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The Week of December 9th
Last week we were fortunate to have experts in our community teach us about Hanukkah and bread making. We learned how to play dreidel from Ava S, Rachel and Elle. Tracy (Elle’s mom) talked about the significance of the Menorah. As we read Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, we snacked on jelly donuts. On Friday, Chuck (Dottie’s dad) and Lisa Ruth demonstrated their bread making process, and all of us sampled their delicious, different breads. Check out Alyssa’s blog for the recipes and pictures. http://fabulousfrenchies.tumblr.com/ A big thanks to everyone who helped make this week so special.
This week in science we will continue our work as scientists, experimenting with variables and chemical reactions. During our experiments, students will identify and isolate processes such as: purpose, hypothesis, analysis and conclusion. From elephant’s toothpaste to screaming balloons, our classroom will be oozing and exploding with learning and fun!
In math, our brains have been firing away, building fluency with 10 Friends. This week, we will play an familiar game with a new twist--Tens Go Fish! We will read Friends of Ten, and One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab – A Counting By Feet Book, which will focus on the meaning and use of the “+” and “=” symbols.
Last week’s launch of Reader’s Workshop was a great success, and students are very proud of their reading! In Reader's Workshop, we will continue to read books at our instructional and independent level with our cross-grade Kindergarten teachers and classmates. We will also work on identifying and writing about characters in our Just Right books. In Writer’s Workshop, we continue our author study of Arnold Lobel. We will read Mouse Tales: A Very Tall Mouse & Very Short Mouse to discuss characters who are very different. We will focus on developing
dialogue between characters by using a familiar improvisational structure of Short Stories:
1- Introduce Characters
2- Tell the Setting
3- Describe a Problem
4- Solve the Problem.
We will be going to see The Velveteen Rabbit at the Yerba Buena Center this Thursday; please note that your child will need to have a sack snack and lunch--the lighter in weight the better. Layers are also recommended, as it has been very chilly these past weeks.
Alyssa and Eleni
Important Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, December 10th: Winter Festival
Thursday, December 12th: Velveteen Rabbit at the Yerba Buena Center
Friday, December 20th: Field Trip to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Frog and Toad Exhibit
Monday: Today at school we read One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab. Your task tonight is to choose your favorite 10 friend, draw a corresponding picture, and write the number sentence. Get creative--choose any animal you like!
Parent Reminder: Library Books are due tomorrow (and every Tuesday)
Tuesday: After your wonderful performance, get a good night’s sleep.
Wednesday: Use the Improvisational Short Story format to play with an adult. ADULTS only: Watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7N0Rkmu2t4 so that you can understand the format of the game. Do not include their "up the stakes" portion to make the problem more challenging. Keep it simple!
1- Once there was a dog
2- who decided to go for a walk without her owner
3- the dog got lost
4- the farmer found the dog and returned it to it's owner.
Thursday: Read your just right book two times out loud for an adult or older sibling. Please remember to place your book in your backpack to return to school Friday!
After reading: Have a brief conversation about the characters in the story. What does the character do to show their personality? What does the character look like on the outside? Does your character change in the story? Do they learn a lesson? What does your character say to show their personality?
Friday: Enjoy the weekend with your family and friends!
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