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.
This Friday was our Valentine’s Day party and we had great time! We started out by handing out the rest of our Valentines for the end of the day and read Valentine’s Day books. We then colored and completed books called I Love…
For shared reading and writing we read the book Will You Be My Valentine and then made a list of Valentine’s Day words. We picked our favorite words and made Valentine’s Day mobiles.
For Math we enjoyed candy hearts math centers. We graphed with our hearts, sorted them by colors, and estimating the number of candy hearts that can fill a bigger heart. We also enjoyed Valentine’s Day snacks.
For science we used alca-zeltzer tabs and water to make candy hearts dance. Students learned how to make hypothesis on simple science experiments. They guessed what they believed would happened to the hearts.
This week celebrated our colors and learned color words in Kindergarten. All of the school dressed up on a specific color each day, and in kindergarten we have had various activities to go along with color week.
Here are the colors that everyone dressed up as for each day.
- Monday – Red
- Tuesday – Orange
- Wednesday – Yellow
- Thursday – Green
- Friday – Blue (Spirit Day)
The first day, a few of the kindergarten classes created a bar graph of their favorite color. We used the bar graph to decide the most popular color.
Students also worked on a color page each day at centers that corresponded with the color of the day. At the end of the week (tomorrow) students will take all of the pages and make them into a color book.
Today students found things in magazines, cut them out, and added them to the corresponding color poster.
In math we’ve been learning about sorting and positional words. We’ve also been learning how to read simple books using the projectable books on Reading A-Z, on the SMART board. This is done whole group first to introduce students on how guided reading is done. Since we’ve been working on the sight word ‘the’ this week; we read the story “The Classroom”.
As a class we main idea and details by talking about the school items found in the book. Then we sorted pictures into three categories; things in the classroom, clothes, and transportation.
To help celebrate Earth day we’ve been learning about recycling and how humans impact the environment this past week. We read the story about the Lorax and how the Once-lers actions hurt the land and the animals around him. We then also talked about the R’s of recycling, and sorted items based on whether they were trash or things to recycle.
We also brainstormed ways that we could help take care of mother earth by making a list and then writing sentences.
Today for Earth Day we took our list and made a poster as a class pledge to take better care of our earth. Then we joined up with the 2nd/3rd grade class to do a Shaktoolik clean up! Since it is still wintery and snowy out here in the arctic the clean up ended kind of short, but we still had fun!
At the end of the day we made our own “mother earth” mascots that we will eventually hang up in the classroom once they are finished!
We’ve been learning the letter S and the /s/ sound. One of our centers available for literacy workshop today was a cutting and gluing activity. Students cut out various pictures of key words and glued them onto construction sorting them based on if the words started with the /s/ sound or not.
As part of our Welcome to School unit, our math workshop centers focused on a few of our basic math skills that we’ve been learning on the first few weeks of school.
We’ve been working on counting with 1:1 correspondence, number recognition from 1 to 10, sorting by size, shape, and color, and writing numbers from 1 to 10. We filled up our fish bowls matching the written number with the correct number of fish. Students made pictures and designs by sorting with shapes. Students also worked on putting pictures of numbered frogs in correct order.