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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
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Just Keep Swimming!

It was a great second week learning about the ocean! We had so much fun exploring the Shedd Aquarium, and creating the creative and informative Chatterpix! The kids have really been enjoying researching and learning about various sea animals. We will be working on an ocean mural this week as our culminating project. You may want to dress your kiddos in old clothes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday while we complete these murals dedicated to the ocean and it's vast plants and animals.

Language Arts: 
We have continued our literacy work stations this week, continuing to focus on more complex reading and writing skills/strategies. We continue to talk about magic e's at the end of words and discuss what happens when two vowels go walking. We have also practiced with our 'h brother digraphs,' looking at ch, th, ph, sh, and wh. We also completed a shark and whale venn diagram activity, comparing and contrasting facts about two of our favorite sea animals. Of course, we also spent time working on our Chatterpix projects, in which the students had to research and write down three facts about their chosen ocean animal, and then practice reading those facts fluently so that I could record them. They were very motivated! We screened everyone's "movies" in class, and the kids were so amused with each others' creations, and beaming with pride over their own work!

This week in math we have continued our discussion of even and odd numbers. We also continue to discuss addition and subtraction using our 'counting on' and 'counting back' strategies. You can help your kiddos practice this at home! Remind them to 'put the higher number in your brain!' and keep on counting either forwards or backwards. In our math work stations, the K-Kids continue practicing addition and subtraction skills, number sense work, and different representations of these items. By the time these kids enter first grade it is my goal that they will not only know how to solve a problem but will be able to explain WHY they chose to solve it in a certain way. 

Writer's Workshop:
This week we continued our Informational writing unit. The students have been making great strides in both their writing organization as well as the content. They love to come up with new topics that they consider themselves to be experts in!

This week in science we continued our discussion of a variety of ocean animals and how they interact with one another in the ocean.We discussed the sunlit zone, the twilight zone, and the midnight zone. In the sunlit (sometimes called sunlight) zone, you will find most of the ocean's plants and animals, even though it is the smallest zone. Some of the bigger animals we discussed, like whales and sharks, travel between the sunlit zone and the twilight zone, and once you travel the large midnight zone you will find very few plants and animals. Next week we are going to study the midnight zone in greater depth, which they are very excited about! We will learn all about bioluminescent animals that light up to attract prey and scare off predators.

Coming Up Next:
After we finish up our Ocean unit in the middle of this week, we will begin to prepare for the 100th Day of school, which will fall on Friday, Feb. 10!


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