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Popcorn Words

Please read these weekly Popcorn Words with your K-Kid each night!

*I *it *run *help *away
*a *in *jump *down
*is *we *one
*am *big *two
*to *for *make
*the *this *get
*go *red *play
*me *like *find
*see *my *funny
*and *come *look
*can *up *blue
*you *not *yellow
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cephalothorax, Abdomen, Exoskeleton OH MY!

What an excellent week we had continuing our spider unit. The K-Kids have loved talking about spiders so much that I have decided to continue this unit for one more week. We still have so many questions about trap-door spiders, balloonists, and spiders' predators. 

Language Arts: This week we started to wrap up our spider literacy work stations. One of our favorites remains the writing station, where we are challenged to write stories, lists, or label pictures each week. As time goes on, I will continue pushing students to watch those tall vs. short letters, letter-word spacing, and proper punctuation. We continue working on initial, middle, and final sounds in one of our literacy work stations, challenging ourselves to make a guess at the sounds we hear before checking our work. Each week the K-Kids' skills get stronger and stronger. Also, we continue working in our listening station, where students listen to a story (while following along in the book) and complete various activities to show comprehension.

Math: We have also continued our spider math centers this week. I have been challenging the kids to look at the patterning they will notice in numbers. For example, as we count by 5's during calendar time to note the number of days we have been in school, I point out the way the numbers end in 5 or 0 in an AB pattern. I encourage you to talk about these patterns with your kids as they are counting items, sorting items, or playing at home. Children are always looking to make sense of their world and one way they do this is by making patterns and sorting (often subconsciously!).

Science: This week we continued our study of spiders, which lends itself nice to some natural science lessons. We explored various types of spider hunters. Did you know that some spiders don't even use their webs to make food?! Learning about different kinds of hunting spiders really intrigued the K-Kids. Also, we loved learning about the way spiders molt their skin to reveal a new exoskeleton. 

Writing: We continue to work during Writer's Workshop every day in the classroom. The kids have been working hard to write their extremely creative stories using different ideas we discuss during the mini-lesson each day. This week we discussed many things. First, we looked at what to do when we re-read our pages and notice we have missed a word. We discussed how to use a caret to add in missing words and we also began focusing on 'planning out' our writing before we just get started. Lastly, we talked about drawing our pictures from different perspectives and making our stories come alive for all who read them.


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