Happy Schedulin’ Sunday! This week we are kicking off our HUGE three week animals and animal habitats research project! We are focusing on an animal a day, the animals habitats and threats to the habitat. At the end of the project we will design a new animal exhibit for our zoo! We’re also working on ER/IR/UR words with Vowel Teams Bootcamp and working on addition to 10 with giant playing cards!
Lesson Plans For Animal Habitats, R Controlled Vowels and Addition To 10!
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This week our morning greeting is a new spring movement greeting. Inside plastic eggs will be pieces of paper with spring related movement ideas: sprout like a seed, wiggle like a worm, etc. Students choose an egg, do the movement and we greet the student!
For more morning meeting greeting ideas, check out our Morning Meeting Greeting Resource.
Phonics: Vowel Teams Bootcamp ER/IR/UR Words
This week we are continuing Vowel Teams Bootcamp with ER/IR/UR words! We will make a circle map, build and write OR words and match OR words and pictures!
In keeping with our district’s scope and sequence, we are starting our three week unit on animals. We will be doing zoo animals and ocean animals. The culminating task for this research project is to design and exhibit for our zoo. That means we’re focused on animals that our zoo doesn’t have! We are also focused on animals habitats and threats to the animals and their habitats.
This week we are learning about pandas, polar bears and grizzly bears. Each day we will use a read aloud to research about animals and animal habitats. The students share their learning on our graphic organizer and then write about the animals in their research journals. As part of the writing, students will draw the animal in their habitat. (NOTE: For Polar Bears, we’re using resources from our Arctic Animals Research Project!)
We will also label the animal and do a directed drawing of the animal!
For more detail on our Zoo Animals Research Project, visit this post:
For more details on our Ocean Animals Research Project, check out this post:
With our plants research project, it’s the perfect time to use our Read It Up: The Old Lady Who Swallowed A Chick!
We will use this resource to build oral and written reading comprehension skills!
For more information on reading comprehension, check out this post:
Here are the animal habitats books we are reading this week:
Math: Addition To 10
In math we are practicing addition to 10.
We will be using our Dealing With Math creation this week and we’re using our GIANT PLAYING CARDS! Students will deal two cards. The class writes the equations and answers on whiteboards. The next day we will do the same activity but students will record their equations on a recording sheet. Wednesday students will do independent practice with playing cards and I will pull small groups for students who need extra help!
For a glimpse into this activity (but with subtraction), check out this post:
Our giant playing cards are from Amazon!
Foodie Fun Friday
This week we will make zoo crackers with graham crackers, animal cookies and licorice!
These are the creations we are using in our classroom this week!
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