As we continued to learn about how fall effects our community and the rest of the world, we read the book Autumn’s First Leaf and wrote about if we were the character Point, what fall color we’d like to turn into.
To help our students be able to read on their own, students read an emergent reader book about different fall colors. They wrote in the sight word ‘I’ and colored the leaves based on what the book said.
We also went on a scavenger hunt and searched for different items that represented the season of fall. Students searched for things like different color leaves, acorns, pinecones, grass, etc.
This last week we started learning about seasons and how our community and family adapt to the seasons. We started out by making a Venn Diagram showing things that are different and the same between fall and summer. Then students sorted pictures into the correct season.
For writing students wrote about the season that they liked the best and worked on adding details to their pictures as well as writing word wall words correctly.
In science we learned about living things like plants grow and change. We read the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin and created an anchor chart that illustrated the life cycle of a pumpkin. Then cut and glued the correct order of how a pumpkin grows in an art project.
This week we learned about colors and how to read the color words. Each day we celebrated a specific color. For morning seatwork each day students copied color words onto poems and circled other identifiable sight words.
Students read an emergent reader book called “I Can Read Colors” and colored the pictures based on the matching color word. Students practiced reading the books in school and then took them home to read them at home.
Also each day based on the color that we were celebrating, each student brought their favorite things for show and tell that matched the color of the day. Most students brought their favorite toys and one student brought crafts that they created.
For Fiesta Friday students got to make an art project and watch a video based on the book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?“. Students made a brown bear puppet that retold what happened in the story and put the story in the correct sequence.
As we continued to learn about our community and the important people inside of our community we took a closer look at different important jobs. Since we are unable to do a field trip due to the pandemic, we took a virtual field trip to the post office and learned about the job of the mail carrier. As part of the virtual field trip we were able to click on interactive links, ask questions through a classroom chat function and learned vocabulary that is used in the post office.
For reading students practiced reading non-fiction emergent reader books that taught us about different community helpers. The All-Stars also partner read books to each other.
For math students worked on matching numbers to the correct quantity of square counters. Students practiced in partners making different sets based on color and side of the counter.
For read aloud we read the book Officer Buckle and Gloria and created paper bag puppets of Officer Buckle. Finally students cut and glued tools that matched the appropriate community helper.
This last week students learned about our community and the different places that our important to our community. We also learned about the different helpers in our community and talked about what we want to be when we grow up. We started with reading the book Pizza at Sally’s and then created an anchor chart with the order of how Sally made the pizza.
For writing students worked on copying writing prompts and completed a sentence talking about what they want to be when they grow up. They also worked on adding details to their pictures illustrating what they want to be.
For art students colored and traced a flip book that illustrated themselves as different community helpers. They glued a picture of themselves on top of the flipbook to make them appear to be wearing the uniform of the community helper.
As we continued on with our apple week, we read a fiction story called Max & Mo Go Apple Picking, and learned about the different elements of a story. Together as a class we filled out an anchor chart that showed the different elements.
For science we’ve been learning about things that are living and nonliving. We examined some apples and created our own diagram that displayed the different parts of the apple.
Today on Friday we celebrated our second Fiesta Friday by putting apples in a juicer and making hot apple cider in a crock pot. Students got to enjoy the apple cider while watching a virtual field trip to an apple orchard on Blippi.
Last week the All-Stars started talking about who we are and what makes us special. Students filled out an “I am Special” book that highlights things about themselves; including their eye color, hair color, favorite birthday present, what their hand print looks like, etc.
Students were sent home a form to fill out about their favorite things. Last week students had the opportunity to share their favorites with the class. This helps their speaking and listening skills.
At the end of the week we took what we’ve learned about ourselves and design a puzzle piece that shows all of the things that us special; our favorites things, things we are good at, what we look like. Students then took their puzzle piece and glued them together to form a puzzle. A couple of students wanted to glue their pieces away from the puzzle so they could show how the puzzle gets put together to make a community.
This week we started our unit on cold weather animals and the season of winter. We read the book Eskimo, Eskimo What Do You Hear discussed about different kinds of animals that live in very cold places such as the North Pole or Antarctica. We also read an emergent nonfiction text and student wrote about what their favorite polar animal is.
The next day we watched a science video about the Walrus and discussed different things that walrus have to adapt to such cold weather. For art we made construction paper walrus art.
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.