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.
We continued to learn about food groups and the importance of having a well balanced meal. We watched Sid the Science Kid’s video on food groups where the students sorted their lunch into different food groups.
After we watched the video we made our own lunch boxes and picked out a “balanced meal” that contain all five food groups. Students pick 3-4 items and put them into a cut out lunchbox.
On Friday we read The Very First Thanksgiving Day. We wrote about the different vegetables, fruits, and meats we would put in our cornucopia and trace and cut our own foods.
This past week we celebrated veterans day and learned about how the men and women who served in the armed forces are heroes. We started out by reading the book Hero Dad and writing letters to two parents of our students that are veterans, thanking them for their service. The writing prompt can be found here.
On Friday we created construction paper soldiers as well as got to check out a few military vehicles from the Army National Guard. The art project can be found in this Veterans Day Unit pack here.
On Monday of this week we invited our friends and family who are veterans to come to a school-wide assembly where we could honor their service. We sang My Country Tis of Thee and said the national anthem as well as our principal read a poem. At the end of the day we wore headbands we cut out and colored out to the bus. Teachers can find this headband activity here.
Today we read the book Curious George Goes to Costume Party by Margaret & H.A. Rey. Students then wrote about what they wanted to be for Halloween. As a class we graphed our choices into three categories and then compared which group was the greatest and which group was the least.
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.
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.
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.
We finished off our Polar Express week with talking about Santa. Students describe him using the Polar Express as an example as well as other Christmas related stories. Students were able to describe how he was kind, giving, jolly, and friendly. Then they wrote their Christmas lists and created their own Santa art.
To be like Santa students also began making Christmas ornament presents for their friends and family. They took clear ornaments and put two different colors of paint and swirled them around to make a marble effect.