Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Polar Animals and PALS

We got the cool opportunity to watch penguins and polar bears live on zoo webcams.  We got to
watch them underwater and on the ground.  The students loved it!  If this is something your family would be interested in, you can google: live feed "animal name"  It can be fun family time.

Mrs. Drummond was able to do a fun polar animal patterning activity with students.  We talk in calendar that a pattern is something that happens again and again, but it was one of the first time they tried it on their own.  This is a fun activity you can do at home with colors, foods, or anything!  Learning can be fun!

Students were also able to count the carrots to feed to the Frozen reindeer. They are doing great at counting and still working on writing numbers.  Keep practicing at home!

Students also got to do a cool science experiment.  Students started with making a prediction of what they thought would happen if they put a hand in snow with nothing on it.  They then tried it if they had blubber on their hands like the polar animals did.  They then tested their predictions and found out that the blubber keeps their hands warmer!

Another fun project we did was pretend we were polar animals (in gym and the hallways).  Students really worked some new muscles!
Polar Bear Walk: Students put their hands and feet on the floor (not their knees)
Walking like a Walrus: Students put their tummys to the floor, hands on the floor, straighten their arms, and walk with their hands.
Walking like a Penguin: Students hold a ball (penguin egg) between their eggs and waddle.
Students should continue to work on writing their name and forming the letters correctly.  If you would like more of the practice sheets that were sent home over break, please just send a note in the folder or an email and we will be sure to send more practice home.  Practice makes progress!

Students worked on PALS and telling me all they know so that we can put it in their notes to moms and dads.  They are making so much progress.  Keep practicing at home!

Important Notes:
  •  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.
  • 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. 
  • Book Order due January 29.  Please click on the link for scholastic at the top of this page.  When you buy books for your child, it helps buy books and supplies for our classrooms.
Next Week:
Theme: Community Helpers

Letter of the Week: J
Snack: Geise Family

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