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What Will You Be For Halloween?

Apologies for the long time between posting.  Things have been busy at home and at school.  As we start our first International Baccalaureate unit we are learning about fall-time traditions such as Halloween traditions.  We read an informative text called Celebrate Halloween.  We discussed how one Halloween tradition was to dress up in costumes.  Students wrote stories about their favorite costumes.  The sample writing below says “I like the unicorn”.

For math we created a class bar graph to show what kind of costume is our favorite costume.  Students put a sticky note above the category of the costume that they will wear during Halloween, or their favorite costume.  We discussed the category with the greatest number of students and the category with the least amount of students.

For art we did two projects; Frankenstein paper plates and Frankenstein puzzles.

Fall Scavenger Hunt

As we continued the fall unit we read the story Autumn’s First Leaf by Steve Metzger and wrote about if we were Pointy what fall color would we want to be.

On Thursday we went outside to go on a fall scavenger hunt.  Students founds things such as; different colored leaves, acorns, twigs, bark, and nuts.

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin

As part of our fall unit we read the story Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington.  In the story it was about a boy who planted a pumpkin seed and the stages it goes through as it grows.  We then completed a sequencing activity that showed the life cycle of a pumpkin.

 

Four Seasons in a Year

This last week was our unit about season and fall.  We learned the song “Four Seasons in a Year” by Harry Kindergarten and then compared / contrasted pictures of clothes & activities.  We determined whether the pictures can be a part of summer, fall, or both.

Then we discussed the differences between the seasons and how our lives change based on the seasons.  Finally we did a cut and paste activity sorting pictures into the seasons.

Do You Like Apple Cider?

To finish off our apple unit we learned how to make apple cider using a juicer.  We started off reading the book Max and Mo Go Apple Picking where the class in the story made applesauce instead of apple cider.  Then students took turns putting apples into a juicer.

Then we put the cider from the juicer into the crock-pot, added some ingredients, and let it cook.  When the cider was done, students had the cider and wrote their opinion on if they liked apple cider or not.  You can find the writing prompt in our apples mini-unit.

Also during literacy workshop time students worked on word work where they made sentences about apples.

 

Parts of an Apple

We watched a video about parts of an apple from Hasemeier Early Learning resources.  Along with this video was an emergent reader that we read together as a class.

Then we put together an apple with construction paper and labeled the parts.  You can find this activity and many other apple activities from our apple mini unit.

 

Apple Life Cycle

Last week was our apple unit.  We learned about living things and how they grow and change.  We talked about how apples are living things and we learned about their life cycle.  We read the book A Day at the Apple Orchard and made a life cycle of the apple using the book as our guide.

For math we worked on learning quantities and number words 1-10.  We read the emergent reader book Apples in the Basket and drew the number of apples that matched the words on the page.


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