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All last week we talked about folktales and one of my favorite folktales we talk about over the holidays, is The Gingerbread Man.  So all last week we read gingerbread related folktales and did compare and contrast activities between the books.

One very unique story we read during this unit is Gingerbread Baby.  In this story the gingerbread character doesn’t get eaten by the fox at the end, the little boy makes a house for the gingerbread baby!  We talk about how the ending from Gingerbread Baby is different from all the other endings we’ve read.  Then we make a gingerbread house art project.


As we continued the fall unit we read the story Autumn’s First Leaf by Steve Metzger and wrote about if we were Pointy what fall color would we want to be.

On Thursday we went outside to go on a fall scavenger hunt.  Students founds things such as; different colored leaves, acorns, twigs, bark, and nuts.


To finish off color week We read the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle.  We recreated the sequence of the story by making paper bag puppets of the brown bear with the other animal characters in the story.  You can get the paper bag puppets from Mrs. Ricca’s Kindergarten.


This last week our theme was Color Week.  Our goal was to be able to read all the color words and celebrate a color a day.  Each day we celebrated a color by bringing in something for show and tell that represented each color.  Monday was red, Tuesday was orange, Wednesday was yellow, Thursday was green.  We also played games that matched each color per day on www.starfall.com.  Finally we completed poems by writing the color sight word in the blank lines.  The poems can be found here.


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.


Last week was our unit on families; how our families roles and responsibilities are different, and activities that families do.

We started off by reading an informational text called What Makes a Family.  For math we made a family tree, gluing apples on our tree that match the number of people who are in our immediate family.

For writing we’ve been learning how to draw circles and sticks and how to be illustrators.  We drew our family portrait that matched the same number of family members on our family tree.  The activities can be found here.


Last week as we continued to get to know each other in our All-Stars community we learned the song Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar.  Then we played the game who stole the cookies from the cookie jar where students sat in a circle and put their hands behind their back.  I gave one student a pretend cookie and then they passed the cookie around behind their back.  Then students took turns guessing who they thought had the cookie by staying the name.

Students then drew their own picture of themselves playing the game adding details to their picture of the classroom.  We took each picture and formed it into a class book of each student in class.  You can find the activity here.


Today we continued our unit on the Polar Express.  We read the story Christmas Kitten and compared the gift that the boy got (the bell) as the first gift of Christmas in the Polar Express and the gift Sophie got (a kitten) in Christmas Kitten.  Based on the story Christmas Kitten we guessed on what we thought Sophie would have picked as the first gift of Christmas.  Then we wrote about what we would pick.

During read to self, students read the emergent reader Santa Has.. and filled in the blank line with the word ‘has’ and drew the picture of what the sentence said Santa had.

For math & art students completed a cut and paste puzzle that matched numbers with their number word.  Students then colored the picture showing The Polar Express and the conductor.


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.


Welcome back my All-Stars followers!  I realize it’s been a longtime since I’ve done a regular blog-post.  I’ve been super busy with workshops, family, and summer projects.  However I return with a commitment to bring you more updates and ideas.

Let’s first start out with the biggest update; I have been moved back into a multi-age kindergarten / 1st grade classroom.  Still located in the city of Kenai, Alaska.  It has definitely been challenging; but I love the change in dynamics and am excited about a few changes to my classroom that I’ve made this year.

This week is our first week in back to school and like usual we are talking about school expectations, rules, and classroom procedures.  Our first days we’ve been reading some of my favorite back to school books like No David by David Shannon.  Then students made No David puppets to retell the story during free choice centers time.

 

We’ve been also singing some of our favorite songs that we’ve remembered from preschool and dancing to them using the website http://www.gonoodle.com.  Today we sang and danced to 5 Little Monkeys.

We read the story Curious George: Goes to School, created a craft using t-shirt template ideas from this website and taking individual pictures.  They turned out very cute!



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