This week we started our unit on cold weather animals and the season of winter. We read the book Eskimo, Eskimo What Do You Hear discussed about different kinds of animals that live in very cold places such as the North Pole or Antarctica. We also read an emergent nonfiction text and student wrote about what their favorite polar animal is.
The next day we watched a science video about the Walrus and discussed different things that walrus have to adapt to such cold weather. For art we made construction paper walrus art.
As we continued the fall unit we read the story Autumn’s First Leaf by Steve Metzger and wrote about if we were Pointy what fall color would we want to be.
On Thursday we went outside to go on a fall scavenger hunt. Students founds things such as; different colored leaves, acorns, twigs, bark, and nuts.
As part of our fall unit we read the story Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington. In the story it was about a boy who planted a pumpkin seed and the stages it goes through as it grows. We then completed a sequencing activity that showed the life cycle of a pumpkin.
This last week was our unit about season and fall. We learned the song “Four Seasons in a Year” by Harry Kindergarten and then compared / contrasted pictures of clothes & activities. We determined whether the pictures can be a part of summer, fall, or both.
Then we discussed the differences between the seasons and how our lives change based on the seasons. Finally we did a cut and paste activity sorting pictures into the seasons.
To finish off our apple unit we learned how to make apple cider using a juicer. We started off reading the book Max and Mo Go Apple Picking where the class in the story made applesauce instead of apple cider. Then students took turns putting apples into a juicer.
Then we put the cider from the juicer into the crock-pot, added some ingredients, and let it cook. When the cider was done, students had the cider and wrote their opinion on if they liked apple cider or not. You can find the writing prompt in our apples mini-unit.
Also during literacy workshop time students worked on word work where they made sentences about apples.
We watched a video about parts of an apple from Hasemeier Early Learning resources. Along with this video was an emergent reader that we read together as a class.
Then we put together an apple with construction paper and labeled the parts. You can find this activity and many other apple activities from our apple mini unit.
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.
We’ve been learning about the different parts of a plant and their uses. We learned about the stem and how it acts like a straw and takes nutrients and water from the roots and feeds the plant.
On Friday we performed a science experiment with celery where we placed it in water with food coloring. Students wrote about their hypothesis on what they believed would happen to the celery. Then this week we observed the celery and wrote about our findings.
“I think the water will stay the same”
“The water turned red”
“I think that the celery is going to be a rose”
“The celery changed colors”
“I think the celery will die”
“It changed colors”
“I think it will turn into a monster”
“One of them turned red”
With spring in full swing and the weather getting warmer, we started our unit on plants this week. We started off by watching a video on plant facts and then wrote 2 facts that we learned in My Plant Book. We also wrote four things that plants need. (Example Book #1: Some plants eat bugs, Example Book #2: Plants do not have bones & Some animals eat seeds)
The next day for shared reading we read Seed to Plant and then during read to partner students read the emergent reader Plant Life Cycle. We took what we learned and made plant life cycle wristbands.
At the end of our beach unit this last Friday we had our Beach Day. At the beginning of the week we read the story Moe the Dog in Tropical Paradise. It is about a dog (Moe) who has a vacation but it is in the middle of a cold January. Unable to afford a vacation to a tropical place, Moe makes a fake beach inside his house with sand and a pool. The whole week we talked about beach activities and learned about ocean animals. One of our art activities was to make hand fish puppets with fancy art paper.
On Friday we made our own tropical paradise inside our classroom and had our beach day on Friday. In all three of our kindergarten classrooms we had various beach related activities. In one classroom we had two inflatable pools where kids got to enjoy the water and listen to beach themed music. In the other classroom there snacks and Moana. In the All-Stars classroom we played beach/pool related games. Students also made ocean pictures with pattern blocks and enjoyed a sensory bin with water beads.