Friday, February 3, 2017

2017 Week 21 Short a word families, star word review, CHINESE NEW YEAR and GROUNDHOGS!

So this happened last weekend!
My hubby and I went up to Grand Marais for our first North Shore weekend since my dad's cancer diagnosis in October and death in December.  He was an outdoorsman who loved rocks, so it seemed about time!  We just happened to be there the same time the John Beargrease dogsled race was happening!  Yay, us!  That meant no hiking, though 
(yay,me?) 

So nearly to Canada on Sunday, back to work on Monday!
This little guy finally got to share his Bb snack...BUGLES!
 We wrapped up the beach unit with a fun day exploring states of matter: LIQUIDS!
 We painted with liquid watercolor...
 We explored sink and float...





 We generated a list of liquids...
 We explored liquids at our science table...
 Then we had to begin our Chinese New Year preparations:
We created a segment for our lucky dragon for the parade on Friday...
 Here's some decorations in our room as we compare our two different yet the same cultures...




 Tuesday's morning challenges included:
counting by 5s lucky leises...(red envelopes)

 building sentences pandas...


 counting on pandas...
 Tuesday's centers included:
chinese zodiac animals...

 
 Chinese/American cultures comparisons...

 Counting on chinese animals...

 Lucky Leises counting dimes' value...



 On Wednesday this cutie brought us apples for short a...amazingly juicy and sweet!
 We created these paper dragons...


 Wednesday's afternoon we designed cherry blossom fans!
What a hit!



 Thursday we had tons of groundhog fun!
Our first 'write the room' was a success!
The kids had to find words for each letter in the word 
GROUNDHOG...

We read a great book just filled with groundhog facts.
We then wrote why or why not we wish for the groundhog to see his shadow, plus created these adorable whistle pigs!




This looks like fun...
 We cooked Chinese Noodles with spinach and ate them with chopsticks!  Which the kids got to keep!
(best day ever, apparently!)







 Our Asian cooking station is open in the dramatic play area!
 Our groundhog science table is also a hit.
 Ok, so someone forgot to take pics during Thursday's centers.  This is what the end looks like....
(what hams!)
 These are the activities:
Groundhog SH CH TH sounds...
 Groundhogs Ending Sounds...
 Groundhogs counting on from 10...
 and word bingo!
 Good reads...
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The kids all received lucky leises just like children in China!
 On Friday we had a switch-a-roo!
We cooked more chinese noodles in here for Mrs. Kalmes' and Mrs. Pilger's class...




Back in here for snack we enjoyed fortune cookies!
 Here is what the kids' created with Mrs. Pilger...
 Round 3 of noodles!







 This is the project we made with Mrs. Benson, Mrs. Kalmes' substitute.

And finally we had our dragon parade!
GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!









And now for the week of February 6-10
Reading: Letter Ii, blending, and middle sounds
Star Words: is, how, of,so, many, where
Math: Measurement
Theme: finish CNY and begin 100 day!
BIG NEWS: Our 100 day celebration is Friday at 1:00
not too late to volunteer, drop me a line!
Report cards were emailed today
NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 24
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