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All last week we talked about folktales and one of my favorite folktales we talk about over the holidays, is The Gingerbread Man.  So all last week we read gingerbread related folktales and did compare and contrast activities between the books.

One very unique story we read during this unit is Gingerbread Baby.  In this story the gingerbread character doesn’t get eaten by the fox at the end, the little boy makes a house for the gingerbread baby!  We talk about how the ending from Gingerbread Baby is different from all the other endings we’ve read.  Then we make a gingerbread house art project.


Sorry about the very long delay.  Things have been super busy.

As part of our Who We Are International Baccalaureate unit, we talked about the holidays and how many different cultures celebrate different holidays and with different traditions.  We talked about Thanksgiving and how one of the ways to celebrate Thanksgiving is by sharing food and being thankful.  We read the story Stone Soup as a class.  Then as a whole school, each class brought in an ingredient and we had Stone Soup together as a whole school.

 


Apologies for the long time between posting.  Things have been busy at home and at school.  As we start our first International Baccalaureate unit we are learning about fall-time traditions such as Halloween traditions.  We read an informative text called Celebrate Halloween.  We discussed how one Halloween tradition was to dress up in costumes.  Students wrote stories about their favorite costumes.  The sample writing below says “I like the unicorn”.

For math we created a class bar graph to show what kind of costume is our favorite costume.  Students put a sticky note above the category of the costume that they will wear during Halloween, or their favorite costume.  We discussed the category with the greatest number of students and the category with the least amount of students.

For art we did two projects; Frankenstein paper plates and Frankenstein puzzles.


As we continued the fall unit we read the story Autumn’s First Leaf by Steve Metzger and wrote about if we were Pointy what fall color would we want to be.

On Thursday we went outside to go on a fall scavenger hunt.  Students founds things such as; different colored leaves, acorns, twigs, bark, and nuts.


As part of our fall unit we read the story Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington.  In the story it was about a boy who planted a pumpkin seed and the stages it goes through as it grows.  We then completed a sequencing activity that showed the life cycle of a pumpkin.

 


This last week was our unit about season and fall.  We learned the song “Four Seasons in a Year” by Harry Kindergarten and then compared / contrasted pictures of clothes & activities.  We determined whether the pictures can be a part of summer, fall, or both.

Then we discussed the differences between the seasons and how our lives change based on the seasons.  Finally we did a cut and paste activity sorting pictures into the seasons.


To finish off our apple unit we learned how to make apple cider using a juicer.  We started off reading the book Max and Mo Go Apple Picking where the class in the story made applesauce instead of apple cider.  Then students took turns putting apples into a juicer.

Then we put the cider from the juicer into the crock-pot, added some ingredients, and let it cook.  When the cider was done, students had the cider and wrote their opinion on if they liked apple cider or not.  You can find the writing prompt in our apples mini-unit.

Also during literacy workshop time students worked on word work where they made sentences about apples.

 



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