We revisited the story of Jesus’s birth including the journey of Mary and Joseph. We added the wise men to our manger scene. Then we talked about the journey the wise men made.
In reading, we reviewed our letter sounds and letters. Then we were introduced to our newest letter, Dd. After singing our letter song, we created a list of words that started with the /d/ and a list of words that ended with the /d/. We also completed our letter D sorting worksheet. In small group, we worked on our writing project for Catholic Schools Week. Once we finished all 4 of our pages, we went on a word search. We started by picking out an animal card. Then using a highlighter, we had to mark all of the words we can read.
Our theme for the week is Winter. We started out today by exploring the seasons. For each season, we examined the weather that occurs, the activities we like to do, and the way people dress. Next we talked about the sun. We found out that the sun is really just a star. It provides the Earth with heat and light. As we explored the relationship between the Earth and sun, we discovered the reason that we have different seasons. When it is really hot, summer, we are tilted towards the sun and when it is really cold, winter, we are tilted away from the sun.
In math, we continued working on identifying tens and ones with number tiles and blocks. We started with reviewing the concepts from before break. We used our number tiles to identify a group of blocks and we used blocks to represent a number. Then Ms. Torborg showed us a group of blocks on the board and we had to show her the corresponding number tile. We had some groups were single digits and some were groups of ten. We quickly figured out that the groups of ten needed to have a zero at the end of the number. We were getting really good at identifying which numbers were single digits and which were groups of ten, so we switched jobs. Ms. Torborg showed us the number tiles and we had to use our blocks to create the number. We had to figure out if the number was a single digit or a group of ten and then use the corresponding blocks. Today we worked on composing 2 digit numbers using number tiles and blocks. We started with our blocks. We used the blocks to show the number 3 tens 2 ones. Then we found the corresponding number tiles, 30 & 2. To compose the number, we had to put the 2 tile on top of the tens tile to create the number 32 (read 3-ten 2). We created several different numbers using our numbers tiles and blocks.
During reading, we were introduced to our new sight words, go & will. We practiced reading through all of our words. Then we read through our new decodable book, Winter Fun, as a class and with a partner.
Next, we listened to the story, A Wild Toboggan Ride. We made predictions throughout the story. At the end, we identified some of the different elements of the story. Then we created a list of different things we like to do in the snow like sledding, building a snow fort, or snowmobiling. Next, we made a new class book Winter Fun. In the winter, I like to . . . we each had to write about something we like to do in the snow. It was on the outline of a person in a snowsuit. When we were done writing, we got to color the picture and glue our face on the outline.
Our Olweus lesson today focused on what to do when someone is bothering you. We are getting good at telling our friends how we feel. Today we worked on saying it with confidence. We roll played several different situations.
In math, we worked on decomposing numbers. We started out as a whole group working on the number 10. Using 2 different colors of unifix cubes, we had to build a tower of 10 blocks. Our first tower had 10 orange blocks. Our second tower had 9 orange blocks and 1 black block. Our third tower had 8 orange blocks and 2 black blocks. And so on… until we had 11 different towers. Once we laid out all of our towers, we were able to identify the different number pairs that make ten. Then we broke up into groups. Each group had to use their blocks to create the different combinations of 5. When we were done building our towers, we recorded our information on our answer sheet. We worked on building the numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9.
During Reading, we listened to the story Snowmen at Night. As we listened, we found out we were able to predict the last word in the paragraph because it was a rhyming word. In the story, the snowman goes to the park with their friends. They go sledding, have a snowball fight, go ice skating, and make snow angels. We extended our story with a writing project. Our job was to write about what we would do at night if we were a snowman that came alive. We each had to write two sentences. One about what we would do and one details to support it. We also completed our letter D worksheet after reviewing our letters and letter sounds and singing a letter D song.
In religion, we talked about choices and the power to choose. In the story, What Should Danny Do? We get to make choices for Danny. We can choose the right one or the wrong one and then we can see how it changes Danny’s day. The same happens for us. God gives us the power to make choices and wants us to make the right choice. Next, we retold the story of Adam and Eve and the first sin. We also listened to the story of the Woman who made the wrong choice.
Before recess, we had birthday prayer with Father Brian. We celebrated the January and July birthdays.
In math, we did stations. The first stations was exploring capacity. We used the sand table to compare how much different containers held. We found out that some short wide containers held the same amount as tall skinny containers. The second station was exploring weights. We used the pan balance to explore the different weights of objects. The third station was number dominoes. We had to line the dominoes up in order matching the number with the correct group. Our final station was playing monster squeeze. Since we have played monster squeeze several times before, it was fun to play it again.
After math, we created a picture of a snowman face looking at the sky at night to go along with our writing. The only things we could use were paper, glue and a white crayon. We couldn’t use our scissors. Together we brainstormed different ways we could create our picture. We decided to just tear the paper. When we were done with our snowman, our stories were glued on the paper with our snowman and we drew snowflakes with a white crayon.
We started our day by finishing our snowman art project from yesterday.
In reading, we worked on our reading stations, met in small group, and completed a secret word worksheet. In small group, we worked on Crack the Code. We had to figure out the secret word by identifying the beginning sound for each picture and then blending them together to make a word. We also listened to the story, There was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow. After identifying some of the different story elements, we talked about the different parts of the snowman. Then we made a snowman. We started by making the face (eyes, nose, mouth) and accessories (scarf, hat, buttons). We got to choose which accessories we wanted to make. Then we met up with Ms. Torborg. She helped us make the body. We mixed together shaving cream and glue. We didn’t want to stir it too much because it would lose its fluff. We used it to create three big circles on our paper. Once our circles were done, we added our face and accessories. Now we are just waiting for them to dry.
In religion, we read another story of What Should Danny Do? We talked about the power to choose. We also reviewed the story from yesterday of the Woman who made the wrong choice. And we completed a color sheet with a secret message. We ended by learning about Saint John Neumann. John Neumann was a priest who started over 100 Catholic Schools in the late 1800’s. He is the patron saint of Catholic Education and his special feast day is January 5th.
In math, we working on counting by tens. We started with a short video that we counted along with. We count by tens almost everyday during calendar, so we are getting pretty good at it. Then Ms. Torborg challenged us to figure out how many fingers that are in the whole classroom. We decided that since each person has 10 fingers, we could just count by tens. We had 90 fingers in our room.
In reading, we worked on silently reading books in our reading bin, reading stations, and a secret word worksheet. In small groups, we learned to play a new game, Spin to Win. On our turn, we had to spin the spinner and write down the ending sound on our paper next to a beginning sound. Then when all of the blanks were filled, we had to read each word and decide if it was a real or nonsense word. The person with the most real words won.
In math, we played Top-It with number cards. Top-It is just like the card game war. Since we have played Top-It before, we just have to review the directions. The biggest difference today was we used number cards instead of dot cards.
Throughout the day, we met with Ms. Torborg so she could check our progress identifying letters, letter sounds, and blending letter sounds together to create words.
We ended our day with a Bill Nye the Science Guy video on The Seasons.