Even though we had a shortened week, due to our Thanksgiving break, we still managed to get a few things done. We read several stories about the first Thanksgiving and determined the differences between the things we have and the things the pilgrims had. We also made turkeys out of different kinds of cookies and watched the movie Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers.
We started reading, by talking about Thanksgiving. We shared some of the traditions we have now and then discuss the story of the first Thanksgiving. We reread the story Our First Thanksgiving. Then in small groups, we retold the story by filling in the missing words with pictures. First, we had to cut out 10 pictures. Then Ms. Torborg helped us read the story. When we came to a box, we had to figure out which picture to fill in to make the story make sense. As we worked on our story, we talked about sentences. Sentences start with a capital letter and have an end mark. We worked on locating the beginning of a sentence by finding the period. We also paid attention to the sight words, a, the, & to.
Next we worked with the -op word family. We worked with the -op word family. We watched a short video, created a list of words, and made our -op flip book. We also completed a ock & op word family sorting worksheet. We had to read the words and glue the correct picture next to it.
In math, we were introduced to the attribute blocks. Attribute blocks are blocks with 4 different features, shape, color, size and thickness. After talking about the different attributes, we used our attribute blocks to build a matrix together. First, we had to figure out what our rows and columns would look like. We decided our rows would be the same shape and our column would be the same size and color. Then we took turns placing the pieces in the rows and columns. Once we had it done, we took it apart and build a completely different matrix.
In religion, we completed the last page of our Thank You God book. We also worked on coloring Christmas pictures for the seniors at Gloria Deo Senior Living Center.
In reading, we were introduced to a new word game, Bang! We had to pull a card out of the box. If we could read the word, we got to keep the card. If we couldn’t read it, we had to put it back. If we pulled a Bang! card we had to put all of our cards back. The person with the most cards at the end wins. As a class, we listened to the story, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey. As we listened, we identified the different rhyming words. We also identified the characters and setting of the story. Finally we were introduced to a new sight word, on. After reviewing all of our sight words, we completed our on sight word worksheet.
In religion, we talked about Advent, the 4 weeks before Christmas, as a time to get ready for Christmas. We talked about the different things we are going to do here at school to get ready. We will have an Advent Tree in our classroom and will make special decorations for it. We will also unwrap a special Christmas story to read. We have a special Advent Angel in our classroom. As a school we will make a special ornament for our Tree of Life in the hallway. (Many of the things we like require us to gather as a school and we can’t do that this year.)
In math, we made a paper chain to count the number of days until Christmas. This was a lesson in counting along with construction. We were constantly counting how many loops we had already made. We had to put 25 loops together to make our chain. Some of us also had to figure out how many loops we had to take off to get back to 25 when we added too many. When we had 25 loops together, we cut out a star for on the top. Now each night right before bed, we need to tear a loop off. When only the star is left, it will be Christmas.