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Just to catch everyone up on our Thanksgiving unit last week:

We used the Scholastic First Thanksgiving Virtual Field trip to learn about the Wompanoag Native American tribe that made friends with the Pilgrims and helped them survive the winter. We compared the Pilgrims Daily life to the Wompanoags Daily Life. The comparisons included food, houses, clothing, chores, and games.  We also created pilgrim hats and turned them into headbands that we wore out to the buses.

During math we’ve been learning about shapes and how to design patterns.  We created a native american head and shirt. Then we used real pattern block to practice making our own design for the shirts. Then we used paper pattern blocks that we glued to decorate the Wompanoag’s shirt. Last we counted how many of each pattern block we used and wrote it on the recording sheet.  You can find a FREE COPY of this activity here.

 


Last week we learned about the importance of eating healthy and proper nutrition.  We started off by reading Gregory the Terrible Eater and talked about how Gregory and his family learned the importance of moderation when it comes to eating snacks and junk food.  We made a list of healthy foods and junk food and sorted pictures of food into the two categories.

 

The next day we learned about the five food groups and how having a balanced meal with all five groups is essential to our growth and development.  For our art project we created our own food group plate.


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.

       


We began our Halloween theme today.  We started by playing a candy corn ten frame smart board game from the website http://www.abcteach.com.  The game starts where students are presented with a number of candy corn in a ten frame, they answer how many candy corn they see, and click on the trick or treat bag to find the answer.  The final part of the game students are present with a number and they add the correct number of candy corn to the ten frame.

Then students were given a Candy Corn Ten-Frame book.  They colored the candy corn in the book and matched the correct ten-frame to the the page that they are working on.

Ten-Frame Candy Corn Book Cover

Candy Corn Pages


As we finish up our first week of school, our kindergarten & 1st grade friends spent some time getting to know each other using math.  Kindergarten wrote their names, cut them apart, and glued them back together.  Kindergarten counted the letters in their name and shared it with the rest of the class.

In 1st grade we’ve been learning about addition strategies so the 1st graders used what they’ve learned to share about themselves to the rest of the class.  The activity can be found over at First Grade Smiles.


As part of our Polar Express week students got to try out hot chocolate before our Polar Express Day.  I showed students how to make hot chocolate and they wrote 3 step directions on how to make it.  Students also drew pictures on the back of the directions.

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Students got to sample the hot chocolate and then we made a class graph on if the class liked hot chocolate or not.  It was a very lopsided graph since everyone said the liked hot chocolate!

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At the end students cut out a cup of hot chocolate on construction paper and wrote about what they thought hot chocolate is.

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For the second day of Polar Express week, students made glyphs based on questions about trains and Polar Express.

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Then we read the story Christmas Kitten by Vivian French.  We talked about how the girl in the story really wanted a kitten for Christmas, and how the boy in The Polar Express got the bell he really wanted as the first gift of Christmas.  We then wrote about what we would pick for the first gift of Christmas.

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