Friday, January 10, 2014

Polar Animals during this Polar Vortex!

Hello Families,
If you are not busy this weekend, go to the fun and FREE event at the YMCA!!
I hope you were able to stay warm this past week!  Who knew Wisconsin could get so cold!  I heard through a rumor mill they even had to bring the polar bears in at the zoos this week!  Crazy!

When it finally thawed out to a balmy -19 with windchill, we were back in class!  We started our polar animal unit.  We first voted on which project(s) we would like to do.  Students came up, chose one column and voted with an x.  We then  counted them up and saw that making walruses and polar bears won.  

Our walruses turned out cute.  Students had to cut a large plate in half, and write their name on four pieces (small plate for head, large plate for body, and two halves for flippers).  Students then painted the pieces brown.  Finally, they had to glue the eyes and tusks on.  

Students also learned new vocabulary with the walrus and tusks (not teeth or horns).  

Students also painted polar bears with cool puffy paint.  The paint is a glue and shaving cream mixture that
dries puffy.  We had to work on dotting out paint not rubbing it our the polar bear wouldnt be fluffy!

In the gym we are working on moving like polar animals!  We had to hold ourselves up with our arms and drag our feet behind us like a walrus, go on our hands and feet (not knees) and run like a polar bear, hold a ball between our legs and waddle like a penguin, and hold on to our dog sleds and yell mush like the Eskimos.  We really had fun with that (I forgot the camera but we will do it again this week and get pictures).

Thursday we did the second activity the students did not vote for on Wednesday.  We made shape penguins.  These penguins had a large shape and a small shape.  Students had to pick the shape they wanted by naming it. They then had to color the BIG one black. They cut both out and had to glue the white belly on the black back.  They then cut out the beak and feet (very small pieces so this was tricky!).  They then glued on the beak and feet.  Finally, they had to write/trace the shape's name on the penguins belly and their names on the back....but that's not all!  They then went on a scavenger hunt around the room looking for the posted penguins and has to practice writing their shape name (twice) and drawing that shape (twice).  We are going to finish that on Monday. 

Reading with the Stars is Tuesday January 14 5:30-6:30--snow themed.  Please RSVP. Hope to see you there!

Important Notes:
  • We are supposed to continue to have record cold weather and high windchills.  Dress for the weather.  Please send your child dressed for the weather as we go outside as long as it is not raining or below 0*(students are more than welcome to bring layers daily or to leave in their lockers)  It may also be time to change out the change of clothes to make sure they are weather appropriate.  If you send a new change of clothes, we will send the warm weather clothes in their backpacks.  We go outside on TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS, Extended day kids go out EVERY DAY.
  • Folders. Please be checking your child's daily folder each night.  We put notes on the notebook pages in their folders as well as any notes we may have for you.  Artwork is also sent home this way. As we start letter of the week, we will also start sending home homework to help reinforce the letter concept and identification.  Please work on this with you child to help the students make the connection between home and school. 
  • Also, Please check the student's Wednesday Folders.  Please try to take info out and return the folder and any forms/info/payments in those folders a day or two after receiving. 
  • Literacy Bags come home every three weeks.  Students will have a week to complete the project inside and can then return the bag with completed sheets in it on TUESDAYS.
  • Library Books come every week.  We go to library on Monday and student have the opportunity to check out a book and keep it for a week. It can be kept in their back packs or at home, but please remember to bring it on Mondays. 
Next Week:
Theme: Polar Animals
Letter of the Week: Pp

Snack: Heimann Family

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