September

Sept. 16-20

Monday:

  • Letter Tt: Writing, phonemic awareness, consonant family, sentence writing.
  • Homework: Letter Tt writing and drawing (I see the turtle.)

Tuesday:

  • Number 5: Writing, reading, understanding the value.
  • Practice using the five frame

Wednesday:

  • What is a sentence?

-A sentence makes a statement or tells us something.

-Begins with a capital/upper case letter.

-Ends with a punctuation mark such as a period, question mark, or exclamation point.

  • Phonics: Fill in the missing words in a sentence.
  • Review on CVC words with short Aa sound.
  • Art: What is 3-D art. Making arches with "feet" to help them "stand up"

Thursday:

  • Number 5: Review on writing, reading, understanding the value.
  • Ways to make 5 using colored counters on the five frame.
  • Let's Find Out: Can I play?
  • Patterns

Friday:

  • Letter Tt book: Book with words containing the "t" and "tr" sound.
  • Phonics: Rearranging words to create a sentence.
  • Mystery STEAM challenge bag: Create the tallest tower using index cards.

No, this is not a joke. Ms. Ching did not forget the tape or the glue in your Mystery STEAM Challenge Bag. All you have is a 100 pack index cards.

After some trial and error in attempting to make their flat index cards stand up, students were given a hint: On our last art project, how did you make your strips of paper to create your arches stand up? Okay, besides the glue. Yes! You had to fold little "feet" to help your paper take on a totally different dimension!

With that being said, everyone's heads quickly faced down, and little hands were busy folding away. I felt like I was in the Kaka'ako district with high rises being built one after another! Towers of all different dimensions were taking place! And as quickly they were being built, some were falling down just as fast.

However! That did not deter our students from persevering and redesigning their structures.

The pictures really do not do justice for this particular project. The designs kept on changing based on what worked and what didn't. Although the challenge was to see who could build the tallest tower, and there was one team that surpassed all the others...

But all that didn't really matter, these responses is what really mattered:

"I felt like a pro, like I could do anything."

"The bad thing was that it kept on falling down, but I got to do it again. Then it would fall down, but then I got to try it again and I could keep on doing it."

"You take some cards and I'll take some cards and we can take turns building."

"I folded this card like this, and I folded this card like that so when I put them together, they would lock."

"This is fun working in a team."

"You know how I made this. I saw it from McDonalds. The box that holds the sandwich. There is the top and the bottom, and it goes like this (using hands to demonstrate how the lid latches on to the bottom of the box)."

"You need to help me, you are on my team. Let me show you what I am doing so you can help me."

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Sept. 9-13

Monday:

  • Letter Ii: Writing, vowel family, short "i" sound, sentence writing.
  • Homework: Letter Ii writing and drawing (I see the igloo.)

Tuesday:

  • Numbers 3 and 4: Writing, Reading, Understanding the Value

Wednesday:

  • Phonics: Review of CVC words containing short a sound
  • Art: Review of shapes: 2-D shape collage

Thursday:

  • Number 5: Writing, Reading, Understanding the Value
  • Let's Find Out article: Friends Share
  • What Can We Share?

Friday:

  • Letter Ii book: Book with words containing the short i sound
  • Mystery STEAM challenge bag: Create a sturdy shelter for your pig.

After listening to the story, "The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, teams were given 1 box of Dot's candy, toothpicks, and a pig on a plate. Collaboratively, teams had to problem solve to build a shelter (making sure it had a roof) to protect their little piggy from the big bad wolf.

If you give a box of candy to a bunch of kids, they'll probably want to eat it. In Costco fashion, each student got to sample a candy before the actual creating began. You know, to get it out of their system :). Once the cravings were subsided, students got busy using the Dots to connect their toothpicks together and quickly began building. As an observer, and allowing the students to be the facilitators in their group, it was amazing to see the evolution of each shelter. While some groups had a Plan A, they realized they had to think of Plan B when they quickly ran out of Dots candy. Other groups problem solved their way through making "longer sticks" with their otherwise short toothpicks, and one group really got their imagination going by explaining their high security measures in using all their toothpicks as spikes to keep the "Big Bad Wolf" out of their house.

As an observer, ask me how I knew ALL students were totally engaged with their challenge of creating a shelter for their pig...NO ONE ASKED IF THEY COULD EAT MORE CANDY HAHA!

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Sorry engineers, I forgot to take a picture of you with your high security home :(

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Sept. 2-6

Monday:

  • Labor Day Holiday-No school

Tuesday:

  • What is number sequencing?
  • Number sequencing worksheet
  • Review on beginning and end sound
  • Homework: Phonics workbook page 3

Wednesday:

  • Introduction to Go Math! workbook
  • Introduction to numbers 1 and 2: How to write the number and understanding the value
  • Using counters in a Five Frame
  • Homework: Math workbook pages 17 and 18

Thursday:

  • Review of CVC words.
  • Review of the number 1 and 2: Counting objects, writing, the number, and reading the word
  • Continue using counters in a Five Frame
  • Homework: Math workbook pages 23 and 24

Friday:

  • Excursion: HTY presents-Korean Cinderella
  • Making a bookmark
  • Whole group reading: Mac and Tab (CVC words and short Aa sound)
  • Story sent home to practice