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Monthly Archives: September 2014

As we continue to learn about fall and about harvest we read Possum’s Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter.  We then created a circle map about fall and talked about where we learned it from?  We also then wrote about things we can see in the fall.

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In the afternoon we took a berry picking trip to celebrate the way we harvest in Shaktoolik, ate cranberry muffins made from berries I picked previously.  We really enjoyed experiencing picking berries, seeing fall colors in the bushes on the tundra and tasting the sweet muffins!

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Also our teacher aide, Amanda, found mussu (an edible root found out on the tundra).  She taught our students how to harvest the mussu and we all had a taste!

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Continuing with our fall theme we read Autumn’s First Leaf by Steve Metzger.  We talked about the problem and solution of the story.  Then we talked about our favorite fall color and said what color we would have liked to have been if we were pointy.

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With today being the first official day of fall, we began our unit on fall.  We read the book “Let It Fall!” by Maryann Cocca Leffler.  We talked about things that changed in the book and they did during the fall.


Then we created a class Venn Diagram to compare and contrast what we’ve learned about fall so far with summer.  Then during science / social studies time we created individual Venn Diagrams of things that we think would happen in fall or summer.

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We read the online interactive version of “The Ugly Duckling” from  We created a story map that narrated the beginning middle and ending of the story.

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Students were then given either beginning, middle, or end part of the to illustrate in pictures.  Students then retold the story by displaying their pictures and putting them in the correct order.

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As we finish up our unit on friends and familyWe read the book “I Love it When You Smile” by Sam McBratney.  We filled out a thinking map writing about elements of a story.

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Then students were given their own individual pictures of the problem and solution.  We decorated our pictures, matched them to the problem and solution.  As we matched them we retold the story through problem and solution.

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We then made a connection with the story as we talked about how our mom’s take care of us just like Roo’s mom helped make him feel better when he was grumpy.  Then we wrote about our mom’s with our sight words and we made construction paper mom’s.

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Today in Kindergarten we learned the letter Tt and the sound /t/.  Also last week we learned about different types of texts and how fiction stories aren’t the only things we read.  As part of our theme “Friends and Family” we talked about different activities we do with our family and how sometimes we cook with our families.  We read a recipe on how to make Tortillas for the letter Tt.

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We then took our recipe and made tortillas with our family and to celebrate learning the letter Tt!  Students got to help with the ingredients, mixing the dough, rolling the dough, and patting the dough out into the mini tortillas.  We read each step and followed them step by step.

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Then after the tortillas were cooked we got to enjoy our mini tortillas with meat, tomatoes, and cheese!  Thank you to all the parents that showed support by help out in the classroom or by providing the food!

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With our new unit on Friends and Family we had a class discussion on things good friends do, the class helped me fill out a bubble map on friends.


Then we red a story about a character that had three friends.  The story is called The Little Red Hen the version that is by Teacher Created Materials.  The character dialogue is easily memorized by the students and they enjoy hearing be read aloud with teacher ‘acting out’ the goose, the cat, and the pig.


After we read the story we recalled the things we illustrated in our bubble map on friends and I asked the students if the goose, the cat, and the pig were good friends.  I referred the students were we talked about how good friends help each other.  To retell the story printed out character cards and action cards and students had fun acting out the dialogue and remember the sequence of making the bread.

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For writing in one of our centers students completed a sentence by practicing writing the sight word ‘my’ and writing a friends name.  Then they illustrated a picture of them with their friend.

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As part of our new reading program I have been trying to incorporate a new routine that seems to be working with creating more independent learners and is student driven.  This routine is called The Daily 5.  Everyday during our reading workshop block I try to structure our activities around these 5 basic routines.

  1. Read to Self
  2. Read to Someone
  3. Work on Writing
  4. Listen to Reading
  5. Word Work

During our whole group time we read the story Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes By Eric Litwin.


 Then students practiced reading accompanying color books from our reading program and Reading A-Z based on the leveled readers in.  Students are able to independently these books because they have had practice reading these books before and they are on their level.  Shown below are pictures of read to someone.

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For work on writing they wrote and drew a picture about their favorite color using displayed color words at a center.  As a class we created a bar graph.

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We’ve been learning the letter S and the /s/ sound.  One of our centers available for literacy workshop today was a cutting and gluing activity.  Students cut out various pictures of key words and glued them onto construction sorting them based on if the words started with the /s/ sound or not.

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We have switched over to a new theme this week talking about friends and family in kindergarten!  We read the book “My Best Friend” by Pat Hutchins and talked about how the characters were different in the story.  Students retold the book by taking three pictures from the story and putting them in the order of beginning middle and end.

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