As we continued to learn about our community and the important people inside of our community we took a closer look at different important jobs. Since we are unable to do a field trip due to the pandemic, we took a virtual field trip to the post office and learned about the job of the mail carrier. As part of the virtual field trip we were able to click on interactive links, ask questions through a classroom chat function and learned vocabulary that is used in the post office.
For reading students practiced reading non-fiction emergent reader books that taught us about different community helpers. The All-Stars also partner read books to each other.
For math students worked on matching numbers to the correct quantity of square counters. Students practiced in partners making different sets based on color and side of the counter.
For read aloud we read the book Officer Buckle and Gloria and created paper bag puppets of Officer Buckle. Finally students cut and glued tools that matched the appropriate community helper.
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.
Last week was our apple unit. We learned about living things and how they grow and change. We talked about how apples are living things and we learned about their life cycle. We read the book A Day at the Apple Orchard and made a life cycle of the apple using the book as our guide.
For math we worked on learning quantities and number words 1-10. We read the emergent reader book Apples in the Basket and drew the number of apples that matched the words on the page.
Last week was our unit on families; how our families roles and responsibilities are different, and activities that families do.
We started off by reading an informational text called What Makes a Family. For math we made a family tree, gluing apples on our tree that match the number of people who are in our immediate family.
For writing we’ve been learning how to draw circles and sticks and how to be illustrators. We drew our family portrait that matched the same number of family members on our family tree. The activities can be found here.
My new school, Fremont International Academy, has 30 minutes of daily Spanish instruction which is co-taught by myself and our Spanish instructor. As we’ve been singing familiar songs in English to start out the year; we’ve been learning the same songs in Spanish. We learned the song Five Little Monkeys in Spanish called, Cinco Monitos.
We then did a cut and paste activity that guided students in matching quantities with the visual number. Students cut monkeys with numbers on them onto the correct numbers of dots. Students practiced saying the numbers both in English and in Spanish.
As we continued our Polar Express unit we read the book The Night Tree, which is a book about a family that goes to decorate a tree with food that is made to look like a Christmas tree. The book is very different than The Polar Express however it is a great introduction in showing how to compare popular stories. We discussed how in both stories the characters had hot chocolate.
We then watched a video on how to make hot chocolate and then wrote directions on how to make hot chocolate in three easy steps. For math we made hot chocolate mug art with cotton balls acting as marshmallows. Students wrote how many marshmallows were in their cup. To have a copy of the mug activity click here.
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.
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.
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.