Week in Review: January 20


Poem: Red Means Stop

Sight Words: go, for, find

This week we learned how to use the reading strategy "Predict". This is when we guess what will happen next in the story we are reading. We used a snow book and we also used the book "If You Give a Moose a Muffin".

We also produced words that belong in the -ig and -og word families. Words that we came up with include pig, dig, big, dog, log, and fog.

Math: This week we worked on greater than, less than, and equal to. The kids rocked this math skill. We used bears to show two piles and determined which pile had more and less. I used Mr. Gator to introduce this skill to the kids. They love using Mr. Gator to determine greater than and less than.

Content: We talked about hibernation this week. We discussed what animals hibernate and watched a video to figure out what hibernation is. We then completed a hibernation activity and put each animal where they belong. We also talked all about snow this week. We were able to explore real snow and talk about it's characteristics. At the end of the week we made puff paint by combining shaving cream and Elmer's glue. With the paint we made snowman then drew and cut out shapes to decorate our snowmen.

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Facts About Penguins

This week we learned so much about penguins. Here is a video that shows the many facts that we learned.

YouTube Video

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Week in Review

With it being our first week back from winter break, we practiced building our stamina back up. We spent a few Daily 5 rotations building our stamina. They did great!!

We also introduced a new skill; identify the author's purpose. We talked about the different reasons that authors write books: to entertain, to persuade, and to inform. We read a book each day and determined the author's purpose. "The Pigeon Wants a Puppy", was persuade. The pigeon asks for a puppy throughout the entire book and tries to persuade.

"Penguins" was a book that the author wrote to entertain the reader. Penguins get ahold of a camera at the zoo and take lots of funny pictures. "What Color is Nature" was to inform the reader. It had photographs that showed real things in nature.

We introduced greater than, less than, and equal to. I used Mr. Gator to explain this concept to the kiddos. After talking about bigger and smaller numbers I introduced a new math with someone activity for Daily 5 math. Each partner takes a handful of manipulatives out of the bag. Then they determine who has the most and who had the least. A great way to practice this at home is to count objects at home (pillows on bed). Which family member has more? Which has the least?

We also introduced sort by size. We use counting bears of different sizes for this. As a whole group we sort the bears into the biggest, medium size, and smallest.

This week we talked about penguins. Penguins are polar animals that live in the arctic. We learned so much about penguins and completed a tree map and listed facts about penguins. At the end of the week we also made a penguin craft. We spent one day with a pillow wrapped around our stomachs and a ball in between our feet and tried to walk around. This resembled the male emperor penguin who cares for the penguin egg. They thought this was really hard!

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The Gingerbread Man

This post is a little overdue but in December we did so much surrounding the original story of the gingerbread man. We read the original story of the gingerbread story but we also read many other slightly different gingerbread stories. We compared compared the different stories using a Venn diagram.

We then went on a gingerbread man hunt within the school! The gingerbread man left us clues which started in our classroom and took us all over the school. We went to the gym, the nurses office, the computer lab, and even the music room. All the clues led us back to the classroom where we found the gingerbread man and other small gingerbread cookies for us to enjoy!!

We were then able to decorate our cookies and take a big bite. We charted our first bite as a class. As you can see the head was a yummy choice!

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Winter Program

This year we started a winter program. We invited family and friends to come watch what the kindergarteners had practiced so hard for. They sang songs, recited poems, and listened to a story from a special visitor all in their pajamas! It was a huge success!!

I have also added photos of the kiddos with their families and the teachers with Santa! I have been so fortunate to have such great families this year!

Grinch Day

We had a full day planned based on the Dr. Seuss book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". To start off everything was green, even our clothes! We read the story in the morning which was followed by a comprehension game called "Punch a Bunch!" The goal was to break through the green tissue paper and pull out the question card, which was related back to the story. The kids loved playing this!

But our clothes were not the only thing green! The grinch also turned our glue green!! So we spent some time in the morning writing our sight words with the green glue. In the afternoon we were able to get together with all the kindergarten classes and watch the cartoon of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". We ended the day with green punch and cookies.

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