This week we started doing something called Star Readers since we are becoming great readers in Kindergarten! On Monday, I randomly select 2 students to be this weeks readers. The readers will then choose a book that they will practice reading all week and then they will share this book to the class on Friday. Our first star readers did an awesome job reading their books to the class and they got to sit on the pillows we made from our recent design challenge.
This week we began learning about the Earth. We learned that the Earth is made up of three things: land, water, and air. We started with learning about the land and what is on it. We discussed rocks and pebbles and then went over their characteristics. We then became scientists and used a magnifying class to look at the characteristics of rocks and pebbles. Students then collaborated and put them into a group of rocks and a group of pebbles. After they were sorted they then had to choose a rock or pebble and share something about it. (color, size, texture, and tell us if it was a rock or pebble) We will go on to build mountains out of clay and learn about the different types of water on Earth.
After coming back from a long weekend, we talked about Presidents Day and why we celebrate. We read a Social Studies Weekly on Presidents and learned about 2 very important presidents. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We finished our lesson on Presidents and then completed a directed drawing of Honest Abe and George Washington. We will go on to talk about American symbols and important monuments that are in the United States.
Kindergartners are 100 days smarter! We celebrated the 100th day by making the number 100 out of math manipulatives, reading 100 sight words, making 100th day books, creating something using the number 100, and writing a 100th day sentence.
We spent our afternoon learning all about groundhogs and what groundhog day is. After talking all about groundhog day we went online and found out that Phil saw his shadow and we will have 6 more weeks of winter. We created our own groundhogs and drew pictures of ourselves in the winter and spring but circled the winter picture to show that winter is sticking around. After we completed our project, we did a STEM activity. Our groundhog was lost so students had to work with a partner to create a new burrow for him. They were given a groundhog and tape. Then they had collaborate with their partner choose cotton balls, tissues, popsicle sticks, or dominoes to build the burrow. The burrow had to be big, cozy, and safe for the groundhog. After completing the burrow they had to draw and write about their burrow. We displayed some of the burrows on top of the cubbies by our STEM wall.
Kindergarten has spent time learning all about maps, globes, where we live, and directions. After creating a book of map skills and drawing small maps, they we then given the task of making their own map. They created their maps, made a map key, and then presented their maps to their classmates. The maps are now proudly displayed in the hallway!
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.