In Language Arts:
*We continued working with the letter S and sight words: AND, THE, THIS, IS.
*Poem: Song of the Seagull - focuses on the letter S and sight words THIS and IS.
*Children sorted words by s___ (s beginning sound) and ____s (s ending sound)
*Practice with the formation of the letter S - iPads, writing s in sand, practice with Dry erase markers and page protectors
*Alphabet Booklet - children filled in the s page of their individual booklets. Children illustrate an item that begins with the letter of the week and encode by labeling the pictures with the sounds they here in the words.
*Recognizing the letters M and S in print.
*Children practiced writing sight words then cutting them into letters and gluing them back together.
*Shared Reading - Introduction to our BIG book - Sing a Song by Joy Mesler - a story about a family of tigers that go through the day doing various activities together.
*We continue to reinforce terms such as BIG LINE, LITTLE LINE, BIG CURVE, LITTLE CURVE. We will refer to these terms throughout the year as we work with letter formation.
*We have also focused on correct letter formation of our letter of the week as well as reviewing all letters.
* Practice with the formation of numbers 0-9
*Introduction to KID PIX - an art studio app. Children used KID PIX to create an illustration of a word that starts with our letter of the week. They then used the keyboard to label their picture.
* Lexia Core 5 - Reading Program - using laptops
*Handwriting Without Tears app. Wet, Dry, Try - using iPads
*Interactive Whiteboard - calendar resources
*With our first completed month of school, came the opportunity for children to fill in the first month in their own school calendar. This activity included practice with number writing, learning and writing in the numbers and dates in a month, reflecting on the events and memories of the month, and illustrating a picture of a September Memory.
*Counting Days of the week - regrouping to set of ten
*Roll and Record - a dice graphing game. Children roll a die and mark the number rolled on a grid that creates a graph of their rolls.
*Dice Game - children roll 2 dice and add the sum and mark off that number on their game board
*Our instars (soon to be Caterpillars) have arrived. Children observed the larvae and their food source, milkweed, with magnifying glasses and made detailed sketches of their observations. We transferred the instars, one by one, into their new habitat. Children counted 11 instars in total. We are looking forward to future observations as we watch this natural process.
*Children explored and sketched a snake skin that one friend brought in.
Constellations are cross aged groups (grades k-5) that meet monthly for 45 minutes throughout the year. It is an opportunity for children and adults to make connections with others within the FA community. Constellation groups enjoy a variety of activities together such as crafts, games, hobbies, interests, outdoor time, etc. Children were introduced to the idea of constellation groups as well as what group they were in along with the leading faculty for their group. Your children will remain with the same constellation group until they "graduate" out of it in 6th grade. Children will be escorted to their constellation location by fifth graders in their group. Our first constellation meeting is Monday, October 5th.