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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