We spent our Friday busy expanding on what we learned this week. We made a 3D church and in reading we sorted pictures by beginning sounds we learned, read alliterations, practiced finding verbs and nouns in sentences, and did a practice spelling test. In the afternoon we talked about Bats and what we learned about them in our Science Spin Magazine then we made our own bat houses and presented them to the class. The final projects were awesome! We also used gummy bears to practice graphing and using tally marks. We finished our day by doing a science experiment to make gummy worms move!
We are learning all about animals in science! We talked about a Polar Bear being white so it can blend into the snow and how they stay warm. We watched a video to learn that they have 4 inches of fat/blubber on them and 2 layers of fur. We then dipped our fingers into cold “arctic” water and then put our fingers in the bag that had blubber (shortening) on the outside and dipped it in the water. We learned that the Polar Bears can stay warm in the cold Arctic habitat because of their blubber.
This week we started learning about living and nonliving things. We watched videos to learn what a living thing and nonliving thing needs and saw examples of living and nonliving things. We made a book filled with examples and a giant tree to display in the hallway that has pictures of living things on it. Then we compared gummy worms and earthworms to see which one was living and nonliving. When observing the gummy worm and earthworm we talked about which one eats, grows, and breathes. We found out that a gummy worm is non-living and an earthworm is living.
Kindergarten read Jonah and the Whale, watched the Veggie Tales movie of it, acted it out, read a poem, and then made a whale to show what happened with Jonah and the whale. We have also been working hard on practicing our sight words and used our bodies to spell this weeks sight word.
We are wrapping up our first Math topic and have been working hard on counting and writing numbers 0 to 5. To review what we have learned we used dice to throw in the middle of our circle and then we counted the dots and wrote the number we rolled.
We started our week off with learning about Constitution Day. We watched a video, had a discussion, and then made our own Kindergarten Constitution and signed it with our handprint. After our Math lesson we worked in Math centers to practice counting, making patterns, practicing writing numbers, making numbers with play dough. We read Hickory Dickory Dock in Reading and created a foldable project to put the story in sequence and to display in the hallway. In religion we were talking about stained glass and made our own stained glass picture and went to the church to view the stained glass. In Science we have been talking about our 5 senses and how we can compare, observe, and measure objects. We have also been talking about the tools scientists use. On Friday we had a guest from the Amherst library come in and read us a book. We had a fun, busy week full of learning!
We had lots of fun on Friday! We started our day with Religion and then spent some time building and creating with materials from our STEM center in our classroom. After STEM time we did our Reading lesson, then I introduced them to our first STEM challenge we would have after lunch by reading them Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Students were partnered up and had to build a coconut tree and see how many letters could fit on their tree. They used the design cycle and showed great collaboration skills! We ended our day by talking about our 5 senses and then popping popcorn in our classroom to see how we can use our 5 senses.
This week we have been exploring centers in our classroom. Centers take place during our small group time. Students will work through all centers and work with me in small groups. Some of our centers in our classroom include Word Work (2), Library, Writing Center, Alphabet Center, Pocket Chart, STEM, Art, IPad, and a Sorting Center. Centers encourage independence, collaboration, and help build foundational skills.
On Wednesday, we started our first Reading/Language Arts lesson. We talked about our essential question which is “How is everyone special?” We sang our ABC’s, talked about how uppercase letters are big and lowercase letters are small, identified letters, practiced handling books, read a book about animals in a park, counted words in sentences, and were introduced to our new sight word which is I. We used I in a sentence and looked at books to find our sight word. Please practice the sight word at home.
At orientation I mentioned that we will have weekly homework that goes with what we are learning in reading. The weekly reading homework will not begin until Monday, September 24th.. It will be sent home on Monday and due on Friday every week.
I also sent home an information sheet on how to access wonders at home and included their username and password. You can click on the picture below or copy the link to access the website. Make sure you click Miss Rose and then find your students and enter their special password.
Each month I will be sending home Scholastic Book catalogs, if you would like to order books you can click on the picture below to access the website or you can return the order slip on the back of the catalog attached with a check. This month they are offering many great books for $1 and a free book ($5 value) if you spend $25. Orders will be submitted on September 28th and once they arrive at school I will send the books home with your child. This is a great way to get books to practice reading at home and foster their love for reading!
Class Code: R84MB
Some popular books are:
- Llama Llama Books by Anna Dewdney
- Pete the Cat
- Mo Willems’ Books
- Laura Numeroff’s Books
- Sight Word Practice Books
- David Shannon’s Books
- There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A… Books