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Hello readers and parents! It has been a very busy year or so and I have been trying to play catch up for quite some time. Fear not! For I have returned and I am ready to update you with new content.

This last week we learned about spiders using a Nonfiction reading comprehension unit by Deanna Jump.  This unit uses the book National Geographic Readers: Spiders by Laura Marsh however it can be easily adapted to any nonfiction book about Spiders.

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We started off by learning about what schema is, and starting our anchor chart labeling our schema on spiders.  As a two part writing project students illustrated and wrote their schema.  After the students read the book, then we added our new learning to the anchor chart and then wrote what we learned.

 

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The next day students learned about the life cycle of a spider and vocabulary words such as; egg sac and spider-ling.  Then we made a Life Cycle anchor chart as a class and made individual life cycle charts.  For art projects we made spider headbands and hand print spiders.

 

 


The Kindergarten All-Stars is changing up the way we do workshop for this coming school year.  The new way will provide students with more choice and more flexibility to learn on their own pace.

Those three choices that each group gets are based on three categories:

  1. Main workstations tubs (5 tubs) or Computers
  2. Extension tubs – Write the Room materials, Phonics Games, sight word lessons & flash cards, book bags
  3. Room Activities – These are centers that rarely change but students can go to around the room.  Examples: classroom library, magnetic letters, poetry journals, journal writing, and pocket chart area

Student can go back and forth between one of the three choices.  When they finish with one thing they can go onto to the next choice.  If they do something and finish it, they can go back and do it again later after they finish something else.  The main tubs are based on students needs and abilities.


There are more products coming in the near future. In the meantime we’ve lowered the price on our Phonological Awareness Pack by HALF! HALF?! Better go check it out!

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https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonological-Awareness-Super-Pack-No-Prep-2761487


As we get closer and closer to the first day of school I thought I would invite my loyal readers / followers in a video tour of our classroom.  We take a closer look at my centers, some behavior management pieces, and a new thing I am trying in my classroom called the safe place.  Check out the ‘my classroom‘ section on the website for more information.


I realize it’s been a long time since I’ve updated Kindergarten All-Stars; well fear not my friends for I have returned!  You may have noticed that Kindergarten All-Stars has received a face lift in the design department and everyday I am working to add new content.  As the school year draws closer and closer you will see new sections to my website that will outline my classroom management, layout, and lesson plans that correlate to my themes.  Come back often or follow us to see what we’re up to.  And I say follow us because my lovely wife will be helping me with great ideas within my classroom.


Yesterday was our last day before the holiday break and it was very enjoyable!  We started out by reading Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  Students partnered up and helped each other trace their hand prints and foot prints to make their own Rudolph construction paper cutouts.

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Students also made Santa masks and retold the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by acting it out with reindeer cutouts and their masks.

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Finally students finished wrapping their gifts to their parents (the ornaments) which they made at the beginning of the week.  They also opened their presents given to them by Mr. Bowen.  They got star reading sticks and books!

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We are now learning about communities in our K-1 All-Star Class and this week we started with learning about communities that we live in.  We read several stories about City vs. Country including the book, “Country Kid, City Kid”. 

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We then watched a Sesame Street video about a city kid going to visit his friend in the country.  We learned even more about the differences about the city and the country.

 

We took the details we learned in the story about both the city and the country and we put them into a venn diagram.  Then we used the data we put in the venn diagram to decide whether we would prefer living in the country or the city.  For our writing we made TLC art and wrote a persuasive piece on why we prefer either the city or the country.

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For centers students explored different types of communities in the city or country.

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We are becoming stronger and stronger independent readers in Daniel’s K-1 All-Stars.  Today we read another book from our Read On Your Own series of books called In the Van.

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In this story the text is easy for emergent readers to decode.  Students learned about how to find the problem and solution and used both the text and inferencing from the pictures.  We filled out a story map labeling the characters, problem, solution, and setting of the story.  Then as a class we brainstormed a few ideas for writing our own stories with a problem and solution.

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For phonics we have been working on learning words that begin with the letter v.  All students were provided with magnetic letters ‘v’, ‘a’, and ‘n’.  They were encouraged to figure if they could make a word with those letters.  Once everyone created the word van they were also provided with the letters f, p, t, c.  Students made words using those letters and wrote them down in a list.

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We celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. in our K-1 All-Stars class today.  We learned the importance of treating each other as we would like to be treated, and the importance of the “golden rule”.  First we watched the reading rainbows version of Martin Luther King Jr. by David A. Adler.

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We discussed how MLK changed the world for a better place and filled out an anchor chart to illustrate what we’ve learned.  The anchor chart displays I got from Eberhart’s Explorers teachers pay teacher’s store.  The MLK unit is free to download.  After we filled out our Anchor chart, we read an I Have a Dream, for poetry reading.  Students had fun highlighting sight words.

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Finally we wrote about what our dream (we’ve been learning about the letter Dd in phonics!) was for the world to be a better place.  Students also used hand paint to help illustrate their dream.  These cool printouts came from Teaching First’s blog.

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Today we read the story Christmas Cookies which is a book that introduces us to many different vocabulary words and teaches us lessons about giving and thankfulness.  Reading this book; sparked a lot of conversations about things we remember about past Christmases and what we do during the Christmas time.  We wrote about our favorite Christmas memory and made presents for our class secret Santa.

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