This week we have been learning all about maps. We read a few Social Studies Weeklies, watched videos, and created our own pirates map. Even STEM lab this week was all about making maps and globes. When we get back from spring break we will finish our unit by making a map of a town and using a key to show what each place on our map is.
This week in Science we learned about the Earth. We learned that the Earth is made up of land, water, and air. We know that there is more water than land on Earth and that we can’t see air but we can feel it. We made wind catchers and went outside to feel that the air is everywhere. We also learned that wind moves in different directions and can blow stronger at different times.
We celebrated Read Across America day by inviting the 7th grade students to come in and read with us. The Kindergarten students chose a book that they could read and a harder book to read with their buddy. Both classes really enjoyed reading with a buddy and are excited to do this again!
This week we celebrated Dr. Seuss since his birthday is on March 2nd. We read many of his books throughout the week, and on Friday, Mrs. Tran decorated our classroom with characters from his books. We also read a Let’s Find Out about him and watched a video. We made hats from the cat in the hat with rhyming words on them and enjoyed Dr. Seuss themed snacks.
This week we started talking about money. We looked at real money, read books about coins, read a social studies weekly about money, and sorted coins. We also made a show me the money booklet where we colored coins and a dollar bill and put them all together to review coins. We will continue to practice reviewing coins throughout the rest of the year by listening to The Money Song.
Kindergarten spent part of their flex day reading, The Biggest Snowman Ever and then they were challenged to make the biggest snowman. They were given play dough, yellow string for a scarf, beads, an orange straw as a nose, and a straw to make arms. They spent a lot of time rebuilding their snowman to make it taller. Once they were finished we we measured them with a ruler and wrote how tall they were on the board.
Kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing up like they were 100 years old. We read 100 words, made a necklace with 100 fruit loops, did 100 exercises, counted to 100 by 10’s and 1’s, and counted 100 dollar bills and pennies.We had a fun filled day!
Kindergarten spent some of their Flex Friday learning all about Groundhogs. We read our Let’s Find Out to learn about things Groundhogs do and where they live. Then we went on to talk about Phil and how he predicts if we will have an early spring or 6 more weeks of Winter. After talking about this, students made predictions on whether Phil would see his shadow or not an then they made a groundhog. After our writing activity, we made a burrow to keep a groundhog warm, cozy, and safe.
We have started learning about weather and seasons in Science. We have read many books about weather and worked together to draw pictures to show the different types of weather. We will continue to read many books about weather and seasons, do fun science experiments and activities during this unit!
Kindergarten has recently started using the Seesaw App which is a digital portfolio where students get to create and complete assignments. We worked together to complete 3 assignments. We did a rhyming activity and 2 activities that involved our focus letters this week. Students used Emojis that began with our focus letter, once they were done they submitted it. We will also use this app to share our writing pieces we do, by taking a picture of it and reading it, practice reading cvc and sight words, reading sentences as well as practicing math skills. This application allows students to share what they have done with their classmates and work together to complete activities.