This week we learned about ending punctuation. We discovered the period and when using is just kind of gives a statement without much excitement or emotion. We learned more about the explanation point and when used there is excitement and emotion! Finally, we learned the question mark is at the end of a sentence when a question is asked. These children are smart, right?
Our last official weekly lesson was on Capitalization. You children now know that the word at the beginning of the sentence it is always capitalized. When you refer to yourself with “I” the I is always capitalized. Also, any proper nouns are capitalized.
Put on your space suit and get ready to explore our solar system. We started with discussing the planets nearer the sun then worked our way to the furthest reaches of our solar system. Mercury is our first planet and is the closest to the sun. Venus is the second planet. Even though it is further away from the sun than Mercury it is the hottest planet in our solar system. The third planet is near and dear to our hearts. It is the planet earth. It is the only planet in our solar system that has life. The next planet is Mars and is known as the red planet. The next planet is the biggest planet in our solar system and has a big red storm that has been raging for centuries. That planet is Jupiter. Saturn is the next planet and has really cool ring around it that are pieces of rock and ice. Uranus is next and it spins up and down instead of side to side like all the other planets. Neptune is the last planet in our solar system. I did not forget about Pluto. Oh! Poor Pluto. Pluto was once a planet but now has been demoted to a dwarf planet. As a side note did you notice that some planets were named after Roman Gods and Goddesses? Some of the students made the connection.
Baby animals was the theme for the week. We started out by what we call human babies (younger children). We came up with the term “kid”. We then discovered a kid is a baby goat and we should call humans children. We went over the easy animals such as cats/kittens, dogs/pups, but went on with ducks/ducklings, chickens/chicks, pigs/piglets, manatee/calf, geese/gosling, peacock/peachick, kangaroo/joey.
Interjections!!!!!! We learned that the Interjection enhances the message of the sentence. If the Interjection is followed by a comma the emotion is not strong but if the Interjection is followed by an explanation mark that emotion is pretty intense.
Food Chains was the subject for the week. We learned or was reminded that animals eat other animals. The animal that is doing the eating is called the predator and the animal getting eaten is called the prey. Food Chains can be one, two, three, four part food chains. For example…. You have corn getting eaten by a mouse. The mouse gets eaten by a snake. The snake gets eaten by a hawk.
We can now count to ten in 27 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi, Farsi, and Turkish).
Peek In Our Classroom:
Line Time: Animal Babies
Letter of the Week: E e
Rhyming Word of the Week: bic
Moms and Muffins Friday, May 11th 7:00am to 7:45am in the School Gym