I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break! The students have been happily settling back into the routines and expectations of school.
New spelling words, making new words with alphabet tiles, and continuing to learn about short and long vowel sounds have been how we have started our days here in Room 16. Students have also been writing a book about How to Build a Snowman. They were introduced to the words: First, Next, Then and Finally and have used these words in their book. Students have worked on their books for 4 – 6 writing times. I’m hoping to have a second look at their books in the next week and then your children are excited to bring them home to share with you!
Last week we reviewed and finished showing numbers in multiple ways (numeral, picture, 10 frames, tally marks, and base 10 blocks) to 20. Some students are practicing showing numbers to 100. This week we worked on the beginning stages of addition by “breaking apart” a set of connected blocks. We will be continuing to work on addition and eventually subtraction for the next long while.
Social Studies Inquiry:
Just before winter break, students began working on a “Celebrations” book. They could choose a celebration that is important to their family. Most of the children chose Christmas or Eid. In their work, they wrote and drew pictures about the following: activities they participate in, why their family celebrates this particular holiday, special food they may eat, clothes they may wear, their favourite memory from this holiday and what they love most about this holiday.
We have been learning about what animals do in winter as part of our Seasonal Changes. We have reviewed and created journal pages about hibernation and migration. We looked at some of the animals that hibernate and why this helps them survive winter. We also looked at two animals (grey whales and Monarch Butterflies) that migrate. We are also learning about the animals that do not hibernate or migrate. How do they survive in the winter? We read a book together called, Over and Under the Snow. It talks about how there is a “secret kingdom under the snow” that scientists call the subnivean zone. It’s a network of small open spaces and tunnels between the snowpack and the ground. We are going to be exploring this further next week and creating a beautiful art project inspired by this book and the subnivean zone. As well, this week we had a fun time (it was short!) going outside, catching snowflakes and looking closely at them with magnifying glasses. Students learned that snowflakes have 6 branches and every snowflake is unique. We learned about a man (Snowflake Bentley) that spent his life photographing snowflakes and we tried to capture the snowflakes we saw by sketching in our journals. It was a super fun morning!
Hopefully everyone has had a chance to have their child try out Raz-kids. It really is a fun, different and motivating way for children to practice their reading. If you have any questions about Raz-kids, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please watch for the letter and words early next week (hopefully Tuesday).