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This last week our theme was All About Me, where students learned about what makes them who they are.  They learned about different body parts and how they look different and similar from others, discussed their favorite things, and learned about other classmates.  It is an introductory unit to the bigger International Baccalaureate unit of Inquiry Who We Are.

We started of the unit by learning how to read to self and partner reading with the emergent reader book, All About Me.  We read the book as a class first then students practiced reading by themselves and reading to partners.  Finally we filled out a web map and discussed the main idea and details of the story.


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.

     


This week we’ve been learning about holiday traditions and the differences between needs and wants during the holidays.  We started off by reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas and discussed how the Grinch learned that Christmas wasn’t about presents.  We made construction paper Grinchs and wrote how we would make the Grinch grin.

For social studies the next day, we watched a video on Brain Pop Jr about what a need is, what a want is, and their differences.  We sorted pictures into the two categories.  For art we made stockings, cut out pictures from magazines, and sorted them into needs and wants on the stockings.  You can get a Christmas Needs vs Wants freebie activity here.

 


Last week was our reindeer theme!  We started by reading Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Rudolph’s Bright Christmas.  We also read a nonfiction story about caribou.  As a class we labeled a Venn diagram that showed the similarities and differences between Rudolph and caribou.  We also made cut and paste Rudolph’s.

    


Sorry that this post is happening so late, things have been super busy in the Kindergarten All-Stars universe.

Last week Wednesday was Halloween and what a busy time it was!  We started out the morning by reading The Vanishing Pumpkin.  We cut, glued, and colored the problem and solution of the story.  The problem of the story was that “The Old Man and Woman’s pumpkin that they had been saving for pumpkin pie, disappeared.”  The solution to the story was that “The wizard had taken the pumpkin to carve a jack-o-lantern and he also made them pumpkin pie.”

Then we got dressed up in our costumes and carved pumpkins.  We got to feel the squishy pumpkin insides and count seeds!

Afterwards we did Halloween stations where each student got to choose from 3 different activities; paper bag puppets, hanging ghosts, and Halloween paper plate masks.

At the very end of the day all classes Pre-K-2nd grade participated in the annual Halloween costume parade.  Students had a great time walking in the parade and watching the other classes as they went along.


Today we read the story The Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything and used musical instruments to retell the parts of the scarecrow that follow the lady.

For writing students wrote stories about a spooky night.  Some students chose to write fiction stories, and some students chose to write about things that really happened.

For art students used a dice and matched numbers to shapes that they have to draw.  They draw each shape as a part of a body of the scarecrow.  As students complete this activity they start to notice how they are drawing the scarecrow in an unusual way.

  

Finally students were given the instruments and the book to use at our dramatic play center for free choice centers to retell the story on their own.

The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything Visuals

 

 


Hello readers and parents! It has been a very busy year or so and I have been trying to play catch up for quite some time. Fear not! For I have returned and I am ready to update you with new content.

This last week we learned about spiders using a Nonfiction reading comprehension unit by Deanna Jump.  This unit uses the book National Geographic Readers: Spiders by Laura Marsh however it can be easily adapted to any nonfiction book about Spiders.

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We started off by learning about what schema is, and starting our anchor chart labeling our schema on spiders.  As a two part writing project students illustrated and wrote their schema.  After the students read the book, then we added our new learning to the anchor chart and then wrote what we learned.

 

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The next day students learned about the life cycle of a spider and vocabulary words such as; egg sac and spider-ling.  Then we made a Life Cycle anchor chart as a class and made individual life cycle charts.  For art projects we made spider headbands and hand print spiders.

 

 



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