We’ve been at it again over here at The Kindergarten All-Stars! As we’re gearing up to go back to school, I’ve developed my apples mini unit for purchase over at Teachers Pay Teachers. I’ve used this unit for years but now it’s ready for you to use it in your classrooms!
In this bundle students will explore various science skills & topics such as; investigating, labeling, life cycle, and vocabulary. Language Arts and math curriculum are integrated into the activities. The activities are aligned to Kindergarten Common Core standards. The packet includes 25 pages of print & go workpages, a emergent reading book, a writing prompt, and 2 art projects. I cannot wait to use this unit again in my classroom and show you more pictures! If you’re as excited as I am to use this unit, you can purchase it by clicking on the picture below.
We read the story Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and created a story map about the story. Then each student illustrated and wrote about the problem in the story.
We also made our own Rudolph’s with a cut and paste activity. Then we read a non fiction about real reindeer (caribou) and made a venn diagram to compare and contrast Rudolph to real reindeer. This reindeer template comes from First School Activities.
This week are learning about nutrition, healthy foods, and food groups. On Monday we read the emergent reader book called Let’s Eat. In this book the author talks about the food she likes to eat, most of them healthy. In the end the author says she likes to eat chocolate but not a lot. We made a list of healthy foods as a class and then made our own class book called Let’s Eat.
For science we learned about the five food groups and watched a nutrition video for kids about having a well rounded diet. Then students made lunchboxes and filled those lunch boxes with various foods from all five groups.
This week we’ve been learning about and focusing on spiders. For science & math; we watched videos and read non-fiction books about spiders.
Then students completed a survey on whether they thought spiders were scary or neat, then we graphed the results and drew our own spiders. We also learned the song “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and made our own hand painted spiders to go along with the song.
We read the story There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and retold the story using an old lady puppet and animals to put into the old lady’s mouth. Finally, students illustrated the main character and the other characters to make a character map.
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.
To finish of the week of our fall unit, we read the story Autumn’s First Leaf by Steve Metzger and discussed the problem and solution of the story. We then talked about if we were the character Pointy, what fall color we would have liked to have been.
Later that day, we went on a fall leaf hunt. Students tried to collect all five of the fall colors. We took the leaves back into the classroom and sorted them by color and made a graph of our favorite leaf color.