This year, we are starting off with a theme about quilts. A theme gives the class to learn in depth about a topic and connect our learning together. We will read books about quilts, make them with geometric shapes in Math class, create paper quilts in art class and more. We have read The Keeping Quilt, The Bear Paw Quilt, and The Quilt Story so far.
Spelling with the theme started with thinking of words that start with qu and writing each on an index card. The discussion turned to words with "qu" in them like equator and earthquake. (Also how the word "choir" sounds like the others but is not spelled that way.) The words were then put in a pocket chart and the next activities will include sorting them to the vowel sounds and looking for ending that make new words. We will expand our vocabularies by talking about what the words mean and illustrating them. I encourage the students to talk to their families about qu words and keep adding to our collection.
Quilts will also fit into our first Math study of Patterns. We will make repeating patterns in a row but also make increasing and decreasing patterns and use symmetry to make 2 sides the same. Keep watching this blog for more about our Quilt Theme!