Friday, December 6, 2019

Community Week 4 December 9-13

Our Gingerbread Musical will be performed on Friday.  We look forward to seeing you then. 

Unit Book:
The Ugly Vegetables
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What kinds of communities do people live in?
(neighborhood, vine, stem, sprinkle, neighbors, aroma)

Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Quarrelsome Queen
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: Q and q
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: Tracing Q in soil
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.
(How to make a Q: Q is a Center Starter " Start at the Top in the Center, Big Curve Down, Keep going back to the top, Don't Forget to add the Queen's diagonal finger (she points)")Qis a Magic C Letter

Small Groups
-Number Hunt- We will search for hidden numbers in bowls. When we find them we will label and match the numbers on our papers. We will then color to record each number we find.

- Community Houses- We will be rainbow writing our names on houses and cutting out squares and triangles to create a house name for each of us.

- Stack and Roll-We will experiment with 3-dimensional blocks to determine if they roll, stack or do both.  Spheres roll. Rectangular prisms stack. Cylinders both roll and stack! Discuss geometrical shapes you find in your home and ask your child to predict if they will roll, stack or do both!


-Rhyming Bingo- We will review how rhyming words "sound alot alike" such as bat and cat. Then we will play a game of bingo by listening to a word then finding the picture that rhymes with the word we heard.

-Shape Bingo- We will each create our own bingo boards by cutting and gluing shapes to the board.  Then we will play bingo to identify the shapes we know.

-Counters in a Cup- We will be counting 4 double-sided chips.  Working with a friend, we will dump the cup and count how many chips are yellow and how many chips are red. We will record our colors on our papers and compare them with another group.

Rhyming Bingo- We will be reviewing words that rhyme.  "They sound a lot alike at the end" Then we will be playing a rhyming bingo game.

Geometric Sorting- We have introduced the concept of 3D shapes: cube, cone, sphere, and cylinder.  We will sort real-world geometric shapes.  

Centers
Art Table- Painting with Vegetables (rolling vegetables in paint) 
Block Area- blocks and vegetables to make gardens
Sensory Table- Garden (Dirt, shovels, seeds, seed packets)
Book Area- Exploring Books about community
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table- Gingerbread coloring
Dramatic Play- Gingerbread bakery
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Puzzles
Rug- legos

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Soil (What is it and what is in it?)
-Describe a garden
-Food We Like to Eat

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Thumbs Up to rhyming and non-rhyming pairs
-Syllable Sound Off, Compound Boogies
-Neighbors Chant


Monday, December 2, 2019

Community Week 3 December 2-6

Unit Book
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What can you do in our community?
(delicious, ingredient, lovely, sip, delicatessen, hardware store)


Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Oscar Orange
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year.

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: O and o
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: Tracing O in Orange Shaving Cream
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.
(How to make an O: O is a Center Starter " Start at the Top in the Center, Big Curve Down, Keep going back to the top ")O is a Magic C Letter

Literacy Small Groups
-Letter Oo- We will learn what the uppercase and lowercase letters Oo look like.  We will sort magnetic letters to find matches for Oo.  We will then practice O in our Handwriting Without Tears books.

-Pizza Crust Letter Matching- We will be matching uppercase and lowercase letters on our pizzas in small groups.

Beginning Sounds: Do They Match- We will be listening to the sounds we hear in the beginning of words.  We will “turtle talked”(said each sound in the word slowly) each pair of words.  We will identify the words that have the same beginning sound and not the same beginning sound.  Say these words with your child and to reinforce listening to sounds in words.

-Community Helper Bingo- We will review people who help us through their jobs in our community. Each child will be given a bingo board and asked to label who they think each community helper is. Then we will play a bingo game until we find all of the community helpers on all our boards.

-Segmenting Park Words- Students will practice segmenting words by onset and rime. Using park words, students will take turns segmenting words by their beginning sound and remaining ending sounds and blending them back together. Try this activity at home.

Centers
Art Table- Painting Pizzas with toppings
Block Area- blocks and community people
Sensory Table- Mixing bowls/spoons/Cups
Book Area- Exploring Books about community
Easel-Markers and paper
Dramatic Play-Pizza Shop
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Pizza Mania Math Game
Rug- legos

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Mixing Ingredients
-Shopping Lists
-Healthy Choices

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Syllable Sound Off, Compound Boogies
-Make a Pizza song

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Community Week 2 November 25-27

Wednesday, November 27 (Dismissal at 10:40)

No School November 27-28 (Happy Thanksgiving)

Community Week 2 
Unit Book
A Day in the Life of a Firefighter

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What do workers in our community do? 
(firefighter, emergency, equipment, protect, community helper, rescue)

Letterlander Review: 
This is a short week so we told the children the Letterlanders are away on vacation:
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Small Groups
Turkey Subitize- We will subitize amounts of objects on turkey feathers and sort them quickly onto our turkeys.  Subitizing is recognizing a set of objects without counting.  This is an important skill to master before reading.  

Thumbs Up/ Thumbs Down- We will learn how to listen to the beginning sound of words.  We will compare two beginning sounds in words. Then we will discuss if we heard the same sound in both words.  For example mouse/mail: They both beginning the same sound /m/. We will place those pictures in the thumbs upside of our charts.  If you do not have the same beginning sound such as dog and paper, they would be placed on thumbs downside

Turkey Subitize- We will subitize amounts of objects on turkey feathers and sort them quickly onto our turkeys.  Subitizing is recognizing a set of objects without counting.  This is an important skill to master before reading.

On-set Rime Community Helpers-We will practice blending the onset and rimes of spoken words.  The onset is the beginning part of the word and the rime is its entire ending.  For example, in the word “hat,” /h/ is the onset and /at/ is the rime. We will use our community theme to guess school and fire station words the teacher segmented and glued them to our buildings. 

Centers
Art Table- Turkey Art 
Block Area- blocks and community people
Sensory Table- red, yellow, orange shredded paper(to look like fire) and cotton(smoke)with firetrucks and firefighters
Book Area- Exploring Books about community
Dramatic Play-Firestation
Rug- tracks and roads

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Locating things in our neighborhoods
-Safety in our neighborhoods
-Jobs in our community

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Syllable Sound Off
-Turkey Pokey
-Firetruck Song

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Community Week 1 November 18-22

Community Unit 
Unit Book
The Two Promise Walk
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What is our community?
(bridge, traffic, restaurant, airport, forget, remember

Meet our Letterlander of the Week: 
Clever Cat
We will continue to have a special art project based on this Letterlander.   We are creating an alphabet book that will be completed by the end of the school year. 

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase: C and c
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: Tracing C in Confetti Trays
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.
(How to make a C: C is a Center Starter " Start at the Top in the Center, Big Curve Down, Stop at the bottom ")

Small Groups
-Letter Cc- We will learn what the uppercase and lowercase letter Cc looks like.  We will sort magnetic letters into 3 categories: Uppercase C, Lowercase c, and Other Letters. We will then use hands-on materials to practice writing letter C.

Picture Partners- We will earn how some words begin with the same sound and some words do not.  We will identify pictures on two cubes. Then each child will roll the two cubes and named the two pictures.  We will identify if the pictures have the same sound in the beginning or not. For example, mouse and map are the same.  Duck and nest are not the same.

-Positional Word Train-Students will work to use positional terms to move a train around a train station scene based on a teacher’s directions.  We will practice words such as above, over, below, behind, next to, in between, in front of and besides.  Then we will challenge a partner to follow directional terms while using positional words to place the train.  

-Put out the Fire- We will pull letters out of a bag and then label the letter and repeat the letter sound. After we find the letter on our fire engine papers we will put the letter in a bucket of water for an extra fun step.

10 Frame Pumpkin Seeds- We will introduce a 10 frame. We will show them that it is two 5 frames put together to make 10 frames. Then we will color and cut 10 seeds. We will take turns rolling a number cube and placing the correct number of seeds in the 10 frame. We will make a note to start placing the seeds from the left to right as well as from top to bottom to reinforce directionality. We will also count how many empty frames there are. On our last turn, we will glue down the number we roll too.

-Onset/Rime- We will be working on listening to sounds in words specifically onset and rime. Onset is the first part of the word we hear and the rime is the second part. For example: dog /d/ is the onset and /og/ would be the rime.

-Map of our school community- We will be talking about how maps help people get from one place to another in our communities. After looking at one in a book and then finding the high school map and looking at how it helps us we will create our own maps. The maps will show how we get to school and places we see on the way as well.

Centers
Art Table- Firefighter dog hats
Block Area- blocks and community people
Sensory Table- bridges and boats
Book Area- Exploring Books about community
Dramatic Play-Birthday Party
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Puzzles
Rug- tracks and roads with trains

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Locating things in our neighborhoods
-Safety in our neighborhoods
-Jobs in our community

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Syllable Sound Off
-Neighbors Chant
-Firetruck Song

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Family Week 4 November 14-15

Reminder No School November 11-13
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Book Orders Due November 14

Unit Book
Antonio's Birthday Fiesta
Hooray A Pinata
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
What do families do together for fun?
(guest, celebrate, decorate, musician, instrument)

Small Groups and LetterLander Review
Letterlander review- We will review the letters and sounds that we have learned so far this school year.  We will label a set of pictures and figure out the letter that makes that sound.  Ask your child at home to say the picture and the sound that begins each picture.  (For example: Turtle says /t/ like Talking Tess)

Guess My Rule- We will play a sorting game use a mat. We will give your child a category and have your child sort the provided pictures into the circle that fit the category. Play this game at home: Use any small objects that can be sorted into a group (think pasta of different shapes and sizes, different types of coins, buttons, etc.) Sort the objects by one, single rule (that you do not reveal.) As you sort one by one, have your child try guess your rule!  Some rule ideas may be: It has to be small or it has to be a specific color or shape. Get creative! Challenge your child to create and sort by a rule while you guess their rule. This may take some additional modeling and practice. After all items are sorted, discuss the similarities among the items in the circle and why the other objects did not fit the rule.

-Cupcake Math- We will practice matching written numerals to quantities.  After rolling a number dice, we will add sprinkles to our cupcake using our dot markers. When we finish we will discuss how many of each color we added and counted how many sprinkles we had altogether.

Centers
Art Table- Painting Pinatas/Birthday Cakes
Block Area- blocks
Sensory Table- Confetti with Letters
Book Area- Exploring Books about families
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table- Draw a picture of your family and things you like to do with them
Dramatic Play-Birthday Party
Rug- Legos

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-Going Away on vacations with your family
-Celebrations of other cultures

Friday, November 1, 2019

Family Week 3

Unit Book
Kevin and His Dad
Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
How does everyone in a family help?
(chore, clean, inside, outside, tidy, slippery, dust)


Meet our Letterlander of the Week


Umpy Umbrella

This week we will be doing the following letter activities in small groups: 
Sorting Uppercase and Lowercase U  and u
Fine motor activity to reinforce letter this week: Water Trays
Handwriting Without Tears: Letter U
We will be reinforcing "alligator fingers" and "always start your letters at the top.
(How to make an U: " Start at the Top, Big Line Down, then little curve up to the Top")

Small Group Letter Book: Decorating U to look like Uppy Umbrella

(Each week we will be adding a page to our letter book which will be staying at school until we complete all of our letters.  We are creating our own individual Letterlander book

Literacy Small Groups

- Deleting Syllable Game- We will play a game to practice taking away syllables in words.  First, we will look at each picture and clapped the syllables. Then, we will guess the teacher’s word after she took away one of the syllables.  We will use a dot marker to make our guess. Remember we are exposing them to listening to parts of words and this skill does not need to be mastered.

-Zones of Regulation- Our friend Kate (social worker) will come in for an activity related to our emotions and how to regulate them appropriately.

Syllable Spinner Game- We labeled words on our bingo boards and clapped the syllables of the word. Then taking turns we spun a number spinner. Next, we found the pictures that had the same number of claps.  Clap the syllables at home with your child to reinforce this skill.  

--Inside/Outside- We will use mats and counters to tell math stories with a up to a set of 5. After we tell stories to our group, we will draw a picture of our math story and explain our math story to our group.

-How Many in the House?-We will use house mats and people counters to act out math stories. Partners will take turns telling stories about a number of family members that were in the house and some joining the group. They will show these problems with their counters and tell how many altogether.  Our house will have 2 five frames and stairs to challenge us to use both five frames in our math stories.


Button It Up- In this week’s story, Kevin & his Dad, Kevin and his father did the laundry together.  We will play a Button it Up math game to practice adding buttons and matching our total quantity to a number.  After listening to a number story about buttons we will place them on our mats. We will carefully count how many altogether and found the number to match that quantity.  
Centers
Art Table- Handprints (How we help our families)
Block Area- House and families 
Sensory Table- washing dishes with bubbles (related to story)
Book Area- Exploring Books about families
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table- Draw a picture of your family and things you like to do with them
Dramatic Play-Dress Up Area
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Letters in a room hunt using clipboards
Rug- dollhouse and families

Science/Social Studies/Math Circle Concepts
-House Chores? What are they? How can we help?
- How to take care of pets?
-How many are hiding? (5 objects altogether, hid your eyes, cover 2 objects and ask how many are hiding)

Monday, October 28, 2019

STEM Week in the Cub Cadets

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This past week our class conducted a variety of STEM activities:
In an effort to boost students’ interest and raise awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, Massachusetts has declared a statewide STEM Week from October 21-25, 2019, and is asking educators at all grade levels to participate by planning lessons, events, and activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and math throughout the week. Students from pre-kindergarten through high school and postsecondary institutions will be encouraged to take part in hands-on learning that aligns topics across STEM subjects and connects to other curricula.

Exploring Gravity
We looked around our classroom for materials to use in an experiment.  A teacher held the object out and then we observed the speed it fell to the ground.  For example, the block fell quickly and made a loud sound, the feather took longer to fall to the ground.) We talked about why we think the objects fell differently. We notice the heavier the object was the quicker it fell like the block. The lighter objects like the feather and tissue took longer to fall to the ground.



Marble Mazes in the Sensory Table
-We constructed marble mazes in the sensory table this week.  They enjoyed watching the marbles on-ramps, marble wheels, and marble drops.  


Ramp Racing
-We talked about ramps in the whole group. We talked about how ramps are simple machines and they help us move objects from one place to another. We then made predictions which ramp would make the car go further. (long, medium, or short ramp) The children raced the cars down the ramps and we marked the spot where the cars stopped. We discovered the longer ramp made the car go the furthest distance and the short ramp made the car go the shortest distance. We then added cars and ramps to the block center.  We explored on our own how to build ramps and how to change the speed of the cars.  When the ramps were diagonal, the cars moved. When the ramps were flat, the cars did not move.

Building Towers
-We used shaving cream to build block towers.  We used shaving cream to help hold the blocks together.  We counted to see how many blocks we could build in our towers before they fell.  We recorded the colors we used on our papers too.


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Pumpkin Volcano
First, we cut a hole at the top of a pumpkin. Then we added the chemical baking soda inside.  We made predictions about what would happen if we added a new chemical like vinegar. A teacher poured in vinegar and we discussed what happened.  We learned that when some chemicals are mixed together it can cause a chemical reaction.



Class Pets
To conclude our week of science, we went to the science center on Friday to bring back gerbils to visit our classroom. We will be observing them over the next few weeks. Ask your child about them.

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