Going Global -
*Jack's Vavoa came to class to read a Winnie the Pooh book in Portuguese. She also taught the children a little bit about Portugal - the landscape, life as she remembers it, the farming, etc. Mrs. Furtado also explained her experience coming to America at 13 years old and being in a class in which only English was spoken. She explained that she only understood Portuguese and it was very difficult. She told the children that through hard work and perseverance she was able to learn the language and learn in school.
* Children began thinking about a global topics that they would like to research. Each child will choose a topic and begin filling out a KWL chart for the topic.
*We read some great stories: Emmanuel's Dream by Laurie Thompson; I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora & Libby Martinez; If You Lived Here Houses of the World by Giles Laroche.
* We continue to practice with and identify the continents and oceans.
* On Monday, Mrs. Pelletier, Hilario's mom, will come to share some knowledge about Honduras.
*Mrs. Barker came to continue reading Henry Whiskers. We are approaching the end of the book and are looking forward to a visit from the author.
*Children have continued working on current stories following the writing process: prewriting, rough draft, prewriting, editing, revising, and publishing.
*Journal writing, using graphic organizers to help with organized written work that flows and is connected. We have also been talking about transition words in writing.
*Each reading group practiced fluency, expression, following quietly, and comprehension with reader's theater. The children also enjoyed a reader's theater reading in Ms. Conlon's room.
*In reading, children began looking for spicy words which are exciting words. As they are reading they keep their eyes open for "spicy" interesting words. They then site which page and sentence it was used in. We first practiced this as a class during a read aloud. Then children practiced during independent reading.
*Letter writing: Children wrote a thank you letter to Mrs. Furtado. They included in it one thing that they learned about Portugal.
* We finished up our chapter on Money. Please continue to practice using money with your child. Counting money, comparing prices, adding prices, and practicing giving back change are great activities to ensure your child is comfortable working with money.
* Math Games