Last Friday, students were given the challenge of building a den for a Polar Bear so he can stay warm in their cold Arctic Habitat. Students wear paired with a partner and given toothpicks, marshmallows, a polar bear cut out, and a paper plate. They have to work together to be able to put their Polar Bear inside of its den.
In Science we have been learning all about animals and their habitats. We spent time reading our Let’s Find Out about a Fuzzy Penguin Chick. We read and talked about the life cycle of a penguin chick and learned that they have down feathers and then they go through molting to get waterproof feathers. After reading about this, we tested out down feathers and waterproof feathers. Students worked with a partner to color the adult penguin with a black crayon and glued cotton balls on the chick. Once they completed this, I went around and squirted water on the chick and adult. Students were able to observe what happened to the penguins.
Our first day back to school was filled with learning and fun. We shared our favorite things we did over break and made goals for the new year. We also learned about lights and shadows and did an activity with dinosaurs to see how shadows get bigger and smaller. We are off to learning about subtraction in Math and met Linus the Minus (Gus the Plus’ brother)
Kindergarten has been learning all about the story of Christmas. We have enjoyed reading about the three wise men so we did a directed drawing of them. They all turned out different and so unique and the students enjoyed looking at how everyones turned out.
We have been learning all about plants in Science. We learned about the different types of plants, what they need, their parts, and the life cycle of flowers and pumpkins. We also made flowers and labeled them and learned about vegetables that grow on the top of the dirt and below the dirt, we did activities with these topics to display in the hallway. To wrap up our plant unit we read a The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and then used magnifying glasses to observe and sort many different types of seeds.
We have started journal writing in our classroom and have been working on writing stories. As we write we have a fireplace on our SMARTboard to make our room feel cozy and to listen to the crackle of the fire. Everyone has their own writing journal they decorated the outside of and are now able to write any story that they would like to in it. Many students started writing about our classroom elf or their elf at home, made up stories, or things that they like to play or do. They are working hard at being good authors and illustrators and are excited to share their writing pieces with the class when they are done.
We spent part of our Friday reading the book The Gingerbread Man, making a Gingerbread boy and girl, and then doing a Gingerbread STEM activity. After we read The Gingerbread Man, we made Gingerbread’s to hang in the hallway. We then went on to discuss what happened at the end of the story and how the Gingerbread man jumped on the foxes tail but was still eaten. We talked about that if he had a boat he could have made it across the river. Students were then given the challenge of creating a boat for him to cross the river. They were given 1 piece of foil, 1 toothpick, 1 piece of triangle paper for the sail, 1 piece of tape, and 1 Gingerbread Man. They had to fit their Gingerbread Man into their boat and it had to have a sail. They did a great job creating boats for him to cross the river!
Our essential question in Reading this week is “What Places Do You Go During the Week?” and one of our vocabulary words is neighborhood. We talked about neighborhoods and how in a neighborhood you have buildings and houses close to each other, so we created our own houses and added some snow. We even included a picture of ourselves so we could be standing by our neighbors! Once we were finished we hung them in our classroom to create our Kindergarten neighborhood.