Community and Origins Units
As we read the last of the postcards that came flooding into our mailboxes over the past couple of months, our Community Unit came to an end. It was wonderful to be able to receive cards from all over our United States from friends and family. We tallied and graphed the results and learned a little about each of our 50 states as well. We are still missing several states and will continue to graph our results as long as they continue to come in! During this unit, we looked at our families, school, neighborhoods, city, state and country. We learned that each is a community and what that means. Communities usually have leaders, rules, common goals and symbols. One of the symbols is the Bald Eagle. We will be able to watch an eaglet hatch from an egg and then see mom and dad feed and protect it while in its nest --ALL on our Smart Board! This eagle’s beginning led us nicely into our new unit, “Origins”. Made of two smaller units, first we examine how animals begin- hatching from eggs or born alive. We observe chicken eggs in an incubator and mark from eggs or born alive. We observe the development on a calendar. Then in the second half, we will be making seed babies, learning nursery rhymes and putting on a play! Our goal will be to learn about how things begin and how they constantly change and grow over time.
We had a great time on our Community field trip. We enjoyed our carriage ride, our tour of Saltus, our visit with Mr. Joe at Monkey's Uncle and play time at the park! We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful city with so much history.
In Language Arts, we concentrated on the identification of the parts of a story. We practiced this skill by picking out the setting and characters in a story. We also introduced the concept of the main idea in a story. We identified the main idea of a story and four of the supporting details of the main idea. Since spring arrived last week, we read It's Spring by Linda Glasser. We identified the main idea and wrote the word in the middle of our graphic organizer. Then, we drew pictures of the supporting details of the main idea. These details were the signs of spring that were in the book. This week, we will add sentences to our pictures. This skill helps us understand that a story has important parts and details. These important parts of a story can help us retell a story. We also worked on identifying the beginning, middle and ending of a story. We read A Pocket for Corduroy and drew/wrote sentences to describe the three parts of the story.
One of the big concepts that we have introduced this month is decomposing numbers. The children are so proud that they understand what that word means- breaking a whole into parts. We have worked on the numbers up to 10, and beyond. We have used unifix cubes, bead bracelets, colored beans and two- sided counters to break a group of objects into 2 groups. After we break a whole into parts, we practiced making number sentences, too! This concept will lead us to the big concept of addition and subtraction.
We have enjoyed our time with our 8th grade buddies! We loved showing them our new playground and getting some time to just play with them. Also, they are helping us research bald eagles on their i-pads, which is a lot of fun. They came to our room last week to help us start measuring and drawing our eagles for a special project we are doing in class. They are such great mentors and help out so much in the classroom!