This week in math we’ve been learning about recognizing numbers 1-5 and counting quantities. To connect to the song “Five Little Monkeys”, one of the songs we sing during our morning routines, we cut and glued monkeys with numbers on them to the correct number of counters.
As we continue to get to know our friends in the classroom we took pictures of ourselves and shared the pictures with special colored t-shirts. Students let their artist skills shine and were encouraged to color the t-shirts anyway they chose.
For reading we’ve been reading books about going to school and making friends. We read the story, “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindegarten” and as a class we created an anchor chart that compared and contrasted how we got ready for kindergarten.
During our literacy workshop block students are learning how to choose activities that they would like to work on while building up their academic skills. Some activities include identifying capital and lowercase letters, learning to read color words, and highlighting target letters.
My new school, Fremont International Academy, has 30 minutes of daily Spanish instruction which is co-taught by myself and our Spanish instructor. As we’ve been singing familiar songs in English to start out the year; we’ve been learning the same songs in Spanish. We learned the song Five Little Monkeys in Spanish called, Cinco Monitos.
We then did a cut and paste activity that guided students in matching quantities with the visual number. Students cut monkeys with numbers on them onto the correct numbers of dots. Students practiced saying the numbers both in English and in Spanish.
As we continued our Polar Express unit we read the book The Night Tree, which is a book about a family that goes to decorate a tree with food that is made to look like a Christmas tree. The book is very different than The Polar Express however it is a great introduction in showing how to compare popular stories. We discussed how in both stories the characters had hot chocolate.
We then watched a video on how to make hot chocolate and then wrote directions on how to make hot chocolate in three easy steps. For math we made hot chocolate mug art with cotton balls acting as marshmallows. Students wrote how many marshmallows were in their cup. To have a copy of the mug activity click here.
As we continue on with our day & night unit we read the story “Happy Birthday Moon” and talked about the cycles of the moon for each month. Then we made a birthday cake for the moon and put candles with the months in the right order. We also learned about nocturnal animals and made pine-cone owls.
We read the story Froggy’s Halloween and wrote in our October Journal about what we want to be for Halloween.
Then we made a class graph; displaying what type of costume the class picked overall. Each student got their own graph to illustrate the results and find the category with the greatest and least students.
Also for math, we learned the song “Ten Little Witches” (on You Tube) and students practiced counting up from 1-10 and backwards from 10-1. Then students made a book that goes with the song.
We learned about ten-frames and how they help us recognize numbers quickly. We used our knowledge about 5’s and counting on from 5 to figure out how many candy corn was in the ten-frame.
Then students did a “monster mash” cut and glue activity where they matched the numbers, to the number of eyeballs listed on the ten-frames.
For math we watched the video / song Way Up High in the Apple Tree, sang along to the song and learned the hand motions. We also practiced counting backwards from 5. Then we created a book called Apples, Apples, Apples and practiced counting and writing numbers 0-9.
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.