Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Shabbat Shalom Tzeeporim families and friends,

This week, we had a blast learning about the letter “O”. We traced the letter “O”. We practiced writing our own letter “O” on the dry erase easel. We even dot painted the letter “O”.

We compiled a list of words that start with the letter O, such as “owl”, “octopus”, “octagon”, and “out”. We also created our first page for our ABC book by making an owl out of the letter O.

We learned about the number 0, and that it is the same shape as a letter O. We traced it, wrote it ourselves and searched for it in a number search. Also, we learned about the color red and talked about different things that are red like strawberries, tomatoes, and apples.

We learned about circles. We worked as a class to make a collaborative art project. We used markers, crayons, and various types of paint to create circles. It was fun working together.

We spent time in Learning Centers, reading books, making art, and writing!

During story time, we read several books by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle. Our first book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was from the ELLM curriculum. We used the book as a launching point to compare and contrast similar books that are also written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle. In addition, we read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?, and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?

As an emergent writing activity we shared our favorite animal from Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? Then, we drew pictures in our new writing journals of our favorite animal. We either dictated a sentence about our drawing, or completed a cloze sentence about our drawing.

In Jewish Studies, we learned about Rosh Hashanah. We walked about the various symbols for the holiday including apples, honey, and a shofar. We listened to the song “Shofar Blast“. It was one of our favorites in Parparim, and we are so excited to sing it again this year!

In Gardening, we worked together to start cleaning out the garden beds.

In Music, we played different instruments, like bells, rhythm sticks, or shaky eggs and composed a song together.

In Science, we explored the steps of the Scientific Method. Then, we used the steps to conduct a real experiment. We combined different substances (baking soda, water, and vinegar) to create a reaction. With Ms. Heather’s help were able to make a balloon inflate over a water bottle! Then, we enjoyed experimenting with combining baking soda and vinegar ourselves. It was fun!

We celebrated our friend’s birthday! It was fun celebrating together and getting to eat lunch in our classroom.

On Friday, we enjoyed a special Mystery Reader. We absolutely love when older siblings can join us to read a story!

We welcomed Shabbat as a class, and had a wonderful ema and aba to represent us!

We wrapped up the week with an engaging Show and Tell. In homage to the animal books we read together this week, each student brought in a stuffed animal from home. As they shared, we created our own story about animals, just like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? If we gave ours a title, it would be called Owl, Owl, What Do You See? We saw two owls, a cute puppy, a giraffe named Chase, a sea lion, a snake named Snakey, a snake named Bronco, a dog named Bolt, a pink teddy bear, a snake named Rainbow Snake, a lion named Simba, and a monkey named Swing… that is what we saw!

We are looking forward to school next week, when we learn about rhyming, giraffes, and so much more! Our Show and Tell next Friday will be to bring in something YELLOW from home. 

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn