Monday, October 31, 2011

Spotlight on Learning for October 31-November 4



Reading/Language Arts:   We will read some Fall themed books and talk about the characters, settings, and events from the stories.

Social Studies:  We will begin talking about Thanksgiving.

Letters and Sounds: Ee- as in elephant, Vv- as in valentine.

Writing: We will continue working on spacing, capitalization, and punctuation as we write about scarecrows.

Sight Words: have, has, here, help, helps

Math: We will be comparing and ordering objects by length and height. Important vocabulary words are: long, longer, longest, tall, taller, tallest, short, shorter, shortest.

Important Information and things to review:
We are so happy to have Mrs. Moxley back with us!
Review sight words each night.
Send a small snack for snack time (no juice).

November Birthdays:
14-M.J.
25-Nathan

Important Dates:
Oct. 31---Fall Festival 1:00-2:30
Oct. 31-Nov. 4---Book Fair in Media Center
Nov. 10---Math Night 6:00pm
Nov. 11---Science and Social Studies Day for Kindergarten
Nov. 14---McTeacher Night at McDonalds
Nov. 14---Progress Reports go home  
Nov. 17---Picture Retakes
Nov. 21-25---Thanksgiving Holidays

Sunday, October 30, 2011

So proud of myself.....I made some printables to share!



Ok....so I finally got busy making my own documents to use in the classroom like all the ones I have seen on Pinterest and all those wonderful teaching blogs.  I am so proud of myself...that I figured out how to upload them and take a picture of them to put on my blog!

None of these ideas are my own but the work is!  Some of my inspiration came from The Inspired Apple .....so I want to make sure she gets credit!  Her ideas are great!  I am going to use these docs to practice sight words and color words.  Click on each image to download through Google Docs.



 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkin Measurement

We have read a plethora of pumpkins books this week AND took a field trip to the pumpkin patch.   I decided we needed to do some pumpkin math too.  I got my ideas from Little Giraffes and Under the Big Top.

Circumference:  
First we discussed what circumference is and how we could find out the circumference of our pumpkin.  Next I had each student estimate how much yarn it would take to fit around the widest part of the pumpkin.  Then each student cut a piece of yarn the length of their "guesstimate".  After they cut their yarn, we tested each piece of yarn around the pumpkin and we placed the yarn on our chart to show if the guess was "too short", "too long", or "just right".  One person guessed just right!



Height: 
To measure the height, I asked the students to estimate how many cubes it would take to match the height of the pumpkin.  Then I wrote down each estimate on the chart.  Next each student tested their estimate using their cubes.  We had three people guess just right!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fabulous Fall work with a little math and reading too!

This is our pattern bulletin board!  We made lots of different kinds of patterns.
This is our Fall board.  We will add scarecrows next!
Fall Trees and Columbus Day Art!

Vocabulary Anchor chart.



Author's Purpose Anchor Chart







Patterns





Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spotlight on Learning for October 24-28

Reading/Language Arts:   We will read several Fall and Halloween books this week and identify the characters and setting.

Social Studies: 

Letters and Sounds: Hh- as in house, Ww- as in wagon.

Writing: We will write about pumpkins.

Sight Words: want, has, as

Math: We will finish learning about patterns this week.  So far we have learned how to identify a pattern and extend a pattern.  This week we will transfer patterns.

Important Information and things to review:
I am scheduling conferences for the first grading period.  Please look for a schedule in your child's book bag.
Review sight words each night.
Send a small snack for snack time (no juice).

October Birthdays:
3-Ms. McBee
21-Miss Ashley
25-Mark
 
Important Dates:
Oct. 17---Report Cards go home
Oct. 18---Picture Day 
Oct. 25---Field Trip to Poppell's Farm Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 27---MSES Domino's Pizza Night
Oct. 31---MRSE Fall Festival  1:00-2:30
Oct. 31-Nov. 4---Book Fair in Media Center

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Spotlight on Learning for October 3-6

Reading/Language Arts:   We will continue to discuss vocabulary and the reason for learning new words.  We will read Harry the Dirty Dog and A Chair for My Mother.  

Social Studies:  We will learn about Columbus Day.

Letters and Sounds: Ii- as in igloo, Gg- as in goat.

Writing: We have been talking about spacing in words and sentences.  Words have spaghetti noodle spaces between each letter (only enough room for a spaghetti noodle) and sentences have meatball spaces between words.

Sight Words: big, little, it, in, go

Math: We will be learning about spatial relationships.  We will identify when an object is beside, above, below, in front of, behind, inside, or outside of another object.

Important Information and things to review:
I am scheduling conferences for the first grading period.  Please look for a schedule in your child's book bag.
Review sight words each night.
Send a small snack for snack time (no juice).

October Birthdays:
3-Ms. McBee
21-Miss Ashley
25-Mark
 
Important Dates:
Oct. 7 and 10---Columbus Day Holiday 
Oct. 11---MSES Zaxby's Night 
Oct. 13---MSES Fall Festival
Oct. 17---Report Cards go home
Oct. 18---Picture Day 
Oct. 25---Field Trip to Poppell's Farm Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 27---MSES Domino's Pizza Night
Oct. 31-Nov. 4---Book Fair in Media Center