In our small group we worked on patterning with snowflakes. We started with an AB pattern and if students were able to complete that we moved onto an AAB or an ABB pattern. Students are doing very well with patterning.
Tuesday we read The Gingerbread Man. We began practicing the role playing of the skit and showing how a story can be made into parts. Students were very enthusiastic about it! On Wednesday we assigned parts and began practicing. Students are very excited. Don't worry though, if you are unable to make it students still get to practice, laugh, enjoy it and have fun. We did talk about if moms and dads say they can't make it it is ok, they are still VERY important!
We read The Grinch that Stole Christmas on Wednesday focusing on the first two pages; The Grinch hated Christmas because his heart was 3 sizes to small. He needed to learn about love before it could grow. We then made a large Grinch for our classroom and are going to write the kind things we see our friends doing that made our heart grow and showed us love. So far it is off to a slow start, but as we talk about it I feel they will get the hang of it. I will encourage this to be a writing activity as well, brining in letter sounds and seeing if they can help with any of the letters while writing it out. We also watched the cartoon movie of The Grinch that Stole Christmas. Children enjoyed the change of pace.
They also began a measuring unit with snowflakes. We measured how many "big snowflakes" tall we were, and measured how many small snowflakes a variety of objects were in our room. We then wrote these numbers on our data sheets.
Pictures are on the class website show students next to the big snowflakes.
Through out the week, students come into the room looking for the trouble Herbie got into during the week. He was hiding in our drop bucket (where we put a drop in when we made good choices) on Tuesday. He must be looking how many great choices we had made thus far to tell Santa all about them! On Wednesday, I caugt him coming into the classroom when I turned on the lights and he had to hang from a rope on or window all day until we went home. Thursday, he must have gotten hungry, he was sitting in a bowl full of home living food!
Theme: winter, snow continued
AM Snack: Higgins Family
PM Snack: Gorges Family