Spelling- We took our spelling test over lists 16 & 17. We usually don't combine lists, but due to our altered schedule last Tuesday, we needed to play catch up! Next, everyone will be on list 18, regardless of which book they are in. Book 4 will have a week of vocabulary review, which I think will be very helpful! They have been learning so many words, and it's good to pause and review!
Writing- In writing today, the kids worked were given a choice of characters, settings, and scenarios. They used the skills that they have been developing all year and began writing a creative story! The class was so excited about their tales that they bounced into grammar eager to read them to me. I love it! They will be working on these at home, and Ms. Hilary also has them illustrating the story for class on Thursday.
Grammar- The Happy Horses group learned about objects of the preposition today! They have done a great job learning about prepositions, memorizing the preposition list, and finding prepositional phrases. Now, they can point out the objects, as well. After our lesson, the class chose an animal either from the farm or from their imagination. They made that animal the character of a short story. Today, they brainstormed and came up with a list of prepositional phrases for the animal's adventures. For example, the baby goat crawled "under the fence", jumped "on the car", climbed "into the trashcan", etc. At home, they will be using these lists to guide them as they write their short stories. We will be doing something fun with these in class!
The Girly Goats group continued their lessons on prepositional phrases that describe subjects, direct objects, predicate nominatives, etc. Today, they learned about prepositional phrases that describe objects of other prepositional phrases! At first, their brains were a bit boggled by it, but it didn't take long for it to all make sense! They diagrammed sentences of this type. They also learned that sometimes prepositional phrases do not describe nouns at all. They can also act like adverbs and describe the verb in the sentence!
Art- I loved today's art project! The class began creating their birch tree painting last week. Today, they removed their tape and used parts of a ruler to create the markings on their trees' trunks. They were able to use pieces of birch trees to help them understand the unique look of the bark. I was so very impressed by these paintings! After they completed their project, they began working on a weaving project that used a plastic cup as a loom.Agriculture- I snuck math into our agriculture lesson for the day! I talked to the class about the importance of quality hay, especially during the winter months. I also explained that there are 16 flakes in a typical bale of hay. I counted up how many flakes we need per day, and the class used that to calculate hay needs! On the board, I showed how if we use a bale of hay ever 2.5 days, it would take us 5 days to use 2 bales. We used other scenarios to practice the math involved. Then, we went outside and dished out hay to the animals!