Words of Wisdom: “Great works are performed not by strength but by perserverance.” - Samuel Johnson
Language Arts in Action: We learned to read the word, “she,” and to sing a funny song called She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain. We unscrambled tiles with words to read many different sentences with the word “she.” Baggie books we began this week were The Bad Leg, Spots, and Sheila Rae The Brave. We reviewed the short e sound and made flip charts writing short e words like bed, leg, and ten.
Math Star Minutes: We continued to explore computation through combining groups and removing from a group. This week we discussed strategies for solving story problems. We discussed and retold the problems, then recorded our ideas for solving them using pictures, numbers, and/or equations.
Super Scientists: We were engrossed with our Earth Day activities this week. We created Earth Day badges with our handprints, so we could hang them in our room. We read many stories such as This Is Our Earth by Laura Lee Benson, I Stink by Kate McMullen, and The Clean Up Surprise by Christine Loomis. We learned to sing This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie. We reused all the trash we had collected by creating some very original sculptures including spaceships, cars, skyscrapers, boats, etc. We started an experiment to help us understand the importance of recycling. We buried an apple core and a plastic lid in a bucket of dirt called “Our Classroom Landfill.” We’re going to take a look at what happens to each object over the next few weeks. We read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and then drew and painted pictures to show what the world looked like before and after all the colorful Truffala trees were cut down. We read A House Is A House For Me by Maryann Hoberman and then we drew different animals in their homes to display on our classroom board. We enjoyed our Earth Day show and tell. The kids did a great job explaining where they found their “pieces of earth” and why they are important.
Happy Happenings: Here’s a link to a photo slide show from our recent shared reading event with Mr. Erf’s third grade class. Thanks to Mr. Erf for producing. Enjoy!