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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, January 15, 2017

Leaders Are Everywhere!

This week, we had a fantastic time finishing up our Martin Luther King Jr. unit. We continue to emphasize being a leader (even when it's not the easiest choice) and I overheard many of the K-Kids reminding each other to "act like Martin Luther King Jr." Transitions became easier and the kids were very focused on "following directions quickly."

Language Arts:
We worked to finish up our language arts centers this week, and the kiddos worked quite hard to ensure that their Martin Luther King activities were finished. We also wrote our own MLK biographies this week. We discussed what a biography is and how to write a story about someone else's life. The biographies were then written to focus on 'early life,' 'family,' 'education,' and 'life's work.' The kids absolutely blew us away! Their interpretation of all of our discussions was so apparent and I was so proud to see this K-level research project take shape. I'm certain that they will be very eager to share with you all of the knowledge they have gained about Martin Luther King Jr's inspirational life.

This week we also finished up our math stations, focusing greatly on addition and subtraction. With all of the K-Kids, we are working on automaticity and number sense. I have been very impressed to see the progress thus far, and addition and subtraction skills have become quite fluent. We also began sending home the Estimation Jar this week. The kids absolutely love looking at the jar and trying to estimate the number of items inside. It is a real challenge for the student who brought the jar in to write down his or her friends' guesses on the board without telling them whether their number is close or not, but they have all done an admirable job at keeping a straight face! Be on the lookout for the Estimation Jar to come home with your child soon, if it hasn't yet!

Social Studies: 

As I stated before, we have thoroughly discussed leadership throughout this Martin Luther King Jr. unit. We did a great deal of role playing this week to figure out how a leader would handle each situation. I knew that the lessons were making an impact as I heard many of The Leader in Me concepts come forth this week during free choice and transition times! 

This week we discussed various text features, and how to incorporate them into our All About writing. We learned the purposes of labeling, captioning, table of contents, close-ups and cut-away illustrations, and maps. The students were challenged to use one or several of these features in their writing, and they did a terrific job! We will continue to utilize these in our future writing. 


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