This upcoming week is one of my very favorites to teach! As we learn about the folklore surrounding leprechauns and Irish culture, we will explore the wonder of rainbows and just how special it is to spend St. Patty's Day in Dublin, Ohio! We may have some sneaky visitors in our classroom after school on Thursday =).
Our project-based learning took on a new life last week, when the mayor mentioned that the Parks Committee would really love suggestions from the Kindergartners regarding the newest Dublin park. We changed our project to fit this authentic need, and the kids have come up with some truly wonderful ideas! We took time to plan ahead, designing blueprints, to form collaborative committees based upon interests, and finally to create! We are very close to being finished! The kids will be asked to write a paragraph (as a group) describing their addition to the park model and the varied uses of space. The director of parks was in on Friday with the AM class, and will be back for the PM class on Monday of this week.
In addition to parks writing, the kids will be writing ideas on how to catch a leprechaun, a rainbow poem, and what makes them feel lucky. They will complete horseshoe math, adding/subtracting, and then using greater than, less than, and equal to signs to compare numbers. Our reading strategy for the week will be "Reading through a tricky word." This means that the kids really work to use stretchy snake to read slowly, not leaving off the word endings as they read. Also, they will carefully look at words that sound alike (they might replace the tricky word with a known word), and they will begin to identify the difference within reading groups.
Our sight words for the week will be: THEY and WITH.
Last week was a blast with Read Across America! Thank you for sending in donations for the Wright Elementary Free Book Fair! The kindergartners had so much fun looking out for the Berenstain bears to visit our classroom to pass out tickets for readers! Congratulations to Elle in the PM class for winning a Barnes and Noble gift card! Last week, we also enjoyed working with 3-D shapes and using both 2D/3D Shapes to compose new pictures and even a dream house!
This week, we will identify those 3D shapes with new items we will be using to create our Neighborhoods! On Monday and Tuesday, we will have a visit from the mayor of Dublin and our Senior City Planner. They will be presenting the kids with the challenge of creating a large-scale model of a new neighborhood, considering all aspects necessary. They will need to plan jobs, draw up blueprints, and then get to work! Mrs. Hamby and I are confident that this will be a fun, engaging learning experience for the kids throughout the week!
In addition to our project, the kids will be learning greater than, less than, and equal to comparisons in mathematics, and will have a third guidance lesson for Trimester 3 with Mrs. Saridakis. We will continue to learn the "5 Finger Retell" in small groups. In whole group, we will be studying the Piggie and Elephant books, with an emphasis on character traits and the importance of illustration. Together, we will practice expression based upon these factors. Our sight words for the week will be: WHO, YOU, MY.