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Stop, Drop, and Roll

This week is Fire Safety Week and unfortunately I was unable to get pictures from the fire fighters presentation as I was not at school when it happened. However I can share with you a fun activity we did as a class. We read the book Stop, Drop, and Roll by Margery Cuyler and learned about different fire safety tips. Students created a fire truck that labeled the fire safety tip to stop drop and roll if our clothes catch fire.

Then as a class we made an anchor chart sorting pictures into categories of safe / not safe to touch. Then the class completed a cut and paste activities for independent practice.

Community Helpers Part Two

As we continue to learn about the roles people in our community can have, we also worked on reading skills. We started by learning how to partner read with reading one word at a time, following along with our partners. Students read an emergent reader that talked about things that start with the /m/ sound.

Even though we can’t go on real field trips because of the pandemic we learned about places in the community by going on a virtual field trip to a post office. Then students created a flip book with their pictures that showcased different jobs they could have. Then students wrote about what they want to be when they grow up.

Community Helpers Part 1

This week we are learning about what a community is and the important people that help us in our community. We started out by reading a story called Everybody Works and played a game on the whiteboard where students picked community helpers that could help solve an everyday problem. Then students matched the top of a specific community helper to their uniform.

Today we talked about teachers, a very familiar community helper, and their roles within the community. Then we practiced proper sentence structure for our word work, and adding details to a picture. Students learned how to add the important details that tell the reader that the picture shows a teacher. For example they drew students, number wall, bookshelf, whiteboard, and carpet.

Apple Cider

Today for “Fiesta Friday” (we had it on Thursday since there is no school Friday) we learned about different things you can make with apples. One of the things you can make is Apple Cider. Students got to put apples in the power juicer (with supervision) and help put in ingredients and stir our apple cider. When the cider was ready we used some of our senses to talk about what the cider smelled like, looked liked, and tasted like.

Then we talked about opinion writing and what it means to write an opinion. Students wrote if they liked apple cider or not. We also made sure to add important details into our drawings so that the readers knew were (such as drawing things we see in the classroom; carpet, whiteboard, desks, chairs, word wall), and what we were doing (drinking apple cider). They also practiced making a simple sentence with some of the sight words we’ve learned so far.

More Apples

Yesterday as we continue to learn about apples and how they are an important to our community and our state, we read a story called The Biggest Apple Ever. We learned how to identify a problem and solution in a story and created a co-constructed chart that identified the problem and solution of the story.

Today we read a number book called Ten Red Apples where in the story each farm animal ate one apple from the apple tree until there were zero apples left. Then students worked on completing an emergent reader that counted apples one at a time from one to ten by writing the sight word that we’ve been learning so far this week, see. Students learned the repetitive text to help them learn how to read one word at a time.

For science we continued our discussion on living things and we talked about how apple trees are living things and apples are part of the apple tree that contain the seeds. We also learned about the different parts of an apple and we created and labeled a diagram of an apple.

All these apple activities come from my apples mini-unit found here.

Life Cycle of an Apple

As we continue with our IB unit on Who We Are we are learning about what we harvest during the fall time. Today we read about children taking a trip to an apple orchard. In the book we learned about how apples grow. For our learning target this week we are learning how to retell stories or parts of stories in the correct sequence. We then created a life cycle of the apple. We also learned the song Way Up High in the Apple Tree where students practiced subtraction with every apple we ate in the song.

All About US

This week we’ve been learning about ourselves and how we are the same and different. At the beginning of this week we read two books. The first book was a realistic fiction story called I Love My Hair! about a girl and all the different ways she could have her hair. We discussed how our hair was the same or different from her hair.

The next story was an informational text about different parts of our body. We discussed how we all may have things that makes us different there are things that are the same about us as well. Such as, all of us in the classroom have two ears, two eyes, a nose, a mouth, 10 fingers, and 10 toes. We then practiced reading from left to right reading one word at a time with our fingers to guide us.

We also looked at ways people can be different all over the world such as how names can be different in different parts of the country, we also counted the numbers of letters in our name. Finally we created all about me rainbows that illustrated different things about us such as; number of siblings, pets, favorite color, what we want to be when we grow up, etc.

What Makes a Family

This week we began our IB Unit “Who We Are”. This unit looks into how our environment can influence our roles and responsibilities. We started this unit talking about how families are different. We read the story What Makes a Family and created a thinking map identifying the main idea and details of the story.

In the story we learned that families can be all different sizes and with different types of family members. We created an apple tree that illustrated the number of family members that live with us.

We also read another book called When I am Old With You about a boy talking about all the things he likes to do with his grandpa and wants to do with his grandpa as he continues to get older. We talked about how not all families like to do the same thing as other families. Students then drew pictures in their journals what they like to do with their family.

Welcome back to School

A new year and new faces but still the same fun! It is my goal to post more this year to share with you all that we’ve learned. We have started out the school year learning lots about procedures and kindergarten expectations. We’ve also read books about going to school for the first time. One book that we read was Dinosaur Starts School. We compared how Dinosaur felt about the first day of school and compared it to our first day of school feelings. Next we created an Anchor Chart discussing the problem and solution in the story. Finally we made pennants illustrating our feelings using emojis.

For our phonics we’ve been beginning to learn letter names and sounds using a group of characters called “AlphaFriends” from the Journeys reading program. The AlphaFriends help our students say the names of the letters as well as the sounds they make. They then used crayons to “rainbow write” in their journals the letters.

All About Spiders

As we continued to learned about living and non-living things we spent this week learning all about spiders. We learned about the vocabulary word called schema. Students know that their schema is stuff that they’ve already know about and understand.

We started the unit creating an anchor chart and then writing about what we already know about spiders.

Then we read the non-fiction story Spiders from National Geographic and then finished our writing about what we learned and added to our schema.

The next day we watch sciences videos where scientists observed how spiders grow and change as well as how mother spiders take care of her eggs. Then we created spider lifecycles.

For emergent reading students partner read the story The Spider. As a class we discussed the story’s main idea and the details that supported that main idea. Students should have brought this book home to read.

To illustrate the spider facts that spiders have two body parts and 8 legs, we created a construction paper spider art. Students got to decorate their spider with any color bow that they wish. For our last writing activity students wrote about if they liked spiders or not.

This week we have been really focusing hard on writing and being able to segment sounds from words and put them into writing. One of our phonics activities from this last week was writing spooky CVC words.


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