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.
Sorry everyone that there has been a lack of updates, my student teacher had been taking over the responsibilities for much of the winter / early spring.
This week we’ve had our unit on beach and ocean animals. We started off the week by reading an emergent reader book called At the Beach. We labeled a web thinking map that identified the main idea and details of the story.
For writing students used the ideas from the web thinking map, as well ideas of their own, and wrote about what they would like to do at the beach.
For math students took various 2 dimensional shapes and created their own sandcastles. They then graphed the number of each shapes they used for their sandcastles.
All aboard!! It was Polar Express day yesterday and to celebrate we came to school in pajamas just like kids did in the book. Throughout the month of December our classroom has had door decorations and a Polar Express bulletin board. (PS It was also hat day for the entire school this is why you see regular hats on the kids and principal in the pictures).
To start off the morning we made A-Z Polar Express train puzzles in our own cut and paste activity. We unfortunately ran out of room on our papers so we were unable to get all of the alphabet.
Afterwards myself and my student teacher Ms. Daniels opened presents that our students got us. Each student also got a present from myself and Ms. Daniels. They received a book from me and Ms. Daniels knitted a hat for each student with their name on it.
As students came back from lunch they were given a ticket to the Polar Express which I hole punched like they do in the movie. They entered the room to find it decorated in the form the Polar Express train as well as a special guest. The special guest was our assistant principal who read the book the class. Afterwards we sat in columns of two like in the train, had hot chocolate & train cookies, and watched the movie The Polar Express.
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 begins our last week of school before Christmas break and it also begins our Polar Express week! We started off by reading The Polar Express. We used pictures and illustrations to create a flow map to re-tell the story. Then on their own students put the story back in the correct sequence with a cut and paste activity.
During center time students put together A-Z alphabetical order train puzzles. For math we reviewed 2D shapes and made a train glyph based on answers about trains and The Polar Express. The train activity comes from Simply Kinder.
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.