Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Feast

We completed our study of Thanksgiving with a feast. Each class brought one food item to share and we ate together in the kindergarten kitchen area. We had turkey, corn, mashed potatoes, rolls, pie, and juice. Thank you to all the parents who prepared or sent food for the feast. Some classes dressed like Pilgrims and some classes dressed like Native Americans (like our class!). We had a lot of fun recreating the first Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Storyteller Presented by Target

On Friday, we heard a storyteller. She talked to us about how to take care of books. She told us the story The Kissing Hand and Mean Soup. She chose one boy and one girl from the audience to help her tell the stories! She also talked to us about going to the Grand Prairie Public Library and getting a free library card. All students really enjoyed the presentation.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Native Americans

This week we learned about Thanksgiving. We talked about how the Pilgrims came to escape persecution. We discussed how the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims learn how to grow crops and hunt to provide food for their families. We also talked about how the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims build homes. On Friday, we had a Thanksgiving feast. Before that our class made Native American vests from grocery sacks and decorated them using markers. We also made headbands from sentence strips and construction paper feathers. The students had a lot of fun creating their outfit and choosing their Native American name for the feast!

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Animal Creations

This week we've been learning about animal needs and how the Earth provides for their needs as well as ours. On Friday, we went to the science lab and observed all the animals. Then we created and illustrated our own new animals in our science journal and showed their shelter, food, and water. The students were really creative! We had a kangafly (kangaroo and butterfly) and spidaturtle (spider and turtle). Below I've included pictures of our animals, the students working in their journals, and some of their creations.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Math Grab Bag

This week in math, we have been working on using comparative language (more, less, same) to describe sets of objects. Today we worked with a partner to grab a handful of cubes from a bag and build a tower. Then we stood our tower next to our partner's and described them using comparative language. Students also reviewed and practiced math concepts in math tubs while I work with small groups.

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DEAR Time!

The students had a blast reading for fun during Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) time today! They read library books and books they have read with me that are in their book baggies.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Animal Needs

This week we are learning about animal needs. We have learned that animals need most of the same things people do. The way their needs are met is different though. On Monday, we made a graph of pets students in our class have. Then we analyzed our data. We also discussed how our pets are dependent upon us to help meet their needs. We compared/contrasted the way we take care of our pets with the way our parents take care of us.



Turkeys in Disguise!

Each child was sent home with a turkey picture last week for homework. Students were to "dress" their turkeys in a disguise so they wouldn't be eaten at Thanksgiving dinner! Thank you to all the students and parents who disguised a turkey! There were some really creative ones!



If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Last week, we read If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff. We made a class book about what animals like to eat using alliteration. We also worked on sequencing story events.On Friday, we made and ate chocolate chip muffins.


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Earth Science: Soil

Last week, we learned about soil. We took a tour around the school building and made a circle map of the way soil is used around school. Then we went to the science lab and compared/contrasted four different types of soil. We examined them using hand lenses. Then we journaled what soil is made of. We read the story The Wonderful World of Worms and made a "dirt" treat!






























Thursday, November 12, 2009

I am thankful for...

Several students decorated an ear of corn with photographs or pictures they drew to share with us what they are thankful for. They worked on these projects at home with their families!



PAW Pride

These are a few of the students from our class who were caught showing PAW Pride in the hallway last week!



P-Positive Attitude
A-Act Responsibly
W- Wise Choices

Sorting Rules

When we went to the computer lab this week, we worked in Pixie 2 to create three sets of objects using a sorting rule we created. Then we switched with a partner and they had to determine what attribute we used to sort our pictures.



Button Sorting

We read The Button Box by Margaret Reid. We worked with a partner to sort buttons by different attributes (color, size, shape, etc.) Then we recorded one of the three different ways we sorted our buttons.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Vegetable Is

Last week, we learned about harvest and vegetables. We shared the pen and wrote together about vegetables. Then we painted our vegetables and sequenced our sentence. We made it into a book and put it in our library center for the students to read.

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Camp Read A Lot

Tonight kindergarten through 2nd grade students and parents enjoyed Camp Read A Lot. Students started out eating a snack in their classroom and listening to a read aloud from their teacher. My class heard The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Then we went to the cafeteria to flashlight read in tents. The next station was listening to a storyteller in the library. We ended the night by drawing a character from our book on the character mural. Every student who attended received a free new book.



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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Zany Z Fun!

This week one of the letters we focused on was Zz. We practiced Zz, its sound, and substituting initial sounds by finding our zany Zz names. On Wednesday, we called each other by our Zz names and we put the letters in order and decorated them!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Special Guest Author

Today we had a special guest author visit our class and read us a story. Sabrina from Arnold Middle School read to us a story she wrote about Thanksgiving. Her and her classmates brought enough books for every kindergarten student to take home and keep. The students were so excited about our guest and their books!
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