As we continue with our IB unit on Who We Are we are learning about what we harvest during the fall time. Today we read about children taking a trip to an apple orchard. In the book we learned about how apples grow. For our learning target this week we are learning how to retell stories or parts of stories in the correct sequence. We then created a life cycle of the apple. We also learned the song Way Up High in the Apple Tree where students practiced subtraction with every apple we ate in the song.
This last week we started learning about seasons and how our community and family adapt to the seasons. We started out by making a Venn Diagram showing things that are different and the same between fall and summer. Then students sorted pictures into the correct season.
For writing students wrote about the season that they liked the best and worked on adding details to their pictures as well as writing word wall words correctly.
In science we learned about living things like plants grow and change. We read the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin and created an anchor chart that illustrated the life cycle of a pumpkin. Then cut and glued the correct order of how a pumpkin grows in an art project.
This week we learned about colors and how to read the color words. Each day we celebrated a specific color. For morning seatwork each day students copied color words onto poems and circled other identifiable sight words.
Students read an emergent reader book called “I Can Read Colors” and colored the pictures based on the matching color word. Students practiced reading the books in school and then took them home to read them at home.
Also each day based on the color that we were celebrating, each student brought their favorite things for show and tell that matched the color of the day. Most students brought their favorite toys and one student brought crafts that they created.
For Fiesta Friday students got to make an art project and watch a video based on the book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?“. Students made a brown bear puppet that retold what happened in the story and put the story in the correct sequence.
This last week students learned about our community and the different places that our important to our community. We also learned about the different helpers in our community and talked about what we want to be when we grow up. We started with reading the book Pizza at Sally’s and then created an anchor chart with the order of how Sally made the pizza.
For writing students worked on copying writing prompts and completed a sentence talking about what they want to be when they grow up. They also worked on adding details to their pictures illustrating what they want to be.
For art students colored and traced a flip book that illustrated themselves as different community helpers. They glued a picture of themselves on top of the flipbook to make them appear to be wearing the uniform of the community helper.
On the last day of our gingerbread unit we read one more gingerbread story and retold the story by putting pictures back in the correct sequence.
We also made gingerbread dough and students helped cut out their own gingerbread people. After they were done baking the students came back from specials surprised to find that their people had run away! After they caught all their gingerbread people, they got to decorate and eat their creation!
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 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.
With spring in full swing and the weather getting warmer, we started our unit on plants this week. We started off by watching a video on plant facts and then wrote 2 facts that we learned in My Plant Book. We also wrote four things that plants need. (Example Book #1: Some plants eat bugs, Example Book #2: Plants do not have bones & Some animals eat seeds)
The next day for shared reading we read Seed to Plant and then during read to partner students read the emergent reader Plant Life Cycle. We took what we learned and made plant life cycle wristbands.
Today begins our last week of school before Christmas break and it also begins our Polar Express week! We started off by reading The Polar Express. We used pictures and illustrations to create a flow map to re-tell the story. Then on their own students put the story back in the correct sequence with a cut and paste activity.
During center time students put together A-Z alphabetical order train puzzles. For math we reviewed 2D shapes and made a train glyph based on answers about trains and The Polar Express. The train activity comes from Simply Kinder.
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.