The students have been getting into the swing of the school year. I have had them sitting in different assigned seats each day the past couple weeks to learn how to sit in the various flexible seats. Next week, students will start being their own learning advocates by choosing people they can focus by to sit by each day.
We have done the pledge, taken attendance and lunch count, learned to hang our backpacks in our lockers, put our take home folders in the class folder holder, change into our gym shoes, and make good choices during transitions, lunch, recess, and in our specials classes (music, library, p.e., computers, and art).
We started our daily Heggerty lessons (sound and word practice - we have been focusing on compound words) and Fundations lessons (recognizing, forming, and writing letters and words). I have been reading books to the children during Teacher Led Reading Time every morning. We have also discussed authors, illustrators, setting, problems, solutions, retelling stories, characters, and titles of the stories we have been reading. The children will start Reading Centers during Guided Reading Time this next week. They will work on reading, writing, and being tested in Fountas and Pinnell to check reading fluency and comprehension skills. We have been learning how to utilize ABC Ya, RAZ Kids, Brainpop Jr., and how to use our chromebooks. Students have also been learning how to utilize Everyday Math activities and games and Sketchpad on their chromebooks.
The students have been taking their STAR Reading and STAR Math Tests. We have also started our Unit 1 in Everyday Math and practicing writing, recognizing, and naming numbers. The class has practiced counting various items in the classroom by being Math Detectives. Students have played counting and number games with dice, counter cubes, and pennies. The children will begin Math Centers this coming week.
In Lucy Calkins' Writing Curriculum we have been working on narrative writing (telling our own stories) in our spiral notebooks. We have written about what we want to learn this year, what we have enjoyed about school so far this year, and a personal story about their weekend or an activity they had done over the summer. After different class discussions, we came up with class and school rules, different ways to make good choices, how to be a good leader, and how to be a good friend. Then, the children wrote and colored in papers that are hanging up in the hallway about how to be a friend. The students also put on their detective hats again to figure out the beginning sounds of words and create a bee school picture when they solved the paper puzzle.
Students have been helping to come up with good class rules that we have hanging in the classroom on the paper writing roll hanging on the whiteboard that we regularly review. We have read through and answered questions in two "Scholastic News" magazines talking about how to be our best and most helpful selves, being kind, and making friends. Students have been listening to stories, watching videos, and having class discussions on how to be proactive, the first habit in "The Leader in Me." The children have also started "Second Step" by having a lesson with the help of Mr. Snail puppet in listening, following directions, and staying focused.
In Science, the children have been taking part in class talks and learning about lava, inventors, and making coins in Mystery Science and Mystery Science Doug videos. We will be taking part in various Science lessons and experiments this school year.
Have a great week! Mrs. Zimmermann