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This week we’ve been learning about holiday traditions and the differences between needs and wants during the holidays.  We started off by reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas and discussed how the Grinch learned that Christmas wasn’t about presents.  We made construction paper Grinchs and wrote how we would make the Grinch grin.

For social studies the next day, we watched a video on Brain Pop Jr about what a need is, what a want is, and their differences.  We sorted pictures into the two categories.  For art we made stockings, cut out pictures from magazines, and sorted them into needs and wants on the stockings.  You can get a Christmas Needs vs Wants freebie activity here.

 


As we continued to learn about caribou we also read other fiction stories including Olive The Other Reindeer.  We filled out a bubble map that illustrated four ideas of our favorite parts of the story.  Then students chose one part of the story that they liked the best and wrote about it.  You can get the writing activity here.

  

One student wrote “she was riding on his sleigh”, and another student wrote “My favorite part of the story was when she got on the bus.”

At the end of our unit students partner read a Rudolph emergent reader that talked about things that Rudolph saw.  Students colored the pictures based on the color words that were in the books.  They also made reindeer headbands.  Headbands can be found here and emergent reader books can be found here.

    


Last week was our reindeer theme!  We started by reading Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Rudolph’s Bright Christmas.  We also read a nonfiction story about caribou.  As a class we labeled a Venn diagram that showed the similarities and differences between Rudolph and caribou.  We also made cut and paste Rudolph’s.

    


Just to catch everyone up on our Thanksgiving unit last week:

We used the Scholastic First Thanksgiving Virtual Field trip to learn about the Wompanoag Native American tribe that made friends with the Pilgrims and helped them survive the winter. We compared the Pilgrims Daily life to the Wompanoags Daily Life. The comparisons included food, houses, clothing, chores, and games.  We also created pilgrim hats and turned them into headbands that we wore out to the buses.

During math we’ve been learning about shapes and how to design patterns.  We created a native american head and shirt. Then we used real pattern block to practice making our own design for the shirts. Then we used paper pattern blocks that we glued to decorate the Wompanoag’s shirt. Last we counted how many of each pattern block we used and wrote it on the recording sheet.  You can find a FREE COPY of this activity here.

 


Last week was Thanksgiving and we did many activities related to the holiday.  We read the story I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie and used pictures from Texas Kindergarten Teacher to retell the sequence of the story in our bellies.

   

For partner reading, students read the emergent reader book Thanksgiving and then completed the sentence at the end of the book writing something about Thanksgiving that they liked.


We continued to learn about food groups and the importance of having a well balanced meal.  We watched Sid the Science Kid’s video on food groups where the students sorted their lunch into different food groups.

After we watched the video we made our own lunch boxes and picked out a “balanced meal” that contain all five food groups.  Students pick 3-4 items and put them into a cut out lunchbox.

On Friday we read The Very First Thanksgiving Day.  We wrote about the different vegetables, fruits, and meats we would put in our cornucopia and trace and cut our own foods.

   


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.



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