The whole week we read several different gingerbread stories and we discussed differences and similarities in the stories. We read Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Boy and filled out a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the different characters of the stories.
On Thursday we read Gingerbread Baby and discussed how the ending is different where the Gingerbread Baby doesn’t get eaten but has a house built for him by Matti. Then we created houses for our own gingerbread babies. You can buy an updated version of this activity here.
This past week we celebrated veterans day and learned about how the men and women who served in the armed forces are heroes. We started out by reading the book Hero Dad and writing letters to two parents of our students that are veterans, thanking them for their service. The writing prompt can be found here.
On Friday we created construction paper soldiers as well as got to check out a few military vehicles from the Army National Guard. The art project can be found in this Veterans Day Unit pack here.
On Monday of this week we invited our friends and family who are veterans to come to a school-wide assembly where we could honor their service. We sang My Country Tis of Thee and said the national anthem as well as our principal read a poem. At the end of the day we wore headbands we cut out and colored out to the bus. Teachers can find this headband activity here.
Sorry that this post is happening so late, things have been super busy in the Kindergarten All-Stars universe.
Last week Wednesday was Halloween and what a busy time it was! We started out the morning by reading The Vanishing Pumpkin. We cut, glued, and colored the problem and solution of the story. The problem of the story was that “The Old Man and Woman’s pumpkin that they had been saving for pumpkin pie, disappeared.” The solution to the story was that “The wizard had taken the pumpkin to carve a jack-o-lantern and he also made them pumpkin pie.”
Then we got dressed up in our costumes and carved pumpkins. We got to feel the squishy pumpkin insides and count seeds!
Afterwards we did Halloween stations where each student got to choose from 3 different activities; paper bag puppets, hanging ghosts, and Halloween paper plate masks.
At the very end of the day all classes Pre-K-2nd grade participated in the annual Halloween costume parade. Students had a great time walking in the parade and watching the other classes as they went along.
Today we read the story The Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything and used musical instruments to retell the parts of the scarecrow that follow the lady.
For writing students wrote stories about a spooky night. Some students chose to write fiction stories, and some students chose to write about things that really happened.
For art students used a dice and matched numbers to shapes that they have to draw. They draw each shape as a part of a body of the scarecrow. As students complete this activity they start to notice how they are drawing the scarecrow in an unusual way.
Finally students were given the instruments and the book to use at our dramatic play center for free choice centers to retell the story on their own.
Welcome back my All-Stars followers! I realize it’s been a longtime since I’ve done a regular blog-post. I’ve been super busy with workshops, family, and summer projects. However I return with a commitment to bring you more updates and ideas.
Let’s first start out with the biggest update; I have been moved back into a multi-age kindergarten / 1st grade classroom. Still located in the city of Kenai, Alaska. It has definitely been challenging; but I love the change in dynamics and am excited about a few changes to my classroom that I’ve made this year.
This week is our first week in back to school and like usual we are talking about school expectations, rules, and classroom procedures. Our first days we’ve been reading some of my favorite back to school books like No David by David Shannon. Then students made No David puppets to retell the story during free choice centers time.
We’ve been also singing some of our favorite songs that we’ve remembered from preschool and dancing to them using the website http://www.gonoodle.com. Today we sang and danced to 5 Little Monkeys.
We read the story Curious George: Goes to School, created a craft using t-shirt template ideas from this website and taking individual pictures. They turned out very cute!
This last week Friday we finished off our Polar Express week with our very special Polar Express day!! At the beginning of this week I decorated the front of our classroom door and on Friday before school I decorated the tables in the room to look like the Polar Express. The class got to also come to school wearing pajamas like the children in the book got to wear.
Students were given golden tickets to the Polar Express as they went off to lunch. When they came back from lunch they gave me their golden tickets and I punched holes in them like the conductor did in the movie. We then reread the book the Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and discussed the elements of the story and drew the pictures of the things we discussed.
Finally students got to sit in our “train area” like they would sit on the train and watch the movie. Students got to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while they watched the movie.