Another busy and fun week in Room 16!
Language Arts: We started a Mo Willems author study this week. His books are very engaging and funny. Children love them. This week we read, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Students had fun deciding if they would let the Pigeon drive the bus or not and writing about why or why not. We also made a class graph showing who would let him drive the bus or not. We noticed in the Pigeon books that sometimes Pigeon doesn’t talk but we really can figure out what he is thinking by looking at his facial expressions. We had a fun time looking at Pigeon and writing about what we thought he was thinking. Next week we will read a new Pigeon book and see what adventure he is up to next. We continued to spend time reading (by ourselves, with a partner, and as a large group). As a large group, we have been reading some easy poems that include sight words and also working on reading sight words. Spelling went well this week. We learned about 2 more word families: the ‘in’ and ‘ike’ families. Students seem to be retaining these spelling words. I asked them to spell them on Friday (while not looking at the word wall) and most students knew how to spell them.
Math: This week we began to look at: How can I show a number many different ways? This week students learned how to show a number using a ten frame and just at the end of the week we started learning how to show a number using the base ten blocks. We will work on this big idea for a while. Students need to have a really solid understanding of these concepts before we move on.
Science Inquiry: We continued to work at our Creating Colours inquiry. We started the week by creating a graph that showed what eye colours children in our classroom have. There was great discussion over some of our eye colours (especially Hazel). Mirrors were available for students to take a really good look at their eyes and some noticed that their eyes were more than one colour. We found out that in our classroom, brown eyes are the dominant eye colour. Students used paint chips to arrange colours in order from lightest to darkest.
Grade 1 Art Project: This week all of the Grade 1 students participated together in a Seasons art project. This project was a multi-step project and they are beautiful. You will see them when you come to visit at Parent/Teacher interviews next week. On that note, please sign up for an interview time. I am looking forward to talking with you about your child’s progress.