Everyday Kindergarten students participate in Reading centers. During centers students work on activities to strengthen skills. They work at the teacher table to get small group instruction,read books on the Ipads and in the library, they are exposed to many word work activities that change throughout the year to promote reading skills, build things from the STEM center, and work on writing in our writing center.
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The Kindergarten students had a visitor on Wednesday from the Amherst library. They listened to our guest read them the story Giraffes Can’t Dance and then were given their very own copy of the book to add to their library at home. They were very excited and grateful to have a guest come read to them!
Our Science Unit is all about living and nonliving things. This week we went on a nature walk to find things that are living and non living and we drew pictures of living and nonliving things in a booklet. We also tied in Religion because we are learning about Creation so we sorted living and nonliving things God created in our world. Today in Science we got to be scientists and observe gummy worms and Earthworms to determine which one was living and which one was nonliving and why. We concluded that gummy worms are nonliving (and delicious) and Earthworms are living!
After our math lesson, we got out a giant dice, number tracing paper, and then took turns rolling the dice and tracing the numbers using our best Kindergarten writing. The students had a lot of fun rolling the dice and working on getting all of the numbers traced. It took us a long time to finally roll all of the 3’s!
On Monday, we watched a Mystery Doug video called “Whats the Biggest Apple In the World” and learned all about the different types of apples there are. Students were then challenged on Friday to make an apple picker to make picking apples easier. They were given 2 pieces of paper that were each cut in half, a piece of construction paper to make an apple, and a piece of tape. They have to use their materials to make something that they could pick an apple with. We went through the design cycle and planned, created, and improved our tools we made.
After our Math lesson we worked in Math centers to help strengthen our Math skills. We used pattern blocks to make shapes, build patterns using cubes, and made shape and cube towers. We will continue to work in math centers and work on other activities as the year goes on!
We have been hard at work on Topic 1 in Math. We have learned how to count, read, and write numbers 0 to 5. Our math lesson showed us ways to make 5 using counters and pictures, so after we completed our lesson we used dry erase pockets and counters to show all of the different ways we could make five. The students were engaged and enjoyed coming up with ways to make 5 on their own, as well as me telling them to show 2 parts and then write the numbers.
We spent part of our Friday working on Technology skills. The students were introduced to SeeSaw which is a digital portfolio where you submit work to share with your classmates. We then went on to Screen Chomp to practice writing our sight words without looking at them. We wrote the word I and can and then made a sentence using those words. We are getting really good at using our Ipads to help us learn and remembering to start at the top when we write!
We had a very busy and productive Friday! We spent our morning talking about how Jesus welcomes us and loves us and going over letters, sounds, and reading short books with our sight words I and can in them. We also got on our Ipads, reviewed basic functions, and explored the Epic! app where we listened to books about our 5 Senses. After lunch, we practiced writing the number 2 and 3 on dry erase boards, and then we had our first design challenge. We had read Chicka! Chicka! Boom! Boom! and made coconut tree projects last week so this week we built our own coconut trees using blocks, Popsicle sticks, and letters. We talked about the design cycle and how we were engineers and recorded our results when we were done. We went on to talk about our 5 Senses and then popped popcorn in our classroom to explore our senses. Finally, we ended our day by building things using certain materials from the STEM center in our classroom!
We have been in Kindergarten for 11 days and have been working so hard on learning new things and being great leaders. We have been reading in our class library, reviewing letters and sounds, as well as building them with play dough and writing them on dry erase boards. We have explored math manipulatives and have begun our first math topic. In Religion, we have been practicing prayers and have made prayer buddies to help us do the sign of the cross.