This month our theme was Pets. The kitchen area was turned in an animal hospital, with X-rays, band aids, food bowls, chip boards and many different animals like: an alligator with blue spots, bird, dogs and cats. In blocks, there were small plastic pets that student can build houses for, using the pictures of animal houses for support.
In the sensory table with had oatmeal with different colored bears and matching colored bowls for students to practice sorting.
We read many books like: What Pet Should I get?, Where is my cat? Elephant Parade, Yellow Spotted Frogs and Strictly No Elephants.
In the AM our finger play was 5 Green and Speckled Frogs and we added the Matman Song to help students identify body parts.
In the PM we continued with Jolly Phonics and reviewing the sounds and actions already learned and matching pictures and letter sounds.
What a FUN month!!!
With the weather improving please bring jackets, hats, mittens and play shoes.
First grade just completed learning about famous Americans. They wrote and created a craft about their favorite President. These projects are now hanging in the first grade hallway.
In second grade, we have been learning about influential people of the past and discussing their important life events through timelines. Students have researched an influential person of their choice and created a slideshow presentation to share with their peers as to how impactful they were in our history. This past week, our students participated in the St. Patrick’s Day themed breakout boxes where they had to put their heads together in order to crack the 5 codes!
Students have been visualizing the story, which is painting a picture in their minds. This strategy helps students think about the setting, characters, events, problem and solution in the story. When they are reading nonfiction text, students are thinking about the facts they learn and how the information can have an impact on the environment around them. An example of one activity is when students pause after reading a few lines from the story and they take a moment to create a visual image in their minds. They think about the words that helped them create the image. Next, they continue reading a few lines again, and use their five senses (see, hear, taste, smell and touch) to describe the events that take place in the story. Students compare and discuss their visual images with a partner. In addition, the teachers read stories out loud and the students practice visualizing the stories in their minds.