May 20, 2013
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. During this week, we will continue working with the theme: “Amazing Creatures”. The children will be talking and reading about now and in the past, such as dinosaurs. As part of the many activities, they will be writing, creating, and describing many different types of dinosaurs and their footprints, digging for dinosaur bones and building a big dinosaur, making a dinosaur nest and building a dinosaur skeleton with toothpicks, among others.
To further our theme discussions, the children will be discussing the following questions: If a friend has a pet, can she have a dinosaur? Which animals were around when dinosaurs were alive that are still around today? Are dinosaurs real or make-believe animals from fantasy stories? If a dinosaur was here, what would it look like? If a scientist looks for living animals, does he or she look in a museum or a forest? Which animal pictures were the most fun to look at?
Also this week, the children will be working in their fairytales, and learning the songs for the program.
These are the language arts skills for this week:
In math, the children will be solving story problems by using addition and subtraction facts. They will also be given a set of things in concrete and pictorial forms, where they will be able to be representing and writing numbers up to 30 in tens and ones, and will be writing the numbers from 21 to 30.
- Ask questions/distinguish between fantasy and reality.
- Understand and use oral vocabulary words: fantasy, reality, lumberjack, skyscraper, enormous, gulp, incredible.
- Add phonemes to words to form new words.
- Recognize and use pronouns.
- Write a list.
- Recognize the number of syllables in words.
- Complete a word web, a chart.
- Blend sounds to form words with the –ed, –ot, -ix, -ox and –en phonograms.
- Write a sentence.
- Use letter knowledge to write letters in a word.
- Write a story.
- Use writing traits: organization.
- Discuss where to find out about dinosaurs.
- Revise and edit sentences.
- Compare and contrast genres.
- Read and write simple one-syllable words.
- Publish and present stories.
In science and social studies, the children will be making and comparing dinosaur eggs, identifying some ocean animals, and discussing dinosaur parts and how they were used. We will also be discussing some of the theories proposed for dinosaur extinction, and the children will understand how fossils can help us learn about the past. Other activities will be reading and talking about Memorial Day.
Our mealworms are growing and doing well. The children keep observing, documenting and playing with them.
Have a wonderful week!
May 20th & 22nd – Capital campaign meetings (view changes to be done this summer) @ 7:00 pm in Hinde Hall
May 23 – Mrs. Roberts’ retirement party (not to late to RSVP – call the office)
May 27 – Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)
May 29 – Appreciation Tea @ 11:30 am
May 30 – Reuben H. Fleet Science Museum Field Trip
June 7 – Adventures in Fairytale Land @ 1:30 pm
June 10 – Professional Day (NO SCHOOL)
June 12 – Spirit Day – Talent Show after lunch
June 13 – Closing Chapel Rehearsal at 8:00 am
PlayDay at 11:30 am (Free Dress)
Dismissal at 2:00 pm
June 14 – Closing Chapel and Graduation at 8:15 am, followed by dismissal.