This week we painted bats and practiced our WOW writing about problems and solutions. The problem was there was a bat that flew into Lakewood. The kids had to solve that problem. These will hang outside our door for a while to display their work. The younger kids caught up on some class work as well as read more feeling books about being happy and scared. We finished up our candy corn reaction/problem sizes project as well. We have begun to talk about Halloween, costumes, and the parade that will occur at 3:30. The parties are at various times and have various activities so please check with the grade level teacher for more information.
This week we focused on having accurate problem sizes and reaction sizes. This concept was taught last year, but it has been a while since it has been reviewed and put to use. We did some role playing, note-taking, and even made cute candy corn that will be hung in the room. Each problem and reaction needs to match in size.
Rules are always being taught and reviewed but this week we focused on rules as they relate to expected and unexpected behaviors. The older students reviewed their social detective notebooks and we began a social detective mobile project that we will hang in our room. The younger kids will work on this next week. 1st graders reviewed rules, expected and unexpected and continued working on identifying emotions with picture cards. We had a shorter week with PD (or PL as they are calling it now for Professional Learning) and some of the kids took their first MAP test of the year. That is always stressful for our kids, but they made it! We continue to dive into the Social Detective curriculum as we review items from last year and continue to grow as social thinkers. Stay tuned! When they are done I will post a picture of them hanging.
Megan McQuillan is the lower elementary teacher in the ASD program