Friday, January 18, 2019

Book Orders Due Thursday Jan. 24

On Tuesday we will be sending home our book orders for you. 
Please order by Thursday, January 24th so we can receive our books before February.
 Thanks so much

Our classroom code is JBTVN

Farm Unit (An orange in January- week 4-January 22-25)

No School January 21, MLK Day
Unit Book: 
An Orange in January

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
How does food get from a farm to your house?
(plump, drenched, transport, journey, segment, gleamed)

Small Groups
Moo Alphabet Game- We will draw cards one at a time and label the letter on our card. Students will need to be watching others because one of the cards has a cow on it. It has a cow everyone has to stand up and say MOOOOO! This is a fun letter labeling game.

-Orange in January Playdough Math Mats- We will use our fine motor skills to make small oranges for trees. Inspired by our unit book

-Handwriting Without Tears Program-Letter Formation Books (R and K)-

Take Away Stories- We will use orange playdough to practice math story problems on an orange tree. We will “pick” the oranges from the tree to discover how many are left and will even try to solve how many oranges were picked.  We will send home orange playdough with your child to make oranges and make math stories.

Beginning Sounds on the Farm- We will listen to a letter sound then find the letter on a pig. We will then record the letter on our papers.

Art Table-Orange Tree Creations(using pipe cleaner trees we will bead "fruit" on the trees)
Block Area- farm animals
Sensory Table-Washing produce(sponges, plastic fruit, soapy water)
Book Area- Exploring Books about farm
Dramatic Play- Farm Stand (Fruit Stand)
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Letters in a room hunt using clipboards
Rug- Bristle Blocks

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Planes, trains, and automobiles
-What Does It Do?
-Good for you food

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Our Good Morning Chant
-Farmer in the Dell
-Apples and Bananas Song
-Rhyming Identifying games
-Simon Says (Farmer Lisa Says.....)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Scooter Visited Our Classroom Today

We have been working toward a class reward over the past weeks.  If we each earned 5 stars then added a pom pom into a group reward bucket.  We earned enough pom poms to have Scooter the high school assistance dog come to our classroom.  We brainstormed questions we could ask about Scooter and his friend Christina was happy to answer them all.  We then had a chance to pet Scooter.  At the end of our visit, we played a game with Scooter.  We played "Scooter-Says".  Scooter listened well to the directions and hopped, laid down, and sat up to play the game.  Scooter was a great jumper!!
Thank,you Scooter and Christina!

Farm Unit Click Clack Moo (Week 3-January 14-18)

Weekly Book and Vocabulary
Click, Clack, Moo
Why do farmers have animals?
(letter, snoop, furious, typewriter, electric, demand)

Small Groups
Beginning Sounds on the Farm- We will review listening for the same beginning sounds in words. We will say three words and decide which two have the same beginning sound.  We will place the words that begin with the same sound in a barn and the one that doesn’t belong will be thrown in the mud! 

Search and Sorting letters R and K. We will be sorting uppercase letters from their lowercase letters and then searching for them on our papers.

Letter Corn Seach- We searched through a sensory bucket filled with corn kernels to find letters.  After we found them we named the letter, said the sound, and named something beginning with the letter.  Then we recorded the letter on our corn husks. 

Journals- Writing about our favorite animals from the farm. We will use "ear" spelling by writing the letters we hear in words.
Onset Rime Game- We will be guessing farm animals by listening to the rime of words. For example, "I'm thinking of a -ow. Can you guess what animal I'm thinking about?" This helps them learn the skill of listening to sounds in words and prepares them to read and write later.

Click Clack Moo Math-Using cow counters and barn math mats, we will practice more/less/equal concepts by counting and placing our cows on our mats.  We will compare quantities and work to make them equal.    We will also learn about number parts.  Use this activity with your child to extend math learning at home.


Art Table- Click Clack Art
Block Area- farm animals and tractors
Sensory Table- Pigs in the mud (brown paint with cornstarch and water)
Book Area- Exploring Books about community
Dramatic Play- Office / computers/ envelopes/ letters
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives-yellow playdough, yellow feathers, counting chicken mats
Rug- Barns and animals

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Tracks that vehicles make
-Wheat from the farm
-Good for you food
-Take Away Stories

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Farm Unit (Otis- Week 2- January 7-11)

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
How do machines help farmers?
(tractor, startle, parade, fancy, pond, soil)

Literacy Small Groups
What's Missing? How Does it End? We will learn about how words sound when the onset (beginning sound) is deleted from the word.  We will sing a farm song where students need to guess the farm animal or item based on hearing just the rime (entire ending.) We will place a marker to on a picture mat to make our guess.  

Onset Rime Bingo- We will segmenting words by onset & rime.  Using things found on a farm, we will practice saying words by segmenting the beginning sound and entire ending. We will work on a new skill to take away the beginning sound and say only the ending of each word (deleting the onset) to cover a spot on our board.

Story Sequencing- After reading the story Otis, we will cut pictures from our unit book. We will then trace numbers on strips. Next we will place the pictures in order to retell the story. We will retell the story orally to recall the events from our book.

Handwriting/Letter Groups
-Handwriting Without Tears Program-Diving Letters books P and B

Math Small Groups
How Many Animals in the Barn? We will work on our counting and subitizing skills to fill our barn with animals.  Using a dot dice, we will roll to determine how many animals to place in our barn using a 10 grid.  We will discuss how many animals we have and how many more we need to fill our barn.  After playing this game with counters, we will play our final round with dot stickers to make our own animals to take home.

Stuck in the Mud- We will use animals counters to recreate a scene from the Otis story.  This time more than one animal will be stuck in the mud.  Using our counters we will hide animals under a card and leave some showing.  We will have to guess how many animals are stuck in the mud given out total number of animals.  Using dot stickers, we will make our own number stories to share

Farm Animal Roll- We will roll a cube with animals on it then record our results on our papers. We will talk about the most, least, and equal amounts.

Letter Cow- We will listen to the teacher tell us a letter then we will find it on our papers. We will place a sticker on the letter and make the sound of the letter.

Art Table-Farm animal with stencils
Block Area- farm animals
Sensory Table- Popcorn with chickens and tractors
Book Area- Exploring Books about community
Easel-Markers and paper
Dramatic Play-Collecting eggs from the hen house
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- sorting farm animals
Rug- Trio Blocks

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Caring for plants
-Reenact the book Otis
-Wheat from the farm
-How Many Scoops

Farm Unit (Week 1- January 2-4)

Unit Book:
What is a Farm

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What is a farm?
(barn, farmer, wool, silo, gate, map)

Literacy Small Groups
Letter P and B- We will learn what the uppercase and lowercase letters Pp and Bb look like.  We will sort magnetic letters to find matches for Bb and Pp.  We will also hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.  We will use crayons to hunt for them on our papers. Search for Pp's and Bb's with your child at home- ask him/her if it is upper or lowercase.  

-We share sounds- We will be listening to sounds we hear in the beginning of words. We will match words that share the same sounds in the initial sound of each word. For example, cow and corn share the same sound. Gate and goat, wig and wagon, etc.

-Roll and Write letters- We will roll a letter cube to review our straight line letter formation. In this turn-taking game, we will focus on directionality (start at the top, frog jump to top,etc)

Animal Legs- We will book browse to research what animals look like and focus on how they are the same or different. We will then create a chart to show animals with 2 and 4 legs.  

Art Table- Barn animals for a farm mural/Farm animals for individual books (This will be an ongoing activity at the art table)
Block Area-tractors
Sensory Table- yellow paper (hay) with animals
Dramatic- Tool Shop

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Our Good Morning Chant
-The farmer in the Dell
-Growing Sound (Things that grow)
-Listening to Rhythm in music
Farms Bingo Song

Friday, December 7, 2018

Gingerbread Unit (December 10-14 and 17-21)

Reminder Our Winter Family Celebration will be on Friday, December 14 from 10:30-11:00
December 10-14
Books This Week:
Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread Girl

Concept For This Week:
-Patterns (Pattern in books and patterns in the environment)
-Rhyming Pairs

Small Groups This Week:
-Gingerbread House matching- We will be cutting pictures of rhyming picture pairs.  We will mix up our pictures.  Then we will place the rhyming pairs in the house.  We will put them in a baggie to take home.  Practice finding the rhyming pairs at home with your child.  
-Gingerbread Shape House- We will color a blank house.  We will be using shapes to create a gingerbread house.  We will name a shape then roll a number cube.  Then we will find the shapes from a field and count the correct number on the cube.  We will use the shapes to decorate our houses. We will also stamp the number of each shape we used in our house.  
-Gingerbread Man Problem Solving-  We will be given objects to help the gingerbread man make a bridge to get over the river. (straws, pipe cleaners, and popsicle sticks) We will experiment using each material to build a bridge across a pail of water.  We will talk about which materials worked the best and why.  We will also talk about which material did not work well and why.  
-Gingerbread Turn Taking Game- We will take turns spinning a spinner and then record what the spinner lands on.  We will observe which colors the spinner landed on the most, least, or equal.

Handwriting Activities
(Letters this week are Jj and Dd)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter. We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates

Art Table: making gingerbread men in trays
Block Area: blocks with the gingerbread man
Sensory Table: role play of how the gingerbread man tried to get across the river (water, gingerbread man, fox, and other animals to watch)
Book Area: books about gingerbread
Independent Table: Write the room
Dramatic Play: Gingerbread Bread Bakery
Puzzles and Manipulatives: gingerbread man ten frames

December 17-21
December 15 Family Show
Books This Week:
Gingerbread Baby
Gingerbread Friends

Concept For This Week:
-Social thinking -Thinking with our eyes- Looking at unit books to reinforce this concept
-How can we solve a problem (related to gingerbread story)

Small Groups This Week:
-Rhyming Cookie Pairs- We will be labeling 2 cookies on a tray.  Then they will identify if the words rhyme or not rhyme.  We will then sort our cookie trays on our papers
-Turn Taking Games- (Candy Land, Shoots and Ladders, and Zingo) Inspired by our gingerbread unit. We will reinforce turn taking language in this classic fun game.
-Gingerbread House Letter Matching- In groups we will cut and then match letters onto our houses (matching uppercase to lowercase or lowercase to lowercase)

Handwriting Activities
Handwriting Books (Letters this week are Jj and Dd)

Art Table-Brown finger painting on gingerbread
Block Area:blocks to build gingerbread houses
Sensory Table: gingerbread “moon sand”
Book Area: books about gingerbread
Easel:gingerbread painting
Dramatic Play:Gingerbread Bakery continued (more materials will be added to extend)
Puzzles and Manipulatives: Ipads