Before we left for Spring Break, we enjoyed watching our butterflies coming out of their chrysalises. We have been feeding them juicy orange slices, and sugar water on daffodils. For Writing, students worked on Butterfly Life Cycle reports. This week they are editing the reports and writing final drafts. For Art, we projected students’ butterfly drawings onto butcher paper and they traced larger versions. Now students are painting them with watercolors. This week we will use clay to sculpt the four stages of a butterfly’s life cycle. This Thursday for Gardening we will check on the sugar snap peas we planted and see how much they have grown.
Students wrote about what they did during Spring Break, and they have been sharing these experiences with their classmates. Before the break, we started work on Touch Math word problems. Our focus was on the numbers, units, key words, and operations of each problem. On Monday we reviewed the pattern in the March calendar cards, and students wrote down the fraction shown on each card. We will also continue doing word problems, and on Friday, students will make up their own word problems. For Read Alouds, we are reading Eric Carle books about insects, including “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “The Grouchy Ladybug”, and “The Very Clumsy Click Beetle”. Students are also working on new Reading A-Z books and literacy activities, and doing Raz Kids once a week in class. For Spelling, students are doing leveled word sorts for Words Their Way. Next week we will begin doing spelling assessments.