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Thursday, February 6, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
This week has been our kick-off to two new units all about non-fiction. For the next month or so we are going to be focusing on becoming non-fiction authors as well as learning more about how to be great non-fiction readers! Today we learned a song to help us remember the difference between fiction and non-fiction. It is a bit catchy, but it was a hit amongst the kiddos. Here is the link Fiction vs. Non-Fiction
Not only have we been discussing the difference between these two types of texts, but we have been beginning to look more closely at the different features of non-fiction in a variety of books. They have been so engaged and interested in searching for headings, captions, labels, and diagrams. While not all of these features can be found in every book, they are really beginning to understand the importance and role that each one has in a book.
In writing we will be starting to write "All About" books where they are the experts of a topic and write all that they know about it. So far it has been in discussion form to begin developing the understanding that they are experts in something. It has been great fun to hear them confidently share with the group "I am an expert with scooter jumps!" or "Riding a tractor by myself!" or "I know a lot about cats!" What fun it will be to read these expert books--I will be learning a lot!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I hope that everyone has a wonderful long weekend!
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Mr. Baker, one of the fire fighters that was giving the tour, gave the kids a bit of "homework" too. A big part of the group discussion was about what to do in case there is a fire in your home and one question he asked was if the kids have an evacuation plan and meeting spot for their house. If the students did not raise their hand, he asked them to go home tonight and make a plan and meeting spot. I encourage you to ask your student about this, because it was a conversation that we had in the classroom as well.
The really big and exciting thing was that Fox 44 was there and got some footage for a clip on Fire Prevention Week. We're hoping to be "movie stars"! The woman taping said that it would air on the 6:00 news tonight. Enjoy!
Thursday, October 3, 2013
The book we read today, "Otis" written by Loren Long, is a story about a close friendship between a cow and a tractor and overcoming a challenge that tried to pull their friendship apart. This great story was read by people all over the world today, October 3rd, to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood reading. We had a great conversation about this and many of the kiddos shared that they read to their younger siblings, cousins, and neighbors, which is so wonderful!
In order to beat last year's record, more than 2.3 million people have to read the book! Hopefully we find out soon if we broke a world record with reading!