Weekly Bloggers: Sam L. and Lauren!
Here are the highlights from the week:
We started Morning Meeting on Monday with the greeting 'Round the Circle. Two people walk around the circle and when they meet they give each other a double high 5. Then, they tap 2 new people to walk around the circle. Mrs. Wolinsky was our special guest during the meeting. On Tuesday, we learned that "Guten Tag" is German for hello. We had our names on paper clips that we passed around the circle. We practiced practiced empty breath as a brain break, where we breath in and out until out of breath. It is something we used before spelling to get ready for the next activity. Wednesday, we said "Kale Mera", which is Greek for hello. We played Off My Back, where stickies with animals were on each of our backs and we had to ask questions to guess. "BOO" was our greeting for Thursday and everyone was excited for Halloween. We described what the outside of our pumpkin looked like and read the book How Many Seeds in the Pumpkin?
On Friday we greeted each other in Turkish saying "Merhaba" We each told what our favorite candy was from Halloween. Sam said his was Airheads and Lauren's was Swedish Fish. We also got to try the yummy pumpkin bread our class made on Thursday.
Reader's Workshop: On Monday, we were reminded to think about what we are reading to help identify words we are stuck on. Sam gave the example if you are reading a book about fishing then probably the word tiger is not in the book. Tuesday we discussed asking questions that make sense with what you are reading. Each student gets to take turns reading with a buddy, listening to a book on tape or doing word work. We shared with friends on Wednesday word that we liked the sound or were curious about the meaning. To continue the pumpkin theme on Thursday, we read Runaway Pumpkin. We listened to the Arthur's Halloween at the listening center. Friday, we discussed unknown words strategy. You think of everything you know about the book to help you (what's it about, picture, words like that word, etc).
Writer's Workshop: On Monday, we discussed making sure storytelling sounds like a story and that it has a beginning, a middle and an end. We had an extra health class on Tuesday, where we played an octopus cardio game and "What Time is it Mr. Fox?" On Wednesday, we worked on showing, not telling in our writing. Sam said you could describe excitement at Christmas that "I jumped out of bed" vs saying "I'm excited". Thursday, we put the ingredients into the pumpkin bread that Mrs. Wentworth took home to bake. On Friday, we discussed using endings to close a moment and read the book Relatives Came.
Specials: In Guidance on Monday, we discussed how "unthinkables" can invade your head, like a "worry wall" makes you worry too much. We drew a picture of tricky bear and passed pom poms around. During Art, we used string, fabric and dried flowers to due nature weaving. At PE Wednesday, we played Ghost Busters. The ghost buster tried to tag ghosts. Once they were tagged, ghosts had to go to hula hoop grave yards. Music on Thursday, we dance and moved to the Bat song. Friday we went to library.
Closing Circle: We sang the "Goodbye Song" on Thursday and played "Pass the Mask" on Tuesday. For "Pass the Mask", a student would make a funny face and the next student would try to copy the same expression. We ended our week with reflection circle and were paired up to share a positive about the week.