Friday, January 20, 2017

Well after an unexpected snow day on Monday- we got back into the swing of things pretty quickly.  We practiced writing our names Monday morning.  We are working on writing with ONE capital letter and the rest are lowercase letters.  If your child is showing you their spectacular writing skills, please make sure that it begins with a capital and there are no other capitals sprinkled in AND THAT ALL LETTERS START AT THE TOP!  Bad habits are hard to break and we definitely have some bad ones when it comes to starting letters at the bottom.  Ugh!

Since we missed Monday and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we learned about him Wednesday.  We read a short story about him and talked about the things/laws he wanted to change.  We also had a Weekly Reader that told us about Martin Luther King, Jr.  It is always an interesting discussion.

For math, we worked on ten frames, number order and number sense.  The kids set their cards up in two rows of 5, to make a "ten frame".  The cards are sorted out from 1 (the aces) to 10.  No face cards.  The extras go in the middle.  The idea of the game is to try to place your first card in the right spot (1-10)(in ten frame mode)and then you use that card and put it in the correct spot.  You then try to use the card you picked up and put it in the correct spot.  If you already have filled that spot, you hand the card to your partner and they try to fill their spots up.  If they can't use the card that you hand them- they get to draw from the pile in the middle.  This is sounding confusing to me, too, now...  hopefully your child can show you how to play.  It's a pretty fun game (I think sometimes it is called GARBAGE?)

The BEST part of the day came when we went to PE and we were waiting for Mr. Hoogeveen to get to the gym!  One of the kids turned to me and said, "HEY!  MRS. T!  There is a ten frame on the wall!"  Yup!  There sure is!  I love my job!
Friday we had a special visitor!  Miss Emily from the Lyon County Conservation Office came to talk to us about LADYBUGS!  She read us a fact book about ladybugs and then we went on an aphid hunt around the room.

 Every "ladybug" got to find two aphids for lunch :)

We did a little math game adding "spots" (beans) to a ladybug

and Miss Emily found some hibernating ladybugs and brought them in so we could look at them UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL!

After Miss Emily left, we read the story THE GROUCHY LADYBUG by Eric Carle.  We observed how each animal that the ladybug encountered got bigger and bigger and so did the text that we read.  It is a very entertaining book and the kids wanted to read it again, but we just didn't have time because we made our OWN grouchy ladybugs!  It was funny to see how some of the kids thought they were being grouchy but they were just too smiley to pull it off!!

SO!  Some good news and some bad news.  First the bad news: We are off on our specials calendar.  GOOD NEWS: It's already the 23rd of January next Monday!!  :)  So a new February calendar will be making its way home soon!  (SORRY)
Next week:
MONDAY: ART  Library  Snack: Teagen

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Monday we tackled the letter K.  Luckily this letter makes the sound we think it should make, so that is not too tough.  WRITING the letter K is a bit tricky as we try to make the slants similarly sized and "hitting" that middle dotted line along the first line that we make.  It went rather well for a first go at it!  We also talked about lowercase letters.  We will be giving that a whirl this week too!  After practicing the correct formation of K, we worked on words that start with K.  We made a kite that had several pictures that could be pulled through the middle of the kite.

We got out our paints after drawing designs on a snow hat with our white crayons, and painted the hats.  It was fun to see the designs/pictures magically appear as we were painting over the hat.

We hung them up in the hall for everyone to enjoy! :)

Evie is our Student Of the Week this week.  Evie is the big sister to two little sisters.  She wants to be a nurse like her mom when she grows up and she does not like scary things!  She likes the color blue and she loves swimming!  Evie brought in lots of fun pictures for us to look at but the thing that caught everyone by surprise is that she had VERY DARK BROWN HAIR when she was born!  We didn't even think it could be her when we were first looking at the pictures!  As you can see from her picture now, she is quite blonde!  Thank you for sharing your pictures with us, Evie!  We loved getting to know more about you!

We helped Jessa celebrate her half birthday on Monday.  She chose CHA CHA CHA for her birthday song add on!  Happy HALF birthday, Jessa!

We were able to go to the library and the computer lab on Monday.  We also played a rousing card game of "I HAVE... WHO HAS...?"  For this game we get in a circle and someone starts reading their card.  It will say "I have R.  Who has B?"  Then the person with B reads their card.  "I have B.  Who has N?"  etc. etc.  This is a version of a game that we played with numbers in December.  I have several different versions that we will be playing throughout the rest of the year.  It's a quick, fun way to practice different skills.

Wednesday we continued on the letter K but we worked on writing the LOWER CASE k!  It looks similar, and it's made sort of like the capital letter but we learned pretty quickly that it is differently made.
The kangaroo was our animal that we focused on for K.  We learned that they are called marsupials because of the pouch they have.  We saw some pictures of some pretty "ripped" kangaroos.  The male kangaroos fight- starting at an early age and some of them become very muscular!  You will notice a kangaroo in your child's things Wednesday afternoon.  This is not just a colored, cut and glued together kangaroo!  OH NO!  We had to read directions (that had some pictures for us to "read") on a paper and follow them.  We read them as a class and then followed the directions.  Everyone's kangaroo looked exactly the same... which it was supposed to because we followed the directions! :)

Inside recess all day had us a little antsy so we did several different LARGE MOTOR activities.  We rolled 2 dice- one had a movement and the other had a number 1-6 on it.  It really got us moving.

There are book order flyers in your child's folder Wednesday afternoon.  You can order online using our class code: GRY67  If you would like to send the paper order form and check to school that is also fine.  The deadline for ordering will be by 9am on Friday, January 20.  (Remember to tell your child that there is a book order in their folder if you go that route.)

                 SNACK: MEMPHIS

Friday, January 6, 2017

We had a very special visitor Friday morning!  He came to read two of his favorite stories to us and his name is Brandon Snyder!  He used to be a Wildcat but now he is an Iowa Hawkeye!  Before he got here, we watched a short clip of an interception he made just on Monday afternoon in Florida. We decided he looked like Superman flying in to catch the ball!  After he finished his stories, we all took an individual picture with him

and also a class picture.
We were so happy he took time out of his day to come read and visit with us today!  THANK YOU, BRANDON!

Our day was devoted to THE ARCTIC!  Our room was all snowy (you can see the "snow" in the pictures with Brandon) and some kids thought it was a little chilly even! ;)  First on the agenda was to learn about some of the animals that live in the Arctic.  We read an informational book that told us special adaptations that Arctic animals have to make.  Polar bears, Snow shoe hares, and a few others have extra big paws or feet so they can walk ON the snow and not fall into the snow as far as they might otherwise with smaller paws/feet.  We experimented with this theory and used our own "snow" (flour) and animals.  We don't exactly have ARCTIC animals, so we used what we could find... dinosaurs, cows, horses, :) and we gently put them in the "snow".  They all made footprints.  Then we gave them larger paws/hooves/feet by using construction paper and attaching it to their feet and tried it again in the "snow".  It hardly left any print at all.

Next we read about the MuskOx and how they protect their young from predators.  They make a circle around their babies that are in the middle and do not let their enemies in.  We made our own circle with 4 "babies" in the middle and there was a sly Arctic fox that tried to get to them, but the circle really worked and the babies were safe! (I didn't get a picture of that... I was busy being the Arctic Fox!! :))

We read about how nearly all of the Arctic animals have a layer of something to help keep them warmer than most other animals.  Some have fur, others have a downy layer of feathers and some have a layer of blubber!  We experimented with our own layer of blubber and icy water in our room!
We had a baggie with no protection and we had one baggie inside another baggie with a layer of BLUBBER (crisco) in between.  The kids squealed with excitement and shivers as they put both hands into the baggies and then into the ice cold "Arctic Ocean"!

We also did a few other activities with Arctic animals.  We did a math measuring activity where we walked around the room and counted the blocks that measured the animals.  Then we had to remember the number of cubes and had to write the number down on a sheet to record our answer!

We also used our iPads to help us learn about Arctic Animals!  Everyone was given a paper with QR codes on it and there were 6 different stories and videos to add to our Arctic fun!

Finally, we practiced reading a book about Arctic animals in a predictable reader.  Some of the illustrations are harder to tell what they are, so we figured out that we could look at the TEXT to help us figure it out.  The wolf and a fox were the first tricky pair we came to.  The W was a clue that it couldn't be the FOX because FOX starts with F not W!  Please be sure to read the Arctic animals book with your child this weekend sometime.  They have lots of information they want to share with you!
It was a chilly, ARCTIC day in TK today!

Student of the Week: Evie
Monday: Snack: Jessa  LIBRARY  ART
Wednesday: Snack: Kai  MUSIC
NO TK ON FRIDAY, January 13