September 24th, 2014
Constitution Day is such an important day in our country’s history. To celebrate, we participated in several activities. We looked at the Constitution and discussed how the writing was different from what we see in our writing today. We discussed the use of a quill and ink well. We looked at a quill and ink well. We listened to Ms. Caudill read about the Constitution in the preface of the book We the Kids. In the same book we discussed the vocabulary used in the preamble as well as other vocabulary common in the Constitution. Then, we listened to Ms. Caudill read the preamble to the Constitution in We the Kids. After listening to the preamble we learned some facts about the Constitution as we made a mini-book entitled The Constitution. We read this book independently and then aloud together. We learned many facts about the Constitution. After learning many things about the Constitution we had some fun with the word Constitution. We used the letters in the word to make 2, 3, and 4 letter words using only the letters in the word Constitution. We recorded the words we made and compared our words to our classmates’. We had fun and learned a lot on Constitution Day.
September 14th, 2014
As the cold and flu season approaches, we took a little time to look into the world of “Germs”! First we made a KWL chart to show what we KNOW about germs, what we WANT to know about germs and then to record what we LEARNED about germs. We read the book Germs! Germs! Germs!. We watched a germy video which showed us the different types of germs (virus, bacteria, and fungus) as well as the ways that they made us sick. We looked at some slides of some actual germs grown under a microscope and then completed an experiment called “Growing Germs”. We divided our class into thirds. One third did nothing to their hands. One third used hand sanitizer. One third washed their hands with warm soapy water. Then each group handled a piece of white bread and put it into a ziplock bag. We recorded our hypothesis as to what we thought might happen as a result of our experiment and then set them out for observation. We will collect observation data for a couple of weeks. We are looking forward to checking our hypothesis and observing our bread!
September 8th, 2014
This week in Ms. Caudill’s class we will be working with the big book, That Big Cat. As we read and reread the big book we will be looking at author’s purpose, text structure, characters and setting. Our word list will include the sight words “down” and “up” as well as words containing short a. Students will be bringing home a practice fluency list. This list is designed to allow students to increase fluency and word automaticity. All of the words included in this list will include the short a sound. Spelling words will also be based on words containing short a with an emphasis on the word families -at and -an. Don’t forget to turn in the weekly spelling assignments listed at the bottom of the weekly spelling list!
In language we will be working on recognizing complete sentences. Students will be working on identifying complete sentences based on four criteria: that they begin with a capital letter, that they end with appropriate ending punctuation, that they make sense, and that they convey a complete thought.
As they work on speaking and listening, students will be working on appropriate partner and small group behaviors such as turn taking and sharing of responsibility.
In math students will be moving from working with two-dimensional shapes to working with three-dimensional shapes. They will be comparing the likenesses and differences between the two types of shapes and will be learning about the attributes that three-dimensional shapes have. In practical living we will be doing a “germy” experiment with dirty hands and bread and will be looking at line and color in art.
We will be working on reading MAP testing on Wednesday afternoon.
As you can see we have a very busy week in store!
June 20th, 2014
Enjoy your summer break! Be sure to read a lot, play a lot, and look for wonder in your world. I look forward to seeing you next year!
December 20th, 2012
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season! I am looking forward to seeing everyone back for a fabulous 2013!
August 20th, 2012
This week we will continue to review our letters, sounds, and high frequency words learned in kindergarten. This will give us a strong foundation as we begin to become strong readers. We have completed our first writing piece, a personal narrative entitled “All About Me”. We are anxious to publish them for all to read! In math we are working on geometry and have learned a great deal about lines and shapes. We have sorted shapes, made shapes, compared and contrasted shapes, and this week we will create things from shapes. We will have a great week. Our letters this week are /i/, /d/, /r/, /b/,/b/, /l/, /o/, /k/k, and /k/ck. Our high frequency words are play, you, he, is, she, and, said, are, do, and this. We are working with both two and three dimensional shapes including circle, square, rectangle, triangle, rhombus, trapezoid, cone, cube, rectangular prism, pyramid, and sphere.