Speaking of reading week, I am going to be honest with you. I love my friends (I don't consider you followers, I consider you my friends!) so here's the deal. (You can throw things at me and not like me anymore...I will be hurt but I will understand.) My class is not celebrating the big fancy reading week across the nation this year. Nor are we celebrating a certain physician who writes books about a feline in a fedora. Nope. Ain't happening. Here's why: the above "he who shall not be named" corporation is extremely hostile towards teachers and classrooms. Did you know that if you or your school uses the slogan for this week (the read around the nation theme slogan) that you're in violation of the "physician's" copyright? True story. The company was a marketing GENIUS by copyrighting that slogan and the logos. Then they got teachers and schools and companies and celebrities to all jump on the bandwagon. BAM! Hello money! But guess what?! They don't like teachers. They don't like teachers using anything even resembling their stuff in our classrooms or creations. They will come after you. Sad sad sad day. I understand protecting their brand and making a profit, but without teachers and students, there would be no brand. So, no feline in a fedora for us. Thoughts?!
Our hallway was chosen to do the Three Little Pigs, so this week our focus is the three little pigs (I am going to continue fairy tales next week...). Our door is decorated. But it will not be seen in public because it did not turn out great. The kids DID awesome but my design was junk. Sad day. The monsters love it though!!!!!!
Instead we are celebrating fairy tales! So..."Once Upon A Time..." here is (although short!) Schedulin Sunday!
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Monday doesn't count because I have a sub! WOOHOO!!
We will review yesterday's book (which I hope the sub read!) "The True Story of The Three Little Pigs!" and then Mr. Greg will read "The Three Little Pigs!" After discussing the story, we will create a double bubble thinking map to compare and contrast the stories.
We will write about the big bad wolf using a predictable chart. "The big bad wolf is ..... if you see him, RUN!"
We are learning the "Wh" sound this week so we will of course be making a WHALE of a silly hat! We will also be working on ending sounds. I adapted my middle sounds smart board activity to focus on ending sounds. Let's see how they do. Middle sounds was a struggle...and Mr. Greg did loose some hair over those sounds...hopefully I won't lose more with ending sounds!
In math we will start working on decomposing numbers. Today we are going to use DOGGIES! True story. No felines in our room people. We're dog lovers! We will be using my Doggie Decomposing creation to introduce decomposing numbers. Students will have a work mat (dog paws of course) and St. Bernard (oh how I miss my Saint, Abercrombie!) counters. I will give them a number and they will place that many counters in the big box on the work mat. Then we will talk about decomposing the number (yes, I use the big word!) into smaller pieces. They will move the counters into the 2 smaller groups. I will record their answers on our chart. And we will be having some doggone fun while meeting common core standards!!
Our craftivity today will be piggies! Of course!
I found this adorable piggie craft on Rainbows Within Reach which is my friend Debbie Clement's blog! Um....guess who will be visiting my classroom FRIDAY!!!!!!!????????????? True story. DEBBIE IS COMING! DEBBIE IS COMING! She had some big announcement today about a keynote at the Kindergarten conference in Vegas...but we all know nothing is better than coming to the land of kindergarten smorgasboard!
Wednesday! SUB AGAIN!
Today we are dressing up as what we want to be when we grow up. Well, our hallway decided to play into the fairy tale theme and we have costumes. I won't reveal the secret but today's silly hat is going to be awesome!
Today we will read Three Fish and The Bad Shark. After we read and discuss the story, we will do a double bubble map to compare and contrast this story to The Three Little Pigs. We will publish our wolf writing and work on our ending sounds with a picture sort!
In math, we will continue our decomposing number fun! I found some great ideas to use at my friend Maria at Kinder-Craze has a super blog post about this skill. So I am borrowing from her! We will start with cubes and practice making 5. After we master 5, we will practice with 4. After we master the blocks, we will switch to 1" paper squares. We will be using Maria's Decomposing numbers packs to help us with our work. Be sure to check them out!
We will be preparing for our visit by Debbie Clement by embarking on two projects. One is top secret. Sorry Debbie. It's a surprise!
The other project we are going to be working on is a torn paper project. My monsters are loving Debbie's song, Tall Giraffe. So each pair of monsters will get a posterboard sized TALL giraffe! They will use torn paper to decorate their giraffe! I can't wait to see how they turn out!
It's here. I have waited for this day since I first met Debbie on Facebook. You have no idea how excited I am about this visit. OMG! There just isn't enough glitter. We will celebrate Debbie's visit with a TALL GIRAFFE silly hat!!! Of course! I cannot wait to sing and dance with Debbie and have her meet the famous monsters!
The kids are so excited that the person singing on the iPod is coming to their classroom!!!!! Vegas Schmegas. Excited monsters is where it's at!
Today is pajama day also! And Friday so we will be enjoying Foodie Fun Friday with pigs in a blanket!
We will also be doing our word study, picture sorts, calendar time and centers. I have tons of pictures to show you of some fun new centers the monsters are loving! Stay tuned!
We will also be reading this book as part of our 3 pigs week!
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