Well, last week sure didn’t turn out like I’d thought! With only 2 days of school, I have decided to keep it simple for this week. Many of the activities we began last week will continue into this week.
In literacy we will be reading the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. Because Eric Carle is such a distinctive illustrator for many of our books, we may do some exploring around how he creates his art.
We will focus on the words do, and, as well as come, look, here
We are all doing really well with our guided reading. You may have noticed the children brought some sight word cards home with their books last week. When I first introduce their new book, we look through it to see if there is a word that we see over and over. Then we write that word down and keep it with that book. This is a great way to reinforce the sight word that goes with that book. When they bring the book home on Tuesday, let them tell you what the word(s) is/are, and they can find them in the book. These words might be different than the words we are focussing on as a class because they are unique to that book. Knowing the sight words is a great skill, but to have them in conjunction with their weekly reading solidifies their importance.
In math we are still working on the number concepts for 6-10, particularly part/part/whole. The easiest way to think about this concept is knowing a number can be broken into 2 parts. For instance, 10 can be 6&4, 7&3 etc. Understanding this concept is very important for understanding the concepts of addition and subtraction. One way we emphasize this concept is by giving the students a certain number of two sided chips. By turning them over 1 at a time, we can see how many different combinations of a number can make the whole number. It’s hard to explain over a blog, but easy for the children to see when we do it together- trust me!
Pleas make note of these:
Wednesday is Pink Shirt Day. It is a day set aside to “say no to bullying”. We will be wearing pink shirts that day.
Slips for Parent/Teacher Interviews will go home Monday. Grade 3 is doing their parent/teacher interviews slightly differently than the rest of the grades. Because of this, some of the interview times for your kindergarten student may not coordinate with the grade 3’s. If this will be a problem for you, let me know.
Book Fair Our second Book Fair will be held March 5, 6 and the morning of March 7. Please stop by the library early next week to sign up for a class visit.
Help a Kid Wear Shoes in Peru- Project by former bus driver Tiger:
Over the past 6 years I have been visiting Peru and noticing how drastic the poverty is. Children roam the streets lacking many essential necessities that we take for granted. Approximately 11% of Peru’s children will die before they reach the age of five. Almost 20% of the children are forced to work as child laborers to help their family survive. Half the population of Peru lives below the poverty line-surviving on less than $2 per day and more than 570,000 orphans roam the streets of Peru with nowhere to go and no one to help them. These devastating facts are the main reason that I have been starting up this project once again. I have been collecting items for the children for the past year since I returned from Peru. My current goal for this trip to Peru is to provide 500 kids or more with some basic necessities such as medical supplies, soccer balls, shoes, clothes, t-shirts, pencils, and so on. I presently have all the items in my house prepared, but I am now collecting cash donations to raise money for the transportation and the freight cost for all the items. I am asking for your help on this project. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. I am a non-registered, non profit organization with the name “Help a Kid Wear Shoes in Peru.” You can write a cheque to “Help a Kid Wear Shoes in Peru” or you can transfer money to PayPal under the name firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, you can e-mail Tiger at email@example.com.