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Brothers and Sisters

Thursday as part of our family unit we read the book My Wild Sister and Me, and we talked about how the boy and his sister liked to dress up and pretend to be animals.  Then we discussed about what we like to do with our family and then illustrated pictures about it.  I dictated what they said verbally in their stories.

For math we made a class graph that illustrated who had only brothers, only sisters, both brothers and sisters, or no brothers or sisters in their family.  We compared the numbers and discussed which category had the most and which category has the least.  These activities and more can be found here.

Finally as a treat we had one of our students parents come in to the class to read a book about a special family.

Family Tree

Last week was our unit on families; how our families roles and responsibilities are different, and activities that families do.

We started off by reading an informational text called What Makes a Family.  For math we made a family tree, gluing apples on our tree that match the number of people who are in our immediate family.

For writing we’ve been learning how to draw circles and sticks and how to be illustrators.  We drew our family portrait that matched the same number of family members on our family tree.  The activities can be found here.

We Fit Together like Puzzle Pieces

As part of our All About me unit each student received a puzzle piece.  On the puzzle piece students drew and colored pictures that resembled themselves.  They drew pictures of themselves, their favorite colors, favorite food, favorite toys, etc.  Students where then encouraged to find others with puzzle pieces that they felt matched their pieces.

All About Me Emergent Reader

This last week our theme was All About Me, where students learned about what makes them who they are.  They learned about different body parts and how they look different and similar from others, discussed their favorite things, and learned about other classmates.  It is an introductory unit to the bigger International Baccalaureate unit of Inquiry Who We Are.

We started of the unit by learning how to read to self and partner reading with the emergent reader book, All About Me.  We read the book as a class first then students practiced reading by themselves and reading to partners.  Finally we filled out a web map and discussed the main idea and details of the story.

Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar

Last week as we continued to get to know each other in our All-Stars community we learned the song Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar.  Then we played the game who stole the cookies from the cookie jar where students sat in a circle and put their hands behind their back.  I gave one student a pretend cookie and then they passed the cookie around behind their back.  Then students took turns guessing who they thought had the cookie by staying the name.

Students then drew their own picture of themselves playing the game adding details to their picture of the classroom.  We took each picture and formed it into a class book of each student in class.  You can find the activity here.

Cinco Monitos

My new school, Fremont International Academy, has 30 minutes of daily Spanish instruction which is co-taught by myself and our Spanish instructor.  As we’ve been singing familiar songs in English to start out the year; we’ve been learning the same songs in Spanish.  We learned the song Five Little Monkeys in Spanish called, Cinco Monitos.

We then did a cut and paste activity that guided students in matching quantities with the visual number.  Students cut monkeys with numbers on them onto the correct numbers of dots.  Students practiced saying the numbers both in English and in Spanish.

Look Who’s Hanging Around in Kindergarten

As we finish up with our first week of school we spent some time getting to know the members of our All-Star community.  We also danced to some songs such as ‘5 Little Monkeys‘.  Then we took pictures of ourselves and glued them to pictures of t-shirts that we colored and designed ourselves.  The activity can be found here.


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