Peek at the Week
Week of September 2nd: Students will be familarized with daily routines, tour the school and learn about their classmates.
ELA: Students will participate in a shared reading poem called The Broken Shell and will discuss being kind to themselves as well as others. They will finish the lesson by picking a shell to paint/decorate.
Math: Students will pratice number sense by playing various games with their peers.
Week of September 9th:
ELA: Students will participate in a shared read aloud with the book Chrysanthemum. Students will discuss story elements such as character and setting. Students will also begin to learn how a character drives the story by asking and answering questions with a partner. Students will read the poem titled Happy to Be Me and point out rhyming words as well as known sight words.
Math: (K) - Students are learning about colors and 2d shapes in their environment. Students will also practice sorting. (1st) - Students are demonstrating how to match and compare numbers to 10 as well as find 1 more/1 less than a number. (2nd) - Students are reviewing fact families as well as comparing numbers to 120.
Week of September 16th:
ELA: Students will be participating in a shared read aloud with the book Rainbow Fish. Students will turn and talk to a partner about problem and solution. Students will also discuss character traits of a friend. Students will read the poem Three Fishes and listen for rhyming words and point out the uppercase letters in the poem. (ex:Title, why is it look different) Students will brainstorm and write about a good deed they have done for a friend.
Math: (K) - Students will count, read, and write numbers 1 & 2, will understand the concept of zero, and learn to order numbers in both increasing and decreasing order. (1st) - Students will recognize and count numbers to 10. Students will also demonstrate how to count, match and compare numbers to 10, sequence numbers to 10 as well as count backwards from 10. (2nd) - Students are discussing odd verses even, finding the missing number in a pattern, and demonstrating knowledge of 1 more/1 less,10 more/10 less.
Week of September 23rd:
ELA: Students will be participating in a shared read aloud with the book Caps for Sale. Students will turn and talk to a partner about problem solving and having the power of yet to succeed. Students will read aloud the poem The Power of Yet and discuss traits such as grit and perserverance while looking for rhyming words. Students will brainstorm and write/draw about a time when they had to problem solve a situation.
Math: (K) - Students will count, read, and write numbers to 5 and learn to order numbers in both increasing and decreasing order. (1st) - Students will compare objects using 1 to 1 correspondence using the terms greater than/less than. Students will also demonstrate how two sets are equal. Students will also find 1 more/1 less than a number. (2nd) - Students are solving single digit addition and subtraction, counting backwards from 100, and skip counting by 10,5, and 2.
Harrison Pep Rally is on Friday! Students will learn about flexible thinking and participate in Harrison's Happy Feet program.
Week of September 30th:
ELA: Students will be participating in a shared read aloud with the book From Seed to Pumpkin. Students will learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin and discuss the stages of growth with a partner. Students will read aloud the poem The Five Little Pumpkins and discuss how to create speech bubbles in their writing.
Math: (K) - Students will count, read, and write numbers to 8 and learn to order numbers in both increasing and decreasing order. (1st) - Students will continue to work on finding 1 more/1 less than a number as begin to learn about number bonds for addition (2nd) - Students are continuing to practice solving single digit addition and subtraction as well as reading/solving 2 step word problems.
Students will be participating in Hero Groups on Friday to discuss World Smile Day and understand the importance of being kind to ourselves and others.
Week of October 7th:
ELA: Due to the short week last week students will continue in a shared read aloud with the book From Seed to Pumpkin. Students will demonstrate their knowledge about the life cycle of a pumpkin by creating their own stages and retelling to a partner. Students will read aloud the poem Pumpkin Pumpkin On a Vine and create personal connections to the poem by brainstorming about their own experiences at a pumpkin patch.
Math: (K) - Students will count, read, and write numbers to 10. (1st) - Students will begin working with number bonds to show addition (2nd) - Students are using mental math to learn doubles (5+5) and near doubles (5+6) facts.
It is Fire Prevention week! The Livingston Fire Department will be visiting on Friday to talk to the students about fire safety.
Week of October 14th:
ELA: Students will participate in a shared read aloud with the book Thundercake by Patricia Polacco. Students will discuss the sequence of events using ordinal numbers. Students will also learn about onomatopoeia and draw a picture to match their word. In addition, students will learn about thunder and lightening storms. During writing, students will share about something they are afraid of and how they can overcome their fear. Students will read aloud the poem Leaves and discuss rhyming words.
Math: (K) - Students will continue to practice their number sense to 10 by using various manipulatives such as unifex cubes to practice 1 to 1 correspondence. (1) - Students will continue to practice using number bonds as well as the count on strategy when solving single digit addition problems. (2) - Students will wrap up their number sense unit by reviewing concepts such as skip counting, odd/even, 1 more/1 less, 10 more/10 less, finding the missing addend, addition and subtraction, counting on strategy, comparing numbers, and composing/decomposing numbers.
Happy Columbus Day! This is the "Week of Respect". Students will discuss what respect looks like and feels like during a whole group activity. They will become familiar with the school wide incentive program which will be using Kindness Coins.
Week of October 21st:
ELA: Students will participate in the shared read-a-loud The Enormous Turnip. Students will dmeonstrate their recall of omportant events by retelling the story using props as well as explaining the story elements to a partner. Students will also listen and recite the poem In the Garden. The poem will help to promote fluency as well as inflection. Students will also listen for the rhyming words.
Math: (K): Students are learning to arrange numbers 0-10 in ascending and decending order as well as matching objects to the number. (1): Students look at number bonds in various ways and they continue to learn the "part-part-whole" relationship. (2): Students are learning time to the hour, half hour, quarter, and nearest minute.
This week is School Violence Awareness Week. Students will discuss strategies to use positive power against school violence/bullying. Students will be introduced to “I messages” and discuss them with a partner when given a scenario. (A student cut you in line: “I feel sad when you cut me in line. I would like you to go to the end of the line” )
Week of October 28th:
ELA: Students will participate in the shared read-a-loud There Was an Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything. Students will retell events in sequential order and revisit onomatopoeia in writing. This is a fun, interactive book that all the students really enjoy around Halloween! Students will also listen and recite the poem Halloween to find rhyming pairs.
Math: (K) Students are learning about ordinal numbers to 10 (1st) Students are learning the "turn around rule" as they create 2 addition numbers sentences from a completed number bond. (2nd) Students are exploring various subtraction strategies to use when solving word problems.
Monday, October 28th “Peace Out to Drugs” – Wear your neon, tie-dye and peace sign apparel
Tuesday, October 29th “Team Up Against Drugs” – Wear your favorite sports team or school spirit apparel
Wednesday, October 30th National Red Ribbon Day “Show You Are Red-dy To Take a Stand Against Drugs”- Wear red
(K – farm trip)
Thursday, October 31st “Say BOO to Drugs!” Halloween Costumes
Friday Hero Groups
Week of November 4th:
ELA: Students will participate in the shared read-a-loud The Scarecrow's Hat. Students will identify the problem and solution, discuss vocabulary words, and create an alternate ending. Students will also act out the story by "swapping" items they may need with one another.
Math: (K) Students will review all concepts learned for numbers 0 to 10 (1st)Students will begin to utilize subtraction strategies to solve single digit problems (2nd) Students are counting mixed coins and creating values up to $2.00.
*Reminder: Early dismissal this week and parent/teacher conferences. School is closed Thursday and Friday. Enjoy the long weekend!
Week of November 11th:
ELA: Students will participate in two shared read-a-louds: The Little Red Hen and The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza. Students will identify the story elements, compare/contrast the two texts and discuss character traits. Students will use a Venn Diagram to draw/draw about the two texts. Students will create their own story props as well as character responses using quotation marks.
Math: (K) Students will discuss ordinal numbers to 10 (1st)Students write two subtraction sentences using the part-part-whole method (2nd) Students are putting their coin knowledge to use by "buying" items to create a cornicopia.
*Reminder: Tuesday, November 12th is Harrison's 90th Birthday Celebration!!! Hope to see you all there :)
Week of November 18th:
ELA: Students will participate in comparing and contrasting about Thanksgiving then and now. Students will read stories, look at digital pictures and create artifacts to help them understand how this tradition has evolved over time. Students will also take this time to reflect and discuss their grattitude by creating various turkey feathers. Students will listen to the poem I Am Thankful to guide their discussions.
Math: (K) Students will demonstrate how to make numbers up to 10 using various manipulatives (4 and 6 make 10) (1st)Students write create fact families by writing 2 addition and 2 subtraction sentences (2nd) Students will be reviewing time (hour, 1/2 hr, 5's, 1's) and money (various coin combinations) by answering real-world word problems.
Week of December 16th:
ELA: Students will learn about the various traditions people celebrate in the month of December. During various read-a-louds, students will compare and contrast how the holidays are the same and different. Students will have the opportunity to create something that reminds them of each of the holidays discussed. Students will also share with their peers about their own holiday they celebrate.
Math: (K): Students will learn about "Part-part-whole" relationship by using various manipulaties to create numbers to 10. (1st): Students will be learning about 3D shapes and how they are the same and different from flat shapes as well as how everyday objects can be compared to a 3D shape (2nd): Students will be learning about place value using various manipualtives to show the realtionship between tens and ones.
Week of January 6th:
ELA: Students will participate in the read-a-loud The Mitten by Jan Brett. Students will create story props to help retell the story. Students will also discuss inferencing and use clues from the text to help them understand the character's feelings as well as author's purpose. Students will learn the poem titled Winter Animals throughout the week and discuss the rhyming words and punctuation. Students will conclude their fiction writing unit by brainstorming and publishing their own winter tale.
Math: (K): Students will demonstrate measurement skills by applying vocabulary such as longer/shorter, heavier/lighter. Students will use tools such as a scale, ruler, and links to measure various objects around the room. (1st): Students will identify and complete patterns by finding what is missing in the beginning, middle or end. Students will discuss how a pattern repeats. Students will also compare 3D shapes to flat shapes. Students will begin demonstrating one half and one quarter using shapes. (2nd): Students will demonstrate place value to the thousands by playing various games and using cubes to represent ones, tens and hundreds. Students will also discuss standard and expanded form.
Week of January 13th:
ELA: Students will participate in the read-a-loud The Hat by Jan Brett. Students will create story props to help retell the story. Students will compare and contrast this text (charcters, setting, problem, solution) with The Mitten using a Venn Diagram. Students will learn the poem titled My Snowball throughout the week and discuss the rhyming words and punctuation. Students will begin their nonfiction writing unit by researching facts about polar animals.
Math: (K): Students will learn to measure various objects around the room and determine whether they are longer or shorter using cubes and/or paperclips. (1st): Students will identify teen numbers using manipulatives to show tens and ones left over. (2nd): Students will determine if a fraction ir equal or not equal using playdoh, pictures and fraction bar models.
Week of January 20th:
ELA: Students will discuss the importantance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his positive influence on how we live today. Students will understand the meaning of equal and unequal by creating senerios which would help them better understand fairness in our society. Students will participate in various read-a-louds throughout the week about Dr. King and what it means to be kind to one another. Students will brainstorm and create their own ideas on how they too can make the world a better place by writing and drawing about their thinking.
Math: (K): Students will continue their lesson on measurement by comparing heights of various objects around the room and using vocabulary such as "taller" and "shorter". (1st): SWBAT demonstrate their understanding of place value by working with partners to group objects to ten and then count the ones left over to show various numbers. (2nd): SWBAT identify and describe a numerator and demoninator in a fraction.
Week of January 27th:
ELA: Students will begin the Polar Lands unit and discuss facts about the Arctic. Students will learn all about polar bears and why they are considered the king of the tundra. Throughout the week students will recall important facts and write about their habitat, diet, and appearance.
Math: (K): Students will be demonstrating vocabulary more and less by using one to one matching with manipulatives and pictures (1st): Students will demonstrate their understanding of number patterns by arranging numbers by least to greatest and greatest to least. (2nd): Students will solve double digit addition problems without regrouping.
Week of February 3rd:
ELA: Students will continue their nonfiction unit on the Polar Lands and discuss facts about the Arctic Hares. Students will discuss with partners how they are both alike and different from polar bears they learned about last week. Throughout the week students will recall important facts and write about their habitat, diet, and appearance. Students will read aloud the books Cold, Colder, and Coldest and Virgil and Owen Stick Together.
In celebration of National Read-a-Loud Day students will participate in the story The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld. Students will discuss the importance of helping others and it will be tied into how volunteers are helping to rescue the wildlife during the fires in Australia. Students will also take some time to enjoy "Play Day" and have the opportunity to explore, build and imagine with various toys in the classroom.
Math: (K): Students will be able to identify both more than and less than through various hands-on activities including playing musical chairs, drawing pictures/using 1 to 1 matching, and creating cube trains with unifex cubes.(1st): Students will discuss and explain number patterns by using unifex cubes to solve the equations. Students will determine whether patterns are 1 more/1 less or 2 more/2 less. (2nd): Students ill be able to complete double digit addition without regrouping by locating and highlighting the ones column to ensure they are always adding the correct place first. Students will continue to use base ten blocks to demonstrate adding double digit numbers.
Week of February 10th:
ELA: Students will continue their nonfiction unit on the Polar Lands and discuss facts about penguins...my favorite!. Students will watch short clips of penguin behaviors, participate in several read-a-louds throughout the week and demonstrate their understanding by writing facts about penguins. Students will end their polar land unit by choosing one of the animals discussed over the past few weeks and create a research report utilizing a graphic organizer.
Math: (K): Students will be able to compare numbers to ten by identifing and demonstrating the vocabulary greater than and less than by using manipulatives. (1st): Students will demonstrate ways to add fluently within 20 by using strategies such as counting on, making 10, or applying doubles facts. (2nd): Students will begin data analysis by learning to interpret a bar graph.
In celebration of Valentine's Day, students can make a donation and dress in their pajamas on Friday, February 14th. Proceeds will go towards the wildlife affected by the fires in Australia. We will also have our annual yoga day in our pj's. Friday will also be our 100th day of school. Students will participate in a variety of activities to show 100 throughout the day. Have a healthy and happy winter break!
Week of February 24th:
ELA: Students will discuss past Presidents of the USA in our non-fiction unit this week. They will take an online tour of the White House and see first hand what it would be like to live there. Students will also discuss American symbols and their meaning. Students will create mini-books about both President Washington and President Lincoln and utilize their books to write facts about each president. Students will also brainstorm and discuss with a partner about "If I were President..."
Math: (K): Students will be able to compare numbers to ten by identifying and demonstrating the vocabulary greater than and less than by using manipulatives. Students will also apply the terms “1more/1less” using unifex cubes, counters and various objects around the classroom. (1st): Students will demonstrate ways to add fluently within 20 by using strategies such as counting on, grouping by 10, or creating fact families. Students will use a variety of manipulatives such as ten frames, unifex cubes, counters and addition cards. (2nd): Students will continue their data analysis unit by creating their own bar graph with a partner after completing a survey and interpreting the results.
Week of March 2nd:
ELA: Students will participate in Read Across America Week by listening to various read-a-louds from the author Dr. Seuss. Students will discuss with their classmates several topics retalted to the books such as how to be kind, the places they would like to go visit and what makes a rhyming word. Students will be given the opportunity to be just like Dr. Seuss and create their own silly story that rhymes. They will also create their own Cat in the Hat craft and provide an opinion about the books we have read in class throughout the week.
Math: (K): Students will continue to compare numbers by using the vocabulary "same" to represent 2 numbers that are alike. Students will use manipualtives to prove their answers. (1st): Students will demonstrate ways to subtract fluently within 20 by using strategies such as counting on, grouping by 10, or creating fact families. Students will use a variety of manipulatives such as ten frames, unifex cubes, counters and addition cards. (2nd): Students will continue their data analysis unit by using tallies to gather information and then answer questions related to their data.