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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, November 13, 2016

Building Strong, Healthy Bodies!

This week we began our Healthy Bodies unit, focusing mainly on nutrition and the digestive system. Throughout the next couple of weeks, we will be exploring the circulatory system and the skeletal system, along with aspects from the nervous system, the respiratory system, and the muscular system. The kids were very interested in learning about the different 'food teams' this week, and each day at lunch I heard comments like, "I am eating from the protein team!" and "I still have to take bites from the grain team and the fruit team!"

Language Arts:
 We are taking a slight break from literacy stations this week to really give our Healthy Body unit a great deal of focus. Occasionally throughout the year, it's important to put our normal routine on the back burner and fully dive into our thematic unit. This is one of those times! There is so much 'real-world' learning that can take place as we discuss the Healthy Body unit that I love to give it as much time as possible. You will continue to see books come home, as we are making sure to still conduct reading groups. 

We also completed math work stations that relate to our healthy body theme. Many of the games introduced this week introduced the idea of representing data on various graphs/charts. Using spinners, cards and dice the K-Kids worked to show information in different visual ways. In our whole group math partners, we also worked on different addition strategies, looking at more effective ways to use our fingers, use manipulatives, or use self-made pictures to solve equations. 

This week's discussion on the skeletal system and eating healthy led to some great science information. We discussed how our bones are actually alive inside of our bodies! We also learned that a new baby has 300 bones but adults only have 206! We talked about the smallest bones in our body (inside our ear) and the largest bone (our femur). We also began creating our skeletal system for our own life size body replicas, which will be our big project this week!

Our other main science focus this week was nutrition and eating healthy. We talked about the negative impacts of sugar (although it tastes delicious!) and how the healthiest way to eat is by eating the rainbow and including protein, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and grains. We talked about different foods that fit into each category and looked at a 'healthy plate!' 

Social Studies:
We have continued having our class meetings to incorporate The Leader in Me Habits for Happy Kids. We have reached Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. This is a tricky habit, but focuses mainly on listening first to understand before you jump right into the conversation. This habit teaches us to listen with our eyes, ears, and heart allowing us to best comprehend what our parents/friends/teachers/etc. are telling us. This habit encourages us not to interrupt and to instead wait until the other person has finished speaking. We will continue working on this habit this upcoming week!

This week we began our 'How To' unit of writing. The K-Kids have discussed ideas of what we are all 'experts' in and the list stretched from "swimming," "reading," and "writing" to "taking care of pets," "being a good friend," and "acting kind." We have discussed how to talk about the steps your reader will need to best understand how to complete a certain task. I always love reading these stories!


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