To finish up our unit on two- and three- dimensional shapes we played a feel and identify game with two- and three-dimensional shapes. Students were given a solid or plane shape in a brown paper bag. By feeling the shape, students were asked to identify the attributes of the shape. For example they identified the number of vertices, edges, faces, curved surfaces, sides, whether the shape was flat or solid, etc. After identifying the attributes the students identified the shape by name to their group. Each group checked for accuracy and then students chose another bag. The game was a success and students did an excellent job identifying attributes and using those to identify shapes!
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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!
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!
We had a wonderful lunch with our grandparents. After lunch we went back to the room for more activities and fun with some of our favorite people!
When we returned to the room we took a survey of the different names we used for our grandmothers and grandfathers. We also sang a special song for our “Grands” on their special day. We presented our version of “The Squeaky Old Bed”, Reader’s Theater style! Finally, we completed a segment of our calendar lesson so that our grandparents would leave proud as peacocks after seeing us demonstrate our academic talents. We had a great day!
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!
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season! I am looking forward to seeing everyone back for a fabulous 2013!
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.
This week we will be working in our Start Smart Unit in reading. We will be reviewing letters, sounds, and sight/high frequency words from last year. We will also be beginning a unit on two dimensional shapes in math. We will be comparing shapes, sorting shapes and looking at the various attributes these shapes may have. We are looking forward to a great week!
We started our last week with watching “Alvin and the Chipmunks, Shipwrecked”. We then worked on Thank-you notes for Chef Clay and the grilled cheese pizza on Friday. Spelling day words were written nicely. Students then completed poem on First Grade. After lunch, we read and worked on Eric Carle literature. We had PE as usual. The Award’s Ceremony will be Wednesday morning for our grade level. There is no school tomorrow for Election Day. Thursday will be a half day and the students will be having a brunch style lunch. We will be updating blog with new up-to-date information. Thank you and have a great evening.
The last full week of school is officially finished. A big Thank-You to Chef Clayton Lesak from Krubaloo’s at the Cynthiana Country Club for making us some grilled cheese pizza today. This was a dish the student’s created during “Cool Jobs” week and he made the dish for sampling today. Today, we also went to the cafeteria to watch a parade of famous Kentuckians put on by Mrs. Debbie Schmidt’s Second Grade class. Spelling words are going home for next week. This is a basic review from calendar. There will be NO SCHOOL on Tuesday due to Election Day. Thursday will only be a half day. It has been a great week. Field day yesterday was very fun and energetic for all the kids (and teachers).