This week is a short week for us because it’s our last week before spring break. And since we’re not in school for St. Patrick’s Day, we’re having some St.Patrick’s fun this week!
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Phonics And Phonemic Awareness: Vowel Bootcamp
We are following our required foundational skills curriculum. And we are supplementing with our TKS BOOTCAMP Blends Bootcamp! Our foundational skills curriculum really starts to focus on segmenting, word chaining, blending, and writing words using blends, and digraphs, and now we’re introducing vowels. The curriculum has us doing short vowels, so we will be doing circle charts to focus on the short vowels as the medial sounds. We know the sounds so this will be a bit different by isolating the sounds in the middle of words. This week we’re doing a, i, and o.
We will be segmenting, spelling, writing, and reading the words as well as changing sounds to make new words with short vowels, blends, and digraphs.
This week we’re doing our smack and spell activity which the kids LOVE!
We also use our decodable texts in small groups to work on the skills in text. I have seen so much growth in my student’s reading with these decodables. The kids love them and I love seeing their confidence and excitement as they read!
In small groups, we’re using our Word Mapping Mats to really help us segment, spell and read words! Since we started using these I’ve seen great improvement in my students’ ability to segment, spell and read words!
We’re also doing a lot of word chaining with CVC words and blends. Word chaining is when you change one sound to make new words. This phonics activity is one of the best for helping students blend and write words and understanding how words work. For these lessons, we’re using our Digital Word Building resource! This resource includes a PowerPoint file and a Google Slides file so it can be used on any device!
Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month so all month long we’re celebrating by learning about women who have changed the world! As with all of our heroes research projects, we honor the month but we use the resource all year long!
This year our district is using Illustrative Math as our math curriculum. We will be completing those lessons and supplementing them heavily with our Math It Up! creations. This week the curriculum is about making teen numbers with ten and some more!
This week we will be working with ten frames and equations and reviewing making teen numbers with ten frames. We will be matching ten frames (teen numbers) and numbers and teen numbers with equations. We will be making this into a game where students will race to find their matches. We are also working on making a group of ten and some more using shapes and filling in missing addends. Stay tuned for details/pictures/videos of these games!
Reading Comprehension: The Little House
We are working on module 3 of our required curriculum. This module is about life in the past and present. This week we’re reading the book The Little House We are using our Read It Up resources to supplement our curriculum.
This week we will work on writing a paragraph about how the little house changes.
St. Patrick’s Day
We are celebrating all things St. Patrick’s this week because we’re on Spring Break on St. Patrick’s Day! We will read How To Catch A Leprechaun and work on comprehension skills!
We will also be doing some fun St. Patrick’s Day art projects!
We’re doing a new project this year using cookie cutters! I grabbed some St. Patrick’s Day cookie cutters from Target Dollar Spot. We just dip them into paint and stamp them onto their paper! EASY!
Pepper painting! I’m excited to do this project because we haven’t done it for so long! Just cut the bottom off of pepper and dip it into the paint to make shamrocks!
Rainbow hats! These hats are included in our St. Patrick’s Day resource!
Foodie Fun Friday
We’re making Shamrock Shakes! Vanilla ice cream, milk, green food coloring, and mint Oreos!
Greeting-pot of gold-students choose a gold coin and greet the person whose name is on the coin!
Activity-bubbles. We blow bubbles and students practice self-control by not popping the bubbles. This a great activity for following directions and practicing self-control. And then we get to pop the bubbles!