We continued our Polar Express unit and yesterday we read the story Night Tree and we talked about how both of the story were different and the same. The biggest thing we noticed were that in both stories, the characters had hot chocolate.
We then brainstormed describing words about hot chocolate using our senses. We took those words and wrote them on mugs and decorated those mugs with cotton ball “marshmallows”.
It is apples week in the Kindergarten All-Stars classroom. We read apple math books like “Ten Red Apples” and “Ten Apples on Top“, and then we created our own apple trees and wrote the number of apples on them.
Then we read the story “The Biggest Apple Ever” and compared that story with “The Biggest Pumpkin Ever“. Then we made homemade apple cider using a juicer and wrote about the apple cider using describing what it looks like, smells like, and tastes like.
This last week we moved on in our fall unit, and started our mini unit on pumpkins. We started out reading nonfiction books about pumpkins, then we filled out a web thinking map about things we can do with pumpkins.
Then we read “The Biggest Pumpkin of All” and I brought in a pumpkin so that students could investigate the pumpkin. They measured the pumpkin using connecting cubes, tested to see if the pumpkin floats, and explored the inside and outside of the pumpkin.
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.
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.