We learned about graphs last week and how to analyze data. We wrote about what we wanted to be for Halloween and drew a picture on a pumpkin cut out. Then students took their pumpkin and put their pumpkin into one of three categories; fun, scary, or superhero. Then students fill out their own individual graphs and describe which category is greatest, and which group is fewer.
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.
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.
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.
Well it’s that time of year again! On Friday we celebrated the 100th day of school! For literacy we read an interactive book about the 100th day of school on Starfall, and learned big number words. Then we created cut apart sentences about counting to 100.
Then we read the story “Grandpa’s Teeth” and wrote about what we would do when we are 100 years old. Then we took our pictures and changed them to what we may look like when we are 100.
For math we did 100 finger prints in ink, to make a gumball machine. Then we made a cut part puzzle that counted by tens all the way to 100.
For math we watched the video / song Way Up High in the Apple Tree, sang along to the song and learned the hand motions. We also practiced counting backwards from 5. Then we created a book called Apples, Apples, Apples and practiced counting and writing numbers 0-9.
Today we celebrated the 100th day of school and what an exciting day it was. We started off by working out to our favorite Count to 100 song “Count to 100 Everyday” by Jack Hartmann.
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Afterwards we reviewed our place value that we’ve been working on all year during calendar time by playing Starfall’s Place Value Game. We worked together as a class and counted all the way to 100 by groups of 10’s and by 1’s.
Then we read 100th day interactive book also from Starfall and then we brainstormed things we could count in the classroom that would equal 100. Students partnered up and found many things such as library books and writing paper. Then we talked about things we could count in our homes that would equal 100. We counted out 100 Fruit Loops as part of our snack and made 100 Fruit Loop necklaces.
Finally we finished up the day by making 100 day glasses and eating the left over Fruit Loops. It was a fun and successful day, happy 100th day of school only 82 more left to go!
As we move into our Winter & The Four Seasons unit in our K-1 All-Star class; we read a children’s classic known as The Mitten retold by Jan Brett. The class retold the story by doing a reader’s theater and acting out as different characters of the story. We used masks from Jan Brett’s website.
For math workshop we worked on The Mitten printable math centers kindergarten add-on from The Mitten Learning Printables. They included number / quantity recognition mats, ordinal number sequence cards, mittens size cut and paste activity, and number counting puzzles.
For writing we discussed the different characters we remember from the story. Then we wrote about our favorite characters and something they did in the story.
We’ve been learning about the first Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, and the Wampanoags. During our read aloud time, we read the story The Very First Thanksgiving Day and discussed key details of the story.
Then during our math workshop we reviewed our shapes and learned how to make designs with our patterns blocks, made Wampanoag faces and bodies with paper pattern block designs on their bodies.
With our theme Those Nearest and Dearest / People All Around, People Up and Down; we’ve talking about what it means to be a good friend. Good friends share and care for each other! We recently read a story called The Little Red Hen, and in this story Hen works on making bread. For each step of making bread she asked her friends; Goose, Pig, and Cat if they would help her. Each time her friends refused to help.
At the end of the story Hen ate the bread all by herself because her friends didn’t help make the bread. We had a class discussion on if Hen should have let her friends eat the bread anyways. Some students said she should have let her friends eat the bread because her friends might be hungry. They said she wasn’t a good friend either by not taking care of them. Other students said she shouldn’t have to give them bread because the animals didn’t help make it.
Then we made a check-list chart and had students individually check whether they thought ‘yes’ Hen should have let her friends eat the bread, or ‘no’ Hen should not have let her friends eat the bread.
Then students filled out their own individual check list (by copying the one we filled out as a class) and counted how many said ‘yes’ and how many said ‘no’. They decided what was the answer that most people said in the class.
NOTE: The worksheet said ‘Did the Little Red Hen do the Right Thing?’, but I had posed the question “Should Hen have let her friends eat the bread?”. I had noticed that as I was doing the lesson, so I had to clear that up with the students.