Thursday as part of our family unit we read the book My Wild Sister and Me, and we talked about how the boy and his sister liked to dress up and pretend to be animals. Then we discussed about what we like to do with our family and then illustrated pictures about it. I dictated what they said verbally in their stories.
For math we made a class graph that illustrated who had only brothers, only sisters, both brothers and sisters, or no brothers or sisters in their family. We compared the numbers and discussed which category had the most and which category has the least. These activities and more can be found here.
Finally as a treat we had one of our students parents come in to the class to read a book about a special family.
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.
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.
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.
We read the story Froggy’s Halloween and wrote in our October Journal about what we want to be for Halloween.
Then we made a class graph; displaying what type of costume the class picked overall. Each student got their own graph to illustrate the results and find the category with the greatest and least students.
Also for math, we learned the song “Ten Little Witches” (on You Tube) and students practiced counting up from 1-10 and backwards from 10-1. Then students made a book that goes with the song.
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.