We have continued the discussion of the global community by creating a list of “wants” and “needs” of an individual. The list of “wants” was quite extensive while the list of “needs” only had four items on it (food, water, shelter, clothes). We discussed how food, water, shelter, and clothing are basic human rights that everyone should have access to but unfortunately not everyone does. Having this awareness allows children to think about ways that they can help others not just locally but globally. We will be spending time over the next few weeks inviting guests to come in and talk about the different ways to be a global citizen. We will also be reading about individuals that are actively making a difference in the world. We are in the process of creating a bulletin board of all our global connections and information that we are learning to share with others. The board is a work in progress and will be added to the more we learn.
To strengthen our understanding of the global community, I would love the student to be exposed to as many different countries and cultures as possible. Since we cannot travel the world, we would like like the world to come to us! If you or a family member would be interested in discussing a country of importance, please email me and we can set up a time for you to visit the class. Another way to get involved would be to bring in a favorite dish, share photos, or read a story related to the country and culture that is meaningful to you. The more exposure the students have to different cultures, the better they will understand how the world is connected.
Children enjoyed the following videos: on youtube - "Tour of the States" and "Tour of the World"
In math we have been working with Money. The children have been working with bills and coins.
*Recognizing $1, $5, $10, $20, and $100 bills
*Writing money amounts using $ and cents ( the symbol)
*Write cents as dollars and dollars as cents. 385 cents is $3.85 and $7.56 is 756 cents ( written with the cents symbol)
*Comparing amounts of money
*Real-world Problems: Money
Using these skills at home with money is a great way to practice.
Ms. Hoopes joined us again this week for her second lesson and to continue working on the children's poetry. During this session, Ms. Hoopes encouraged the children to connect their weaving to their poem. The children connected the materials in their weavings to the photographs that inspired them. An example of phrases were "clouds float like feathers" or something like, "gleaming like a shiny pearl." Children also worked on revising their writing. We will do another revision of these poems before they are hung up for Arts and Poetry Night on April 20th.
*Continued meeting in book clubs applying comprehension strategies and strengthening fluency.
*Practiced adding endings to single syllable words
*Assessment of Week 19 words
*Making Meaning - Focusing on the comprehension strategy of WONDERING as you read
Children worked in partners and reflected on their wondering together
Mrs. Barker joined us to continue in the chapter book titled Henry Whiskers by Gigi Priebe a story written about Queen Mary's doll house in Windsor Castle. Mrs. Barker shared a link with us of the actual doll house. Children have seen these photos and video in class and would probably enjoy viewing it again with their family. Mrs. Barker will be visiting over the next few weeks to finish this book. Enjoy!