Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Week of The Young Child/ Hop-a-thon! (Z, 23, Oval, Purple)

Our theme this week was "The Week of The Young Child/Hop-a-thon" and we focused on the letter Z, number 23 and we revisited the color purple and the shape oval.

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". It's getting exiting! This weeks little preview.... our Birdfeeders!

This week we had guest readers (parents!) come in and read us some of their favorite stories. It was so fun!

Our question of the week was "Why do you like to come to school?"

For our theme of the week, we followed the lessons given by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and talked about different aspects of muscular dystrophy. My class was very receptive to it, and had a fun time learning about it. Some lessons were, "Everybody's Different, Nobody's Perfect", "Our Marvelous Muscles", "Braces and Wheelchairs". Aboy from our school's community even came in to show us his wheelchair and talk to use about all the things that he likes to do for fun. It was great! On the last day we had our Hop-a-thon and our school raised OVER $1000. Amazing!

For the week of the young child, we painted with our color of the week, purple! To make it even more interesting, we didn't paint with a paintbrush, but with a piece of purple ribbon!

Our song of the week was "If you're happy and you know it". This one is always sure to please.

We talked about the shape oval, and practiced drawing and recognizing them. These came from this book and the book Alphabet, Colors, Numbers and Shapes.

When we worked on our number activities, we practiced writing the number and word for the number 23.

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 Zz from this book.

The students wrote in their journals for the letter z. 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 Z into a Zebra! 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!

We made Zip It Art! It's mess free for the kids, which is always a plus (not so mess free for me, as you can see by my arm. But we got to have fun shaking the bags and the discovering the colors that were created when our red, yellow and blue paint mixed. I chose those colors because i love color mixing, you could do this with any color paints and it would still be cool!
When I hung them up I left the cotton balls in and hung the whole thing up in the bag. I think it makes for a cool presentation.
The kids colored a zebra picture with a key. This worksheet came from

For our alphabet wall we made zebras!

The end of the alphabet means that the alphabet wall is finished! Wow, I LOVE it!

Here are the words we came up with this week!

There is our wall of alphabet words!!

To celebrate getting to the end of the alphabet, we made our own class alphabet book!

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