With the short week we didn't have four projects so things got a little squished into the week.
Our letter of the week was Ee. We talked about the sound Ee makes. Finding words that start with Ee is tricky and vowels often get mixed up. It is a good start to try them, but mastery is tough at this age. We practiced our hand symbol, our handwriting sheet, and read our Alphatales story, Elvin the Amazing Elephant. Students put paint on their Elbows and painted their Ee with them! I hope this will help them remember the Ee sound for days to come. We also made an elephant for their hand print book page. Students are doing well with getting "their reading finger out" and doing the one to one correspondence between the word on the page and the spoken word. Some are already seeing is and for as sight words and knowing them right away. They are also getting good at finding the letters of the week in print around our room.
I am so proud of their progress with the sign language symbol, the sound symbol, the letter and even our handwriting sheets are improving.
For the Ee we say: Down, across 1, 2, 3. Little e: out the driveway, around the block and curve.
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We started the week with a definition of Transportation: Things that go and take you from one place to another.
We then made a list of types of transportation.
The next day, we read the book: The Big Book of Things that Go. This gave us even more ideas to put on our list. We then added to our list. When students dictate what to add to a list, I emphasize the first letter sound and often ask a student to help me figure out the letter making that sound. This helps students to begin to see the correspondence between the letter sound and reading/spelling.
The next day we Sorted the list into Land (green marker with grass lines), Water (dark blue waves), and Air (light blue clouds).
The students also did a sort as their morning table time.
Students also wrote their names with cars. I wrote their names in large yellow letters (to be the yellow lines on the road) and they had to drive their cars on the yellow lines. When I was writing the letters I made sure to describe the ways in which I was making/forming the letters so they could work on correct letter formation.
Theme: Snow/Winter (a change for the original list, we will be doing polar animals after the winter break)
Letter of the Week: Rr
Snack this week: AM-We do not have anyone signed up, originally we had someone, but they can no longer do it. If you could help out, even if it is just for 1 day please let me know. PM-Schultz Family