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Never Forget

This past week we celebrated veterans day and learned about how the men and women who served in the armed forces are heroes.  We started out by reading the book Hero Dad and writing letters to two parents of our students that are veterans, thanking them for their service.  The writing prompt can be found here.

On Friday we created construction paper soldiers as well as got to check out a few military vehicles from the Army National Guard.  The art project can be found in this Veterans Day Unit pack here.

 

On Monday of this week we invited our friends and family who are veterans to come to a school-wide assembly where we could honor their service.  We sang My Country Tis of Thee and said the national anthem as well as our principal read a poem.  At the end of the day we wore headbands we cut out and colored out to the bus.  Teachers can find this headband activity here.

Halloween 2018

Sorry that this post is happening so late, things have been super busy in the Kindergarten All-Stars universe.

Last week Wednesday was Halloween and what a busy time it was!  We started out the morning by reading The Vanishing Pumpkin.  We cut, glued, and colored the problem and solution of the story.  The problem of the story was that “The Old Man and Woman’s pumpkin that they had been saving for pumpkin pie, disappeared.”  The solution to the story was that “The wizard had taken the pumpkin to carve a jack-o-lantern and he also made them pumpkin pie.”

Then we got dressed up in our costumes and carved pumpkins.  We got to feel the squishy pumpkin insides and count seeds!

Afterwards we did Halloween stations where each student got to choose from 3 different activities; paper bag puppets, hanging ghosts, and Halloween paper plate masks.

At the very end of the day all classes Pre-K-2nd grade participated in the annual Halloween costume parade.  Students had a great time walking in the parade and watching the other classes as they went along.

Franklin-stein

We read the story Franklin’s Halloween and made paper plate Frankensteins since Franklin’s Halloween costume was Frankenstein.

What Do You Want to Be for Halloween

Today we read the book Curious George Goes to Costume Party by Margaret & H.A. Rey.  Students then wrote about what they wanted to be for Halloween.  As a class we graphed our choices into three categories and then compared which group was the greatest and which group was the least.

       

The Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything Retell

Today we read the story The Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything and used musical instruments to retell the parts of the scarecrow that follow the lady.

For writing students wrote stories about a spooky night.  Some students chose to write fiction stories, and some students chose to write about things that really happened.

For art students used a dice and matched numbers to shapes that they have to draw.  They draw each shape as a part of a body of the scarecrow.  As students complete this activity they start to notice how they are drawing the scarecrow in an unusual way.

  

Finally students were given the instruments and the book to use at our dramatic play center for free choice centers to retell the story on their own.

The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything Visuals

 

 

Candy Corn Ten-Frame

We began our Halloween theme today.  We started by playing a candy corn ten frame smart board game from the website http://www.abcteach.com.  The game starts where students are presented with a number of candy corn in a ten frame, they answer how many candy corn they see, and click on the trick or treat bag to find the answer.  The final part of the game students are present with a number and they add the correct number of candy corn to the ten frame.

Then students were given a Candy Corn Ten-Frame book.  They colored the candy corn in the book and matched the correct ten-frame to the the page that they are working on.

Ten-Frame Candy Corn Book Cover

Candy Corn Pages

Spiders

Hello readers and parents! It has been a very busy year or so and I have been trying to play catch up for quite some time. Fear not! For I have returned and I am ready to update you with new content.

This last week we learned about spiders using a Nonfiction reading comprehension unit by Deanna Jump.  This unit uses the book National Geographic Readers: Spiders by Laura Marsh however it can be easily adapted to any nonfiction book about Spiders.

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We started off by learning about what schema is, and starting our anchor chart labeling our schema on spiders.  As a two part writing project students illustrated and wrote their schema.  After the students read the book, then we added our new learning to the anchor chart and then wrote what we learned.

 

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The next day students learned about the life cycle of a spider and vocabulary words such as; egg sac and spider-ling.  Then we made a Life Cycle anchor chart as a class and made individual life cycle charts.  For art projects we made spider headbands and hand print spiders.

 

 


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