Sunday, September 23, 2012

All About Apples!

This week our learning was focused around apples.  During shared reading we read a book called "The Biggest Apple Ever".  It is about a school of mice who have a contest to see who can find the biggest apple.  The two main characters in the story were Clayton and Desmond.  We compared and contrasted them using a venn diagram.  

We took a look at the inside and outside of an apple and labeled its different parts together.   

Then everyone made their own apple diagram.  Don't you just love their precious "ear spelling"?! We have been working on writing down the sounds we hear in words.  

We also sliced an apple through the middle and took a look at the star!  

Everyone brought in apples and we did a taste test.  We tried red, green, and yellow apples. 

Everyone chose their favorite kind of apple and we made an "Apple Pie" graph!  We thought this was pretty funny!  :)  

Then we analyzed our data and found out that green apples were the most liked.  

This week in our Reader's Workshop, we learned about the expectations for Read to Self during our Daily Five time.  Our goal was to read quietly from our book boxes for 3 minutes.  We did it!  I was so proud!  

We also began learning about our Literacy Work Stations.  These will take place in the morning during our literacy block.  This a time for the kids to practice various literacy skills (phonemic awareness, phonics, writing, etc.) while I pull guided reading groups.  We learned about the Computer station, ABC/Word Work station, and the Pocket Chart station.  After visiting and exploring the stations, we generated "I can" lists for each one.  These are things that they can do once they finish their "job".  Next week we will learn about the rest of our literacy stations and will begin visiting them in small groups.  I can't wait!  

We also finished up the alphabet and reading wall!  Woohoo!  

Next week, we will continue learning about apples and Johnny Appleseed.  I can't believe we are just  three and a half days away from fall break!  

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