Mrs. Franklin's Fabulous Firsties
October 10, 2015
What We've Been Up To!
Phonics - We've learned all about l blends (words such as cliff, flip, and black) and working with words with the short /o/ sound as in flop and hot. Students are really doing a nice job with segmenting the sounds within a given word. For instance, if I say "clap" students will say, "/c/, /l/, /a/, /p/". This skill helps them to spell words. Next week we focus on r and s blends.
Reading - We continue to focus in on what makes a good story. Our focus is on identifying and describing the characters and setting of a story and on describing the most important events from the beginning, middle and end of the story. We've read Country Mouse and City Mouse, The Three Little Pigs (with a slightly different ending), and The Three Little Dassies (by Jan Brett). The Three Little Dassies is similar to the Three Little Pigs story. Ask your child about how they are the same and how they are different. Take a look at the link below from Jan Brett on the background for the story and how to draw a dassie.
Students have begun to use transition words such as first, next, then and finally. Continue to practice this at home when reading books with your child.
Writing - We identified complete and incomplete sentences, determined which punctuation mark to use at the end of each sentence and how to write words in alphabetical order. In addition, we began working on our first Writing Workshop piece - a narrative. Ask your child what his/her story is going to be about!
Science - We began our first science unit called "I Am A Scientist: Eco-Explorers". In this unit, we will talk about living and non-living things, plants and animals, and how animals use special body features to help them get their food. This week we will examine meal worms!! At the end of the unit, students will create their own model of an animal and will label the parts it uses to get food.
Cammie uses a hand lens to look closely at the leaves.
Jackson and Allie work together and look closely at the tree. They ask questions about what is on the tree.
Sasha looks closely so that she can record what she sees on her chart.
Aiden's creation! It spins!
Becca and Lexi match!
We listened to the True Story of the Three Little Pigs while waiting to get our pictures on Wednesday.