Reading Workshop

Students completed the super powers reading unit! We celebrated by creating our own super power badge. Some of the new reading strategies that we learned last month were:

  • Pattern Power: When we figure out the pattern in a book, it can help us read almost every page and help us know what our book is about.
  • Echo Reading: One person reads a sentence/page and their partner reads it back (by repeating the same sentence and reading it aloud).
  • Book Talk power: Super readers don’t just read books; we talk about books too!  We can activate our book talk power by introducing our book to our partner, by telling our partners what it is about, by retelling the story in order of events, by discussing our favorite parts and by talking about how the book makes us feel.

 

Writing Workshop

  • We wrapped up our Writing for Readers unit and had a very successful publishing party before the break! Thank you all for coming!
  • Our next unit shifts back to informational writing. Students will be writing “How-To” books that include clear steps and procedures to teach readers to make or do something.

 

Math

  • We started a new unit in math called Make a Shape, Fill a Hexagon. This geometry unit focuses on two-dimensional shapes. In this unit, students look for and identify two-dimensional shapes in their environment and create pictures using geometric shapes to depict the objects they see. They look carefully at the attributes of shapes as they describe, identify, compare, construct, and represent 2-D shapes. Students also combine shapes to make new shapes (e.g. 2 trapezoids make a hexagon).

 

Science

  • We learned all about amphibians during our last art farm visit! We met Leo, a leopard frog, who has smooth and sensitive skin.  We met Humphrey, a toad, who has bumpy and dry skin. We met Sally, a tiger salamander, who has slimy, wet skin. We also played a game to learn about different frog sounds! Here are some of the things we learned:
    • The life cycle of a frog (metamorphosis)
    • All amphibians hatch from eggs
    • All tadpoles (baby frogs) eat plants and live in water
    • The back legs grow first, then the front legs grow, it breathes with gills (like fish)
    • The tail goes inside its body and then the little baby frog can jump on land.  And then it grows into a full frog.

 

Social Studies

  • We discussed the December holidays and had wonderful parent volunteers come in to teach us about their family traditions.
  • We finished our Star of the Day presentations! Students learned lots of new facts about their classmates, which highlights the fact that people in a community share similarities and differences.
  • We read books and talked about what it means to be TOLERANT (the willingness to accept behaviors and beliefs that are different from our own.) We have also started talking about PATIENCE and what it means (looks like/sounds like) to be patient.