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For our last day in our mini unit on The Mitten we discussed the characters of the mitten and made a bar graph on our favorite animal from the story.  Then we made mitten mini booklets on our favorite animal.

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As we finish up this week are moving onto transitioning from back to school to feelings and friendship.  Yesterday we read The Recess Queen and  created a character web to describe the two main characters in the story, Katie Sue and Mean Jean.

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Then we used the character web to illustrate one of the characters.  We also talked about how Katie Sue showed kindness to Mean Jean even though Jean was being a bully.  In some of the illustrations you can see Katie Sue with a jump rope and Jean bullying other kids and looking angry!

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As we near the end of the school year our kindergarteners have been working on becoming independent readers and learning about elements of a story.  We read one of our Read On Your Own decodable book called Max and Quin.  This story had words that students could easily decode as well as the sight words we’ve been learning throughout the week.  In the story there are two characters that have distinct characteristics.

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Students got into their reading partners and read the book to each other.  Then they picked a character (either Max or Quin) and described a character trait.  They were able to use the text to find evidence of their findings.

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As we move into our Winter & The Four Seasons unit in our K-1 All-Star class; we read a children’s classic known as The Mitten retold by Jan Brett.  The class retold the story by doing a reader’s theater and acting out as different characters of the story.  We used masks from Jan Brett’s website.

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For math workshop we worked on The Mitten printable math centers kindergarten add-on from The Mitten Learning Printables.  They included number / quantity recognition mats, ordinal number sequence cards, mittens size cut and paste activity, and number counting puzzles.

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For writing we discussed the different characters we remember from the story.  Then we wrote about our favorite characters and something they did in the story.

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We read the story There’s a Billy Goat in the Garden in big book form.  We made 3 popsicle stick puppets from characters in the story and retold the story with the puppets.

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We also have continued our study on characters in books that we read, and students wrote about their favorite character, and we discussed why they were our favorite characters.

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We have moved into our new theme of “Friends and Family” and the first story we read tied into our previous unit of back to school.  The story we read was “The Recess Queen” and as a class we retold the story by illustrating the most important parts of story using beginning middle and end.

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Then we discussed who was in the story and described the characters in our illustrations.  Students described Jean as “Mean, a bully, and angry” while Katie Sue was described as “funny, happy, and likes to jump rope”.

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We read Jan Brett’s The Mitten and discussed the characters of the story.  We also retold the story by remembering the correct sequence and we retold the story using a blanket and masks.  After the retell, students wrote about their favorite character.

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