Welcome back! We hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving and is still enjoying Hanukkah! We are looking forward to a little Hanukkah celebration with Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Mcveary later this week
We had a great day on Monday. After our morning meeting we jumped into language arts. This week we are working with the ‘long e’ sound. In our practice book we did a maze that helped us to hear the differences between the long e and the short e. We also learned to look for similarities (things that are the same) and differences (things that are different). We are getting ready to read our last story in this unit about communities. This week, on Wednesday, we will read a story about honey bees! Today, we talked about some of the similarities and differences between bugs and people. We took our spelling pre-test too!
Since we were going to have a special treat later, we got to go out for an early recess! Then we had snack. After snack we started math. During math, we finished our textbook practice with numbers up to 20. We still have quite a bit to do in our workbook though. We continued to work on addition and subtraction.
We got to go to art after math! When we came back from lunch we gad a special treat. We had a mystery reader on a Monday!!!!!! The kids were soooooooooo excited to see……………
Ms. Dimarco!!!!!!! She is a 1st grade teacher at another school now. Since public school had Monday off, she decided to come be our mystery reader! We LOVED having her visit when Ms. Dimarco finished reading it was time to go to Jewish studies.
Tuesday morning we got to celebrate Hanukkah! We had an all school assembly. We got to sing Hanukkah songs and we also got to play dreidel!!!
We went right from the assembly to PE. When we got back from PE we had a quick snack and started language arts. In our grammar books we reviewed nouns! We also learned that there could be more than one noun in a sentence. In our practice book we learned our new high frequency words: family, other, also, their, some, and new. We got to learn them by putting them in a crossword puzzle!!
Then we switched gears into math. After doing our problem of the day, we started working in our workbook. Today in our workbook we did only subtraction. It was great practice!! Since we worked so hard, we had about 10 minutes before lunch….Ms. Lewis let us go outside!!! After lunch we went straight to music then off to Jewish studies.
On Wednesday, after our morning meeting we jumped into math. We started with our problem of the day and transitioned into working independently in our math workbooks. We continued to work on subtraction. While working in our workbooks we are still using the practice of thinking in 10′s. We used our pencils to cross out parts of the pictures to really help us see the math problem we were solving.
We moved onto the carpet to start science. During science we talked about the weather and seasons. We discussed how the weather changes as the seasons change. We also discussed our favorite seasons and why they were our favorites! We also learned that not all places have the same seasons and weather at the same time!
When we finished science it was time for PE. We had snack after PE and then started language arts. In between all of our activities and learning, we have really been excited about working with Mrs. Mcveary in the hall! She is helping us to put together artifacts to put on our blogfolios!!
During language arts today we worked with our high frequency words in our practice book. We used them to complete sentences! In our grammar book, we continued learning how to use nouns. Then, we decided to go outside to read our next story. The story is all about honey bees! We learned that the bees in a hive are a lot like people in a family. We had some great discussions!!
When we came back from lunch, we did something crazy…we pushed ALL the desks to the edges of the classroom. We sat in a big circle and did something special for the last day/night of Hanukkah. We played a game called ‘Pass the Parcel’ (or present)! The way you play the game is kind of like musical chairs. You pass the parcel around and around, when the music stops the person who is holding the parcel unwraps one layer! On each layer, there is a task, for example : Say something nice about the person to your left; give the everyone a high five; etc. When we got to the last layer, the instructions were to give Ms. Lewis the box so she could……..PASS OUT THE PRESENTS!!!!!!!!!! Happy Hanukkah everyone we had so much fun playing today!
Thursday morning we walked into a surprise…we had no desks!!! After playing pass the parcel yesterday Ms. Lewis started thinking..what if we left all the desks agains the walls? The kids could keep their stuff in the desk and go grab it when we transition subjects or books. We are ultimately going to be sitting on the floor during our lesson or work time. We can lay down, sit up…be comfortable. This is only an experiment…we will try it and see what we think!
We had our morning meeting after our journals and then went right to PE. Another surprise this morning was that Ms. Lewis did not start our journal for us. It is now the students’ job to start the morning journal question on their own. We know that we are supposed to use the question to help us start the sentence.
After PE we started math. During math we did more work in our workbook. We worked on adding 0, 1, and 2 and also subtracting 0, 1, and 2. We also did a math maze in our workbook! Once we finished we started a math mystery picture. After math we took a break for snack. Once we finished snack we started language arts.
During language arts we used our high frequency words again and also practiced adding ‘ed’ to a word. We learned that if you add ‘ed’ to a word then it means that ‘it already happened’ or it’s in the past. In our grammar book we worked on identifying nouns in a sentence. When we finished we were able to go outside for recess then off to lunch!
After lunch it was time to take our AR quizzes. It is so important that we bring our AR books every Thursday! After our AR quizzes we were able to go to the library to check out a new AR book. We played freeze dance until Jewish studies! It was extra fun because of all the extra room we had!
Before we went to Jewish studies we talked about if we liked having desks or no desks. It turns out that we all really enjoyed having no desks!! We learned that we can sit different ways while we work to help us be comfortable.
If we were having trouble getting comfortable, we still had the option to sit at our desks!
Friday morning we came in and started our journal. We said the pledge and Hatikvah and were off to library!
After library we took our spelling test. Once we finished with our test we got to have a special snack. We watched a Magic School house episode about honey bees!! Once we finished we started math. We finished our problem of the day and worked independently in our workbook. As we continue to more on with our math skills, it is important to be practicing our math addition and subtraction facts at home!! Flashcards are a great tool. Next week we will be wrapping up our ‘numbers to 20′ unit and will move onto shapes soon.
We have still enjoyed working without our desks!!!
After math we got to go outside for recess! We went to lunch and came back for our mystery reader. We were so happy to see…………………….
Our mystery reader finished just in time for Jewish studies. We danced and then went off with Morah Rachel.
Shabbat Shalom Y’all!!!