As we are preparing for the end of the semester, we have also been seeing all your child has learned thus far in the Year! Let me tell you, I am AMAZED at the growth every child as has made in a variety of areas!
Students have been building their vocabulary and learning a lot of fun facts about polar animals. It is amazing seeing them talk about the narwhal's long hollow tooth, the animals having blubber, and the many different polar animals there are out there!
This week students got to work on a polar animals size sort and do a really cool science experiment. We discovered how blubber helps keep animals warm by testing it ourselves. Students made predictions, tested it, and recorded their results. What awesome science!
We introduced another center this week, pocket chart. Students work on building a sentence " I like the ___ or I see the ___" and finding a picture that corresponds with the last word. This helps them label the new animals, find the initial sound and then find the word. For those ready to start reading, I, like, see and the are good sight words for them to start with. They also get to record their results on clip boards (it is amazing how much students like clipboards!)
We did get to the gym again this week to do our fun polar animal movements. Here are some pictures!
|moving like a walrus|
|walking like a polar bear|
|Eskimos on their sleds telling their sled dogs, MUSH!|
|Walking like a penguin that has its egg between its legs. This is very tricky!|
Each week we watch letter videos from "Have Fun Teaching" and the students are really picking up the names of letters, formations, and the sounds of letters. Check out these videos with you child! Click HERE.
The Tuesday project of letter of the week is to decorate a letter with something that starts with the letter. This week we decorated the letter P with popcorn in paint. On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, P is for penguin.
Theme: Polar Animals
Letter of the Week: Jj
Snack: Highfill Family