Last week was our reindeer theme! We started by reading Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Rudolph’s Bright Christmas. We also read a nonfiction story about caribou. As a class we labeled a Venn diagram that showed the similarities and differences between Rudolph and caribou. We also made cut and paste Rudolph’s.
On Monday we started our unit on fall. During our calendar time we sang the song Four Seasons in a Year by Harry Kindergarten and came up with movements to go along with the song. Students had fun trying to guess which season Harry Kindergarten was describing.
We then created a read life venn diagram to compare and contrast summer and fall. Students did a cut and paste activity sorting pictures into seasons that they best fit in.
We read the story Clifford’s First Autumn by Norman Bridwell and made a list of fall activities that Clifford and Emily Elizabeth participated in. Then students made a text to self connection by writing about what activity from the story that they like to do.
Today we went through a Brain Pop Jr. lesson on fall and did a autumn leaves finger stamping art project. Students pressed their fingers into ink pads and made autumn leaf trees and picked which fall color they liked the best.
Our Title 1 team put on a pajama party and invited parents to come and read to our class. This also helped launch our class into our day & night science unit. We started out by enjoying cereal for snack and then for drop everything and read, students got to snuggle with their pillows and stuffed animals.
Finally our class built blanket forts, listened to a bedtime story on the SMART board and had our parents read to us at the forts.
Then starting this week we learned about what causes day & night. We read a non-fiction book about what makes day and night and watched a video on youtube about how the earth rotates and revolves around the sun.
As a class, we created a venn diagram that show things you can see in the sky during the day and during the night. Then the class filled out their own venn diagram in a cut and paste activity. At the science center students got to explore the concepts of day and night using a globe.
As the first official day of fall is around the corner we start our unit on autumn with the story “When Autumn Comes”. We talked about what we learned about fall by creating a hoola-hoop Venn diagram that compared and contrasted fall and summer. Then the class sorted pictures into winter, spring summer, or fall.
This week our focus has been what makes day and what makes night. Students learned about how the earth rotates on it’s axis and this is what causes day and night. We read two stories about day and night (What Makes Day and Night by Franklyn M. Branley and Moongame by Frank Asch).
We then took what we’ve learned so far to make a sequence map illustrating different times of day and night. I got this from April Larremore’s Day and Night Flowmap. We also did a day and night venn diagram were, students compared different things that can be seen in the daytime and nighttime. I got the venn diagram from Class of Kinders TpT’s website.
With today being the first official day of fall, we began our unit on fall. We read the book “Let It Fall!” by Maryann Cocca Leffler. We talked about things that changed in the book and they did during the fall.
Then we created a class Venn Diagram to compare and contrast what we’ve learned about fall so far with summer. Then during science / social studies time we created individual Venn Diagrams of things that we think would happen in fall or summer.
Just recently we read the story “Bear Snores On” and then the next week we read another story with Bear and his friends called “Bear Stays Up For Christmas”. We looked at and discussed the similarities and differences in think-pair-share partners between the two books. Then as a class we filled out a venn diagram that displayed what we knew.
Then we went back into the text “Bear Stays Up For Christmas” and looked at things that Bear and his friends did for Christmas; such as decorate and wrap presents. Then for a writing activity we wrote and illustrated what we thought about when we think about Christmas.
The papers with the beginning of the sentences pre-written are Kindergarten papers.