Friday, January 22, 2010

Cinderella Stories

From Singles

Our Cinderella Study was in full swing this week as we huddled indoors and tried to keep warm and dry. This week we read four more versions of Cinderella and began making lots and lots of text-to-text connections between all of the stories. On Friday we shared the pen to create a poster that helped us illustrate the similarities and differences between all of the stories.
In Math the children worked on solving a word problem involving Cinderella shopping for a pair of shoes. Please see the videos below to see how a few of the children approached this problem

LA Cinderella Math from Lisa J on Vimeo.

AH Cinderella Math from Lisa J on Vimeo.

DR Cinderella Math from Lisa J on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fairy Tales and Cinderella

From Book Buddies

What a week it has been! Amidst assessments and our fairy tale study it is hard to know where all of the time has gone! This week the children continued their weekly routines of weekend report, handwriting, reading, math practice and writing in their journals. In word study, the children focused on the –an family. Their word study included reading three new –an books, “Flip and Write” as well as making their own –an books. The children were recently introduced to the ‘Magic 5 of Writing’. After completing a writing assignment the children need to check and make sure that they have used the following 5 things: 1. Each sentence begins with a capital letter. 2. Use punctuation 3. Use the word wall 4. Use spacing 5. Use lowercase letters.
Our fairy tale study began with a reading of Cinderella with our Book Buddies. During job time the children traced their buddies shoes of feet to make an outline of their “glass slipper” and measured their glass slippers using blocks, cubes, rulers and dominoes.
During Reader’s Workshop we read Cinderella Skeleton and created our own silly Cinderella stories. In one story Cinderella was an Alien who lost a heart when the clock struck midnight and danced with a monster at the ball and lived in outer space forever…

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Year... New News!

ADLP movie from Lisa Bergin on Vimeo.

We are back with so much to catch up on! I apologize for the lack of recent pictures, but hope you enjoy the video and pod guide from our Avenida de la Playa study. To access the pod guide please click on the link below:

This week for word work we focused on the –at family. We had a shared reading of the book “Pat the Bat” and the children followed up the reading with their own copies that they could use to search for and high-light all of the –at words. We also brainstormed –at words and came up with 18! During job times the children played Roll & Write, practiced writing –at words and built word puzzles.
In math the children worked on writing their numbers to thirty, addition and subtraction problems to 20, and solving word problems that included multiple step addition and subtraction problems as well as fractions.
During Writers’ Workshop we worked on our new years resolutions using Snail Speak. Snail Speak is a fun way of stretching out words r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w-l-y. The children also learned a game using snail speak that you can play at home. The children wrote resolutions for school, home and with their friends.
This week we also kicked off our Fairy Tale study by reading “The Frog Prince Continued” and “The Fairy Tale News”. The children shared ideas about what they already know about fairy tales (they will be on the white board for the remainder of our study) and what aspects of the story made it a fairy tale. On Friday they helped guide our fairy tale study by sharing things that they would like to learn more about.