Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring has Sprung! (X, 21, Pink, Square)

Our theme this week was "Spring has Sprung" and we focused on the letter X, number 21 and we revisited the color pink and square shape.

Our school is also getting ready for our Art Show. all the projects are completed I will take pictures and show you our super cool "Garden". I can't wait! this weeks little preview.... Flowers!

We read this week: Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson
                              Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
                              The Story of the Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers
                              Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney
                              Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson

Our question of the week was "What is your favorite flower?"

For our theme of the week, we brainstormed a list of things that will tell us if Spring is really here.

Then we went out on our school nature trail to see if we could find any!

I made a set of flowers that I "laminated" with contact paper. I asked the kids to sort them. I made the set so that they could be sorted by color of the petals or number of the petals. They did so great!

We also painted with some flowers.

Our song of the week was "Pretty Little Flower" to the tune of the 'itsy, bitsy spider' from here!
"Pretty little flower, smiling at the sun.
Down comes the rain, now she looks so glum.
Back comes the sun and dries up all the rain.
And the pretty little flower, is smiling once again!"
(C) 2001 - 2011 Jean Warren

We talked again about the color pink.The kids loved revisiting our pink song from this week!

We talked about the shape square and brainstormed different things that are a square shape. then we turned it into a book!

The kids used this worksheet to work on their square and shape recognition. It came from the book Alphabet, Colors, Numbers and Shapes.

When we worked on our number activities, we practiced writing the number and word for the number 21.

I made these worksheets that reinforces the one to one concept. The 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 Xx from this book.

The students wrote in their journals for the letter x. It's really cool to see the children thinking about what they want to put in their journal. They love these books and always want to go through them when they're finished writing for the day.

We turned a X into a X-ray Fish! This book is great.

This book has great pages for helping the kids work on the letter recognition of both the capital and the lowercase versions of the letter, and they are always a little different, which is great!

The kids made a book called "What's Inside X-Ray Eyes?" from the Letter of the Week Book 1. 

They worked on coloring a picture using a key. My class really seems to enjoy pages like this because they feel really proud when they're finished, because they've pretty much done it all by themselves! I got this page from a former teacher, but it says it's from

For our alphabet wall we made x-ray fish! (There's really not a whole lot out there to do with the letter x!)

Here are the words we came up with this week!

Up next week: "Flowers!" and a focus on the letter Yy, number 22, color  and .

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