Monday, April 19, 2010

April 19 -23

This week is an EXCITING one! We are hatching CHICKEN eggs in an incubator. Our incubator is on....eggs arrive tomorrow (from Deb Daughtery)...the experiment begins and will take 21 days.

Our letters are "Jj and Ww"
We are reading Max takes the train today and discussing realism and fantasy.
See the Family times for more.
OUR BIG LAUNCH this week includes:
Children pair up with a friend and enjoy a book or two. Children are taught how to be good listeners, hold a book with a partner and how to help each other when they're stuck. In our class we call this coaching. We always compliment our friend and when he/she is stuck on a word we simply ask, "Do you want help or time?" If our friend says time, we give our partner 10 seconds (We count in our head). If they choose help, we know many ways to help out.

If our partner asks for help...
1. We might say, skip the word and read the rest of the sentence. Then try it again.
2. Use our fingers to chunk the word into smaller parts.
3. Give hints or clues.
4. Help sound it out.

Have fun practicing this at home too!

Number scrolls (deepen children's understanding of number patterns and place value)
Plus or Minus game (reinforce the meaning of the addition and subtraction symbols)
Double digits with dice and teen number printing
Numbers in sequence
Graphing and tally marks

Writing workshop:
We are working on our Diary of an ANIMAL books this week. We are using "Diary of a Worm" as our mentor text. We are having lots of fun with this writing workshop. It is a stretch and a challenge for us. Stay tuned for more on this.

Printing: Kids are working on printing lowercase letters.

Science: Hatching chicken eggs

**Wasn't today a beautiful SPRING day*** Wow!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hatching Chicks! How fun! I really want to do this next year. :) I'll need all your info and a little help.

    Of course you made it to my blog. I talk about you all of the time.


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