In Religion, we have been talking about special celebrations. We shared some special celebrations we have at home and then discussed special celebrations we have at a church. There are 3 celebrations we have at a church: mass, baptism, and marriage. After discussing these celebrations we made our own churches that showed us what celebrations take place at a church.
Students have been working hard on reading skills. Students worked at centers to practice all of the skills we have learned. They had to read the directions for the activity, complete the activity, and then do the assessment that went along with it and turn it in. Kindergarteners did an awesome job working at reading centers.
After our Math lesson, Kindergarteners got to use dominoes to practice adding and subtracting. They really enjoyed getting to use our dominoes to review math skills!
A group of students collaborated and built the alphabet using wooden blocks.
Free play is a time students are given to build, create, and explore materials in our classroom. Many children use blocks, Lincoln logs, legos, foam blocks, and tangrams, art supplies to create many things and use their imagination.
During Math and Language Arts time, students were up and moving as they did an activity called write the room. During these activities students are given a recording sheet and have to go around the room and answer a question. In Math, they went and found ten frames and counted the mittens in a ten frame and wrote the answer on their paper. In Language Arts, they went around the room and found pictures of objects and had to sound out the word and write it down. The students love doing write the room activities!
After reading the book The Gingerbread Man, we discussed other ways the Gingerbread Man could have crossed the river safely. We came up with the idea that he could have built a boat to cross river. Students were paired with a partner and were given foil, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, and tape to build their boat. (The had to use popsicle sticks or toothpicks to make a sail) After they built their boat they had to put the Gingerbread Man in it and see if their boat would make it across the river. Many boats sank the first time so students went back to their seats and fixed their boat so it would float.
Kindergarten learned about all different kinds of habitats in Science and then voted on a habitat they wanted to research. They were then told that we would turn our library into the habitat we chose and present our research to another class. (This was very exciting to them) The Arctic won our vote and we quickly began our research. I had read the Magic Tree House book, Polar Bears Past Bedtime, and there were many facts from that book that we remembered which helped us begin our research. We watched many videos on the weather and animals that lived there. We looked at books from the library, found articles online and read them, and used QR codes to scan and get information on Polar Bears and Penguins. After we completed our research and had many discussions, students were paired with a partner to present information about the Arctic. They worked with their partner and decided what facts they wanted to share, we practiced, and then turned our library into the Arctic. On Friday the 8th graders, Miss Mullins, Mrs. Makruski, Mrs. Eads, and Mrs. Whiteman came in to watch them present their Arctic project. They did an awesome job researching and presenting all of the information we had learned!
Some students supplies are beginning to run low. Crayons and dry erase markers (fine tip) seem to be the supplies that are quickly running out. We can also use more pencils for the classroom as well. I will be sending home a note with supplies your child needs before Christmas, but if you ask them I am sure they will tell you what supplies they need. (If you do purchase Crayons, a 24 pack of regular sized crayons will be fine. The twistable crayons seem to break and run out easily.)