April 11th-15th

We jumped right back in after a wonderful spring break!

2015-2016 Kindergarten Class
2015-2016 Kindergarten Class

Two weeks ago, before spring break, we learned all about oviparous (animals that lay eggs) and viviparous (live birth) animals. We had great discussion about which animals fell into which category. We also had the opportunity to research and watch videos about many animals.

Student's created egg crafts
Student’s created egg crafts
Student's created egg crafts
Student’s created egg crafts

Egg Craft

 

This week, we learned all about farms. We discussed the different types of animals that are found on farms, what we yield from those animals, and how farms meet our wants and needs as humans.

In math, we have been focusing our attention on teen numbers, creating number sentences, and counting to 100. Students have become very good at counting to 100 in a circle. They have also become very good at creating combinations of number, such as 3+3=6, 4+2= 6, etc.

In writing wrapped up our how to and all about writing. We began our opinion/persuasive unit. Students began this unit by eating two different types of Oreos. They then had to explain which one they liked the best and explain why. We will be working on providing reasons and using words like and because.

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For reading workshop, we have been diving deeper into having conversations with our reading partners about our books. This week students learned how to use sticky notes to document their thinking. Students loved getting to cover their books in sticky notes. Many students used notes to show what something reminded them of, a part they really enjoyed, or a part that confused them. I have been very impressed with them in reading workshop this week.

Adding sticky notes to our books
Adding sticky notes to our books
showing our thinking through sticky notes
showing our thinking through sticky notes
Showing our thinking through sticky notes
Showing our thinking through sticky notes

Our eggs are set to hatch next Monday, the 18th. This week we had to opportunity ti candle the eggs and see inside of them. We saw many that had veins and heartbeats. We had a few that did not develop and we had a conversation about how that can happen and what it means. The students are very excited to see their chicks!

Placing eggs in our incubator
Placing eggs in our incubator
Placing eggs into our incubator
Placing eggs into our incubator
Candling our eggs with Mrs. Clifton
Candling our eggs with Mrs. Clifton

Week of March 21st-25th

With just four days of school this week we packed a lot in! We had a snowy and cold start to the week, then it ended with sunshine!

Science: We discussed the season spring this week. We talked about what we do in spring, what we wear in spring, adjectives of spring, and how spring differs from all other seasons.

Writing: In writing we began working more on our “All About Books”. Students created one book all about plants and as a class we added in a table of contents. Students then were on a roll writing about whatever they knew all about! We had many books about animals, toys, and activities. Their writing is coming along!

Math: We have been working on counting to 100 each day this week. Students have picked up the pattern so quickly! We have also been doing a lot of work on comparing shapes measurable attributes. Some of the vocabulary we have been learning is thick vs. thin, longer/taller vs. shorter, number of sides/corners, and colors.

Next week:

During the last week of March we will be discussing oviparous animals. Students will be learning what an oviparous animal is and which animals are oviparous. We will be comparing them to viviparous animals.  We will be having our final week of all about writing. We will be moving into opinion writing when we return from spring break. We are discussing our final teen number: 19. We will be focusing on teen numbers all this week in math.

Cosmic Yoga- Snowy Recess
Cosmic Yoga- Snowy Recess
Snowy Monday Morning Sunrise
Snowy Monday Morning Sunrise
Our root viewer science experiment
Our root viewer science experiment

 

Week of March 14th-18th

This week we are focusing on plants. We are learning all of their needs, parts, and jobs. We are creating our very own greenhouses out of ziplock bags, cotton balls, and pinto beans. We also planted carrots, radishes, and onions in a root viewer.

Circle Focus:

  • Number: 18
  • Words: Who & Will
  • Days of School: 122, 123, 124, 125, 126
  • Comparing objects: we will be comparing students. Looking into various attributes such as, clothing, hair color, height, eye color, etc.

Math: We are working on comparing numbers, counting objects and recording quantity, and addition/subtraction story problems.

Reading: We are working on enhancing our picture power. We will be focusing on diving deeper into the picture and not just giving it a quick scan. By diving deeper into the picture, we will be able to tackle more difficult words in our books.

Writing: Students are finishing up their final drafts of their how-to writing. We will be sharing these one by one, then posting them in the hall for everyone to see. Then, we are moving onto all about books. Students will begin to learn how to create a book all about one topic!

 

Photos from this week:

Pollination activity: to simulate how bees pollinate plants students drank nectar (juice) from their flowers while rubbing their hands on pollen (puffy Cheetos). They then traveled throughout the classroom touching others flowers with their pollen. We discussed how the pollen traveled from their hands to every other flower. They loved doing this!

Students participating in our pollination demonstration
Students participating in our pollination demonstration
Students participating in our pollination demonstration
Students participating in our pollination demonstration
Students participating in our pollination demonstration
Students participating in our pollination demonstration
Close up photo of student's greenhouse
Close up photo of student’s greenhouse

 

Students' greenhouses they created from Ziploc bags, moist cotton balls, and pinto beans
Students’ greenhouses they created from Ziploc bags, moist cotton balls, and pinto beans