Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed!

This past Wednesday was Johnny Appleseed's birthday! John Chapman was born in 1774, but his legend lives on and we celebrate his story in addition to our study of apples!

As I am sure you noticed in your child's folder last week, we worked on patterns and counting in math with the use of die-cut apples. We focused on AB, ABB and ABC patterns. To clear up any confusion, we work on skip counting and money recognition daily as part of our calendar routine. Despite this whole-group review, many students still cannot count by 5s and/or 10s individually. I will periodically ask you to do this as homefun with your child to maximize the amount of one-on-one time your child gets to count with an adult.

Also, here is the poem we use to tally: "One, two, three, four, number five shuts the door. Six, seven, eight nine, number ten makes a line."

Apple Patterns


In Science, we introduced the life cycle of an apple but focused primarily on the seasons of an apple tree. We will continue our work on the apple life cycle this week in addition to a book about the changes we experience in the Fall season.

PALS testing begins this Tuesday; for more information on what PALS testing is, click here.

Seasons of An Apple Tree


For a fun graphing activity, we will have an apple taste test in math tomorrow... check your child's folder for the graph to discuss our class favorites!

As always, enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Owl be teaching you more tomorrow!

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