Mrs Dornick’s Class – “Reading, Writing and ‘Rithmatic!“
During math we have been completing individual and group lessons working on money skills. We have been reviewing the values of coins and counting collections of coins. During community living we have been practicing purchasing items from the retail store as well as the grocery store. In class activities have included working on the smartboard learning coins and bills, independent activities, file games and group games such as bingo. We have been utilizing abcya.com and starfall for smartboard activities. You can use both sites at home on your computer or tablet!
During reading we have been working on increasing our sight vocabulary. Pictured is Brandon completing and individual lesson utilizing the PCI reading program. Students complete individual lessons on the computer. We review sight words using various types of activities: bingo, memory game, file games and writing activities. Students also take part in Environmental Print lessons from PCI. Each week students are introduced to a new sign.
Mrs Lazaro’s Class – “News-2-You!”
Our class uses a variety of engaging, interactive materials to develop an understanding of our social studies topics. Our program has three components, and it is cross-curriculum in that it overlaps our social studies objectives with language arts literacy. Utilizing our smartboard, each week, we read social studies topics from our online text, identify and discuss vocabulary words in the informational text, and demonstrate understanding through interactive matching activities. We also listen to a News-2-You current events article and answer comprehension questions on the smartboard. One of our favorite activities is an interactive crossword puzzle. The students take turns selecting a vocabulary word from the article and typing it into the crossword puzzle. The last component, is developing an understanding of functional signs in our community. This program combines hands-on and interactive activities to engage a variety of learners. Each student has a set of signs that we use to complete matching activities or play hands-on games to demonstrate understanding. We also read stories, featuring three community signs at a time, and identify the signs in context and their meaning through interactive smartboard activities.
Mr Staropoli’s SHOP Class – “Hammer it Home!”
Welcome to December in the General Shop. Students are working on several projects including bread boards and plant shelves. To complete each project, students first choose a pattern. Students then tack the pattern onto the wood with a hammer and nails and help trace the project pieces. With assistance, students cut the pieces to their projects and sand until smooth. Students are encouraged to choose the appropriate tools for each job and retrieve those tools from the tool cabinet. At their own pace, students complete the various steps for their projects including drilling, countersinking and painting. Students are encouraged to make choices as they choose the color to paint or stain their final project. Students enjoy sharing their completed projects with their family, friends and teachers.