Week 2 Recap

This week we began our mornings in a “morning meeting” where we built upon each others interest, introduced ourselves to different students and shared things about us that not all our classmates know.   We used this time to do many ME Bags  last week! P1010711

Math we began Chapter 0 which is review of last years skills.  The students used the Chapter 0 to become familiar with the worksheets and this week we begin Making 10!   Each day we introduced a new SUMS game.  You already know about Collect 20!

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Start with get to was a new game!  They grab a green card and put the green cloth pin on that number and then the students grab the red card and put that close pin on that number.  They then start with the green pin and count up or back to the red pin.  This game helps them be able to count up or back from any number when they begin addition and subtraction. 


We also learned about Staircases were the students made towers with cubes and put them in order from least to greatest using number 1-12.  This helps student understand tallest, shortest, least, greatest, and one-to-one correspondence. 


Mrs. Rita Inman who team taught with me last year was able to come in on Wednesday to help with math centers and reading.  On Friday we learned how to play compare dots and compare cards which the student have to determine which one card has more.


In reading we continued predicting and discussing character and setting, but honed in on beginning, middle, and end.  We read the book , Wow! It’s Great to Be a Duck, and created a BME flip chart on Friday.  They turned out so cute!   Look for them in their folder next Friday!


The Ducks egg cracked open and he was born!


The fox tried to fatten up the duck and and eat him because he couldn’t fly.


The duck finally flew away after the fox chased him and the duck is happy as he looks down at the duck from the air. 

We rhymed, began our vocabulary routine, continued with our phonics program and tried out many more reading centers.  Look for information coming up about WOW words!

We learned about what a sentence needs to be a sentence.  First it needs to be a complete idea and make sense.  A sentence begins with a capital letter, has finger space between each word, and ends with punctuation (mainly a period right now). 

We have made it pass the 5 minute mark of read to self and we are gearing up to learn about listening to reading and picking good fit books this week.  The students will have the chance to pick their own books that interest them but are at their reading level so that they don’t get frustrated. 

In Science we learned about our 5 senses and how they will help us when we are scientists this year. On Thursday we did our first experiment….THE DANICNG RAISINS!  It was a hit.  Our question was.. Will the raisins dance?  Our materials: a clear glass, cold can of sprite, and about 4 raisins.  Our plan was to put out the cups, place 4 raisins in each cup and then pour in the sprite.  We then observed with our eyes to watch if they danced.  Which was a big YES!  Then they observed and asked questions until they were able to figure out that the gas bubbles in the sprite attached to the raisins groves and raised them to the surface of the glass.  The students loved it and would be a perfect easy experiment to do at home with them.  We then generated questions such as I wonder if this would work with water or coke?  They are already scientists asking questions about their world and how things work!   This will be a great year!

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Love this picture.  Check out the little one with the green stripes in the back ground….I would have to say one of his raisins just dance!   

Ready for this week to begin!

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