The letter C week was filled with Christmas around the world activities, Clifford activities, and CUPCAKES! We read the book If you give a Cat and Cupcake. We sequenced the story, wrote about our favorite part and, best of all, made cupcakes. Our 3rd grade book buddies came to our classroom and had fun decorating cupcakes with us.
For the Letter S week the students worked on sequences stories by using the book Silly Sally. Students also had a fun time drawing themselves upside down. We also had some fun dress up days. On Tuesday we wore our sweats to school, Wednesday we wore slippers, Thursday we had on our Silly Socks, and Friday we wore our shades.
The kindergarten classes spent a week learning all about force and motion and how things move. We were able to spend two days in the science lab exploring different ways things move.
At the end of the week all four classes came together for a Box Car Derby. The students had all Thanksgiving break to create and build their own box car. Then on Derby day the students would roll their car down the ramp to push a wooden block. The student who moved the block the most was the winner.
The kindergarten classes put together a Thanksgiving program for our parents. The students worked really hard learning the songs, parts and motions for this program. We had one class dress up as Indians, one class as pilgrims, and 2 classes were turkeys. Here are the pictures I took from the program.
Thanksgiving is a fun time in Kindergarten. We spent one week learning about pilgrims, Indians, and the first Thanksgiving. Students learned about how the pilgrims came to America from a land across the ocean. They learned that the Indians already lived in America and helped teach the pilgrims how to plant foods, hunt, and build houses.
The second week was spent learning about turkeys. We did a lot of fun turkey activities where we counted feathers, wrote about different things we could eat instead of turkeys, added feathers and more. We also took a few days to learn about the food pyramid. Students learned about the healthy things we need to eat and why it is important to eat all those healthy vegetables.
Halloween was a fun time for us. We spent a week learning all about pumpkins, how they grow, how we us them, and what they look like on the inside. The students helped clean out a pumpkin. Each student had the opportunity to put their hand inside the pumpkin and pull out as many seeds as they can. Later we counted how many seeds we had. We also saved some seeds for us to plant in our school garden later this year.
Our class spent a week studying nocturnal animals and day and night. We took a look at spiders, bats, and owls. We learned all kinds of facts about what nocturnal animals do at night, during the day, what they eat and so much more. We also learned a little about day and night. We took some time to sort pictures of things we do during the day and things we do at night.
For the Letter P week we spent a day in our pajamas making pancakes and reading the book If You Give a Pig a Pancake. The students helped sequence the story after reading. It was a fun day in Kindergarten!
Our first field trip was to the Nature Center. We spent the day outside learning about the things around us. We went to the garden and used our five senses to smell, see, touch, and taste the items in the garden. Most of the students did not enjoy the organically grown bell pepper. Then we made our way to learn about magnifying glasses by taking a closer look at the things around us, sticks, leaves, rocks, grass, etc. We took a listening walk and listened to the sounds nature make and ended our trip by doing a leave rubbing.
During Community Helper week we had the local fire fighters come and teach our students about fire safety and what fire fighters do. After the visit our students wrote a thank you note to the firefighters. We love when the fire fighters come!
For Community Helper week we learned all about those special people in our community that helps our community. We learned all about mailmen, police officers, firefighters, doctors and vets. Students would recall information from books and write sentences about each of the different community helpers.
After we finished reading each of the books students would sort the books by fiction and nonfiction.
At the end of the week we had a community helper dress up day, where students would dress up like someone in our community that helps us.
Our class took a look at soil. Each student brought in soil from somewhere close to their house. We talked about the different types of soil, why we need it, and where we find soil. The students had their own soil information book that they filled out. Students wrote about how their soil felt, smelt and what they saw in their soil. Then we took a closer look at our soil using magnifying glasses. At the end of the week when we were all done learning about soil we went outside and put the soil where soil belongs.
It is always important to learn about being safe. So we went to the science lab where we read the book Officer Buckle and Gloria. Officer Buckle and Gloria taught students from the book all these safety rules to help keep their school safe.
In the science lab we looked at pictures and sorted them by safe and not safe. The students did a great job recognizing how they can be safe in the science lab and at school.
Later we reread the book, this time as we were reading the book we were making a t-chart of how we can be safe and what would not be safe.
Students then got their science journals and wrote and drew about how they can be safe. This student is being safe by not playing with the stove.
This student is being safe by walking and not running.
I graduated from the University of North Texas in May 2007 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Early Childhood thru 4th grade. This is my sixth year teaching kindergarten. I am married to a wonderful guy, Cody, we have a son names Benjamin and a dog named Meg.