We had a wonderful week in Tzeeporim reading together, and exploring shapes, colors, and the letter A. Students began working on their ABC books with Ms. Carolyn in small groups. They talked about the letter A, and added apples to their letter A page. Once we have create a page for each letter of the alphabet, the pages will be collated so each student can have a copy of his or her very own ABC book.
We ate apples for snack and spent lots of time practicing writing the letter A. Later in the week, we practiced writing the letter A in shaving cream on our tables. It was lots of fun!
Our book of the week was Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. There was a lot of repetition in the story, which yields itself very well to a fantastic early reading book. Later in the week, we were able to compare and contrast the book with Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? and The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse. All of the books were illustrated by Eric Carle, and students were able to identify a lot of similarities in the illustrations.
We created brown bear masks.
We made our own brown bear independent reading books.
We worked in small groups to breakdown our vocabulary words into syllables, and we added those words to our word wall.
We also took time this week to work on one to one correspondence. We used linking cubes to represent the various numbers on our cut and paste sheets. We counted each cube one at a time to make sure we were correct in our counting. Some of us extended the activity by working together to create rectangles with our linking cubes.
In Jewish Studies, we learned all about the prayer the Shema. Morah Rachel read two books to us. The first, was called First, I Say the Shema, and it was the whole Shema prayer. The second one was a great PJ Library book called The Shema in the Mezuzah. It explained why the mezuzah is slanted in the doorframe instead of being vertical or horizontal.
In Science, we worked in pairs to create homemade gak. “Gak” is similar to playdough, but it is a bit slimier. Ms. Amanda taught us a four step procedure, and we followed the instructions perfectly.
In Gardening, Ms. Amanda read a book to us called If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson, and later she even taught us how to sprout our own green bean seeds. We created individual greenhouses using construction paper and plastic bags. We put a wet paper towel into the bag, added three seeds to the bag, and then gave our bags a puff of carbon dioxide to ignite the greenhouse process. Our greenhouses are now in the window of our classroom and we can’t wait to see our sprouted green beans very soon!
In Music, we listened to lots of fantastic songs including “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” and just like last week, we practiced the “Hokey Pokey.” Similar to last week, Ms. Zina tested our knowledge of composers to see what we remembered.
We were disappointed not to welcome Shabbat together as a class due to Hurricane Hermine, but we are looking forward to another fun-filled week this week in Tzeeporim 2!
Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn