We started our day by studying a couple photographs of bats. We continue to talk about what we notice and practice asking questions about what we wonder. Later in the day, we read parts of a non-fiction text from National Geographic and had some of our questions answered. We used the text to learn more about text features. We had previously talked about captions and labels, so today we talked about headings, the table of contents, and the glossary. We also touched on bold print, although the text I used today did not have bold print. The students then went to the classroom library to find a non-fiction text. We still are working on identifying those texts. Then we worked with a partner and shared our books to find text features.
We had a visit from Mrs. Kemp to talk about behavior in the cafeteria. She visited all the kindergarten classrooms, so we were not singled out. In fact, after lunch today she complimented our class not only on their behavior in the cafeteria, but on how quietly they walked down the hall. I'm so proud of this group and how well they work together.
In math, we worked more with 5 groups. Five is a really important number in building number sense. We are moving a little faster now that routines are established and testing done, so we will be adding a math station time to our afternoon. Tomorrow we are going to have a little extra math time and will be learning some games that can be played during that time. Some of the games will be to reinforce skills or challenge, and others will be strategy games.
We finished our Read the USA suitcases today. We are working hard on cutting neatly. We need to be sure the children are holding the scissors the correct way with thumb on top. We also are working to turn the papers as they cut instead of turning their hand. We also are learning to have a strategy when we cut out smaller items from a big piece of paper. I'm trying to get the children to cut around the items first so they are trimming a smaller piece and can control it better than trying to do that with a full size sheet of paper. We also used glue sticks today so we worked on making sure we got the edges glued and smoothing them out on the suitcase so it stays down. They did pretty well and had a great time. They are so excited about their suitcases, although there was a little disappointment from a few that it was not a "real" suitcase. They will be bringing home several postcards this week I hope!
Have a nice evening!