On Monday, we discussed the adaptation of camouflage, and why it is important. We related it to the moms, dads, brothers, and sisters that hunt. They dont want the deer to see them and the polar animals don't want to be seen when they are hunted or be seen to be eaten. We have been talking about this as "the science word that means they match where they are." They are doing great with this large vocabulary word! We also did a sort of animals that would be camouflage with the snow and would NOT be camouflage. They really seem to be getting it!
On Wednesday, we discussed blubber and how it is a lot of fat under the skin to keep them warm. Animals can't wear coats so they have all this fat. We then did a blubber experiment. First we made predictions, then we tested, and then we recorded our results. A LOT of science going on this week!
|Students work on the pocket chart game of matching the baby animals to the moms. They are learning new vocabulary, matching, looking at details, and team work.|
|Students play the new pocket chart game, |
matching capital to lower case
letters on mittens. The mittens must
be the same color to help self check.
|Students do a polar bear roll the dice game,|
students roll the dice, count the dots, and put an
X in the corresponding column.
|Students are listening to a variety of|
books on CD from Scholastic. Students
find their headphones, plug them in, pick a
book, put the CD in, push play (green button),
and listen to the story.
|Students in discovery center decided to|
start sorting the toys by color all on their
own. They are noticing differences, grouping,
and using toys correctly!
|Students are playing with the farm in the block center.|
Students are using the centers correctly which helps them
play independently (especially great during PALS assessments)
and cooperative play with friends. This is so great to see!
Please be sending boots and snow pants now that snow has fallen (yay!). Send them even if there is no snow for warmth! The image is the order we do our snow clothes if it helps you at home. We HIGHLY encourage them to do it completely independently, with only a little help here and there with tying boots, second mittens, etc.
The letter of the week was Mm. We learned the sign language for a letter, the literacy link sound symbols, the letter sound, and looking at and writing it in both capital letters and lower case letters. Click here to view the many ways we learn the letter of the week!
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 M with Mini Marshmallows. Students are getting good at making predictions of what they think they will be decorating with based on words that start with that sound. On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, M is for Monkey.
Students also do a maze of the letter helping get from one object to another starting with that letter, find and color all of the letter, color a page of something that starts with that letter, and make a crown at the end of the week to be the Kings and Queens of the letter!
We also do a handwriting sheet. This is important because writing the letters correctly helps with efficiency as well as learning cursive down the line. We ALWAYS START AT THE TOP. Please encourage students to write the letter correctly! This came home on the blue sheets from break.
Theme: Polar Animals (week 2) & PALS
Letter of the Week: Uu
AM Snack: Gonnering
PM Snack: Pollack