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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.

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 we continued on with our gingerbread unit we completed math addition story problems about gingerbread men.  We also made gingerbread men glyph.  Finally we made / ate our own gingerbread cookies and decorated them with frosting and sprinkles.

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As we finished up our Thanksgiving activities last week, we read some more books about the first Thanksgiving and learned more about Native Americans and Pilgrims.  For math we’ve been learning about 2D and 3D shapes, and how to make bigger shapes from smaller shapes.  We made Native Americans designs from pattern block shapes.

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During poetry time, we read the poem Five Little Turkeys using retelling cards and turkey pictures.  Then students filled in missing words using number word sight word knowledge.  The Five Little Turkeys book and cards came from Kindergarten Fever’s TpT.

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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.

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