Friday, October 12, 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up -> Oct. 8-12

I can't believe that in just a couple of short weeks, all of the leaves are changing colour!  That was quick!  We really wanted the students to understand this seasonal change and, although there are plenty of great books out there, I think the best thing it to experience fall!

Gourds, Pumpkins, Corn, oh my!

With fall in full swing, we set out some gourds, pumpkins and Indian corn for the students to observe.  It was interesting to hear their thinking!

G.A:  This corn is fake!  It can't be real because it's too hard!

R.S.:  This is a little pumpkin.  Does it have seeds inside?

K.S.:  I think these are pumpkins (pointing to gourds).

After spending much time outside these past few weeks, the students have taken an interest in watching the leaves change colour and are often drawn to several trees where you can see that most.  We took pictures from our Nature Walk and invited the students to use tissue paper and construction paper to create their own fall scene.

I love this story, otherwise known as Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, and tend to read it yearly.  After reading it to the whole class, we left it out at the light table along with simple loose parts that I found a few years back from the Dollar Store.  Students were invited to retell the story or to make up their own fall story.

In our sensory bin we added coloured water (food colouring) and bowls, ladles, spoons, strainers for students to make "soup" with plastic leaf and pumpkin pieces.  It was great to hear their conversations about filling the bowl and what the strainers do!

These plastic pieces are called "Wedgits" and they were gifted to me by a parent many years ago.  They are also such a hit with the students, but since I only have enough for a couple of children to use them at a time, I set them up on our small provocation table.  They are open ended which always leads to great conversations and students talking to one another about what they created.

My daughter made this large PVC pipe xylophone last year when she was in grade 4.  I couldn't image throwing it away since she worked so hard on it so this week we brought it into our classroom.  Students enjoyed playing it using the fly swatter and listening to the different sounds.  

I know what you are thinking .... this is a provocation to sort materials and they are already sorted!
Yes! would be surprised at how the children sorted them in many different ways!

POKING - leaves
To work with those students that need fine muscle support, we took out our poking activity.  Students use these large push pins (I found these at Staples years ago) and poke the leaf pictures out using the cork boards as support underneath.  When they are done, they can glue the leaf and the paper onto a construction paper to see the transfer.

You can find this activity in my Poking - Fine Motor Fun activity on TpT (click the picture below to take you there).

At our Pocket Chart Centre, students matched the coloured apple to the sentence and then recorded the answers on their worksheet, including writing the word "am".  I intended this to be an activity mainly for Year 2 students but it was so nice to see Year 1 students who wanted to try and Year 2 students working with them!

You can find this activity, along with lots of others to last you the whole year, in my 

CRASH - Sight Word Game
In our small groups, students who are working on sight word recognition played the game "Crash" where they had to choose a card and read it, or, if they got "Crash" they lost all of their cards.  

We invited the students to use the large wooden planks in their play on the carpet.  These were given to me by an EA a few years back, after she installed new flooring in her house (we sanded them and painted them with Mod Podge before using).

Lots of talk this week about Thanksgiving (which was last weekend here in Canada).  Of course, the best thing everyone loved to eat was pie!  Lots of our students went to apple orchards or farmers markets so we co-created a Farmers Market at our Dramatic Centre. 

 I made the pies using pieces of felt.
 We store everything in these containers.

You can find these printables in my Farmers Market Dramatic Play Center in my TpT store.

Here are my week-at-a-glance plans.

You can download the Week-at-a-Glance PDF version{here}.  
If you would like the editable version to modify this for your own class click {here}.  
You will need Power Point to edit.

I used the following fonts if you wish to keep it the same (free to download):

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up -> Oct. 1-5

Happy Fall Y'all!
(So I was in Nashville this past weekend celebrating with close friends and I absolutely love the southern accent!)

But really, this week was all about the fall!  The students noticed how the leaves were starting to change colours that we spent much time outdoors.

Here are a few things we did:

I absolutely love this set of Rainbow Pebbles.  I got these a few years back from Wintergreen Learning (they came along with the cards).  The students can use the cards to design pictures but I also challenge them to make their own.

This was a simple number provocation set up for students to explore counting 1:1 and using 10-frames to show what they know about numbers.

Thanksgiving is this weekend here in Canada so this week we have been reading a lot of books and singing songs.  We set up this provocation asking students to draw/write about what they are thankful for.  It's hard to see in this photo, but we brainstormed with the children and then set up this provocation using their answers (I printed pictures from the computer with words to give them an idea).

This was a simple Thanksgiving card we had the students make to take home.  I photocopied the words "I am thankful for..." onto brown construction paper and we traced each student's hand.  They cut it out along with the leaves.  Then they wrote/drew what they were thankful for.
Isn't this one adorable?
"I am thankful, Jesus, cake, teachers"

If you read my post from last week, you know that the children loved mixing colours to form various skin tones.  They really enjoyed trying to match their skin tone!  So we decided to extend this activity and have them draw their face and use the paint they mixed to colour it in.
When it's dry we will go back over top with the black permanent marker.
I'll post pictures of the finished products next week on my Instagram page!

Our students this year love science experiments.  They spend so much time at the Science/Discovery Table exploring the materials, asking questions, mixing colours, etc. so my RECE left 4 white carnations in coloured water all week long for the students to see what would happen.

A.S.:  Look!  It's going blue!
G.A.:  They are sucking the water and making them change.
M.P.:  They look so pretty now!

We introduced the concept of graphing this week by starting off very simple.  I'll try and do a post in the upcoming weeks explaining step-by-step exactly how we teach this unit in math.  I like introducing graphing after we spent time sorting because the two are so much related.  We start with a 2-column graph and discuss how we need to think of a question (i.e. Do you like strawberries or grapes?)  Then we have to choose only 1 answer.
To practice, I had the students use small manipulatives (erasers and jewels) and place them on our graph.  I wanted them to learn how to build a graph (in this case from the bottom up) and explain it (using the words most, least, same).
Next week we will think of more questions and survey our friends!  Stay tuned!

Click the box below to download your own FREE graph.

Here are my weekly plans.

Don't forget that you can download BOTH the PDF and editable PowerPoint version if you'd like to modify them for your classroom.

You can download the Week-at-a-Glance PDF version{here}.  
If you would like the editable version to modify this for your own class click {here}.  
You will need Power Point to edit.

I used the following fonts if you wish to keep it the same (free to download):

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate this weekend!