Miss Referente's Class Newsletter
Week of January 30 - February 3
This week we focused on geometry. Our wonderful word of the week was geometric. Geometric pertains to the word geometry, meaning the study of the size, shape and position of 2 dimensional shapes and 3 dimensional figures. However, geometry is used daily by almost everyone. In geometry, one explores spatial sense and geometric reasoning. Geometry is found everywhere: in art, architecture, engineering, robotics, land surveys, astronomy, sculptures, space, nature, sports, machines, cars and much more.
We used ‘angle-legs’, which are connecting pieces in different lengths that are used to make various shapes. Friends made various shapes with their angle-legs and compared the shapes size by the size of the ‘angle-legs’ they used. This created a great visual of how many sides a triangle has and how they can have different size sides. This also showed friends that when we make rectangles, two sides are short and two sides are long; and squares have all the same size sides. We also talked about why we could not make a circle and that a circle is a shape that has not corners or sides.
We also worked on oral language and imagination. We read a ‘word-less book’ about a button. Wordless books promote oral language by developing story-telling skills. Wordless picture books are told entirely through their illustrations — they are books without words, or sometimes just a few words. Sharing wordless books with friends provides an opportunity for literacy-rich conversations. Each "reader" listens and speaks, and creates their own story in their own words. Sharing wordless books also reinforces the idea that, in many books, the story and the pictures are connected. Friends helped tell the Button Story, then they were given a picture their own button and scenery and were told to use their own imagination and tell their own story. Some friends were able to tell a story. Some friends described where they put the button. Some friends recalled the button story we read as a class.
We looked at positional words and worked with shapes to follow directions and create pictures with shapes. Friends followed directions on where to put their shapes. For example, they could put the triangle ‘on top’ of the square. Not only does this work on spatial awareness, but also on recognizing shapes. Geometric modeling and spatial reasoning offer ways to interpret and describe physical environments and can be important tools in problem solving. Geometric ideas are useful in representing and solving problems in other areas of mathematics and in real-world situations. Geometric representations can help students make sense of spatial awareness and connect ideas in other areas of math. Spatial reasoning is helpful in using maps, planning routes, designing floor plans, and creating art. Students can learn to see the structure and symmetry around them.
We went to the counselor this week. We learned about being kind to others.
Finally, we constructed shapes with grapes and toothpicks! Friends connected the grapes with their toothpicks to form different shapes. We looked at how many grapes it took to make each shape! It was a healthy snack to eat afterwards!
Books we Read…
The Button Story a wordless book by Frogstreet Press
Muncha Muncha Muncha By Candace Fleming and G. Briand Karas
Building a House By Byron Barton
Word of the Week: Geometric - relating to shapes.
Next Week’s Word of the Week: Machinery - relating to machines. Construct – to build.
Letters of the Week: Rr, Tt, Ii
Ideas for Home
-Read, Read, Read!
- Prepare a shape meal. Cut the foods into circles, squares, triangles, or rectangles. Discuss the shapes and enjoy eating them.
- Paint with water. Choose a paint- brush, and fill a small bucket or can with water. Dip the brush in the water and paint walls, trees, fences, gates, mailboxes, and lawn furniture.
Dates to Remember: (also check your Beaty Gazette for more info)
February 14 – Valentine’s Party (please send $3)
AM Class - 9:55-10:40am
PM Class – 2:10-2:55pm
February 20 – NO Class
As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email or call me!
Friends are enjoying our Construction Pretend, hammering and building away!
We have a construction site sensory table! Friends are enjoying colored rocks, dirt, and trucks!
We constructed shapes out of grapes and toothpicks!
Giving tree (items you can voluntarily donate for our class)
-empty boxes, empty toilet/paper towel rolls
-valentine scrapbook paper
-strawberries for next week's cooking (please email me if you are sending this)
-bananas for next week's cooking (please email me if you are sending this)
-1 gallon milk (please email me if you are sending this)