Today we were using our letter vests to spell words with the short o sound. I finished the activity with a challenge - spell the word "spot." To do this, students had to figure out that the first sound box should have two letters (s and p) and how to order the letters to make the "sp" sound. No problem! On to initial blends next week!
Using some of our newly acquired technology skills, students began using different technology centers this week. First, students used the computer to read articles from National Geographic Young Explorer (http://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/readstory.html). Students then drew and labeled details from the articles in their Reader's Notebooks. This is a fantastic website that we use throughout the year - they have amazing archives of nonfiction articles that are read aloud! We also began using the iPads (thank you, Ms. Falco!) for letter identification and to build words. It was a very proud moment for a STEM Literacy teacher to see students able to effortlessly include
This week we started writing opinion sentences. We chose our favorite color and drew different things that are that favorite color. Later, we worked on writing sentences that tell why a color is our favorite.
This week we have been working on building three letter words with letter cards. Here, you can see how proud Laila is of the job she has done spelling -an and -at words. Groups 2, 3, and 4 did an amazing job of using the "slide" on their arm to hear the sounds in a word and figure out where each sound goes in the spelling of the word. To make sure that we kept track of all our hard work, we used our notebooks to record the words we made. Great job!
Today, while I was giving the parakeets new water, Lukas noticed something in the water dispenser. One of the seeds from the bird food got into the water, sprouted, and was just floating around. It's so fun when kids notice things like that and are amazed by how they happened. :)
I love teaching kindergarten literacy at STEM! It is amazing to be a part of the reading and writing growth of a kindergarten student. You get to see kids move from knowing some letters and sounds to being enthusiastic readers and young authors.