Today for “Fiesta Friday” (we had it on Thursday since there is no school Friday) we learned about different things you can make with apples. One of the things you can make is Apple Cider. Students got to put apples in the power juicer (with supervision) and help put in ingredients and stir our apple cider. When the cider was ready we used some of our senses to talk about what the cider smelled like, looked liked, and tasted like.
Then we talked about opinion writing and what it means to write an opinion. Students wrote if they liked apple cider or not. We also made sure to add important details into our drawings so that the readers knew were (such as drawing things we see in the classroom; carpet, whiteboard, desks, chairs, word wall), and what we were doing (drinking apple cider). They also practiced making a simple sentence with some of the sight words we’ve learned so far.
Yesterday as we continue to learn about apples and how they are an important to our community and our state, we read a story called The Biggest Apple Ever. We learned how to identify a problem and solution in a story and created a co-constructed chart that identified the problem and solution of the story.
Today we read a number book called Ten Red Apples where in the story each farm animal ate one apple from the apple tree until there were zero apples left. Then students worked on completing an emergent reader that counted apples one at a time from one to ten by writing the sight word that we’ve been learning so far this week, see. Students learned the repetitive text to help them learn how to read one word at a time.
For science we continued our discussion on living things and we talked about how apple trees are living things and apples are part of the apple tree that contain the seeds. We also learned about the different parts of an apple and we created and labeled a diagram of an apple.
All these apple activities come from my apples mini-unit found here.
As we continue with our IB unit on Who We Are we are learning about what we harvest during the fall time. Today we read about children taking a trip to an apple orchard. In the book we learned about how apples grow. For our learning target this week we are learning how to retell stories or parts of stories in the correct sequence. We then created a life cycle of the apple. We also learned the song Way Up High in the Apple Tree where students practiced subtraction with every apple we ate in the song.
This week we’ve been learning about ourselves and how we are the same and different. At the beginning of this week we read two books. The first book was a realistic fiction story called I Love My Hair! about a girl and all the different ways she could have her hair. We discussed how our hair was the same or different from her hair.
The next story was an informational text about different parts of our body. We discussed how we all may have things that makes us different there are things that are the same about us as well. Such as, all of us in the classroom have two ears, two eyes, a nose, a mouth, 10 fingers, and 10 toes. We then practiced reading from left to right reading one word at a time with our fingers to guide us.
We also looked at ways people can be different all over the world such as how names can be different in different parts of the country, we also counted the numbers of letters in our name. Finally we created all about me rainbows that illustrated different things about us such as; number of siblings, pets, favorite color, what we want to be when we grow up, etc.
This week we began our IB Unit “Who We Are”. This unit looks into how our environment can influence our roles and responsibilities. We started this unit talking about how families are different. We read the story What Makes a Family and created a thinking map identifying the main idea and details of the story.
In the story we learned that families can be all different sizes and with different types of family members. We created an apple tree that illustrated the number of family members that live with us.
We also read another book called When I am Old With You about a boy talking about all the things he likes to do with his grandpa and wants to do with his grandpa as he continues to get older. We talked about how not all families like to do the same thing as other families. Students then drew pictures in their journals what they like to do with their family.
A new year and new faces but still the same fun! It is my goal to post more this year to share with you all that we’ve learned. We have started out the school year learning lots about procedures and kindergarten expectations. We’ve also read books about going to school for the first time. One book that we read was Dinosaur Starts School. We compared how Dinosaur felt about the first day of school and compared it to our first day of school feelings. Next we created an Anchor Chart discussing the problem and solution in the story. Finally we made pennants illustrating our feelings using emojis.
For our phonics we’ve been beginning to learn letter names and sounds using a group of characters called “AlphaFriends” from the Journeys reading program. The AlphaFriends help our students say the names of the letters as well as the sounds they make. They then used crayons to “rainbow write” in their journals the letters.
As we continued to learned about living and non-living things we spent this week learning all about spiders. We learned about the vocabulary word called schema. Students know that their schema is stuff that they’ve already know about and understand.
We started the unit creating an anchor chart and then writing about what we already know about spiders.
Then we read the non-fiction story Spiders from National Geographic and then finished our writing about what we learned and added to our schema.
The next day we watch sciences videos where scientists observed how spiders grow and change as well as how mother spiders take care of her eggs. Then we created spider lifecycles.
For emergent reading students partner read the story The Spider. As a class we discussed the story’s main idea and the details that supported that main idea. Students should have brought this book home to read.
To illustrate the spider facts that spiders have two body parts and 8 legs, we created a construction paper spider art. Students got to decorate their spider with any color bow that they wish. For our last writing activity students wrote about if they liked spiders or not.
This week we have been really focusing hard on writing and being able to segment sounds from words and put them into writing. One of our phonics activities from this last week was writing spooky CVC words.
This last week we started learning about seasons and how our community and family adapt to the seasons. We started out by making a Venn Diagram showing things that are different and the same between fall and summer. Then students sorted pictures into the correct season.
For writing students wrote about the season that they liked the best and worked on adding details to their pictures as well as writing word wall words correctly.
In science we learned about living things like plants grow and change. We read the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin and created an anchor chart that illustrated the life cycle of a pumpkin. Then cut and glued the correct order of how a pumpkin grows in an art project.
This week we learned about colors and how to read the color words. Each day we celebrated a specific color. For morning seatwork each day students copied color words onto poems and circled other identifiable sight words.
Students read an emergent reader book called “I Can Read Colors” and colored the pictures based on the matching color word. Students practiced reading the books in school and then took them home to read them at home.
Also each day based on the color that we were celebrating, each student brought their favorite things for show and tell that matched the color of the day. Most students brought their favorite toys and one student brought crafts that they created.
For Fiesta Friday students got to make an art project and watch a video based on the book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?“. Students made a brown bear puppet that retold what happened in the story and put the story in the correct sequence.
This last week students learned about our community and the different places that our important to our community. We also learned about the different helpers in our community and talked about what we want to be when we grow up. We started with reading the book Pizza at Sally’s and then created an anchor chart with the order of how Sally made the pizza.
For writing students worked on copying writing prompts and completed a sentence talking about what they want to be when they grow up. They also worked on adding details to their pictures illustrating what they want to be.
For art students colored and traced a flip book that illustrated themselves as different community helpers. They glued a picture of themselves on top of the flipbook to make them appear to be wearing the uniform of the community helper.