During the month of May, our groups have been a bit crazy due to MCAS testing. In grades 1-4, we decided to take advantage of this time with short weeks and use it to work on and develop our Reader's Theater Plays. We are working across grade levels to practice reading our parts fluently and with expression as well as create costumes, scenery, and props. It actually turned out to be a nice break during testing time and it is still learning which is connected to the standards and our Reading Street curriculum. We hope to perform these for Kindergarten and First Grade sometime in June!
April was a very busy month for us! Below you will find pictures of the First Grade Family Math Night, where first graders and their families enjoyed playing some math games together. I even brought my Juliana along for the fun! April was also the month that I started the first grade poetry unit. We began each week with all three first grade classes together for a whole group lesson which consisted of reading a particular type of poem through teacher read-alouds and buddy reading. I did my teacher mini-lesson and model of that particular poem and then throughout the week, the first grade classroom teachers worked with students to create their own poems. At the end of each week we celebrated by sharing our poetry whole group in the Author's Share Chair and through small group share. Check out some of the fun we had with our "I Am" repetition poems, Feelings Poems, Popcorn Five Senses Poems, and Rhyming Poems with word families. We also had some beautiful days in April so our Kindergarten reading group went outside to read in the sunshine. Check out all of the pictures below!
Last week in our vocabulary group, we learned the days of the week. We had enjoyed singing our Days of the Week song. (sung to the tune of the Addams' Family) We also learned the days of the week through various read-alouds including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Today is Monday, and Cookie's Week. Next week we'll move on with months of the year!
Also, in our Kindergarten enrichment group, we had fun seeing how many sight words we knew by playing Sight Word Towers!
Both third and fourth graders were Non-Fiction text feature detectives last week during a text scavenger hunt. They used National Geographic magazines to identify Non-Fiction text features such as Table of Contents, Glossary, headings, captions, labels, vocabulary words, maps, charts and diagrams all while enjoying some high interest reading about animals, insects, weather, and our Earth!
Read Across America is a great event in March in which we celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and literature. Williams sent home the flyer below:
Did you know that Dr. Seuss week is coming soon? Williams is so excited that we’re over the moon! Let’s celebrate Dr. Seuss and have some school-wide fun too. We will all be dressing up, will you? Join us during Read Across America week, February 27, 2017-March 3, 2017!
Monday: Green Eggs and Ham: Wear all GREEN!
Tuesday: Cat in the Hat: Wear a hat to school!
Wednesday: Fox in Socks: Wear some silly socks!
Thursday: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dress up as what you want to be when you grow up!
Friday: Sleep Book: Wear your pajamas!
The fun didn't stop there for our ELL groups this week. We also had literacy activities that corresponded with the Dr. Seuss read-alouds. Check out the pictures below which show the reading fun we had!
Kindergarten and Grade 1 enjoyed a rhyming egg hunt after reading Green Eggs and Ham and Cat in the Hat. On Fox and Sox day, Grade 1 also played a rhyming G0-Fish game!
Kindergarten worked together in teams to practice their sight words by flipping some green eggs and ham in a sight word game!
On "Oh the Places You'll Go" day, we had an aspiring teacher, basketball player, and vet! Also, we did some buddy reading of "Fox in Sox" on Fox in Sox day.
Third & Fourth Grade:
In third grade, we read various Dr. Seuss books and then had to form an opinion about our favorite text and give reasons and examples why. Also, check out our crazy socks! In fourth grade, we discussed the characteristics of biographies and read two biographies about Dr. Seuss. Thing 1 and Thing 2 (Mrs. Farella and I) also made an appearance with our crazy red and white striped socks!
Williams had a very busy week this week. We celebrated Valentine's Day and the 100th day on Tuesday. Mrs. Farella's first grade class brought in 100th day projects from home and shared them with their class. Check out Michael's 100th day gum ball machine below. Also, in first grade, students from all three classes gathered in Ms. Barne's room to welcome a special guest, and local author-Ty Allen Jackson. Ty came to be a guest reader and shared three stories, including his very own, When I Close My Eyes. Students had fun reading and singing along. Third grade also had some extra fun this week by practicing their snowshoeing skills with the audubon. Have a peek at Fyodr using his skills to create a Valentine's day heart! Everyone have a wonderful February break next week!
On Tuesday, January 31, Williams got to listen to and enjoy the beautiful music from the band performances. Congratulations to all of our students and music teachers who worked very hard to put on a great show. Special shout-out to our very own Yiyuan Pan for her performance. Great Job!
The short week before our holiday vacation, we worked on a writing piece. We began by reading the story, The Snow Globe Family. During our discussion, we talked about what we would do if we lived in a snow globe. Next we began the writing process by brainstorming ideas on our web. Then after organizing our ideas on our web, we started our writing. We also enjoyed taking photographs of ourselves pretending to be in the snow globe. Last we enjoyed creating a snow globe that matched the ideas in our writing. Of course we shared our writing and celebrated the completion of our project.
*This week in fourth grade we read a Realistic Fiction story called, The Fourth Grade Election. We learned vocabulary words including vote, candidates, secret ballot, election, leader, private, and nominate. Next, we put these words to good use by putting them into action through practice through using them in an election of our own. You may have remembered or seen the blog post from a few weeks ago which included an opinion writing piece across the grade levels. After reading a story about a turkey for Thanksgiving, students in grades 1-4, completed a writing project in which they had to persuade others of their opinon as to why their food was better to eat than turkey. Fourth graders read and listened to all of the candidate's writing. Then they nominated the two final leaders. They voted privately and the winner was.....Destiny Sanchez in fourth grade. The runner-up was JoJo Zheng in first grade! Congratulations and great job to everyone! The fourth graders then decided that they liked this process so much, we should do a December winter writing project as well...stay tuned for that in the future!
On Friday, November 18th, Williams School enjoyed the play, "Danny Dollar" performed by the Berkshire Theater Group. Grades K-5 enjoyed a play about money...CHA-CHING! Who would like to share something you learned or liked about the play?
Hi! I'm Mrs. Kosiorek and I'm excited to share all of the fun learning going on in Room 2 in our K-5 ELL program! My goal is to update our blog monthly. Please enjoy and don't forget to leave a comment!