Happy February! Although this month will be our shortest of the year, we have many exciting things happening in Room 407! This Thursday, we will celebrate our 100th Day of School! Your child is encouraged to bring in 100 items in a bag to count in class by 10's, 5's, 2's and 1's. In addition, we will complete activities in class that support counting to 100!
We will be finishing up our Authors As Mentors Writer's Workshop theme of Mo Willems. The children have enjoyed reading the Pigeon books, Elephant and Piggie, and Knuffle Bunny. Each child has grown as a writer and I think they have worked hard on their own books. Our class books Don't Let Pigeon Drive Anything! and If Pigeon Could Drive the Bus will be coming home for each child to share our ideas and creativity.
The class love to hear what your comments are about our work!
During the Month of February, we will begin writing How To's in Writer's Workshop. We begin discussing steps of writing and how important it is for a writer to be thorough as not to leave anything out. Some examples of a How To include: How to build a snowman, How to make a ice cream sundae, How to train your dog, How to make a paper airplane etc.
In addition, we will be reading about Fairy Tales and Folktales this month. If your child would like to bring in his/her favorite Fairy Tale or Folktale, please send it into school with him/her to share with the class. We will discuss the characters in the stories and deepen our thoughts of the parts of each story during our Interactive Read Alouds. During this time, students are encouraged to discuss their opinions, questions, thoughts of the story we are reading. This discussion is important for children to gain confidence in their comprehension of a story and it gives them the opportunity to listen to other classmates' ideas.
We will also be celebrating Valentine's Day on Friday, February 14th with our completed Valentine Mailboxes and individual valentines for each classmate. The children love walking around the room delivering their valentines to their friends! Please remember to glue/tape your child's photo with their number on his/her mailbox near the slot to assist in delivery of valentines to correct recipients.
Please remember to check the other tabs above to see what else we are doing in our classroom at this point for ELA, Math, etc.!
Thank you to all whom have sent in headphones and ear buds for the computers thus far. We are using some motivational learning sites for math, phonics and reading. The headphones/ear buds help the children concentrate on their own laptops when the volume is on. If you have not had the opportunity to send some in with your child, the Dollar Store sells them for $1.
2/5/2014 - Early Release Day ~ No Lunch provided ~ Dismissal @ 12:00pm for all students
2/14/2014 - Valentine's Day
2/15/2014- 2/23/2014 - February Vacation Break
2/24/2014- Classes resume