We started off our week (10/4) with journaling, and a name sorting lessons with our reading teacher, Mrs. Jacobs. We sorted by the first letter of our names, and then by the last letter of names on a different day.
On Wednesday we built Highland Park out of recycled materials and blocks. The students built their favorite place, and then we used Google Maps to place it on our map we built. They were SO creative, and collaborated together so well. On Thursday, the students then used our town to play police. They applied what we had been playing the previous week (having police, law breakers, and rule followers) and did it in the town we had built with the play people and cars. They continued to write the tickets and reports as well.
On Friday we did our I P N sort, to practice our newest letter sounds.
For math, we talked about what shapes and which ones we already knew. The students then used pattern blocks to make something out of the shapes and then identify them.
We then started our fall exploration unit! A few weeks ago, we recorded what we wondered about fall. The students had a lot of questions about leaves, so we are going to focus on leaves next week. To start, we needed to build our background knowledge about the seasons and how they change. We identified all 4 seasons, and talked about what we might see in them. We then did a mini-lesson about our 5 senses. We put our sight and hearing senses to work on a nature walk, looking for signs of fall.
Lastly, we did a sound hunt around our classroom for words that start with i, p, and n. The students had to find it, and then record what they found. This was a great way to review our most recent Jolly Phonics sounds.