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This last week Friday we finished off our Polar Express week with our very special Polar Express day!!  At the beginning of this week I decorated the front of our classroom door and on Friday before school I decorated the tables in the room to look like the Polar Express.  The class got to also come to school wearing pajamas like the children in the book got to wear.

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Students were given golden tickets to the Polar Express as they went off to lunch.  When they came back from lunch they gave me their golden tickets and I punched holes in them like the conductor did in the movie.  We then reread the book the Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and discussed the elements of the story and drew the pictures of the things we discussed.

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Finally students got to sit in our “train area” like they would sit on the train and watch the movie.  Students got to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while they watched the movie.

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This week is Polar Express week!  We started the week with reading the book Polar Express by Christ Van Allsburg.  After we read the story we retold the story with sequence cards by putting the cards in the correct order.  Then students completed a cut and paste activity to retell the sequence of their story.  Polar Express retell came from Simply Kinder.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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As we finished up our Thanksgiving activities last week, we read some more books about the first Thanksgiving and learned more about Native Americans and Pilgrims.  For math we’ve been learning about 2D and 3D shapes, and how to make bigger shapes from smaller shapes.  We made Native Americans designs from pattern block shapes.

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During poetry time, we read the poem Five Little Turkeys using retelling cards and turkey pictures.  Then students filled in missing words using number word sight word knowledge.  The Five Little Turkeys book and cards came from Kindergarten Fever’s TpT.

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Today we learned about the first Thanksgiving by reading The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern, and we retold the first thanksgiving by putting pictures back into the correct order.  The First Thanksgiving Sequence activity can be found here.

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We also finished up our discussion on nutrition and read the emergent reader book called Thanksgiving – “I Like” Series.  Students partner read the story and completed the extra page at the end.  Finally we made toilet paper roll turkeys with colored tissue paper and paper plates as the backing.

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It has been a long week for me as I have been pretty sick for part of it.  However during the time I was in school we learned about election day, the voting process, and what majority and minority means.  We voted on our favorite holiday, and graphed the results.

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Then in preparation for veterans day we read the story Hero Dad and graphed about what soldiers are, can do, and have.  During our art time we made construction paper soldiers.

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The whole week we had several veterans day related centers.  Students read and completed emergent reader books using number words, colored soldier pages based on numbers 6-9, ordering numbers 1-10, and count the room using ten frames.  The veterans day centers come from Cara Carroll.

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