This week we will be reading books about weather. These activities are included in my weather unit here and my hibernation unit here.
In math we will begin our measurement unit. I will show them a powerpoint that includes photos of measurement tools and we will complete the charts about who measures, why do we measure and what do we measure. The students will use cube sticks (10 cubes) to measure items in the classroom to find things that are longer and shorter. The will also cut paper strips, compare them and classify them as longer or shorter. That free activity is from Kinder-Craze (Maria) and can be found here.
This is now the Turtle center and the students choose games to play from the bookcase.
The fishing game is very old and I learned a long time ago to only use one fishing pole!
When I switched over to math tubs I dreaded taking these drawers home, so I decided to make them my "book boxes" instead of organizing their books into individual ice buckets. Each student has a drawer to store the books they have read during small group!
I made word banks for the students that visit the writing center. I switch them out every week and add word banks for our phonics skills of the week and include a seasonal one, too.
I have been making several of these picture word banks and just completed a packet for alphabet letters. You can find it here.
I just remembered that I did not have any write the room cards for this short week, so I quickly made these cards. I think my students will enjoy the Thanksgiving themed cards and your students can too! Here is the link for the cards (free)!
It is a short week! Here is what I have planned for reading:
On Monday, we will read A Turkey for Thanksgiving and retell the story. On Tuesday, the students will write about their favorite character and share with the class (they will tell why that character is their favorite). The mini-unit is here.
For math, the students will use the playing cards and play a greater/less game with a partner. I will pass out the recording sheets the last 5-10 minutes for them to record after they have played for a while. The math tasks can be found here.
The students really enjoy getting ready for the Thanksgiving Celebration! For many of our celebrations, the students have dressed up in costumes, they sang songs and had a traditional "feast" with turkey or ham sandwich meat roll ups, carrot sticks, popcorn, grapes, a roll and dessert. This year, we will continue the dress up in costumes and sing songs, but will be making a turkey cookie instead of the "feast". I am sure it will be just as much fun!
Here is what we have been working in this week.
"Stuffed" Turkey centerpiece for the tables:
This year instead of tracing the feathers on the construction paper and cutting them out, we just stapled the feathers in a fan shape and the students fringed the feathers.
They used the paint to make a pattern. This was much easier than using pattern block cutouts or circle stickers.
We have discovered that it is easier to leave the pasta plain (not to dye it) and add the colorful beads instead.
Used the plastic string and a clothespin on the end so the pasta and beads do not fall off.
And finally, a piece of tape is used to measure the length of the string.
Our costumes are men's t-shirts, the long ones are used for the girls' dresses and the short ones for the boys' vests.
For the past few months, we have been using the Kathy Richardson math centers from her first book, Developing Number Concepts. There is a very small chapter in the book about comparing numbers and that is what my students have been studying the past few weeks during the whole group math lessons. I decided to switch my centers out and make 8 tubs so the students could do some group work/games (counting and comparing numbers).
Here are the new tubs:
Comparing two line puzzles (Kathy Richardson)
Roll-a-Tower Race Numbers 4-9 (Kathy Richardson)
Counting Jars (Investigations)
Comparing two shape puzzles (Kathy Richardson)
Comparing Sets-Story Boards (Kathy Richardson)
Racing Bears (Investigations)
Comparing Sets-Story Boards (Kathy Richardson)
I might change this to a Thanksgiving Roll and Color Game.
This week we will be busy getting ready for our Thanksgiving Celebration on Friday. We will spend time making the headbands, necklaces and turkey centerpieces! The books we will be reading from the Journeys Reading series are about the Seasons. The unit can be found here.
We will read the books and complete the graphic organizers.
Sorting seasonal activities/things
We will be reading some of the Bear books this week and discussing the seasons.
One of my favorite books to read is A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting, so I wrote a mini-unit inspired by the book to use the two days before Thanksgiving Break. If you need book extensions for whole group reading, literacy centers and math centers for this book, please take a look here.