1. We worked on names a lot this week. I gave the kids each a baggie with the letters of their name mixed up inside. They had to put it in order, and count to see how many letters they had. (This was a follow-up to reading Chrysanthemum.) After they figured out how many letters they had, we made this class graph:
This gave us a great opportunity to talk about most, least, and equal.
2. We started to talk about feelings, so we read another one of my favorite Kevin Henkes' books - Wemberly Worried. After reading, we did a shared writing about Wemberly's worries and our worries:
One student said she worried about getting sucked into the vacuum cleaner, haha! Then, we did an individual Wemberly craft and writing. This super cute idea is from Mrs. T. We painted and wrote first. Then, added the Wemberly face the next day.
3. We also made our first class book, focusing again on our names. Each student colored in a big block letter and then I took their picture with it. Each picture made a page in our ABC book, with a sentence like "B is for Beckam."
I put the colored version of our book in our classroom library, but I also made several black and white copies that the kids can read at their tables. It is always such a popular book. They love that they can read it independently.
4. Our school is doing a new thing this year to encourage kids to think about college. Each classroom has a college and we have a schoolwide theme around all the college sports. It's really fun. Our class is the Georgia Bulldogs, so I made these inserts for our take home folders. Our folders are red with plastic inserts in the front, so they perfectly match UGA's red and black.
My sister, who lives in Georgia, sent us this little mascot. He sings "We Will Rock You" and dances. He's an incentive for the whole class. If they all work together and line up or come to the carpet quietly, we will watch him sing/dance. They LOVE it!
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