Saturday, November 9, 2013

A little bit of everything!!

Well, I just realized I haven't posted anything for a while, so I need to go back a few weeks.  We covered a lot of things in the past few weeks from spiders to pumpkins, fire safety to monsters and migration to sleeping bears!  Let's get started on what we've been up to in Kindergarten!

  We read the book "Amazing World of Spiders" by Janet Craig and learned about what spiders can do, what they have, and what the are.  We filled out a Top Down Web about spiders and the children wrote their own (from mine) to take home and tell their families what they learned.  I was very impressed with how they were able to copy from my Top Down Web onto their own paper that I found as a freebie.

 We also did some more on the life cycle of a pumpkin from a Pumpkin Mini Unit by Mrs. Ricca.  They really loved this unit!

 We had some new Daily 5 activities out.  We have started doing Listen to Reading.  They are very excited when they get to go to this area!  Thank goodness I have a TON of books on tape :)   So I now have 4 out of the 5 Daily 5 components up and running!!!  I am holding off on Read to Someone until after Christmas.  I want them to be able to read a little better so they aren't just fooling around with a buddy.  They love these Find a Letter pages.  Unfortunately, I found these a month ago and can't find who I got them from.  If you recognize anything I can't find a link to, please message me below and I will fix it :)  The sight word practice comes from a Fall Literacy Freebie from Jennifer Elliott.  Some of the children did a great job reading the words.  Some were just at the copying stage, but that was fine too!

 We also celebrated Fire Safety week and week late.  Our local fire department came to speak to the Kindergarten and First Grade children.  They were so excited that they brought the ladder truck with them!  When the presentation was over, they lifted the ladder up over the kids and the school!  It was pretty cool!

 I wanted to post some picture of Fundations.  We do Fundations every day and the children are doing so well with proper letter formation and remembering the story for each letter (ex. a, apple, /a/)  We played a game where each child had either a key picture or a letter.  They had to find their match and put their puzzle together and say the story together.  We also do Echo Find Letters.  I call out a sound and they need to point to the matching letter on their magnet boards.  We also practice our vowel sounds and stretch them out to really hear the sounds.  I was very excited with their mid unit results.  One child even scored 100%!!!

 We read "Go Away Big, Green Monster" by Ed Emberley and then made our own big, green monsters.  I guess I figured out a way to cover their faces for the website! :) We also made these booklets to add to their reading boxes!  We used the interactive pocket chart that is included with the booklet, I just forgot to take pictures of it.  They LOVED the chart!  I have pictures of another one coming up.

 To finish up our unit on 2D shapes in Investigations, we played a game where I chose a number and they had to use pattern blocks to make a design with ONLY that many objects.  They were very creative!!

 On to Halloween!  My team dressed up as Pete the Cat from 4 Groovy Buttons!  We each had a different number of buttons and held up our groovy button sign in our school parade!  I love my new team:)

We started talking about Hibernation and Migration last week.  We started off by watching some videos on youtube about hibernation.  I never knew how many things you can find videos about on youtube!!  The children got to watch a cartoon-like video explaining where different animals hibernate.  We watched one showing a real bear family getting ready for hibernation.  You could hear a pin drop in the room!  We made a 2 column notes poster showing which animals hibernate and which migrate.  We then completed a sort for the children to take home.  My favorite part was our sleeping bears.  They came out SOOOO cute!!!

 In our new unit in Investigations, we made a Counting Book.  The children had to draw 1-6 of the same object on each page.  We had ice cream cones, flowers, trees and cars!  They did a great job and will be available to see at Conferences.

Here is the other interactive pocket chart I have out right now.  They love these and I hope I can find more of them!  They get so into acting them out!  This one is 5 Little Monkeys.

And lastly, a tribute to our heroes.  The children brought these home to fill out with their parents.  We made a bulletin board in our wing to hang them all up.  I have only hung up ones from my class and it was already very full!  I will post pictures of it next week when we have more heroes up on the wall.

Happy Veterans' Day weekend!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fun in Fall

We had a nice short week this week!  I started off the week going to pick pumpkins at a local farm with my family.  Can't pick pumpkins without your princess crown on, right? :)  Then we got right to work on all things pumpkin at school!  Who knew a small pumpkin was nearly impossible to cut open!!!  We did it though and the kids loved all the activities that we had planned!  Here are a bunch of pictures from our week!

The following pictures are some of the new Word Work we have been using this week.  The kids love the games and work so quietly so the Read to Self children can read quietly.  These activities are all from Caitlyn Clabby's October Word Work Pack on TPT.  This is the beginning sound pumpkin sort.

These children are using Bingo dabbers to find matching letters that they find in the basket. 

This is a page to practice writing the missing letters of the alphabet.

This was the cutest lesson!!!  We read the book "Where's My Mummy" by Carolyn Crimi.  Then we completed the activities from April Larremore.  The kids did a great job ripping the paper for their mummies!  It was tough at first, but as you can see, they came out great!!  We put together a Flow Map to retell the story using the characters.  The children also brought home a smaller copy of the characters to retell the story!

Here, we broke into two small groups and did some Science exploration with pumpkins!  The children were great little scientists!!  I found this FREE Pumpkin Mini Unit on TPT from Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten!  We also made Pumpkin life cycle booklets that the children took home on Friday and we will be making a sentence strip with the life cycle next week.

I was very lucky to find a great sale and got these calendar pages on TPT.  They keep the children so engaged at Calendar time!!!  They love to find out what the "Dice of the Day" will be!  We count how many days we have been in school this month AND how many days we have been in school total.  They are beginning to understand why those numbers are not the same.  Also it took a while to understand why it would be the 16th, but we weren't in school 16 days in the month.  The dry erase sleeves were found on Oriental Trading.  LOVE THEM!!!  Find them HERE.

In Investigations Math, we began a new unit on 2D Shapes.  We will be covering 3D shapes later in the year.  The children had to pick a shape and make something out of it.  These are a few of my favorites!!  They came out so cute!  They are hanging in the hallway for everyone to see!

We ended the week with 5 Little Pumpkins!  Mrs. Dunn found these sticker pumpkins at a craft store.  We read the book first, then watched a couple different versions of the story on youtube.  They each made a fence on their black paper and added the cute pumpkins!  Included in the kit were these adorable masks to add to the pumpkins.  They loved making their pumpkins look funny!

Even though the week was short, I think we did as much work as we would in a full week!!

Our Halloween Parade/Party will be on Thursday, October 31st.  We do have a friend that is on a Gluten Free diet.  Therefore, if you would like to send in a treat for our party, it needs to be Gluten free.  I will be sending home a signup sheet next week!  Costumes may be worn to school, or you may send them in to change into at 1:30.  The children will have Specials, lunch and recess BEFORE the parade, so if they don't want to ruin their costume, they should just bring it to change into.  Also, if your child has a costume that includes a weapon (ax, gun, sword,etc) they may NOT bring that item to school.  Teachers are not allowed to apply makeup to students either.
We also have a Half Day Professional Development day on Friday, November 1st.  Students will be dismissed at 11:40.
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