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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.

    


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 read many different gingerbread stories (Gingerbread Man, Boy, Baby, Bear, etc).  The first story we read was the classic version Gingerbread Man.  We retold the story using character cards and then did a cut and paste activity that showed the correct sequence of the story.

Then we brainstormed things that are scary to us and filled out a web thinking map answering things that we would run from.  We then took our brainstorming, picked one thing that was the scariest and wrote about them.

 

The next day we looked at different ways to write the story of The Gingerbread Man.  We made a list of different action verbs and then made gingerbread men with a mini verb booklet.


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.


Sorry that this post is happening so late, things have been super busy in the Kindergarten All-Stars universe.

Last week Wednesday was Halloween and what a busy time it was!  We started out the morning by reading The Vanishing Pumpkin.  We cut, glued, and colored the problem and solution of the story.  The problem of the story was that “The Old Man and Woman’s pumpkin that they had been saving for pumpkin pie, disappeared.”  The solution to the story was that “The wizard had taken the pumpkin to carve a jack-o-lantern and he also made them pumpkin pie.”

Then we got dressed up in our costumes and carved pumpkins.  We got to feel the squishy pumpkin insides and count seeds!

Afterwards we did Halloween stations where each student got to choose from 3 different activities; paper bag puppets, hanging ghosts, and Halloween paper plate masks.

At the very end of the day all classes Pre-K-2nd grade participated in the annual Halloween costume parade.  Students had a great time walking in the parade and watching the other classes as they went along.



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