Friday, November 02, 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up -> Oct. 29 - Nov. 2

Happy Halloween!
I hope everyone had a great week celebrating Halloween - we sure did!
Here's a look at what we were up to!

Can you make a web for the spider?
My teaching partners next door, Mrs. DeLuca and Mrs. Lamacchia, thought of this fun provocation last week and I knew I had to try it this week!
Students used string to wrap around pins on the cork board to create a web for the spider.  This was great to practice fine motor skills (especially when they had to take it apart!)

Felt Board - Go Away, Big Green Monster!
I made this felt board set years back (the ears are inside the pocket!).  Students really loved this book and I wanted them to retell it as it's easy enough to sequence for even my non-readers!

Sight Word Cauldrons
Sight word cards are hidden in the cauldrons filled with rice and students had to find them and write them on the mat.

Can you make a broom stick for the witch?
After reading this story last week (it's one of my favourites!) I searched for ideas on what we could do.  I came across this fun STEAM activity from Deanna Pecaski McLennon on Instagram.
Students had to use the materials (along with tape and glue) to create a broom stick for the witch to fly on.
Mrs. Petrone also made these story retelling spoons for students to use to tell each other the story. 

Light Table - Halloween Story Stones
My RECE, Mrs. Petrone, drew Halloween symbols and characters on these clear jewels and we left them on the light table for students to tell a Halloween story.

Halloween Monster Directed Drawing
Last week we had students do a directed drawing of a monster.  I got this idea a few years back from Deanna Jump.  After we drew the monsters, I set them up at a table for students to use watercolour paints.
 Didn't they come out adorable?





Helper of the Day - Coding!
We started learning about coding this week (more pics and info to come soon!).  Most of the Year 2 students remember a lot of this from last year and they absolutely love it!  So when I introduced the new way of figuring out the Helper of the Day the students were excited to decode!
See if you can do it too!

Our Classroom Door
I wanted to post this for the past couple of weeks but I keep forgetting!
This was a provocation we set out a few weeks ago - students collected so many leaves, sticks, pebbles, etc. from our nature walks that we decided to use them to create our own fall tree.
 We turned that tree into our door decoration and added owls that were just perfect to get into the Halloween spirit!

Here are my week-at-a-glance plans - everything you see listed above (and lots more!) is included.

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):


What's to come?  We are moving into lots of coding activities - I'll show you how to make your own board and start simple in your class!

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