We read the classic Christmas story The Night Before Christmas, and learned how to write lists. Then we wrote a list to Santa of what we wanted for Christmas.
Throughout last week we’ve also been talked about how it is important to give and have a generous heart. We spent the week making Christmas tree ornaments as a present to our family members. To make the craft, we first took three Popsicle sticks and glued them together. Then we painted them green and glued some green construction paper on the back. Students then glued some beads as ornaments for the tree.
We have moved onto a fall science unit in Kindergarten / 1st grade. As a whole class we discussed the changes we’ve noticed in Shaktoolik with the leaves changing color. However in Shaktoolik we do not have any trees nearby. Since we live on the flat Tundra all the leaves are changing color on the low berry bushes on the ground.
On the SMART board I showed students pictures of leaves changing colors on trees in other places and then falling of the trees. We discussed how in Shaktoolik, Alaska leaves change color but in other places leaves change color and fall off the trees.
We read a Poem “Down, Down, Down; Red, Yellow, and Brown; The leaves are changing colors all over town”. Kindergartners practiced reviewing rhyming words and the sight word the, while 1st graders reviewed the sight words and, the, and adding –ing to the ending of the words. We made fall trees to share what we’ve learned about leaves falling down in other places in the world and completed our writing about how leaves change color on the ground in Shaktoolik!