This week students learned how the weather and seasons determine our activities and how we live. Students learned that during the fall time we harvest food such as apples for winter. For reading, we read a nonfiction book called A Day at the Apple Orchard and created the life cycle of an apple.
During math students talked about matching quantity with numbers and number words. They read the emergent reader book Apples in the Basket and worked on being illustrators for the book. They drew and colored the matching number of apples to the correct page.
Students also learned the song Way Up High in the Apple Tree that introduce students simple subtraction story problems by counting down each time the boy eats an apple. Ask your children to sing this song to you!
This week in math we’ve been learning about recognizing numbers 1-5 and counting quantities. To connect to the song “Five Little Monkeys”, one of the songs we sing during our morning routines, we cut and glued monkeys with numbers on them to the correct number of counters.
As we continue to get to know our friends in the classroom we took pictures of ourselves and shared the pictures with special colored t-shirts. Students let their artist skills shine and were encouraged to color the t-shirts anyway they chose.
For reading we’ve been reading books about going to school and making friends. We read the story, “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindegarten” and as a class we created an anchor chart that compared and contrasted how we got ready for kindergarten.
During our literacy workshop block students are learning how to choose activities that they would like to work on while building up their academic skills. Some activities include identifying capital and lowercase letters, learning to read color words, and highlighting target letters.
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.