I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. I know it was disappointing for many having the Homecoming parade canceled last Friday due to the weather, but I hope it allowed you some time to find some other fun activities to partake in for the afternoon and that you were able to enjoy the Homecoming game that night! Go Panthers! It has been a rainy and stormy weekend, but Mr. Zimmermann and I were able to try out a new restaurant, go grab a coffee at "3030," go to the "Clinton Apple and Pork Festival," get some work done, run some errands, and attend one of my students' birthday parties. All in all, it was a rainy weekend, but a good one. :)
Last week the children continued to practice letters and sounds to create words, onset sounds, medial sounds, and final / ending sounds. Students practiced reading and writing sight words, unit words, trick words, nonsense words, digraphs, simple sentences, and short stories. The children listened to me read them stories, read class library books and took A.R. quizzes on the books to check for understanding, read leveled books, practiced writing their alphabet letters correctly (we have reviewed Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Gg, Hh, and Ii so far), completed cvc word and sentence / picture puzzles, listened to / read / took quizzes on leveled stories in "RAZ Kids," and completed activities in "Starfall."
The children practiced their daily Math lessons to continue working on addition and subtraction skills, recognizing and writing numbers correctly, and counting items. The children participated in daily warm up sessions on the promethium board, whole class Math lessons, and Math Centers to work on their class workbooks, took our Unit 2 Cumulative Tests, individual / partner / small group work reviewing number skills, and working on chrome books ("IXL" and "Everyday Math"). We will take our Unit 2 Math Assessments this coming week. Students practiced writing narrative stories, sharing stories with partners, asking prompting questions to help their partners add more details to their stories, had a writing museum walk around the room, and discussed writing and illustrative ideas they noticed from others' stories.
In Science, we traced around our shadow outlines with partners in the morning and the afternoon. We noticed where the sun was located during both parts of the day and how we had long shadows in the morning and short shadows in the afternoon. We watched Mystery Science Doug videos to continue learning about the Earth. In Social Studies, we completed Unit 1 on being "Responsible Citizens." We will take our Unit 1 Social Studies Test this coming week. We discussed focusing during class time and ignoring disruptions in our "Second Step" lesson. We attended an all-school assembly on Habit 1 "Be Proactive." We continue learning how to be good leaders and make great choices every day throughout the day.
Have an awesome week! Mrs. Zimmermann
Happy Saturday Morning!
I hope you all had a great week. We have been reading our classroom books and taking A.R. quizzes to check understanding. Prize Patrol will be October 3rd. The children practiced segmenting and blending words in Heggerty. We continued to write CVC words and sentence writing in Fundations. We took our Unit 2 test in Fundations. The children have been saying and reading Dolch Words and Speed Reading words using the promethium board. We progress monitored in STAR Reading and STAR Math.
In Guided Reading Centers, the children read leveled books with me, worked on forming sentences and picture puzzles, created CVC words and picture puzzles, worked on writing alphabet letters correctly, RAZ Kids, ABC Mouse, ABC Ya, and Brainpop Jr. - Reading and Writing. We completed Calendar and Weather time each day. In Math Centers we worked on workbook pages that are reviewing the skills we've been working on in Unit 2, tally marks representing numbers, practicing addition and subtraction, utilizing number and counting manipulatives, Everyday Math, IXL lessons, Prodigy, and Brainpop Jr. - Math.
In Lucy Calkins' Writing, the children have been writing about one - two parts of their school day, writing about the little seeds and not the whole watermelon. Social Studies the children learned about respect and responsibility, friendship, honesty, working together, and perseverance. In Science, we learned more about how shadows are made. We watched two Mystery Doug Science videos about planets and northern lights.
The children have been reading our class books and taking Accelerated Reader (A.R.) book quizzes daily. We will take part in our first "Prize Patrol" this coming week. Students are working on real and nonsense words, blending words, beginning and ending sounds of words in "Heggerty." Students have taken their Unit 1 "Fundations" test on writing their alphabet in lower case letters and being able to write letters to match their letter sounds. We have been working on CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words in Unit 2 of "Fundations" and writing simple sentences. We have begun talking about capitalizing the first letter of the first word in a sentence, leaving spaces between words, and writing punctuation at the end of their sentence (we are just working on "period" at this point in time). In Guided Reading Centers, the children are reading leveled books with me, forming simple sentences and picture puzzles, putting CVC words together with short vowel sounds and writing the CVC words, listening to / reading / answering questions about "RAZ Kids" stories, "ABC Ya," "Brainpop Jr. - Reading and Writing," and they have practiced writing capital and lower case "A, B, C, D, and E" with accommodating words that have those letters within them. We had our hearing and vision checked at school last Monday morning.
Students have been taking part in Calendar / Weather / Number of Days in School, "Everyday Math" quick daily class lessons on the promethium board, Math Centers (workbook pages with Mrs. Z, number recognition / following directions / color penguin pages, using tally marks to represent numbers with "Paper Rock Scissors" activity, rolling dice to add two numbers together to create sums & coloring in a graph to match their answers, "Prodigy" on our chrome books and "Everyday Math" chrome book activities related to our daily lessons. The children took part in a shadows Science experiment using flashlights, paper gnomes, and paper shadow stations. The kiddos practiced their writing skills in Lucy Calkins' writing curriculum to practice writing first and final drafts with illustrations about their Science experiments.
The students started their Unit 1 in Social Studies to learn about rules, laws, respect and responsibility, and good choices on the class promethium board. We completed a "Scholastic News" magazine as a class. We watched the story "We're Not Scared, We're Prepared" on the promethium board and a power point on our school's A.L.I.C.E. plan. The students and I practiced for our A.L.I.C.E. all-school drill twice that will be happening this coming Thursday morning. Don't forget that online "Scholastic" book orders are due by this Wednesday.
Have a wonderful week! Sincerely, Mrs. Zimmermann
I hope you all had a nice weekend. It definitely went by very fast. :) The past week: The children have been listening to me read them stories daily, orally forming compound words and saying sentences with expression, we have been practicing writing letters, recognizing letters and letter sounds, writing sight words, writing simple sentences, narrative writing, writing words from around the room, forming CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words, practicing words with short a / o / i sound, "RAZ Kids," "ABC Mouse," "Brainpop Jr. - Reading and Writing," the children have been reading to me, they have been learning how to take Accelerated Reader quizzes on our chrome books from the books we're reading (the quizzes are usually five questions long and are checking for comprehension to see if the children understand what they are reading), number recognition, counting, using tally marks and counters to represent numbers, "IXL - Math," "Brainpop Jr. - Math," "Everyday Math," counting up and counting back, using number lines and number grids as tools, practicing school and classroom rules, learning how to listen and be kind to others, being proactive and beginning with the end in mind, learning about our world through science, and learning to work as a team. Have a great week! Mrs. Zimmermann