Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars!

Category Archives: Friendship

Today was our second half day of school where we focused on kindness and learning how to get along together in the Kindergarten All-Stars classroom.  We started by reading The Recess Queen and we talked about how Mean Jean wasn’t showing kindness, and Katie Sue showed kindness by asking Jean to play even though Jean was being a bully.  Then we made a simple thinking map illustrating ideas on what we think kindness means.  Finally we took what we learned about kindness and did our first time at free choice centers.  Students practiced sharing, taking turns, and positively resolving conflict.

0-439-20637-5 IMG_8621 IMG_8605 IMG_8606 IMG_8610 IMG_8611 IMG_8616 IMG_8619

We also learned each others names by sitting in a circle and singing the song “Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar” while students passed around behind their back a toy cookie.  We tried to guess who had the cookie by saying each classmates name by singing the song.  Then we created self portraits while I showed students how to add more details in our self portraits.  For example I encouraged students to draw hair, eyes, ears, mouth, and nose.

IMG_8620 IMG_8622 IMG_8623 IMG_8624 IMG_8625


We read the book “Don’t Need Friends” as we continue with our friends and feelings theme.  We learned about the academic vocabulary problem and solution.  A couple of students came up and helped match pictures to the problem and solution and described each.  Afterwards students colored their own problem and solution.

9780440415329-l IMG_5746 IMG_5747 IMG_5748

During free choice centers students were paired up with someone in the class and they learned their new friends favorite colored, and did hand print paintings.

IMG_5754 IMG_5749 IMG_5750 IMG_5751 IMG_5752 IMG_5753


To celebrate the letter B, we read the story Two Greedy Bears and talked about the importance of sharing.  While reading students got to practice sharing and passed along the two greedy bears.  Then we learned how to create a web thinking map that brainstormed things we can share.

IMG_5719 IMG_5711 IMG_5710 IMG_5715

We took our ideas and created a “share bear” and wrote our ideas using the sight words we’ve been learning.  Students also drew pictures of what they could share in the bear.

IMG_5712 IMG_5714 IMG_5716 IMG_5717 IMG_5718


We started our new unit on friends and feelings and to start us off we created a circle map on friends.  Students were given the opportunity to illustrate our ideas as we came up with them.

IMG_5691

Then we read the story The Little Red Hen and discussed on how the characters were not good friends.  We used Popsicle stick puppets to retell the story as a whole group and students created their own Popsicle stick puppets.  Then during free choice centers they got to retell the centers with their friends.

IMG_5692 IMG_5686 IMG_5687 IMG_5688 IMG_5705 IMG_5704

The next day we used sequence cards to put the story back in the correct order.  Then students worked on cutting and pasting their sequence cards onto construction paper.

IMG_5695 IMG_5696 IMG_5697 IMG_5698 IMG_5699 IMG_5700

Little Red Hen sequence cards and character printouts found here.


As we finish up this week are moving onto transitioning from back to school to feelings and friendship.  Yesterday we read The Recess Queen and  created a character web to describe the two main characters in the story, Katie Sue and Mean Jean.

IMG_5660

Then we used the character web to illustrate one of the characters.  We also talked about how Katie Sue showed kindness to Mean Jean even though Jean was being a bully.  In some of the illustrations you can see Katie Sue with a jump rope and Jean bullying other kids and looking angry!

IMG_5661 IMG_5662 IMG_5663 IMG_5664


Today we read the story Valentine Friends in celebration of our upcoming Valentine’s Day party.  After we read the story we created a heart shaped web illustrating the main idea and details from the story.

IMG_4701 IMG_4699

 

In the story the characters learned how to make construction paper hearts, so we used the directions in the story to make construction paper hearts.  On the hearts we wrote about one key detail we learned from the story.

IMG_4697 IMG_4698 IMG_4702 IMG_4703 IMG_4704


With our new unit on Friends and Family we had a class discussion on things good friends do, the class helped me fill out a bubble map on friends.

IMG_3391

Then we red a story about a character that had three friends.  The story is called The Little Red Hen the version that is by Teacher Created Materials.  The character dialogue is easily memorized by the students and they enjoy hearing be read aloud with teacher ‘acting out’ the goose, the cat, and the pig.

IMG_0464

After we read the story we recalled the things we illustrated in our bubble map on friends and I asked the students if the goose, the cat, and the pig were good friends.  I referred the students were we talked about how good friends help each other.  To retell the story printed out character cards and action cards and students had fun acting out the dialogue and remember the sequence of making the bread.

IMG_3392 IMG_3393 IMG_3394 IMG_3395 IMG_3396 IMG_3397 IMG_3398

For writing in one of our centers students completed a sentence by practicing writing the sight word ‘my’ and writing a friends name.  Then they illustrated a picture of them with their friend.

IMG_3401 IMG_3400

 

 



%d bloggers like this: