Sunday, October 13, 2013

Community Helpers/Fire Prevention Week (E, 2, Oval)

Our theme this week was "Fire Prevention Week/Community Helpers" and we focused on the letter Ee, the number 2 and the shape oval.

We read this week: Career Day by Anne Rockewell
                               Bendemolina an American "silly story"
                               Detective Dinosaur by James Skofield
                               Curious George and the Firefighters by Margret and H.A. Reys
                               Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

Our question of the week was "What do you think Mom does at work?" The kids really love answering these questions.

For our theme of the week, we talked about the different people that help our community be successful, really focusing on fire safety and prevention.

We played community helper bingo. I made the game board and found pictures of various jobs (teacher, paramedic, police, crossing guard, store cashier, judge, chef, etc). The kids had to color the pictures, cut them out and then glue them onto the board. It's a great activity for fine motor and then we get to play a game!
I found on Pinterest last year the idea for turning a hand print into "5 Little Firefighters".

We talked about stopping, dropping and rolling... and practiced. That was a lot of fun. =]

The fire truck and firefighters from a local station came to visit us. The kids loved it. They got to talk to the firefighters, see them with their gear on and go in the truck! They came through the school afterward to see all the classrooms and I'd never seen my class so shy! It was hilarious.

The next day we wrote about saying thank you when people do something special for us, so we wrote thank you notes to the firefighters.

We had a Grandparent's breakfast and our visiting Grandparents helped us use dot paint to decorate 911. We talked about the number, when to use it and especially when not to.

We talked a lot this week about the shape ovals. We sang this song that I found here.
"This is and Oval, this is an Oval,
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It is long on one end,
And short on the other, 
It's an oval, it's an oval."

The kids practiced recognizing ovals.

And drawing ovals and squares with this worksheet or a cute egg-headed man.

When we worked on our number activities, we practiced writing the number and word for the number.
The kids also used a key to color a picture. This time we tried is as our first whole group activity of the year. They did a great job and really worked on following directions, listening, being patient and trying to focus on what they were doing.

I made these worksheets that reinforces the one to one concept. They kids practice writing the number and have to color a square for each picture that they see.

For our letter activities, we used our handwriting sheet for the letter E,  and the sheet that helps work on letter recognition, both are from books that are mentioned in the "All About Me" post. The students also wrote in their journals for the letter E.

We turned E's into Elephants.
For our alphabet wall we made Eagles. After we made them we watched some of this video so the kids could see Eagles in action.

And with the E addition, our wall now looks like...

Our list for words beginning with E's was very impressive. Here it is!

Up next week: The letter Ff, the number 3, octagon and "Falling for Fall".

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