Friday, November 22, 2013

The Mayflower

We have learned a lot about the Mayflower and the very start of the Thanksgiving tradition. After researching the ship and taking a virtual tour of the ship, we sketched our own Mayflower pictures. We used cray-pas and crayons to bring them to life and are so proud of our drawings! We learned about the Mayflower's journey across the ocean and packed our own "suitcases" with five things we would bring if we had to take the same journey!

We also made storytelling bracelets, each bead represents a part of the story of the first feast with the Pilgrims and Native Americans. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Number Combinations

Our math focus this week was on visualizing and retelling the action in addition story problems. We worked a lot on finding the total of two numbers in a story problem by using one of our addition strategies; Counting All, Counting Some or a Known Strategy, such as using known number combinations. We made paper number chains that show all of the combinations of 10. We also played games that encouraged using the Counting On strategy.

Friday, November 8, 2013


We have moved on from writing Small Moment stories to Fiction. Fiction is a perfect genre for young children because they are so great at pretending! Our focus has been developing the character(s) in our stories- the character that we imagine; giving the character a name, imagining a place for our character and adventures our character has in our story.
During our reading time, our focus is on sequencing events in the order they occurred in a story- retelling a story accurately. After reading The Greedy Python, children practiced their retell skills through pictures.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Where the Wild Things Are

We made Wild Things and wrote about them after reading "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak. They look awesome hanging up in our hallway- come by and take a look!