The girls had a wonderful day celebrating the end of JK. We appreciate you all coming out and celebrating with us. We heard several times today that this was “the best day ever!”
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Several weeks ago as we gathered on the carpet to do our daily jobs, we were stopped in our tracks by a loud banging noise from the roof!! (aka "the air conditioning man") The girls wondered what all the noise was about?
What do you think is making all that noise?
-rain making thunder
-someone walking up the stairs
-a loud mouse
-loading a box of heavy stuff on a truck
-a person on the roof
- a black bear from Gatlinburg playing a trumpet
- a giant
Since we were no closer to solving the mystery, we decided it would be fun to write a story about "the noises on the roof". The girls partnered up and each group had to write a portion of the story. We talked about how a story must have a beginning, a middle and an end. Each group had to attentively listen to the other groups because their segment of the story had to build upon the previous segment.
As we documented our story, we wrote each group’s sentences down on a posterboard. As we were writing, the girls noticed we were making a pattern with the markers. It is always exciting for us to see the girls realizing these connections in our classroom. After we finished our story, it was time to come up with a title. The girls brainstormed and came up with so many creative ideas. We voted on our favorite one using tally marks to count our votes.
Over the next several weeks, they worked hard on illustrating and writing the book. We did a lot of sounding out words, forming correct sentences, and using proper spacing and punctuation. They are so proud of their work and we hope you are too.
Hailey's mom was so kind to provide the girls with coloring books and pencils from International Paper. We read the coloring book as a class and learned all about the paper making process. The girls thought it would be fun to make our very own paper. We decided to use our paper for a special project we will be completing soon. The girls cut and tore up construction paper, cardboard and newspaper. Next, they added water and we blended it together to create pulp. Some of the girls loved touching the pulp and some not so much! We spread the pulp out on a screen then put it in the sun to dry.
While we were on the farm, the girls stumbled across a nest of "dinosaur eggs". These were the eggs that we created during our study on dinosaurs. The girls had to be resourceful and patient like paleontologists as they determined the best way to break into their eggs.
ABC Center- . This week, the girls used paint brushes to write our sight words in bird seed. This practice helps them with the correct path of movement when writing letters and numbers. Their continued practice is evident in their journal writings as well. They have shown so much growth this year!
We also investigated measurement in our math center this week. With Earth Day coming up, we have begun talking about how each of us can help take care of our earth. We used recyclable materials to measure and compare weights on a balancing scale and weighing scale.
Math Center- We recently began introducing the girls to addition sentences. Last week, we did some whole group work discussing how to create an addition sentence and the terminology we use when building them. (plus, equal, altogether, sum and total). This week during center time, each girl had the opportunity to fill a nest with playdough eggs and create her own number sentence.
"5 eggs and 8 eggs make 13 eggs! -Hailey
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