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Category Archives: Sight Words

Today we continued our unit on the Polar Express.  We read the story Christmas Kitten and compared the gift that the boy got (the bell) as the first gift of Christmas in the Polar Express and the gift Sophie got (a kitten) in Christmas Kitten.  Based on the story Christmas Kitten we guessed on what we thought Sophie would have picked as the first gift of Christmas.  Then we wrote about what we would pick.

During read to self, students read the emergent reader Santa Has.. and filled in the blank line with the word ‘has’ and drew the picture of what the sentence said Santa had.

For math & art students completed a cut and paste puzzle that matched numbers with their number word.  Students then colored the picture showing The Polar Express and the conductor.


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.


We read the book Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland.  Then we brainstormed things that we were thankful for and wrote about it on a big turkey paper.  Then students partner read the emergent book A Funny Bird and students circled the sight words that they’ve learned, then colored the pictures.

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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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We finished up with fire safety week with a variety of different activities.  We learned about the different tools and items that fire fighters use by reading the book Firehouse Dog and then they learned about how to use labels by labeling different fire fighter items.  We also made and read fire a safety words book.

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For writing we discussed the things we’ve learned about fire safety and made a list.  With the list we then wrote about about one thing we could do to stay safe in case of a fire.

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This week is color week and we are having lots of fun with different colors!  We read the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle.  We retold the story by creating 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.

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During math workshop there were activities that help students our to read color words, number words, and help students with their number recognition.  Most of these activities come from the Moffatt Girls October No Prep packet.

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Finally for our science experiment; students learned the word hypothesis and how to make a guess on what might happen as a result of an experiment.  We took drops of a couple of colors in whole milk.  Then we dipped Q-Tips in dish soap and then dipped the Q-Tips in the milk with the food coloring.  The dish soap pushed the colors away and turned the colors tie die.  The lesson plan can be found here.

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As we finished up our apples unit in our class we read stories about picking applies and making things from apples.  Some stories were fiction like The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll, and some stories are nonfiction like A Day at the Apple Orchard by Megan Faulkner.  We also watched a video and sang a song about the life cycle of an apple.  Students then made their own life cycle of an apple.  You can find the Life Cycle of an Apple  FREEBIE on teachers pay teachers here.

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Students also got to help make hot apple cider by taking apple slices and putting them into a juicer, and they watched the juice come out the other side.  I finished making the cider by adding cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and letting it heat up in a crock pot.

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Finally for writing, students wrote about if they liked apple cider by completing the sentence and drawing a picture about apples / apple orchards.

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