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.
With the second week of school the Kindergarten All-Stars, we have been busy with learning procedures, the schedule, and basic skills such as letter / number recognition. Yesterday we read a story adapted from a song called Wheels on the Bus and we discussed the problem and solution of the story. At the end of the day we made school buses and made a new part of the song using students beginning letter of their name.
We have also been learning about the sight word “I” so we read a story called The Way I feel by Janan Cain. Then students made self portraits of themselves, paired up and shared how they felt. We talked as a whole class how feelings are important no matter what they are.
This week we began our Halloween theme and we read the story The Vanishing Pumpkin. We talked about the problem and solution of the story and illustrated it using markers. We also retold the story by putting pictures from the book back into the correct sequence.
We read the book “Don’t Need Friends” as we continue with our friends and feelings theme. We learned about the academic vocabulary problem and solution. A couple of students came up and helped match pictures to the problem and solution and described each. Afterwards students colored their own problem and solution.
During free choice centers students were paired up with someone in the class and they learned their new friends favorite colored, and did hand print paintings.
We are becoming stronger and stronger independent readers in Daniel’s K-1 All-Stars. Today we read another book from our Read On Your Own series of books called In the Van.
In this story the text is easy for emergent readers to decode. Students learned about how to find the problem and solution and used both the text and inferencing from the pictures. We filled out a story map labeling the characters, problem, solution, and setting of the story. Then as a class we brainstormed a few ideas for writing our own stories with a problem and solution.
For phonics we have been working on learning words that begin with the letter v. All students were provided with magnetic letters ‘v’, ‘a’, and ‘n’. They were encouraged to figure if they could make a word with those letters. Once everyone created the word van they were also provided with the letters f, p, t, c. Students made words using those letters and wrote them down in a list.
This afternoon for a read aloud we read the story Joey the Jack-O’-Lantern. We discussed the problem and solution of the story. Since the story is an easy reader and has lots of repetitive text, students were given the opportunity to retell the story during center time. Students then illustrated the problem and solution of the story by making their own construction paper jack-o’-lanterns.
As we finish up our unit on friends and familyWe read the book “I Love it When You Smile” by Sam McBratney. We filled out a thinking map writing about elements of a story.
Then students were given their own individual pictures of the problem and solution. We decorated our pictures, matched them to the problem and solution. As we matched them we retold the story through problem and solution.
We then made a connection with the story as we talked about how our mom’s take care of us just like Roo’s mom helped make him feel better when he was grumpy. Then we wrote about our mom’s with our sight words and we made construction paper mom’s.