Thinking About Characters
Can you name a favorite book character? Can you tell something about that character? Readers think about characters to help them understand the story and make predictions. We met a fun new character named Petunia in the story A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid. We talked about what we learned about Petunia from this story. Then we read another story about her. We were curious to see if what we learned from the first story about Petunia might also be true in the next story, Petunia Goes Wild, and it was! We hope Paul Schmid writes more stories about Petunia!
We have been doing a lot of work composing and decomposing numbers from 0 to 5. This foundational understanding is very important to the children as they problem solve and it also supports them in learning basic addition and subtraction facts. We want the kids to be able to tell the parts that make up a number (5 can be 2 and 3, or 1 and 4 or...). Through exploring the many ways we could compose and decompose numbers from 0-5 we discovered that when finding all the ways to make a number it will always have one more way then the number you are trying to find. For example, there are 6 ways to make 5 and 5 ways to make 4.
Reading Poems and Books
We have added many new poems and books to our reading binder over the past several weeks. We are locating our "popcorn/snap" words in all that we read. Reconstructing poems and books on the pocket chart is another way that we read in our classroom. This calls the kids to really look closely at the text as they reassemble familiar books and poems. We are making sure that we point under the words as we read. Pointing under the first letter is helpful because it ensures our eyes are right where they need to be when solving tricky parts of a text.
There Was An Old Lady...
Last week your child will bring home a paper Old Lady (see picture) to enjoy sharing with you at home. We read and sang the books, "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" and "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie." After reading both books the students colored and cut out the foods and animals the Old Lady ate. They then put them in the stomach of the Old Lady that they colored. Over the last week or so they have been spending time practicing retelling and singing the song with friends. The Old Lady is for your child to keep at home to enjoy retelling and singing this classic tale.
Salute to America
It was so nice to see so many of you at the Salute to America program. Thank you to everyone who provided refreshments for after the show. We appreciate your help. If you were unable to catch the show, you can see it here! Enjoy!