Did you hear about our visit from Sundance and Jagger, the wonderful service dogs in training? We learned so much about service animals. Some examples of what service animals can be trained to do are: opening doors, hearing and alerting you to fire alarms, guiding you through heavily trafficked areas. This visit provided some excellent background knowledge (schema) for this week’s Wonders program: How do people work with animals? We will be reading and talking about different ways that people work with animals. Do you remember hearing about Koko, the gorilla that learned sign language? We will be reading the story, Koko and Penny. Back in 1972 Penny Patterson starting working with Koko, helping Koko to learn over 1,000 words!
Our phonics study for the week is Long Vowel Ee with the spelling pattern of y, ey. Our spelling words are:
key, bumpy, puppy, funny, penny, sandy
Our Sight Words are: wash, would – with exposure to: found, hard, near, woman, would, write
During Writer’s Workshop we will continue to focus on the organization of our stories as well as word choice.
With our Everyday Mathematics program we will learn about “What’s My Rule”. Information will be coming home on Monday. What’s My Rule is another way to look at addition and subtraction – but with a rule that needs to be followed for each equation. We will also look at the minute hand and digital clocks.
Did you hear about our fun exploration with camouflage last week? We learned about the importance of camouflage with animals. We found out that it was pretty tricky spotting the moths that were “hidden” on the trees.
We had a great time getting together with our Reading Buddies and creating Leprechauns.