This week we started our unit on opinion writing. Students were invited to bring in one of their favorite collections. Items ranged from rocks to Pokemon cards to stuffed animals. Children rated which one was "Best in Show" (1st Place) and on down the line. They wrote the reasons why they rated their items the way they did using the word "because".
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
A portion of our Skills Block time is devoted to learning spelling patterns and one of the best ways is our work with Word Families. Each week two new word families are our focus. These word patterns are chosen because of the Primary Spelling Inventory Assessment students took the first week of school. These special sounds and letter combinations are where they had the most difficulty. We review the previous ones by playing word and guessing games. For instance, "Find the word in the "ight" family that is the opposite of day." Students will then write the word on their white board. Keeping the work on our walls useful and meaningful is important in our classroom laboratory!
Monday, October 31, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
One of our favorite books this year is "Adventures of Little Bird" by Johnathan Hillstrand the Captain of the "Time Bandit" (Deadliest Catch). He wrote and illustrated this book about a parrot "Little Bird" who wants to be a pirate; however, everyone he meets discourages his dream. Fortunately, he was bound and determined to be one and his dream finally came true. We decided to make this book into our class pumpkin display for the front lobby for all to enjoy!
Students worked on painting the boat to get it "ship-shape" for our literacy pumpkin display.
Finally all the characters are ready and reporting for duty. It turned out great. Thanks to Captain Jonathan for such a wonderful children's book!