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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, March 5, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!!

We have had a blast working on our mini Dr. Seuss unit this past week. We read some of the lesser known stories of the 48 books that Theodor Geisel wrote, many of which were new stories for most of our friends! For a Fun Friday Dr Seuss treat, Mrs. Massey made some green eggs and ham for the JK and K kids to try. Almost every single student gave the bright green eggs a big thumbs up, and asked for seconds! Wow!

Language Arts:
Clearly our Author Study of Dr. Seuss lends itself very well to many language arts skills.  We started new literacy stations this week, focusing greatly on Dr. Seuss throughout our different activities. We have begun talking about the basic parts of speech and all of the kiddos enjoyed completing a variety of noun sorts and trying to create their own lists of nouns. We also learned what an adjective is, and how it makes our writing juicier by describing nouns. We read Horton Hatches an Egg, and everyone appreciated that when the egg hatched, an elephant bird appeared. We had a great time creating our own animal hybrids! First, we cut out and decorated eggs, and then we got to crack them. We reattached them using a brad, and hid our secret animal inside. Finally we wrote what sort of animals we hatched, and then our brilliant K kids had to use at least 2 adjectives to describe the animals. Check them out in the hallway!

Math:
We also started new math work stations this week and some of our guided math groups even finished up their first math book! I have been so impressed with the progression of math skills and the depth we have been able to go into each subject. The K-Kids have really been strengthening their number sense, mental math, and I have been pushing them to try and use different strategies (other than their fingers) to solve addition and subtraction problems. When completing math activities at home, try to encourage them to: count on, draw a picture, or use manipulatives!

Writing: 
This week we started our Personal Narrative-Small Moments unit in writer's workshop. We began by discussing how to write stories about moments that happened in real life. We are working on writing personal non-fiction stories and working hard to zoom in and focus on one small moment for each tale (we describe this as slice of pie moments vs the whole pie). We are working on telling the 'who' and 'what' of each story right away. We also learned how to use thought and speech bubbles to enhance our writing!

                                                                 Coming Up Next:
We will be beginning a two week long collaborative Dinosaur unit with the first graders! We are really looking forward to working together, and have many fun activities planned!