We have been working on short e words this week, like bed and then. Students are building words in a variety of ways. They can make word bracelets, build with foam letters, stickers, stamps, magnets, chalk, window markers, or paint. We have even put our words in ABC order and written sentences with our words. We are focusing on starting with a capital letter and ending with punctuation, I call it a stop sign. Our class is having a great time playing games on Spelling City. Check it out at home!
In reading, this week I recorded a fall oral reading sample for each student. These will be on student blogs soon! We are also reading nonfiction books to go with our science unit. We have read about the solar system and the moon.
In math, we are continuing to work on addition. The highlight of last week was our M&M’s guestimation jar lesson. We estimated how many candies were in the jar and then counted. Little did I know, there were 633 M&M’s in the jar! We counted by 2’s and grouped into groups of 10’s and 100’s. We also graphed our candies and finally, got to eat them. This week we solved story problems with manipulatives. Then, students created their own story problems with different themes, apples, the ocean, and farm. We wrote words to tell the story, wrote number sentences, and number bond. Then we shared our stories and solved the student created problems. On Friday, we measured apples. Students used a balance to weigh their apple and yarn to measure the circumference. We also predicted if it would sink or float and tested it out. After all of that fun, we estimated how many seeds are in a apple. We found 7 seeds inside. I also introduced our class to a new website. We played car wash and diaper derby. You can pick addition games at the top of the site.
We spent time learning about the solar system and the moon this week in science. Here are a couple of the fun videos we watched. We made a diagram of the phases of the moon using Oreo cookies. Yum! We will visit the science lab next week and learn about constellations.
Solar system song
In social studies, we read a Weekly Studies magazine. We learned about citizenship, the U.S. flag, and our rights as citizens.