We continued our study of Polar Animals this week as well as began PALS.
On Monday, students used their fine motor skills to pull apart 3 cotton balls to cover their polar bear in thick white fur to keep him warm. They also talked about how it is camouflage to the snow and its blubber under its fur would keep it extra warm.
On Wednesday, students went on a scavenger hunt to find various penguins in our room. They then measured how many ice cubes high the penguin was and recorded it on the sheet that they carried on their clip boards. They really enjoyed their activity and had no idea all the great stuff they were learning!
PALS assessments are going really well and students are making a lot of growth. I am very happy to see them learning and having fun as well as being proud of themselves.
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.
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 U with drink Umbrellas. 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, U is for Umbrella.
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: Community Helpers/Transportation & PALS
Letter of the Week: Pp
AM Snack: Conradt
PM Snack: Neubert (Austin)