The kiddos had a great report from our recent sub and they have had great behavior recently so I decided it was time for a quick reward. I ran to our workroom to grab our grade level flashlights and introduce the kiddos to a new type of reading. I closed the blinds and told the kiddos to grab their favorite book and find a place to cozy up. I passed out the flashlights and we began our flashlight reading reward :) The kids LOVED it, we will definitely be doing this again.
During reading time, I passed out FOUR Scholastic Book Orders to the kiddos. Why so many? Our last order was SO big that each kiddo has earned a free $5 book when they place a $10 order! I wanted the kiddos to have plenty of options when choosing their books :) The task during reading time was to go through all of the books and circle the ones that we wanted.
It just so happens that our math lesson was all about learning how to write the written form of numbers. We started this lesson off with reasons it is important to know how to spell numbers. We eventually came around to the answer of checks! I copied some fake checks for the kiddos to see and we practiced filling one out together. I knew this was the perfect opportunity to let two great subjects collide! I told the kiddos when they finished their workmats, they needed to use a calculator and add up the total cost of all the books they wanted. Then, they had to write a check to Scholastic for that amount! The kids were SO excited and can't wait to show you all of their hard work :)
Our class has been learning about how plants and animals change as the environment changes. We have focused on the following adaptations: migration, hibernation, forage, camouflage, and leaves changing color! The kiddos have done a wonderful job with understanding each of these adaptations. To prepare for winter, animals search for food (forage). We went on a search of our own for suckers that I hid throughout the classroom :)
We have been busy working on syllables this week. We have practiced how to identify how many syllables are in a word, that each syllable break needs a vowel, and how identifying syllables can help us to spell words. Below is an activity we did in class where the kiddos had to correctly spell the word and identify the syllable breaks using wiki sticks!
We have also spent the week starting to look at small moment stories. We read Saturday and Teacakes which was a great example of a special memory that happened over one day. We read BIGMAMA today and talked about how this story was more of a watermelon story - it took place over many days with lots of small moment stories in it. We decided focusing on a 'seed' would allow us to pick one event and expand on the details.