PreK Wise Owls

WEEK OF 11/12-11/16

This week, our theme was Thanksgiving. We took this week to discuss all that we are thankful for in our wonderful lives, while also focusing on building math, literacy and even science skills!

On Monday, the students practiced their number recognition, counting, and 1:1 correspondence by making a turkey stew! They followed a recipe and counted out different objects, like legs, eyes, and feathers to crate a stew! The Wise Owls also read an article and watched a video all about being thankful and different things we are thankful for. They then did a comparing activity where they identified which plate had more or less amounts of food.

On Tuesday, the students worked their fine motor skills by completing different cutting challenges! They also practiced understanding different positional words by acting like turkeys on chairs.

On Wednesday, the students made Thanksgiving dinner plates by identifying syllables in different Thanksgiving food words. Depending on how many syllables the word had, each student placed the food on the 1, 2, 3, or 4 syllable plate. The Wise Owls also discussed the different things that they were each thankful for in their lives and then painted the turkey with what they shared on them.

On Thursday, the students shared who they were thankful for in their lives and then wrote them a thank you note. They also participated in an activity where they practiced putting numbers in order using turkeys after reading the story "10 Little Turkeys".

On Friday, the students read an article and watched a video all about turkeys. They then completed a tracing activity after reading. The Wise Owls also practiced writing letters by writing them popcorn kernels!

WEEK OF 11/5-11/9

We cannot believe it is already November! The saying is true: Time flies when you're having fun! And that is exactly what's been happening in the Wise Owl classroom! This week, our theme was all about the Farm, which fits in perfectly with the fall season.

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On Monday, the Wise Owls practiced counting and number recognition by making farm 10 frames. They also practiced story retelling, an important literacy skill. Students listened to the story "Click, Clack, Moo! Cows That Type" that retold their favorite part of the story to a teacher, then drawing a picture of it.

On Tuesday, the students gained knowledge about maps! Students created their own farm map by drawing how to get to the different places on their farm. The Wise Owls also made a class book called "Old McWiseOwls Had A Farm". Each student made a page by picking a different farm animal and then drawing it for the book! The students also had their third Art class of the year with Ms. Petie! In honor of the 2018 Election, we read "Duck for President" at closing circle. We then discussed the importance of voting and making our voices heard! A special shout-out to all those families that voted!

On Wednesday, the students worked on rhyming by matching pictures of farm words that rhymed. The Wise Owls also practiced identifying syllables in farm words by participating in an energizer game. Students did different moves, such as jumping and clapping, to identify the syllables in these words.

On Thursday, the students made shape gardens! By making shape gardens, the Wise Owls traced different shapes on different stems to make a flower. They then were challenged to draw these shapes themselves on different stems. The students also did a science experiment where they made butter! Their hard work tasted even better!

On Friday, the Wise Owls made their own mini book about different animals that live on the farm. These mini books teach us about different parts of a book, how to read from left to right and even helps us identify different letters in different words. The Wise Owls also did some research about different farm animals and recorded different facts that they learned. We then shared our research with the whole class!

WEEK OF 10/29-11/1

The week the Wise Owls have been talking about for weeks finally came: HALLOWEEN! We had a spooktacular week with each other and loved seeing all of our friends in their fabulous costumes!

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On Monday, the Wise Owls used candy corn to help us trace the letters of the alphabet! The students also practiced recognizing syllables in different Halloween words by participating in a "Clap and Build" activity.

On Tuesday, the students practiced writing and tracing numbers by completing a "Write the Room" activity. The Wise Owls walked around the room and traced the numbers that they found on a recording sheet. The students also played a "Monster Race" counting game. This helped the Wise Owls practiced counting and number recognition.

On Wednesday, the students had a BLAST at the Halloween Fest. They played numerous games and won lots of candy, all while looking fantastic in their costumes! What a fun, successful day it was!

On Thursday, the students made Halloween patterns! They also made a "Witches Brew" stew. This helped students with counting out objects and number recognition by following a recipe.

WEEK OF 10/22-10/26

As we continue into our Fall season and quickly approach Halloween, it was a perfect time to focus on a Pumpkin theme! Throughout this week, we did activities that strengthened our math, science, and fine motor skills. A special thanks to all of the Wise Owls for helping Miss Cristina make her Robot costume for Halloween using recyclable materials! She cannot wait to wear it!

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On Monday, the students made pumpkin collages using different orange and patterned paper clippings. The Wise Owls also did a Roll and Cover activity that involved them rolling a dice, counting how many dots they landed on, and dotting the corresponding number on their Spooky Pumpkin sheet!

On Tuesday, the Wise Owls watched a video and read an article that taught us different facts about pumpkins! We learned that pumpkins can be different shapes, sizes and colors, as well as the different parts of the pumpkin. They then completed an activity where they had to observe which pumpkin had more seeds out of a pair! The students also took part in a fine motor activity where they poked holes in a pumpkin template using a toothpick at the carpet!

On Wednesday, the students worked on identifying the different aspects of the life cycle of a pumpkin. They observed that it starts as a seed, then grows into an orange pumpkin. The Wise Owls also made their own "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" after reading the story!

On Thursday, the Wise Owls did a fine motor activity where they had to lace the vine of their pumpkin1 They painted paper plates orange and then used green yarn as the vine to lace with! They also completed a pumpkin investigation where they observed the different part of a pumpkin, measured different aspects of it, and even took a look at what was inside the pumpkin.

On Friday, the students worked on shape identification by created shape pumpkins! This helped the Wise Owls identify how many corners and sides different shapes have! They also planted their own pumpkin seeds and recorded what they think was going to happen to the seeds throughout the next couple of days!

WEEK OF 10/15-10/19

The Wise Owls were so interested in our theme last week, that we continued to learn and focus on reduce, reuse, and recycle this week! We continued to use this theme to focus on language arts, math, and fine motor skills.

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On Monday, the Wise Owls focused on practicing how to identify the amount of syllables in words. We used words related to recycling to practice this. The students also practiced drawing different shapes by tracing Earth's that were in different shapes.

On Tuesday, the students practiced number recognition and counting by completing a Earth ten frames activity. The students identified the number on each Earth then used Q-tips and paint to dot the proper number of boxes that corresponds with the number. The Wise Owls sorted letters based on if they had straight lines, curvy lines, or both!

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls played a matching game where they matched a recycling picture to the letter it started with. This helped us work on identifying letter sounds. They also completed their October writing page, where they practiced writing their name and drawing a picture of themselves.

On Thursday, the students went from classroom to classroom taking polls. Questions for these polls included: do you have a garden, do you recycle, and do you walk to school. We learned that other PreK students are mostly environmentally friendly. The Wise Owls also practiced writing letters with gel!

On Friday, the students used recycled materials to make musical instruments! We also did a counting activity that measured different pictures of plants using seeds! This helped us practice writing numbers and 1:1 correspondence when counting.

WEEK OF 10/9-10/12

During this short week, we learned about the 3 R's to protecting our Earth: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The Wise Owls caught interest in learning different ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in every day life, and how this benefits the Earth that God created.

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On Tuesday, the Wise Owls had their second art class, where they made pumpkins out of modeling clay. In small groups, the Wise Owls sorted letters that were and were not in their name. They also examined 3 different sensory bottles that represented air, land and water pollution. They then recorded how plants, animals and people would feel in these 3 types of polluted environments.

On Wednesday, the students sorted different types of trash, such as plastic, paper, metal, composte, and glass. They also discussed how they can be good Stewards by talking about how they can help our Earth that God created.We also started making our crayon molds. Students used broken crayons to make different shapes using cupcake tins.

On Thursday, the Wise Owls wrote and drew about how they can help the Earth. They also used observed different recyclables using magnifying glasses, a scale and rulers!

On Friday, the students used water pollution bins to learn about how pollution affects our waters and the creatures and plants that live in them. Students used tweezers to try to get all the garbage out, but learned that it's hard to get all of the garbage out once it's in it. We also played Recycle Bingo to learn more vocabulary terms.

A special thanks to all the families who contributed recyclables for our classroom and helping the Wise Owls learn from a hands-on experience!

WEEK OF 10/1-10/5

The first week of October was the perfect time to do a fall theme in the Wise Owl classroom! We engaged in many activities that included language arts, math and fine motor skills!

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On Monday. the Wise Owls practiced their cutting by completing a fall cutting page! They also made their own fall collage using cut-outs of different fall things.

On Tuesday, the students were visited by a Chicago firefighter who taught us about fire safety! The students wrote and drew about their favorite things about Fall. We also practiced counting syllables in different Fall words using a dotter sheet.

On Wednesday, the students practiced identifying even more syllables in words, but instead by participating in a movement game. They also practiced identifying letters on different leafs using a find-and-dot sheet.

On Thursday, the Wise Owls practiced graphing by playing a roll-and-graph game. The students rolled a dice, identified what Fall picture they landed on, a certain amount of Fall materials they needed according to a recipe card, then counted them out in a bowl.

On Friday, the students played a Fall roll and cover game. The students rolled a dice, counted how many dots it landed on, then counted unifix cubes to cover their counting mat. The Wise Owls also practiced sorting by color, shape and size suing leafs.

WEEK OF 9/24-9/28

The Wise Owls got in touch with their inner scientist as they explored our apple theme. Our week was jam packed with science, math, and literacy activities to explore this theme. This week, we also started our school wide Kindness challenge. This week's challenge? Say hi to a teacher by addressing their name!

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On Monday, the Wise Owls used their fine motor and fine art skills as they used apples to stamp paint. They also learned that scientists "examine" different things by completing an apple examination. Our question of the day during morning meeting was, "Do you like apples?" The students also got a visit from two special guest readers: Miss Allison's Mom and Dad from Florida!

On Tuesday, the students learned that scientists make predictions. We predicted how many teddy bear counters, links and blocks it would take to make the same weight as an apple. We used a balance scale to test our predictions and then recorded our data. We also read a My Big World article and watched video about apples. We then completed a color by letter activity where they had to color apples depending on if they were red, green, or yellow.

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls focused on labeling the life cycle of an apple. They learned that it starts as a seed, then grows on a tree! They also used their five senses to describe an apple during a taste test!

On Thursday, the students labeled the parts of an apple, including the core, seeds, stem, leaf, flesh and skin! The Wise Owls also practiced rhyming using apple flash cards.

On Friday, the Wise Owls practiced counting, 1:1 correspondence and number recognition by playing an apple roll and cover game. Student rolled a dice, counted the number of dots, then dotted the number on their recording sheet! They also played a card matching game where they matched the number of apples to the basket with the correct number on it.

WEEK OF 9/17-9/20

We had a colorful week as we focused our theme on colors. During this week, we did many activities centered around colors that covered areas such as math, fine motor, and science.

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On Monday, the students explored colors through water color painting. The Wise Owls also did a science experiment that explored what happens when you mix two of the three primary colors together. We did this through colored water. At morning meeting, our question of the day focused on who was wearing the color red.

On Tuesday, we practiced writing letters using shaving cream! We also played a fun color matching game that worked our gross motor skills. The students ran and matched cones to their corresponding color mat. At morning meeting, our question of the day focused on who was wearing the color green.

On Wednesday, the students practiced making patterns by using colored unifix cubes! They also went on a color hunt where they found objects in the classroom that was a specific color. We then shared our objects that we found at closing circle. At morning meeting, our question of the day focused on who was wearing the color red. At morning meeting, our question of the day focused on who was wearing the color blue.

On Thursday, the Wise Owls practiced number identification, 1 to 1 correspondence, and counting by making color stews! Students identified the number of each color they needed on recipe cards and then counted each number out into their bowls. Students also made color books where they drew an object that was each particular color. At morning meeting, our question of the day focused on who was wearing the color orange.

WEEK OF 9/10-9/14

The Wise Owls are spending these first couple weeks of school getting to know each other more and more. This week, we focused on learning about our families and how each one of us are different from one another, while also finding some similarities among us as well.

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On Monday, students used alphabet magnets to make family themed words using word cards. Students found each letter to make the different words on the cards. Students also practiced story dictation as they drew a picture of their family and told the story about what was happening in the picture. During morning meeting, we observed who did and did not have a pet in their family.

On Tuesday, we read our first story of the Bible: The Creation Story. We then did a sequencing activity where we put in numerical order what God created on each day. The students also focused on themselves as they wrote and drew about something that they think they are good at. During morning meeting, we discussed as a class different types of homes families can live in. We then wrote our ideas down on a chart. We also we had our first art class with Ms. Petie where we created shape dinosaurs!

On Wednesday, the students practiced their number identification and counting as they played a game where they had to match the number of family members to the correct number located on each house. The students also drew a family portrait of their own family. During morning meeting, we discussed as a class different members that can be in a family. We then wrote our ideas down on a chart.

On Thursday, we had a fun-packed morning with meeting our 4th grade Faith Partners for the first time. We started by going to a prayer service at the church and then returning to our classroom where we were able to play with our Faith Partners in order to get to know them better. The Wise Owls practiced writing with their September writing page, where they practiced writing their names and drawing a picture of themselves. The students also created their own "Wise Owl, Wise Owl, What Do You See?" class book, which they each made a page for. During morning meeting, we discussed as a class different activities families can do together.

On Friday, the Wise Owls made their own family books, which included details about their families such as things they like to eat and places they like to go. They also created their own murals in small groups using paint. During morning meeting, we observed who in our class was the oldest, middle and youngest child in each of their families.

WEEK OF 9/4-9/7

It was a short, yet fun week in the Wise Owl classroom as we explored our "All About Me" theme! The Wise Owls enjoyed learned fun facts about everyone in order to get to know each other better.

On Tuesday, the students worked their fine motor skills as they used Play-Do to make their own facial features on play mats! They also expressed their emotions and drew about how they were feeling on this particular day. They helped us learn that everyone can feel different emotions from one another. During morning meeting, we took a vote about which ice cream flavor was everyone's favorite. Chocolate won with 12 votes!

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls created a fun "Guess Who" game where they stated 3 facts about themselves. The students then guess who each mystery person is at closing circle. The students also completed an "All About Me" page that states many facts about them. During morning meeting, the students shared their favorite color!

On Thursday, we were visited by Dr. M, who taught us how to be kind to one another and how to better workout our differences when we have them! We later talked about what we learned during morning meeting. The students also had a blast doing a science experiment by making slime!

On Friday, the students used a variety of materials to make a body collage. They also used 1 to 1 correspondence to measure how big their feet were using unifix cubes!

WEEK OF 8/27-8/31

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Wise Owl Blog! We are so excited to share all of the fun activities we do and all the exciting things we are learning about here!

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On Monday, the Wise Owls dove into a number recognition and counting activity called "Back to School Stew". The students identified and counted the number of each ingredient they needed to add to their "stew" according to a recipe card. The Wise Owls also participated in a watercolor painting activity where they had to paint over a secret message to see what it said (Hint: the secret message was their name!). During morning meeting, we observed who has the letter "A" in their name.

On Tuesday, the students practiced writing different letters in their name using gel bags! They also identified the first letter of their name and then decorated it using tissue paper. This helped us practice using the proper amount of glue. During morning meeting, we observed who has the letter "E" in their name. We also had a great time at our first Spanish class with Miss Parker!

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls completed name puzzles! They also practiced writing their name using Playdough! During morning meeting, we observed who has the letter "I" in your name. We had a blast at our first gym class with Miss KIm!

On Thursday, the students watched a video, read an article and completed a coloring activity that focused on coming back to school! They also worked their fine motor skills by using q-tips to write their names with paint. During morning meeting, the students observed who had the letter "O" in their name.

On Friday, the Wise Owls ended the week by practicing writing their name using dot markers! They also practiced recognizing the letters in their names by making beaded bracelets with our names. During morning meeting, we focused on the letter "U" and identified who did and did not have that letter in their name.