We are studying life in the past, present and future. We studied this photographs of some schools from the past. We talked about what we noticed in the classroom and how it is different from our classroom. Ask me to tell you about what I noticed and what I learned.
In math, we continue to compare sets of objects. We are talking about more, less, fewer, as well as how many more or fewer as we dig deeper into the concepts. We talked about a strategy we can use when we are compare actual objects. The children need to be careful to line up the objects so they can be easily compared. We are also looking at groups of items and finding clusters of items that we don't need to count because we know how many are there without counting. There are a few math games online the children played to help reinforce that concept. Please check out our Homework page on the website, or go to our Google classroom to have your child play those games at home.
We continued our study of Mo Willems books. We read Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. We noticed how the words in the talking bubbles are written in different ways to cue the reader to read them either louder, softer, or with more expression. We wrote our own talking bubbles to share something else The Pigeon might demand. We used all upper case letters and made them bold, with yellow crayon for emphasis.
We will continue to read Mo Willems books next week!
Don't forget, Monday is the 100th day of school. If you choose to have your child do a project, they can bring it in on Monday. I sent the directions for the project home last week but will send it again today. This is optional! I know there is a lot going on right now!
Have a great weekend!
Today in math, we worked on organizing a collection into rows to compare quantities to determine which group had more. The children do a great job of counting and answering, but some children are still working on accurately drawing a set that has one more. We worked a little deeper into this concept to determine how many more one group had than the other. The children need to listen carefully to the language of math and think before responding to be sure they are answering the question that was asked.
In reading, we read a short story about a character that goes to Mars. We read a book about Mars so we had a better understanding of what Mars is like so we could write an opinion about whether we would like to live on Mars or on Earth. We talked about starting our piece with our opinion, then adding reasons to support our opinion.
We also talked about germs and staying healthy. We focused on sneezing into our sleeve and reviewed how important it is to wash our hands. We are also working very hard to stop licking our hands or putting things in our mouth. We watched a funny, older video about sneezing. You might get a chuckle out of it too!
We enjoyed seeing our friends' favorite books today. Tomorrow is Read at the Bells Mill Beach Day. The children can bring in a beach towel to read classroom books on tomorrow.
We are working as a class on making better transitions between activities. We have had a lot of leisurely transitions where children are finding distractions, walking slowly or just standing instead of going to the carpet for the next part of a lesson.
Have a great evening!
Day Two of our Read-a-Thon was very exciting with the children bringing a stuffie to school to read to during D.E.A.R. time. Tomorrow the children can bring their favorite book in to read during D.E.A.R. time.
Today we worked with counting sets and making a set with one less. We are also practicing counting to 100 in preparation for the 100th Day of School! We exercised with Jack Hartman to practice counting to 100. Your child can practice at home too! Here's one of the videos we practice with at school.
In reading, we are continuing to work on retelling key events from the beginning, middle and end of stories. Ask me to retell The Thank-You Book, by Mo Willems. This is the last book in the Piggie and Elephant series that Mo Willems wrote.
Have a nice evening!
We started our Read-a-Thon today! We had D.E.A.R. time today and read for ten minutes. During this time, the children are allowed to choose their books. We will do this every day for the next two weeks as part of our Read-a-Thon. We will be focusing on Mo Willems' Piggie and Elephant books during the Read-a-Thon. We practiced drawing Piggie and Elephant today. We watched a video that showed Mo Willems drawing Piggie. I tried, the best I could, to show them how to draw Elephant. Here's a video that shows Mo demonstrating how to draw Piggie's face.
We also reviewed counting syllables in words. The kids have fun using their index fingers to clap out the number of syllables in words. We also reviewed reading consonant, vowel, consonant words. In math, we reviewed using the words more and fewer to describes sets of objects.
Have a nice evening!
I apologize for the inconsistencies in our blog entries. This year, so much of our testing is happening at the same time. We have more testing to do, but I let up on it a little today just to come back together with some of our routines.
We started our day with this beautiful photograph. I asked the children to use one word to tell what they were thinking about or feeling as they looked at it. We talked about using words that didn't just name what was in the photo. Although a few kids did name things, as we went on we got other words so they could understand better what kinds of words we were sharing. We got words such as family, happy, peaceful, calm, etc. Ask me to tell you about this photograph.
We started making a wind sock today. We will finish it tomorrow and use it to talk about the wind. We reviewed some of the words we used to label the strength of the wind, and we will use those as we use our wind sock. We also read The Wind Blew, by Pat Hutchins. This is a simple story with beautiful language about a gust of wind that blows through town and the items it picks up as it blows out to sea. Then, I gave the students a piece of plain paper to draw and label the items they remembered from the story. They were told before I read the story that the challenge was to remember as many of the items as they could. First they worked on their own to draw and label, then they worked with their table group as a team. One group ended up remembering 10 of the 11 items. They had a great time with this simple challenge.
We worked on finishing up maps we worked on earlier. Some students needed to label more on the map, add a title, or just fix up their coloring.
Have a nice evening!
We had a great time measuring today! We used balance scales, inch worms, and rice to measure. We measured volume with rice. We practiced using level scoopfuls to find out how many scoops it took to fill different containers. We used clay with our balance scales to learn about conservation of weight. We balanced two balls of playdough, then made smaller balls with one of the balls and guessed whether it would weigh more, less or the same as the other ball. We did the same with making flat pancakes and a ball to balance. It took several demonstrations for the children to understand that the weight didn't change because of the number of balls or size of the pancakes. We measured some play dinosaurs, as well as measured books width and height with links. The kids enjoy measuring, but still seem to "play" more than understand that they need to be able to measure accurately. We will continue to work with the materials and build an understanding of the importance of accuracy in measurement. Here are a few snaps of our math time today.
Have a nice evening!
We continued our study of maps today. We read a book called My Map Book, by Sara Fanelli, and saw all different kinds of maps. There was even a map of the narrator's tummy! Ask me to tell you about maps.
We looked at a few maps, then decided on a map we would like to draw. The maps needed to have a title, different places, and labels. The kids worked hard on their maps.
We have a lot of testing to do over the next week or two. I will try and finish it as quickly as I can, but it will impact the lessons in the classroom. The early dismissal and late opening didn't help my plan! Let's hope for lots of good weather and healthy kids so we can get through all the testing we need to do. Most of the testing will be 1:1, but there are two tests that will be online. Fortunately, kinders love tests!
Tomorrow the kindergarten team will be out at training in the afternoon. Please, let me know of any changes in dismissal so I can let the substitute teacher know.
Have a nice evening! Stay warm!
We spent time studying these photographs about balance. Ask me to tell you what I noticed. In math, we began working with balance scales. We looked at the parts of a balance scale and found the line that we need to be sure lines up when the scale is balanced. We compared some objects, then used counters to find out how much different items weighed using the counters as our unit. We estimated how much different items would weigh, and used what we knew about previous items to help us in our estimate of other items.
Have a nice evening!
We had a great second day of 2020 today! We passed The Talking Fish and shared and listened to stories about our Winter Break. Then, the students wrote about their break. They concentrated on using a capital letter at the beginning of their sentences, spaces between words, and ending their sentence with punctuation. They worked to take their time to listen for the sounds in the words to get down the letters that went with the sounds. Many of the children are using the writing mats that have the alphabet and sounds of the letters to help.
In math, we began to compare weights. Today we used human scales and some of the children help The Talking Fish in one hand, and found an item from around the room that was either lighter or heavier than the fish. They tipped their arms to show what it would like if they were a balance scale. We also thought about what we could carry in our backpack for a long walk and what we could not carry for a long walk. We shared our ideas with a partner and talked about why. Ask me to show you the paper I made that shows what I could carry and what I would not want to carry for a long walk.
In reading, we began a new unit about why people tell stories. We thought about the kinds of pieces writers write to begin to answer this question. We thought about how writers tell stories that could happen or that we need to use our imagination for, and stories that teach a lesson. We also thought about stories about different places and times. We reviewed the words characters and settings.
We also learned about making inferences. We studied a picture and the title of a short piece. The story was called Pat's Amazing Pet. We used the picture, what we know about animals, and the title to make an inference or a good guess about what made Pat's pet amazing. Ask me to tell you what made Pat's pet amazing.
We also talked about quotation marks. In the story of Pat's Amazing Pet, we saw quotation marks. We know these marks tells us what the character says or writes. The words inside the set of marks is exactly what the character or writer said or wrote.
We read the classic story called Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey. This story is set in Boston, Massachusetts so it is part of our Read the U.S.A. collection. Your child will bring home the postcard tomorrow for this state and a couple others we have read. We practiced telling the beginning of the story or how the story gets started, the middle of the story or what happens as they work through a problem or situation, and the ending of the story, or how it all works out. Ask me to tell you the beginning, middle and end of the story of Make Way for Ducklings.
I hope you had a wonderful Winter Break! I hope 2020 brings you happiness, good health and lots of time spent with your family!
We m,ade it! It's been a busy week, but happily we were able to have some special activities here at the end of the week.
Today we signed our No Place for Hate pledge. We talked about what the word pledge means. Ask me to tell you what it means to take a pledge.
Students will be wearing a No Place for Hate wristband home today!
This is the No Place for Hate pledge we signed today
• I promise to do my best to treat everyone fairly.
• I promise to do my best to be kind to everyone—even if they are not like me.
• If I see someone being hurt or bullied, I will tell a teacher.
• Everyone should be able to feel safe and happy in school.
• I want our school to be No Place for Hate®.
We will talk about how we can do this, especially in our weekly SEL lessons on Thursdays, as well as when we meet each month with Mrs. Kanter.
We learned about the weather, animals, plants and people in the winter yesterday. Ask me to tell you something about what happens to plants, and what animals and people do to survive in the winter.
We also zoomed into one of our favorite parts of winter. Snow! We learned about Snowflake Bentley, who was one of the first people to photograph snowflakes. We learned it's nearly impossible that two snowflakes would be the same.
Today we made snowflakes out of coffee filters. We decorated them with sequins so they sparkle. We noticed how with each snowflake we made, we got better at making them look special. We made more cuts and were able to design them better. Here we are working hard to make beautiful snowflakes!
We celebrated the Bear Bucks we've earned today. We watched the old Winnie the Pooh movie, narrated by Sebastian Cabat. I told the kids this was a movie that was on television when I was a kid. They enjoyed the stories told, and I enjoyed hearing the stories again!
Here's a few more pictures of the kids today, in their pajamas for our Spirit Day, along with the necklaces the kids made today.
I'd like to thank you for the donation you made to Share Our Strength as a class gift. This is a great organization that provides many programs for families, provides food for kids in the summer when they aren't in school, and provides breakfast programs for many students.
Have a great winter break and I'll see you in 2020!