Kindergarten spent their day before the last day of school at the library and park. We walked to the library where we were read some awesome books and got to dance around, and then we got to hang out in the kids section and check out books, play on the computers and iPads. After we left the library we went to the park and ate lunch together and got to play.
We are ready for our last day of school, Rock the Challenge, graduation, and of course SUMMER!!
Amherst library is also doing a summer reading program. Reading every 4 hours earns 1 free book. 12 hours=3 free books and a chance to win a party at Altitude!!! These is a great way to promote students love of reading. You can sign up at the library for this program.
I am also sending home a file folder with summer enrichments. The file includes: Step up to First Grade Math lessons, a list of sight words, sign up for Xtramath, (if you haven’t done so) summer fun activities to do. Also, this year I also read the students Magic Tree House books after lunch everyday. We ended on book #30- students may want to check out the remainder of the books to read over the summer.
I hope everyone has a great summer! Don’t stop reading, writing, and practicing math!
Kindergarten is ending their last full week of school learning all about Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs have been incorporated into Math, Reading, and Science. In Math, we are measuring dinosaurs with cubes, and learning about patterns and creating dinosaurs with patterns. In Reading, we are reading books about Dinosaurs, asking questions, reading emergent readers, and writing about Dinosaurs. In Science, we took what we learned about shadows and made dinosaur shadows, we will learn about bones, make fossils, dig for fossils in our “cookie excavation” and learn lots of cool facts about Dinosaurs along the way! This week has been Dino-Tastic!
Our last Kindergarten Math Topic is all about Measurement. We have learned that we can measure with cubes, a balance scale, and a measuring cup. We have also learned that many objects can be measured with more than one thing. In our last lesson of the topic we worked on comparing the lengths of objects using cubes. After the lesson, students used their cubes and had to measure and record the length of insects and then find the shortest and longest insect.
After learning about how energy moves, Kindergarteners were given a project to complete on our Flex Friday. They got to collaborate with a group to build a 3-D aquarium because energy moves through an aquarium. On Thursday, we had to paint the inside of our boxes blue and on Friday we got to build. They were given their box, string, tape, construction paper, scissors, glue, and a pencil. They had to have at least one fish, one plant, and one rock. They did a great job working together and completing their aquariums!
We have spent the last few weeks learning about 2-D and 3-D shapes. We have learned many things about these shapes. Today we built 2-D shapes using toothpicks and marshmallows. Each student was given a shape and had to figure out how many sides and vertices the shape had. Once they figured out how many sides and vertices their shape had, they grabbed toothpicks and marshmallows and built the shape. They also learned that the toothpicks would be used for the sides and the marshmallows would be used for the vertices. After we completed building our shapes, we completed our reflection and wrote what shape we had, drew the shape, wrote how many sides and vertices their shape had.
Kindergarten has been learning about Matter in Science. We have identified the 3 types of matter and began talking about how matter can change. For this lesson we used paper as an example. We discussed that we can cut, fold, tear, and bend paper. We talked about how the paper looked and felt when we changed it. After we discussed how matter can be changed, we created projects. The students were able to create whatever they liked as long as they changed the paper by cutting, tearing, bending, or folding it. They got really creative and made many awesome projects!
A Master Gardner visited our classroom and presented us with information about seeds and plants. We got to see the worlds biggest seed, smallest seed, felt soil, mixed soil, were read a story about a seed, and finally got to plant seeds. They were very engaged during this presentation and had a lot of fun learning and planting seeds!
Our current math topic is all about counting numbers to 100. During our lesson we filled in missing numbers in a hundreds chart and even filled in a blank hundreds chart. As we wrapped up our topic we spent time working with hundreds charts. We had centers set up in the classroom and each group was rotated through them. We worked together to build a giant hundreds chart, used number tiles to make a hundreds chart, and played a game called flip and find. These activites helped us review skills and collaborate.
There were 3 book catalogs that were sent home on Friday. This is the last book order for the year. I am submitting the order on April 30th. It is a great time to buy books for your child to have to read over the summer!
The more you read the more you know! -Dr. Seuss
Click here to order!
Our class code is: R84MB