Today begins our lighting of our Advent Wreath. (We use battery votive candles). The children will learn that Advent is a time that we are waiting to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus. We will begin to learn some of our religious Christmas songs today.
The children will play the end of the unit game for the Three Bears story. This is a ‘category’ game reviewing ‘big, medium and small/little”.They will play in teams of two. Each pair of children will have a picture card showing the Three Bears. Cards showing the bear’s bowls, chairs, and beds in the 3 sizes wil be shuffled and placed face down. Each child will take a turn to draw a card from the pile and place it under the correct size bear, saying the size of the object. When all of the children have the 3 correct objects for each bear, the game is completed. For the next game, the cards wil be placed face down on the table. Each child will turn over any two cards and tell how the pictures are the same. For example, they are both red, or they are both chairs. Then I will ask them what makes the pictures different. If the cards are exactly the same, the player can keep the cards until the game is over.
Language: Happily Ever After Act. p . 7 & 8: Cut the pictutes from the Three Bears and Red Riding Hood stories and sort in the correct story category. Glue on to Blue paper (Bears) and Red paper (Red Riding Hood).
Art: They will make a hand print, shaped into a Christmas tree for their Mother’s Day book. When dry, decorate with glitter and sequins.
We will review ‘J’ with Jiggly Jellyfish and read “Gooey Jellyfish’ by Natalie Lunis. What they will learn about jellyfish: they are invertebrates (they do not have a backbone), and they do not have a brain, blood or a heart. They do have a mouth and stomach, and they will discover what they eat and how they catch their meals by using their tentacles and ‘feeding arms’! Other vocabulary words that we will discuss from the book are: the Arctic, float, sting and swarm. This book shows many different types of jellyfish in their natural habitats.
Art: paint 1/2 a paper plate, blue to make a jellyfish, add crepe paper strips for the tentacles.
Language: Happily Ever After Blacklike Masters # 8 & 9: review letters C,c, D,d.
Any make up work will be completed with children who have missed Happily Ever After activities.
We plan to get together with Mrs. Curcione’s and Mrs. Hink’s classes (our prayer partner classes) this morning so that the children can tell the 7th graders what they would like Santa to bring them for Christmas. The 7th graders will write their letters to Santa, then in a few weeks each child will get a personal ‘reply’ from Santa!
The new story from Happily Ever After, :La Tortuga”, will be introduced. I will build background to the story, which is set in Mexico. The new vocabulary words will be introduced and I will guide listening and coprehension. I will set the purpose for reading which is to find out why the tortoise is hiding. We will listen to the story on CD following along with the big book. The vocabulary words will be reviewed and I will ask the comprehension questions at the end of the story.
Language: Cut out their ‘La Tortuga’ storybooklets.
Art: Stamp print Christmas trees to make hand made wrapping paper.
Our math lesson today will teach one to one correspondence. We will use small pumpkin counters and ‘Link and Learn’ links to count “equal” amounts and match one to one. They will learn that the word ‘equal’ mean the ‘same amount’.
Math activity page: Match the numbered pumpkins to the circles with the correct amount of dots by drawing a line
to each number.
Language: Happily Ever After Act. p. 1 & 2 (La Tortuga Story): identify round objects: practice tracing circles.
Mass will be at 10:00. You are always welcome to come and sit with our class.This will be about an hour, therefore there willl not be a formal lesson today.
We will practice our Christmas songs when we return from Mass.
Language activity page:Trace and write ‘J, j’s : color all the ‘j’s on the jungle animal trail.
Art: Trace children’s hand, cut out and make into an Advent wreath.
Books we will read:
My ‘j’ Sound Box
The Three Snow Bears
Somebody and the Three Blairs
Goatilocks and the Three Bears.
Me and You
The Three Bears and Goldilocks
Leola and the Honeybears
A Visitor for Bear
Jellyfish by Leighton Taylor
Jellyfish by David King