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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, May 21, 2017

Salutations From the Farm!

Science: 
The students are really into our farm unit! They get excited to fill out their farm journals, where we investigate questions, take surveys, complete chit-chat messages, and answer true/false questions (the overwhelming favorite activity!) This week we discovered that a rooster will boldly attack any animal or person that he thinks is messing with his flock of hens. They asked so many follow up questions after learning this little factoid, and we spent several minutes making hypothesis about whether roosters would scare away various animals, such as bears, dogs, humans, wolves, and even sharks. Of course, we had to watch a little video of a rooster attacking a human who got too close to the other chickens. It was a big hit! The K kids were equally fascinated with the idea of herding dogs when we learned about sheep. I love how they become swept away with little nuggets of information, and suddenly the original discussion I had been planning is tossed aside, and we have an impromptu deep dive into a much different topic! They have such scientific minds!!
Language Arts:
We kicked literacy stations into high gear this week, focusing on end of the year reading and writing activities while using farm manipulatives. Most of the materials we are using now are really gearing us up for first grade and we are getting more and more excited since we went to the first grade classroom this week to speak to a panel of first grade experts- the first graders themselves! Our K kids asked a lot of questions, and the first graders provided a lot of answers for them!

Math:
Along with literacy work stations, we've also kicked our math work stations into full gear. We have really dialed up our math skills as well, working a great deal with number sense, and competency in all math areas that will serve as a strong base while we move forward. We focused this week on number bonds and part-part-whole story problems. It's been pretty easy for us to solve an equation like, 5+3=__, but it's much harder to solve __+3=8. I am encouraging the kids to look at these number bonds to help them create fact families, as well. For example, from the number bond relationship between 8, 5, and 3, you can create four equations! 5+3=8, 3+5=8, 8-5=3 and 8-3=5. I have loved watching the K-Kids come up to those A-ha! moments with this concept.

                                                                 Writer's Workshop:
This week we continued our Fiction Writing Unit using a story planner to better lay out our stories. We were able to identify our character, setting, problem, solution, and 3 different events (or details) to add to our stories. I also continued to encourage the K-Kids to stretch their writing to 'fill the page.' I am so impressed with how far the K Kids writing has come this year and I cannot wait for you to see the whole year of writing at the end of the year!

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