Ms. Solmson's Weekly Newsletter
December 7th - December 11th
We loved continuing our study of Hanukkah this week! It was so fun reading The Runaway Dreidel on Monday. We decided that since the dreidel went on such a silly trip in the story, we wanted to make our own journey for a dreidel. We felt that it would be a good idea to tell where our dreidel went, what they did there, and how they felt. One of our friends wrote that his dreidel went to Chick-fil-A, he got an ice cream cone and afterwards he felt sleepy! We also read the Runaway Latke. This was the perfect opportunity to compare it to The Runaway Dreidel. Later in the week we read There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Dreidel and The Magic Dreidels. We had a lot of fun creating our beautiful Sun Glow Dreidels. They are bringing so much colorful sunshine into our classroom while hanging in our windows.
This week we met "Bossy e." We learned that bossy e is a bit rude and when he sits at the end of a word, he makes the vowel say it's name. We also had so much fun working with a friend and searching for "r" blends in Fran Goes to the Prom and we couldn't believe how many sight words we found in the book.
This week in Math we explored graphs. We learned the important word, data, and that before you begin making a graph and collecting data you always have to ask a question. On Monday our question was, “What is your favorite piece of equipment on the playground?” and once we collected our data we were able to figure out that the spider web was the class favorite. We also asked, “What is your favorite weekday?” Sunday was the most popular day in our class. We ended our week in Math with the question, “Do you like latkes?” This was extra fun because we each got to keep track on our own paper. It was clear that many friends in our class were latke lovers!
Writers Workshop was very exciting this week. We discussed that sometimes writers write to teach their readers. So, we began writing "how to” stories. We learned that there are important key words to utilize such as first, next, then, and last. On Monday, as a class we came up with the steps on how to make an almond butter sandwich. As our second lesson we each made our own pudding dirt cups and wrote out a how to. The students loved writing these and had so much fun wondering if an alien from a foreign planet could follow their steps!
The highlight of our week was definitely our Hanukkah party! We had so much fun performing our Hebrew songs and enjoying the yummy treats and exciting games. Morah Rivka did a great job helping prepare us. We would also like to say a special “thank you” to our room mothers, Heather Rifkin and Lisa Fuerst, who were a huge help organizing all the important details to make the day so special. Thank you to everyone who brought something. We could not have done it without you.
Thank you to the Rifkins for being our Family of the Week and to Jonathan Block for being our Mystery Reader. Thank you Stacy Brown and Daniel Garton for helping out during centers.
-December 17: Winter Concert at Dunwoody Springs
-December 18: Half Day
-December 21-January 1: Winter Break
-January 18: MLK Day No School