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March 15-19

This week we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! We started the week by examining the rainbow. We found out a rainbow is made when light passes through a prism. The prism breaks the light into different colors. We also found out that water can act like a prism which is why sometimes we see a rainbow when it is raining. We used our imagination as we wrote about what we might find at the end of the rainbow. We also wrote about a person who is worth more than a pot of gold. Finally we looked into the life of St Patrick. After watching a video about his life, we discussed how St. Patrick used the Shamrock to teach people about the trinity. Then we colored a shamrock to remind us of the trinity. On Wednesday, we had a visit from Lucky the Leprechaun. We found our classroom a mess that morning and a note that he lost his shoes. As we cleaned up the mess, we found his shoes. When we got back from lunch his shoes were gone and he left us a treat.


In reading, we reviewed our letter sound and letters before we were introduced to our new letter, Jj. After watching our letter video, we completed our sorting worksheet.

This week were are learning about fish. We started with discussing habitats or places where animals live. Together we worked on sorting animals into 4 different habitats, oceans, ponds, forests, & farms. When all of the cards were sorted, we talked about the different animals in each habitat. Next we talked about the difference between the ocean and a lake. We found out that the biggest difference between lakes and oceans is the kind of water in it. Lakes are fresh water. In it we can find algae, sun fish, walleye, lily pads, and leeches. Oceans are salt water. In the ocean, we can find jelly fish, sharks, whales, sea horses, and dolphins. Next we worked together to sort a group of animal cards between their habitats oceans or lakes/ponds. Finally, we uncovered some of the characteristics of a fish. (Just like when we studied penguins, we uncovered the characteristics of a bird.) A fish lays eggs, has a backbone, is cold-blooded, and breaths through gills. We gathered many of our facts through different videos about fish.

In math, we were reviewed adding on the number line. Today we learned how to subtract numbers using a number line. First, we need to read the number sentence (4-2=?). It tells us exactly what to do. We start on the first number. The second number tells us how many jumps to make. Since it is an subtraction number sentence, we need to jump backwards. After we solved several problems with the answer at the end, Ms. Torborg took away a different number and put a box there. 6-?=3 or 3+?=7. We had to try to figure out the answer for box.

In religion, we reviewed the first seven stations of the Cross. Then we colored the Eighth Station: Jesus Speaks to the Women of Jerusalem.

We ended our day by drawing a picture of a fish. We could create any design we wanted on our fish. We could have a pink and white polk a dot fish with a striped tail or our fish could have squares and circles all over it.


In reading, we were introduced to our 3 new sight words, up, down, & there. Then we completed our up & down sight word worksheet. We also met in small groups to read through our new emergent reader, Down in the Ocean. Next, we reviewed some of the fish facts like fish are cold-blooded or they have fins to keep them upright and move. Then we moved on to our project. On Monday, we drew a picture of a fish. The next step was to write about our fish. Our job was to write a description of our fish. We had to pretend the person listening to our description could not see the picture. We had to write sentences that described our fish. They could be about things that you could see like stripes or colorful or about things you can't see like friendly or mean. When we were done, Ms. Torborg will put them together into a class book.

In religion, we reviewed the first eight Stations of the Cross. Then we colored the Ninth Station: Jesus Falls for the Third Time.

We started our math time by reviewing adding on the number line. Then we moved into our lesson. Today we worked on identifying different groups of numbers on dominos. After examining several different numbers, we played a new game, Domino Flowers. This is a game that can be played by yourself or with a partner. To start we had to put a domino on each petal of our flower game board. On our turn, we had to roll 2 dice and add the numbers together. Then we had to look through the dominos on our flower to see if any of them added up to the number on the dice. The goal is to remove all of the dominos on your flower.


During reading, we reviewed some of the facts we know about fish like fish are cold-blooded or they have fins to keep them upright and move. Then we watched a couple of videos about fish. Together we were able to identify some new fish facts. Then we put our knowledge to good use. We created a fish bowl full of fish facts. Our fish bowl is made up of five different pages piled on top of each other. The first page will be our cover page, so we have decorate it anyway we want. On the second page, we had to write two sentences starting with “Fish are . . .”. On the next page, we had to write two sentences starting with “Fish can. . .”. On the third page, we had to write two sentences starting with “Fish have . . .”. On the last page, we had to label the different parts of the fish. Once each of the pages were done, we had to cut out the fish bowls. Then they will get stacked on top of each other and stapled together. We ended our reading time by reviewing the letter Jj with a video and a letter worksheet. We also completed the sight word worksheet for there.

During religion, we completed our Olweus lesson for the week. We talked about being cyber safe. We all like to talk on the phone and play on the computer. Today we talked about the importance of having an adult help us.

In math, we reviewed the 3-D shapes. Then we played a few rounds of 3-D Shape I Spy. Next Ms. Torborg explained our new game 3-D Shape Match-Up. Our game was similar to memory. First we lay out all of the pieces. On our turn, we had to turn over a picture and identify what shape it is. Then we could turn over another picture and identify what shape it is. Instead of finding the same picture, we had to find two pictures that had the same 3-D shape. If we had a match, we took the cards and went again. If not, it was the next person’s turn. After directions we broke up into groups. Some groups played the flower domino game from yesterday and the other groups played Shape Match-Up. After 15 minutes, we switched games.


We started our morning off with Stations of the Cross. Mrs. Lingen lead us as we listened to what happened at each station and said a short prayer.

In reading, we wrote a rhyming poem for on the tree in the hallway. Our job was to finish each sentence with a word that makes sense. We also had to made each group of 2 sentences rhyme. We also worked with the -ug word family. First, we watched a video about the -ug word family. Then we completed our -ug flip book. We also completed a short u worksheet. We had to sort the word according to the word family they belong to.

We also created a fish bowl. First we had to decide if it was going to be a fresh water or salt water tank. We decided that most fish tanks are fresh water. Then we had to decide what things should be in a fish bowl- sand, rocks, castles, sunken ships, treasure boxes. Ms. Torborg cut out a fish bowl outline for us. We had to create all of the things we wanted in our fish bowl. We had to keep in mind the size of fish bowl as we created our things. Everything had to fit in our fish bowl! Once we had it all ready, we put it in between two lamination sheets and Ms. Torborg laminated them. Finally we cut around the outside of the fish bowl. It looks like our fish our are suspended in the bowl.

In math, we completed our calendar binders and reviewed number lines. Then we completed an addition number line worksheet.

In religion, we reviewed the first eight stations of the Cross. Then we colored the Ninth Station: Jesus’s Clothes Are Torn Off.


Today we listened to the story The Rainbow Fish. The rainbow fish bragged about his beautiful shining scales and lost all of his friends. When he visited the wise old octopus, he told him to give away some of his scales. When he did, he was happier and his friends came back. Throughout the story, we talked about how Rainbow Fish feels. He has lots of emotions. We also talked about giving things away and helping those who need it. We determined Rainbow Fish did just what Jesus wants us to do. We talked about different things we can do especially now during Lent.

We also we made a rainbow fish pictures. We each got an outline of a fish. We had to glue on different colored scales and shiny scales! Just like the end of the story. Then we watched the Rainbow Fish Movie. We determined it was just like the book.

At the end of the day, we had an extra 30 minutes of recess outside. It is the 2nd part of our reward for making our goal for the Catholic School Raffle.

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