Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mrs. Boyle and Mrs. Smith 4s Class M,W,F

 We have been working hard in room 119, this blog covers the dates from April 10th to April 21st, 2017.   

In language arts, our letter focus has been on the letters Y and X.   The motion for the letter y is to pretend to be eating yogurt and say the y sound.  The motion for the letter x is to pretend to be taking pictures with a camera while saying the x sound.  We practiced writing capital and lower case Yy and Xx.  We decorated our Y with a yo-yo and decorated our X with bones creating an x-ray.  We continue to enjoy mystery sorts, beginning letter sound cards, practicing writing our first and last names with the appropriate uppercase and lowercase letters.   We have a great time brainstorming words that begin with Y and words that contained x.  We enjoyed so many stories these past weeks such as Extra Yarn, See the Yak, Yak, Yo!Yes? Yes, Day,  I Dare You Not to Yawn, Xavier Ox’s Xylophone Experiment, The Tiny Seed, Painting a Rainbow, Oh Say can you seed?, A Pig, A Fox, and Stinky Socks, Olivia Plants a Garden, and Inside Your Outsides.  The kids’ favorite story was I Dare You Not to Yawn.  It was funny how the kids and even teachers tried to make it through the whole book without yawning.  As you know, yawns are very difficult to hold in or stop and are very contagious.  Let’s just say no one was successful in keeping their yawns astray.:)
Sight word bingo is fun!

In math the students learned to organize and graph the letters in their names.  We compared and described the difference between each name.  We introduced and discussed the concepts of greater than, less than or equal to, these concepts are the basics in  understanding addition and subtraction.   So other fun things the children participated in were learning to dial 911, learning to count to 80, counting with ten frames, adding fun with tubes, made patterns with colored X’s, workin together recognizing single and double digit numbered by putting cards numbers 1-30 in numerical order.
Graphing our names in math.

In art, we painted with yarn, made thank you notes for our special visitors, made an x-ray of our hand and arm, yarn paintings, chalk drawings at the park, earth hand-paintings, and making masterpiece creations using repurposed recyclable items.  The two most popular activities were the masterpiece creations and the painting with yarn.   The masterpiece creations were introduced during our Earth Day celebration.  We gave the kids recyclable things like toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, tissue paper scraps, yarn scraps, popsicle sticks and much more.  The kids used their imagination and created their own masterpieces.   They were so proud of their end results.  The other enjoyable activity was the painting with yarn.  The kids were so surprised at the control they had with the yarn.  The children used the yarn as paintbrushes and created the most beautiful masterpieces!  They were all truly so beautiful!!  We thought they were all frame worthy. 

We are painting with yarn and need to be steady and slow.

Our science has been jam packed with great things.  We talked Earth Day and how we can do our part to help our earth by reuse, renew and recycle to keep the earth clean.  We have made crystals, made a xylophone, planted grass, each student chose between planting flowers or beans seeds, we continue to attend to our caterpillars, we care for and water our plants, we exercised at the park, we looked at x-rays at the light table, we read books about our insides, and had a great time trying to make yarn and raisins dance.  When we received our caterpillars they were so small.  We read Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons on the life cycles of butterflies.  We have watched them grow and shed their skin multiple times.   It was great to see the butterflies form their Chrysalis.   We have moved them carefully into the butterfly net and placed them close to the window.  During class on Friday, April 21st, one of our Butterflies emerged from a Chrysalis.  The kids were so excited to see this happen.  We quickly placed some lilac flowers along with some cotton balls soaked in nectar inside the butterfly’s net, which we made with 1 part sugar and 4 parts water.  Stay tune.

Digging in dirt looking for bugs.

One of our butterflies hatched!

Our dramatic play area has been an eye doctor’s office for two weeks.  We have charts of colors, letters, and E’s to check our eyesight.  The eye doctor would give an eye exam to our patients.  If the exam was not passed to the doctor’s liking, he or she would suggest glasses.  Then the patients were given a prescription and they were able to create and design their own set of glasses or they were able to pick out a pair that was already available in the doctor’s office.  They had so much fun pretending to be eye doctor and even gave one of our parent volunteer an eye examination. 
The Eye Doctor is open!

In Social Studies, we had maps of our classroom.  We went on a hunt looking for the letter X.  When we found an X, we had to look at the map and X out the location of that X.  The person with the most X’s won.  It was so much fun to navigate around the room looking for so many X’s.   We also, took advantage of the nice days and were able to be outside for a little bit.  We were so lucky to have three police officers from Dupage County come into our classrooms and talk to us about safety.   All of the children were sworn in as police officers for the day and were able to check out the inside of the police cars.  We were able to turn on the lights and sirens and we even got to try on their vests.  The vests were so heavy that the police officer had to hold us up when the vests were on us.  We also were able to climb into the backseat of the car, where they put people that need to be transported.  This was such a special day  and they didn’t want the fun to end, so we voted to go to the park and continued to play cops and robbers.  We are so grateful for all our community helpers, doctors, but are most thankful for our police officers!

We are grateful for our Police Officers!
Having fun with our parent volunteer!

We love our parent volunteers!

Thank you for volunteering!

We are so delighted to have so many of you visit our blog! 

We hope you are enjoying the spring weather,

Mrs. Boyle and Mrs. Smith


May 24                       Graduation