Down on the Farm (day 1 and 2)
We started our theme by reading Mrs. Wishy-Washy! Who doesn’t love that book??!! Day 1, we took a picture walk through the story and then I read it out loud. Day 2, I re-read the story and then we echo read it. We also started a new predictable chart called, A Scarecrow…”. I’ll take photos of it when it is done tomorrow. We got a late start on it, and so we’re a day off schedule. I will combine touch reading sentences and cut up sentences into Thursday to get it all in this week. We made scarecrows (I’ll post pictures tomorrow and the “tracers’ for that). They are SOOO cute! I just love to see the expressions the children draw on their faces! Today we made a pattern block scarecrow and instead of gluing on the shapes, we colored them in instead–a little fine motor practice during math time! We will complete a graph to go along with it, showing them another way to collect data! We will also glue some crows on to the arms of the scarecrows and make math sentences with them. (2 crows on the left arm + 3 crows on the right arm= 5 crows). We will write the math sentence on the scarecrows shirt.
We also started our composting bin. Monday, we added dirt and water to moisten the soil. Today, we took a leaf walk, noted the trees color and then picked up what leaves we could find and added a layer of them in the composting bin. Tomorrow we will add coffee grinds (??) and crushed up egg shells. I’ve been saving them forever! We will also start our “Nature’s Recyclers” journal (found on the Inquiry Science tab) to tell about our process. At this point, we will talk about what we want to write and then will write it together and then copy it into our journals. I want them to get the process more than the writing at this time in the year, so I will help them along with that. Later in the year, I will ask them to write from their minds, but we need to work on collecting ideas! 🙂 I’m sure that’s the same across Kindergarten! 🙂
Once I finally get done assessing all my children for report cards, I will switch the Work with the Teacher Station to actually working with me! I will be using the My Sidewalks RTI kit that we purchased with our reading series (Scott-Foresman, I think!, we just get texts to supplement what we do, not exclusively use them). For my upper/middle level students, we will focus on higher order literacy tasks and writing mini lessons throughout the year.
See you tomorrow!