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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 8, 2017

Our Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr

Welcome back to school! This week, we began our Martin Luther King Jr. leadership unit in honor of his birthday, which comes up on January 15. The kids have really taken to this concept of being a leader, and I am definitely using the idea of acting like Martin Luther King Jr. on a daily basis! We started our discussion focusing on what it means to be 'fair' and how it makes you feel if someone treats you 'unfairly.' I am always amazed at the class discussions that come out of this unit, and how injustice in our world can make a 5 or 6-year-old think critically. We will use much of the new information we have learned about MLK to create our first biographies next week! 

Language Arts:
This week we started a new round of literacy workstations. Some of these workstations focused on MLK and his legacy, while others helped us interact with various phonemic and phonological awareness skills. We continue to complete a book study every week, and I have seen a great amount of deep comprehension from the K-Kids lately. It's amazing how a few short months can completely change our discussions about books! 

Math:
This week in math we continued our discussion of addition and subtraction, focusing on the differences in the symbols. We also have started working on math equations where part of the equation is missing but we have the answer. For example 8 + ___ = 12. This has been an interesting challenge for the K Kids since it requires such a deep understanding of how numbers work together. We also have been working on coin identification and continue our work with place value. The K-Kids enjoy the extra challenge of playing our 'mystery number' game where one student picks a mystery number and the rest of the K-Kids have to figure out what that number is. 

Writer's Workshop:
We began our information/all about writing unit, by discussing how to think about writing topics that we feel we know a lot about. We discussed that in order for something to be a 'super topic' we need to know 5 things about it. We also brainstormed potential writing topics with writing partners.  I have LOVED watching this group grow as writers. They each have a unique style and Writer's Workshop has definitely become a favorite part of the day. 

Social Studies:
Our Martin Luther King Jr. unit gave us a perfect opportunity to explore many social studies concepts this week. We started with a Brain Pop Jr. video to show much about the life of Martin Luther King and as an added benefit, includes Rosa Parks! We discussed how he became a great leader and how he used nonviolent tactics to fight in a very troubling time. We also discussed how he organized large groups of peoples and talked a great deal about his I Have A Dream Speech. We even watched part of the real speech and the K-Kids were so interested in how there were people of all races in the audience. The kiddos have used Martin Luther King as a fantastic example of leadership this week, something we will continue throughout the year. 

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