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.
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 started our unit on cold weather animals and the season of winter. We read the book Eskimo, Eskimo What Do You Hear discussed about different kinds of animals that live in very cold places such as the North Pole or Antarctica. We also read an emergent nonfiction text and student wrote about what their favorite polar animal is.
The next day we watched a science video about the Walrus and discussed different things that walrus have to adapt to such cold weather. For art we made construction paper walrus art.
As part of our fall unit we read the story Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington. In the story it was about a boy who planted a pumpkin seed and the stages it goes through as it grows. We then completed a sequencing activity that showed the life cycle of a pumpkin.
This last week was our unit about season and fall. We learned the song “Four Seasons in a Year” by Harry Kindergarten and then compared / contrasted pictures of clothes & activities. We determined whether the pictures can be a part of summer, fall, or both.
Then we discussed the differences between the seasons and how our lives change based on the seasons. Finally we did a cut and paste activity sorting pictures into the seasons.
To finish off our apple unit we learned how to make apple cider using a juicer. We started off reading the book Max and Mo Go Apple Picking where the class in the story made applesauce instead of apple cider. Then students took turns putting apples into a juicer.
Then we put the cider from the juicer into the crock-pot, added some ingredients, and let it cook. When the cider was done, students had the cider and wrote their opinion on if they liked apple cider or not. You can find the writing prompt in our apples mini-unit.
Also during literacy workshop time students worked on word work where they made sentences about apples.
We watched a video about parts of an apple from Hasemeier Early Learning resources. Along with this video was an emergent reader that we read together as a class.
Then we put together an apple with construction paper and labeled the parts. You can find this activity and many other apple activities from our apple mini unit.
Last week was our apple unit. We learned about living things and how they grow and change. We talked about how apples are living things and we learned about their life cycle. We read the book A Day at the Apple Orchard and made a life cycle of the apple using the book as our guide.
For math we worked on learning quantities and number words 1-10. We read the emergent reader book Apples in the Basket and drew the number of apples that matched the words on the page.
We’ve been learning about the different parts of a plant and their uses. We learned about the stem and how it acts like a straw and takes nutrients and water from the roots and feeds the plant.
On Friday we performed a science experiment with celery where we placed it in water with food coloring. Students wrote about their hypothesis on what they believed would happen to the celery. Then this week we observed the celery and wrote about our findings.
“I think the water will stay the same”
“The water turned red”
“I think that the celery is going to be a rose”
“The celery changed colors”
“I think the celery will die”
“It changed colors”
“I think it will turn into a monster”
“One of them turned red”
We continued to learn about food groups and the importance of having a well balanced meal. We watched Sid the Science Kid’s video on food groups where the students sorted their lunch into different food groups.
After we watched the video we made our own lunch boxes and picked out a “balanced meal” that contain all five food groups. Students pick 3-4 items and put them into a cut out lunchbox.
On Friday we read The Very First Thanksgiving Day. We wrote about the different vegetables, fruits, and meats we would put in our cornucopia and trace and cut our own foods.