Koalas had another week filled of learning and fun activities. During this week the students learned about water transport vehicles. Koalas had so much fun using different shapes in order to create a boat and a sailboat. Using previous knowledge from past weeks the children were able to take turns as they filled out a chart and sorted the types of transport vehicles in to air, land and water. During their math session the students practiced the numbers from 1-10 and worked on matching patterns of colors and numbers.
Vocabulary of the week:
flota/ flotar (float)
In Mathematics, this week we reviewed the numbers 1-5. They identified quantified and matched numbers together. They also identified the first character on line waiting for the bus and colored it. Furthermore, the children reviewed shapes and traced them in a casa (house). In addition, they observed similarities and differences in homes and match the same homes together. Lastly, they completed ABB and BBA patterns with fruit.
In Reading and writing, the children practiced the different strokes previously learned in a penguin’s belly, to get to the homes, in a boat setting at sea, snow flakes falling and more. They continue reviewing the vowel Uu. They identified it in clouds, circled imaged which contained its sound (autobús, tortuga and jaula). They traced inclined lines on slides, arches in a rainbow and Uu de unicornio.
In Social Studies, our theme was La Casa (Homes)/ Invierno (Winter). The children decorated guantes (gloves) with cotton balls and the first letter of their names. They also made the three little pigs homes and made a small house.
Pre – K Class
This week has been a good week for your children. I’m going to show you what we did during this week.
In Language Arts Writing/Reading: Students keep reviewing the vowels A, E, I, O ,U, and the alphabet every morning. We are focused on all the letters phonetically and practicing different symbols that will help them remember the letters. They are still practicing different kinds of strokes that will serve to write letters later. This week we are still focused on the letter O, uppercase, lowercase, phonetically and grammatically, we were remembering different words that begin with E, A, I and U, and also reviewing how to write letter I, U, A and E uppercase and lowercase. We were doing activities with different images where they have to write the vowel that begins each word, so they were thinking in words that begin with A, E, I, O and U.
This week we read some interactive tales “The anthill”, “The Lady and the Tramp” and different books from our library.
In Math: We practiced every day to put the numbers of the month in the correct order on the wall. We also count out loud until number 60. They are still practicing how to write the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. We were reviewing activities in which they have to match the number with a quantity of objects. We were doing different patterns with geometric shapes, mazes, and reviewing how to read simple graphics.
In Music: We were singing “5 lobitos”, “Bicho rock”, “10 pequenos dinosaurios” and “Los ratoncitos”.
In Physical Education, we were practicing baseball with inflatable balls and bates also practicing tennis. We were doing stretching exercises, catching partner games. We were playing “The twister” and “The chair game”, they have to dance around the spots, when the music stops they have to find a space, we have to remove a spot every time.
In Science, we started learning dinosaurs.
In Geography/History, we were reviewing the important places in New York City.
In Visual Art: we made directed drawings, a solar system, a dragon, and a little worm.
This week we had 3 English days and 2 Spanish days. We practiced writing lowercase and uppercase ‘Rr’. We continue to stretch words with short vowels to hear the sounds and write real and nonsense words. We also have begun to gather ideas to start writing their How to Books in English and Spanish.
In Math we focused on adding using the Make a Ten Strategy. Next week we will continue to practice this strategy and also start adding two digit numbers.
In Science, we ended our unit on properties. Next week we will begin to learn about the solar system.
In History and Geography, we continue to learn about American symbols.
In International Studies, we continue to learn about Colombia. They are learning how to dance Salsa. Next week we will learn about different types of instruments used in Colombian music.
First Grade Class
Welcome to Week 17. Our first graders started many different units of study this week. Students also used many of their skills to help them learn and enjoy the week’s activities. Let’s dive into Week 17.
In Language Arts Reading, students further examined story elements. Students explored how to adequately find characters, settings, plot and problem. It was helpful to have students explore story elements with stories they are familiar with. Next week, students will continue exploring story elements as they begin reading a new book during guided reading.
For Geography, students began exploring the Southeastern region of the United States. Students learned more in depth information on the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Georgia figuring out fun facts and completing different word searches per state.
For EMAT, students worked on using coins to represent doubles facts. When it comes to mathematics, using manipulatives adds additional resources to allow students to better grasp mathematical concepts.
In Science, students began their unit on the human body. This week, they reviewed parts of the body by labeling worksheets connecting and naming the body parts correctly. Students also decided unanimously that their next project will focus on the digestive system as that will be the first system of the human body our first graders will explore. Next week, we will dive further into the digestive system in preparation for our project.
In Visual Art, students were introduced to the famous artist Claude Monet. They began painting their backdrop/colorful canvas before creating their replica of Monet’s famous The Water Lily Pond painting. They will begin creating the bridge part of the painting next week.
For Math, students worked on adding single digit numbers with double digit numbers and then using unifix cubes worked on adding double digit numbers with other double digit numbers. They worked together as a class using unifix cubes to figure out how many tens and ones belonged in the sums studied.