We Have Been Working On...

This week Ms. Ellwood took over Morning Meeting with the little ones as she begins to build relationships with the class! She has also taken over transitions in and out of the classroom. Next week she will take over the Unit 8 Geometry Math curriculum as well as instruct the Habitat Project the students will begin working on to get ready for our field trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

During our literacy and writing time, we have begun creating our own Mo Willems inspired stories. We have been working on drafting and editing our work to prepare for the publishing stages of our books as authors and illustrators. The children have been working hard on using the five different craft's Mo Willems uses in his stories (that we have discussed) and applying them to their own pieces of writing. Once we have published our stories, they will have the opportunity to read it with their book buddies in May. I will also hang them in the hallway for all to enjoy! I cannot wait to have them complete their stories! They have been so creative and so inspired by Mo Willems!

During our math time, we have taken some time to review Unit 7 content as we prepared for our unit test. We have worked in Daily 5 Math and continued building our math stamina in small groups. Next week, we will begin Unit 8 Geometry with Ms. Ellwood.

In the afternoon, have begun working on the beginning stages of our habitat projects as we prepare for our field trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo on May 2nd. We discussed the meaning of the word "habitat" as we used different internet resources to define the word. We used sticky notes to document our background knowledge, or schema, about the six different habitats we will be studying: the Arctic, Forest, Ocean, Rainforest, Savanna and Desert. We discussed how our knowledge can change throughout our research process as we gather new knowledge. We also looked at nonfiction text features to prepare for the research we will be doing next week. We defined and looked for examples in different nonfiction books. We looked at the following nonfiction text features: bold print, captions, labels, charts and graphs, table of contents, index, glossary and headings. Ask your little one to find these text features in nonfiction books as you read at home! Next week, Ms. Ellwood will continue this research project as she helps guide the children to find information about these habitats. The children will be divided into habitat groups so that they will become experts in that area! They are really looking forward to this project! :)

On Friday, we got a chance to glaze our clay heart pots we created before Spring Break. We also read a story called "Why Should I Recycle" and wrote about reasons why we should recycle.

• What are the habitats you will be studying? What do you already know about these habitats?
• What are you looking forward to the most with the habitat project?
• What is the title of your Mo Willems inspired book?
• Get a deck of cards, take out the cards with numbers and play Salute!
• Get on Xtra Math and Smarty Ants!
• Practice adding two digit numbers using a number grid.
• Practice simple addition facts between 1-10.

Week of April 23rd - 27th

Thematic Unit: Habitats Project

Writing

• Writers Workshop Routines
• Drafting Mo Willems Inspired Books
• Publishing Mo Willems Inspired Books

Literacy

• Phonics: Vowel Digraphs -oo, -ew, -ue, -ui, -ou, -u_e, -u
• Schema, Text Evidence & Inference
Math
• Unit 8: Geometry
• Polygons
• Halves
• Fourths

Extracurricular

• Monday: Chinese with Mrs. Wu
• Wednesday: Library with Mrs. Hutcherson

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