Mrs. Lazaro’s Class – “ENJOY THE SNOWFLAKES!”
Our current Social Studies unit, Self, Family and Community has been the inspiration for many exciting, hands-on lessons for Language Arts, Math and Perceptual Motor. First, we cut and pasted self and family photos to snowflakes for our winter classroom bulletin board. We counted the members of our family. Then we practiced our communication skills by taking turns “presenting” our family to the class. Next, we brainstormed words that describe snowflakes – delicate, fun, unique, similar, large, small and compared them to words that describe our families. We chose snowflake patterns to cut out and decorate. Finally, in Language Arts, we used these words to complete sentence starters, “Like snowflakes, my family is ______ and _______. We added these sentences and snowflakes to our hallway bulletin board, and invited staff to select a student and visit our classroom for a short presentation of their family!
What’s next? We are going to think about what it might be like if our family was larger. What would change? What would be the same? Now that we have spent some time discussing our personal attributes — hair, skin, eye color, we will begin to identify and write about what makes us who we are on the inside.
Mrs. Dornick’s Class – “Smartboard!”
We have been given a fabulous gift in room 220. A Smartboard!! We have been so fortunate to be able to supplement our lessons with the smartboard. One of our favorite sites is www.starfall.com. Pictured is Jessie working on her letter recognition skills using the Program. The site also contains various types of Math skills including number recognition and money skills. We have also been using www.abcya.com. This site is fabulous for all different levels and skills.
We have also been working very hard on our fine motor skills. We made sensory bottles. During this activity students had to make various decisions on their projects. They had to decide what type of objects they would like to put in them as well as what color they would like them to be. Then they had to use their pincer grasp to fill the bottles! They turned out beautiful and will be on display for the Spaghetti Dinner! We use them daily when we take sensory breaks!
During Language and Motor skills we have been learning about the various winter Holidays. We are currently making rainbows and leprechauns for St Patrick’s Day. We just finished reading “Horray for St. Patrick’s Day”. Students had to sequence events of the story and recall facts. After the story we made a “Pot of Gold” activity”
Don’t forget February 26th is the Spaghetti Dinner and Program Fair. Come see all our work we have been doing and enjoy some yummy Spaghetti!
SHOP – “Winter Wonderland”
Welcome to February in the General Shop. Throughout the month, students will be working on a variety of projects including hanging hearts, a spring plaque and utensil holders. Students are practicing the skills of utilizing patterns and tools to create a project of their choice. After selecting a project, students select the appropriate wood and trace the necessary patterns to begin the construction of their projects. Students are practicing the proper use of hand tools and power tools including the cordless screwdriver, drill press, power sander, and various fasteners. After assembling the project, students are given the option to stain or paint their finished products. Students enjoy seeing how their hard work results in the completion of a project. Students enjoy taking projects home to share with their friends and family.