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.
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 week we began our unit on gingerbread. In this unit we read many different versions of the gingerbread man folktale. We started by reading a version that resembles original Gingerbread Man story. We did a retell of the story by doing a sequence cut and paste. Then we made our own gingerbread men and write action words to complete a phrase.
The next day we read another version called Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. Students made a list of things that they would run away from if they were the gingerbread baby and wrote about it in their journals. The gingerbread man writing prompt comes from The Education Center.
We compared the characters from the story from Gingerbread Baby to the characters from Gingerbread Man using hula hoops and character cards. Then students made gingerbread houses for the gingerbread baby.
We read the story Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and created a story map about the story. Then each student illustrated and wrote about the problem in the story.
We also made our own Rudolph’s with a cut and paste activity. Then we read a non fiction about real reindeer (caribou) and made a venn diagram to compare and contrast Rudolph to real reindeer. This reindeer template comes from First School Activities.
On Monday we started our unit on fall. During our calendar time we sang the song Four Seasons in a Year by Harry Kindergarten and came up with movements to go along with the song. Students had fun trying to guess which season Harry Kindergarten was describing.
We then created a read life venn diagram to compare and contrast summer and fall. Students did a cut and paste activity sorting pictures into seasons that they best fit in.
We read the story Clifford’s First Autumn by Norman Bridwell and made a list of fall activities that Clifford and Emily Elizabeth participated in. Then students made a text to self connection by writing about what activity from the story that they like to do.
Today we went through a Brain Pop Jr. lesson on fall and did a autumn leaves finger stamping art project. Students pressed their fingers into ink pads and made autumn leaf trees and picked which fall color they liked the best.
Our Title 1 team put on a pajama party and invited parents to come and read to our class. This also helped launch our class into our day & night science unit. We started out by enjoying cereal for snack and then for drop everything and read, students got to snuggle with their pillows and stuffed animals.
Finally our class built blanket forts, listened to a bedtime story on the SMART board and had our parents read to us at the forts.
Then starting this week we learned about what causes day & night. We read a non-fiction book about what makes day and night and watched a video on youtube about how the earth rotates and revolves around the sun.
As a class, we created a venn diagram that show things you can see in the sky during the day and during the night. Then the class filled out their own venn diagram in a cut and paste activity. At the science center students got to explore the concepts of day and night using a globe.
We continued our Polar Express unit and yesterday we read the story Night Tree and we talked about how both of the story were different and the same. The biggest thing we noticed were that in both stories, the characters had hot chocolate.
We then brainstormed describing words about hot chocolate using our senses. We took those words and wrote them on mugs and decorated those mugs with cotton ball “marshmallows”.
This last week we began our study on Nutrition. First we read “Gregory the Terrible Eater” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and then we talked about foods that were healthy and not healthy foods, and sorted them according to those categories.
Then we use the food cards to create a class food pyramids and sorted them into their food groups. Then students drew their own foods and created their own food pyramids.
As the first official day of fall is around the corner we start our unit on autumn with the story “When Autumn Comes”. We talked about what we learned about fall by creating a hoola-hoop Venn diagram that compared and contrasted fall and summer. Then the class sorted pictures into winter, spring summer, or fall.
This week our focus has been what makes day and what makes night. Students learned about how the earth rotates on it’s axis and this is what causes day and night. We read two stories about day and night (What Makes Day and Night by Franklyn M. Branley and Moongame by Frank Asch).
We then took what we’ve learned so far to make a sequence map illustrating different times of day and night. I got this from April Larremore’s Day and Night Flowmap. We also did a day and night venn diagram were, students compared different things that can be seen in the daytime and nighttime. I got the venn diagram from Class of Kinders TpT’s website.