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.