Our holiday celebration was a blast. Thank you for the wonderful treats that were sent in as well as the parent volunteers who assisted. Just before Winter break we did a project that involved Santa getting stuck in a chimney. Our activity during our celebration was to create a chimney that Santa could fit down. We saw so many successful chimneys that were creative and clever. When presented with the challenge of “a very fat Santa”, your children were able to still design the perfect chimney for him to fit down. Such a great activity!
Did your children tell you about our investigation with shadows? Using their knowledge of the sun and the path that it takes across the sky, they were able to move a light source (a flashlight) to change the shape and length of the shadow on an object. We followed up the next day looking at the patterns in the sun’s movement across the sky. We found out that the height of the sun in the sky affects a shadow’s length and direction. Finally, we created a Sun Finder which showed the sun’s movement across the sky. See the pictures below.
“I have a dream...” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man filled with hopes for all people. He believed that you could peacefully work for equal and fair treatment for all Americans. He dreamed of a day when people would not be judged by the color of their skins but by the content of their character. We talked extensively last Friday about Dr. King, one of America’s greatest leaders. Getting together with our Reading Buddies, we listened to James Taylor’s song Shed A Little Light – a song honoring Dr. King. We created Peace Doves and put them up around our Reading Buddy Tree.
This week with our Wonders program we will be talking and reading about folktales. We will connect one of our Wonders’ stories, The Red Mitten, to Jan Brett’s wonderful story, The Mitten. We will also read another one of Jan Brett’s folktales, The Gingerbread Baby. The phonics focus will be difficult. Soft “c” and “g” as well as “dge” will be introduced. The spelling words for the week will not have any of these spelling patterns. Instead, we will practice them in the classroom all week. The spelling patterns this week will continue with Long Vowel A and Long Vowel I.
made, take, same, like, fin, pin
Sight Words: was, so
With our Everyday Mathematics program we will continue to work on greater than, less than, and equal. Last week we did an activity using Virginia Kroll’s book, Equal Schmequal. In this story we read about Mouse and her friends and their quest to make the teams for a tug-of-war equal. But what does it mean to be equal? We soon discovered that a number sentence can have many numbers on both sides of the equal sign - - but, each side must have the same (or equal) amount (answer).
In addition to place value, <, >, =, and coins we will work some more with doubles and doubles plus one. Using Lily Toy Hong’s book, Two of Everything, we will work with double numbers. Why does adding double numbers together always come out with an answer that is even? We will continue our discovery of even numbers as we do an activity with goldfish crackers near the end of the week.