Friday, October 14, 2016

Friends Unit: Week 4 October 17-21

Back to School Night 
Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30-7:00
Presentation  6:30-7:00 for parents

Unit 1 Friends Are Special

Unit Book
Matthew and Tilly
Read Aloud:We Are Friends
-We will reenact the story of Oscar is Cold with props

Weekly Question and Vocabulary Related to book:
How Do Friends Get Along?
(happy, apologize, argue, accident, sad, mad)

Literacy Small Groups
-Syllable Segment:We used this week’s story, Matthew & Tilly to clap and sort pictures by their number of syllables.  We sorted by 1,2, & 3 syllables.  Have fun clapping syllables at home.
-Is it Big? Is it Little? We used magnetic letters to make our name using an uppercase letter at the beginning and lowercase letters for the rest.   Then we cut the letters of our name and sorted them by uppercase and lowercase letters.
-Segment Words in a Sentence- We will segment the sentence "I like to play." by cutting between each word. Then we will put the sentence back together again. We will draw a picture about the sentence.
-Matthew and Tilly- We will cut and sort pictures from our unit book Matthew and Tilly to retell the story.

Handwriting/Letter Groups
-What’s My Letter? Small Groups (Ii) (Uu)
We learned what the uppercase and lowercase letter Uu and Ii look like.  We sorted magnetic letters to find matches for Uu and Ii.  We hunted for them in our names and the names of our classmates.  We used crayons to hunt for them on our papers.  Search for these letters at home.  Remember to help your child name the letter.
-Letters U and I-We will be using a hands-on approach(ie. sand, colored chalk, shaving cream) to reinforce correct letter formation.  Then we will practice in our Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) books

Math Small Groups
-Remember, Remember-We used pictures from this week’s story, Matthew & Tilly to play a memory matching game.  We had to pay close attention to which pictures in the group were the same and which were different.
- Sort It Out- We used a number of new manipulative to sort objects by one attribute.  First, we sorted objects only by size and then by color.  We played the Guess my Rule game again for more practice.
- 10 Frame Trains: We will spin a spinner. Then will count how many cubes we need to place on our 10 frame trains. The goal is to fill every child's trains.

Art Table- Chalk drawing
Block Area- blocks and people
Sand Table- Searching in colored rice for uppercase and lowercase letters
Book Area- Exploring Books about school
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table- ABC stamps
Dramatic Play- Ice Cream Stand
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Finding Letters in a room hunt using clipboards
Rug- city toys (signs/cars/people/buildings)

Science/Social StudiesCircle Concepts
-Sorting and Classifying Animals

Preschool Life Skills 
- We will be focusing on our curriculum of Preschool Life Skills during this time to help us transition into our new classroom.
1. When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me, and say ,"Yes".
2. When I give you an instruction, do it "right away"
(Ask your child what do you do when your teacher tells you to do something.  They should reply "I do it right away." You can reinforce this at home too.  "Put your legos away and do it "right away""

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Building Syllable Ice Cream Cone Chart Whole Group
-Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
-Our Good Morning Chant
-Friendship song involving words to identify.  They will play their instrument when they hear their word
-Number Rock by Steve and Greg
-Shake Breaks (Go Noodle)
-Sing and Move- We will sing a song that has the word friend and together.  Each child will have one word and one instrument.  When they hear their word they will play their instrument.

Classroom Motivational System
We will be learning classroom routines and expectations within our new classroom.  In order to create a successful and rewarding environment, each child will have a motivational system. Our classroom system promotes positive classroom behavior through positive peer modeling and teachers providing positive reinforcement for desired behaviors. 

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