Here is what we are up to for the week.
Everyday Math: We are continuing to work on subitizing. Remember that subitizing or intuitive numbers is what we are doing when we see a group of items and immediately perceive what the number is without actually counting each item. We are still subitizing up to 5 this week. We are also including 1:1 correspondence activities to go along with subitizing. To practice at home, there are some great videos on YouTube to reinforce the concept. Jack Hartmann has some fun ones!
Religion: We are learning that God created light. We will read a bit more of the creation story to remind us how awesome and powerful God is! We will also explore the wonder of weather that God blessed Earth with.
Leader in Me: We are finishing up Habit 3: Put First Things First. We will learn the analogy of putting the Big Rocks (priorities/ important tasks) into a container first and then added small rocks (play time, screen time, less important duties) to fill in the empty spaces around the Big Rocks. We will use that analogy to help us build a snowman and talk about how we can put the Big Rocks first.
Handwriting Without Tears & Jolly Phonics: We are on to letter Dd and the sound it makes. The chant for letter D is “See me play on my drum, playing drums in lots of fun, with a /d/ /d/ /d/ /d/, /d/ /d/ /d/ /d/ /d/. See me play upon my drum.” We sing this to the tune of “This Old Man”. We practice both upper and lower case versions of this letter as well as create a list of words that begin with the letter /d/ sound.
Reader’s Workshop: Our next reading unit is story elements. We will learning about main characters, setting, key events and theme (plot). This week we are being introduced to story elements and that every story has each of these elements in it. We are also working on our comprehension skills and will be interacting with short reading passages.
Writer’s Workshop: We are finishing up our making connections reading unit by writing/drawing connections we find between The Mitten and other stories we have read recently. We will also have a writing assignment based on our comprehension of the story The Jacket I Wear in the Snow.
Social Studies: We will read a story about Martin Luther King Jr and talk about how he affected the lives of many people. We will then create a Peaceful Heart for the classroom. Students will write down one thing they can do to create a peaceful classroom so everyone can be safe and happy at school.
Second Step: We will learn that we feel feelings in our bodies. We will focus on physical clues in our bodies to help us to understand how we are feeling.
Workstations: We are setting aside 15 minutes, 2X a week to work on workstations. These are table activities that help us strengthen our skills. We will be working on writing our names, number recognition, one to one correspondence, exploring pattern blocks, and identifying words that begin with certain letter sounds.
DEAR: We are starting to include independent reading time to help build our reading stamina. We are starting off with just 5 minutes. Our goal is to build up our stamina to 15 minutes by the end of the school year. We will be spending time on how to choose a “just right” book as well.
This week’s books are: The Jacket I Wear in the Snow, Something Might Happen, The Mitten, Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr., and The Paper Bag Princess.