Kindergarten learned a new letters and sounds song about valentines. We used this song to practice our speaking and listening skills by echo reading, and by choosing glitter hearts with letters to review all of the letters and sounds we’ve learned so far. These past three weeks, we’ve learned the letters-h, l,and g. We used movement to practice our new letters. We grew like flowers and climbed ladders. Also take a look at how we used played letter sound cover for the letter h. We used dot markers to dab pictures that begin with the letter l. We sorted picture cards for words that begin with G. As always we finished up with our exit ticket-this time we used a “Clip it ticket” where students had to use a clothespin to find the word that begins with the letter of the week. When we return we will do the letter E. The order after that is as follows-J, W, U, V, Z,Y. We will then begin putting sounds together to create c-v-c words!
1st grade practiced our decoding strategies by using our animal reading buddies and leveled readers. I’m so impressed with the first graders progress and ability to solve tricky, unknown words by using these strategies. I will be sending home bookmarks that also have these strategies on them. Try asking your child what strategy they used today!
2nd grade has been continuing to work on the animals and habitats unit. We are gearing up for our final project. We’ve worked on reviewing past skills including new content vocabulary, prepositions, adjectives, the inquiry process, and learned about our last habitat-the grasslands. The pictures below show our vocabulary review BINGO game, “Where’s the Elephant?” Preposition game, and work on our animal habitat captions for grasslands.
Grades 3-5 accomplished a lot in February. The highlight of the month though was this month’s new vocabulary game-Scoot. Each week students in all groups are taught new vocabulary words on Monday. These are vocabulary words that will be seen all week long. Tuesday in our reading of our new book, Wednesday in learning conversations, and Thursday in our writing. After being introduced to the new words, students got a fun chance to practice these words playing Scoot. Scoot is an interactive, engaging, fast-paced game that can be played with any content. We used our vocabulary words and definitions on cards as we circulated through the room listening to music. Every time the music stopped, the students had to “scoot” to the next vocabulary task card and record their vocabulary answer on their recording sheet. So fun! Students are looking forward to playing one more time when we get back from break and then in March it’s onto a new vocabulary game!
I hope everyone has a very relaxing, healthy, February vacation and I look forward to getting back at it when we return!