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Apologies for the long time between posting.  Things have been busy at home and at school.  As we start our first International Baccalaureate unit we are learning about fall-time traditions such as Halloween traditions.  We read an informative text called Celebrate Halloween.  We discussed how one Halloween tradition was to dress up in costumes.  Students wrote stories about their favorite costumes.  The sample writing below says “I like the unicorn”.

For math we created a class bar graph to show what kind of costume is our favorite costume.  Students put a sticky note above the category of the costume that they will wear during Halloween, or their favorite costume.  We discussed the category with the greatest number of students and the category with the least amount of students.

For art we did two projects; Frankenstein paper plates and Frankenstein puzzles.


As we continued the fall unit we read the story Autumn’s First Leaf by Steve Metzger and wrote about if we were Pointy what fall color would we want to be.

On Thursday we went outside to go on a fall scavenger hunt.  Students founds things such as; different colored leaves, acorns, twigs, bark, and nuts.


As part of our fall unit we read the story Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington.  In the story it was about a boy who planted a pumpkin seed and the stages it goes through as it grows.  We then completed a sequencing activity that showed the life cycle of a pumpkin.

 


To finish off our apple unit we learned how to make apple cider using a juicer.  We started off reading the book Max and Mo Go Apple Picking where the class in the story made applesauce instead of apple cider.  Then students took turns putting apples into a juicer.

Then we put the cider from the juicer into the crock-pot, added some ingredients, and let it cook.  When the cider was done, students had the cider and wrote their opinion on if they liked apple cider or not.  You can find the writing prompt in our apples mini-unit.

Also during literacy workshop time students worked on word work where they made sentences about apples.

 


To finish off color week We read the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle.  We recreated the sequence of the story by making paper bag puppets of the brown bear with the other animal characters in the story.  You can get the paper bag puppets from Mrs. Ricca’s Kindergarten.


For the past two weeks one of the reading skills the students have been learning is how to compare and contrast their lives to books.  This week we reread and discussed the story Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes and talked about white was probably the color he liked the best since those were the shoes he had.  Students decided which color is their favorite color and made their own Pete the Cats (wearing their favorite colored shoes) with construction paper.  They also completed the sentence “I love my ________________ shoes.”


This last week our theme was Color Week.  Our goal was to be able to read all the color words and celebrate a color a day.  Each day we celebrated a color by bringing in something for show and tell that represented each color.  Monday was red, Tuesday was orange, Wednesday was yellow, Thursday was green.  We also played games that matched each color per day on www.starfall.com.  Finally we completed poems by writing the color sight word in the blank lines.  The poems can be found here.



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