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Monthly Archives: November 2014

We’ve been learning about the first Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, and the Wampanoags.  During our read aloud time, we read the story The Very First Thanksgiving Day and discussed key details of the story.


Then during our math workshop we reviewed our shapes and learned how to make designs with our patterns blocks, made Wampanoag faces and bodies with paper pattern block designs on their bodies.

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We read the story The Great Turkey Race and discussed problem and solution in the story.  For math we learned how to connect math with story problems and then wrote our own math story problems.  The Kindergarteners learned how to write addition math problems while the 1st graders reviewed subtraction.

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This week in our reading program we’ve been learning about plants, and the letter f.


So to celebrate we learned about the parts of a flower, even though we usually talk about this during spring time.  We started off watching a few videos on plants growing and we sang the song “Flower, Stem, Leaves, and Roots” a song sung to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”.  



Then we did a cut and paste activity by labeling parts of a flower and decorating our flower.

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Then as Thanksgiving draws closer, for math, we read the story Countdown to Thanksgiving and practiced our number recognition as we read the book.  To celebrate the letter F we talked about our favorite thanksgiving foods and made a graph about what food group the food belongs to.

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This week we have started learning about why we celebrate Thanksgiving and what happened at the first Thanksgiving.  We discussed details of the things both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags were thankful for; and then we thought about we were thankful for.  Then we created a TLC art pilgrim and wrote about what we were thankful for.

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As Thanksgiving approaches we’ve been learning about food, food groups, and nutrition.  Our district’s itinerant art teacher came to visit our little village of Shaktoolik.  She talked about what kind of food we can find outside with our own hands when the store in the village is closed.

We talked about how we can hunt moose, go fishing, and shoot geese.  Students all learned that moose, fish, and geese, are all in the meat food groups.  Many students also answered they can pick berries and learned that berries are in the fruits food group.  Then we started making hand mobiles that showed a few things we can get from the “store outside the door”.

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Students started by tracing their hand on a special soft metal and making designs on the hand, and then filling them in with a special ink that filled only into the cracks of the metal, and then we cut out the hand designs.

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Then students drew two items that they could get with their own hands instead of buying it in the store.  We picked berries and salmon fish.  Children drew the designs in ink and then colored the images with special oil crayons that turned into paint when added with water.  She finished her visit with singing a rendition of our favorite Raffi song “Apples and Bananas” and playing on her banjo!

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Then as a class at the end of the week we’ve been working on food pyramid plates.  Students have been finding pictures of food and adding them to the correct spots on the food pyramid.


This week we’ve been learning about the letter i and vowel sounds in words.  We started off by learning the song by Raffi Apples and Bananas.  For those that aren’t familiar with that song, it takes the words “I like to eat, eat, eat, Apples and Bananas” and changes them based on each long vowel sound.


Then after we’ve practiced the new letter i, we worked on building words with short /i/ vowel sounds with magnetic letters and writing them on dry erase boards.

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Later on this week we then worked on word short /i/ word families such as -ip and ig and we did a sorting activity sorting pictures into groups of short /i/ words and not short /i/ words.

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Yesterday was Veterans day, and to say thank you for their service; our K-1 Class created tissue paper flowers and cut apart sentences in a form of a thank you letter for my cousin who is a vet from the first Iraq war.

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To celebrate the letter P, and to start off our food and nutrition theme; we read our new poem called Pancakes.  Students practiced reading the poem by using their finger for tracking.  Throughout the week well continue to learn the poem and practice our fluency.  Then as a class we looked for rhyming words in the poem and created our own stack of pancakes.

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We read the story If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and discussed cause and effect.  As we went through the story, students would make predictions one what they would happen next once the mouse got the next thing.  Then we created a mouse made of construction paper as well as their own stories about what they would give the mouse; and what the mouse would want if they gave them the first item.

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It was another fantastic party at the K-1 All-Stars class!  Everyone dressed up in their costumes, we combined with the Preschool class and 2nd/3rd grade class to have a costume parade throughout the school.  Then we got together in the gym for a picture.

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When we returned to the classroom we had fun carving and scooping out the insides of two pumpkins.  Pumpkins are very hard to come by out here in Shaktoolik so they really enjoyed digging their hands into the pumpkins guts and drawing designs to create jack-o’lanterns!

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After the jack-o’lanterns were carved the all-stars enjoyed Halloween arts and crafts.  They created either a paper bag puppet or a paper plate mask.

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