Kindergarten

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Shannon Hobbs on November 26, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

During our morning work time, the children classified things that a turkey can do and things that they cannot do. They also finished their handprints.

This morning, we rotated between Mrs. Bemish’s and Ms. Lee’s classrooms to complete fun Thansgiving activities. In Mrs. Bemish’s room, the children painted Indian symbols on a tepee, and they made their own headbands, vests, and necklaces. In Ms. Lee’s classroom, they made log cabins with pretzels and Pilgrim hats.

We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving feast in the hallway together for lunch today!

This afternoon, we focused on punctuation. We also watched “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”

Our copier was not working today so we will do the sight word books on Monday, and I will also send home the December calendar.

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Today is Wednesday, November 26

by Carla Lee on November 26, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

Today we celebrated the first Thanksgiving.  We created our own American Indian vests, headbands, and necklaces.  We also got to decorate a tee-pee.  Next, we created our own Pilgrim hats/bonnets and log cabins.  Our big feast was a huge succeess!  Thank you to all our volunteers and those who donated items for our celebration.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!  See you all on Monday!

 

Run, Turkey, Run!

by Shannon Hobbs on November 25, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

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DSCN2116During our morning work time, the children finished their Thanksgiving Book.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on stretching out words that are spelled with many of the same letters to figure out the different words. We read and discussed the book “Run, Turkey, Run!” We talked about the main characters, sequence, and they predicted what would happen in the story.

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: The children wrote their own story in sequence about how they would catch a turkey.

Literacy: The children put the pictures from “Run, Turkey, Run” in the correct sequence order.

Literacy/Comprehension: The children sorted pictures and words by if they belong in the past (Pilgrims) or in the present.

Math: The children cut out THanksgiving items to make a graph, and they counted and recorded their results.

Literacy: The children worked on their own “The Turkey Got Away” book by putting the pictures with the correct words.

This afternoon, we focused on souning out words and figuring out which words rhyme. We worked on recognizing that words do not rhyme just because they have the same beginning sound. We also celebrated Elijah’s birthday!

Thank you so much for all of the supplies that you have sent in for our Thanksgiving Celebration tomorrow! We are looking forward to a wonderful day together! Have a great day!

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DSCN2105During our morning work time, the children worked on their Thanksgiving Book.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on ending sounds, and we reviewed the letters ‘V’ and ‘W.’ We started working on the letter ‘X,’ and we learned a new letter ‘X’ song. They also practiced writing this letter. We read and discussed the book “I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie.” We worked on the sequence of this story.

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: We read the sight word book “I Like” together and individually.

Literacy: The children practiced the letter ‘X’ and looked for sight words in the sensory table.

Literacy: The children made their own “Old Lady” and put pictures from the story in correct sequence order.

Math: The children made their own turkey family, and they counted the total number of beaks, eyes, feet, feathers, and heads.

Literacy: The children used pictures from our “Old Lady” story with letter stamps to stamp out words from the book.

This afternoon, we continued to work on ending sounds, and we read and discussed the book “Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving.”

Daily News: “I like pizza, but I love cake!”

Have a great day!

Volcano Time!

by Shannon Hobbs on November 21, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

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DSCN2094During our morning work time, the children worked on a “This Turkey” book to look for number and color words and colored to match on each page.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on the ending ‘w’ sound, and we continued to work on stretching out word to read them and recognize the words with the same beginning sound. We finished our “KWL” chart for volcanoes, and we read “Thanksgiving Is.” We worked on making different types of patterns on our own.

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: We made volcanoes with shaving cream and glue, and the children wrote something new that they learned abou volcanoes.

Literacy: The children worked together with letter puzzles to make words.

Math: The children worked together with puzzles to match items with the correct number and number word.

Math: The children worked with pattern puzzles, and they made their own patterns with blocks.

Math/Literacy: The children used a “recipe” to measure and mix items together to make a mold to go around a 2 liter bottle for their volcano.

This afternoon, the children listened to Mrs. Zirkle’s class complete a Reader’s Theatre in our classroom. They did a wonderful job! We also completed our experiment with our volcano, and the children loved watching the “explosion!”

Have a great day!

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DSCN2037During our morning work time, the children worked on making their own Pilgrims, and they wrote about ways they can do chores to help like the Pilgrim children helped their families.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on the difference between the ‘V’ and ‘W’ letter sounds, and we read and discussed more about volcanoes. We also focused on the hexagon shape.

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: The children made their own turkeys, and they wrote the reasons that they are thankful on the feathers.

Literacy: The children pasted items that start with ‘W’ on watering cans.

Literacy: The children worked on an ‘as’ sight word book and paper, and they looked for sight words in the sensory table.

Math: The children used turkey models to use shapes with their group to make the same figures. They also counted the amount of each shape that they used for these models.

Literacy: The children fixed a silly sentence to state “The Pilgrims sailed the Mayflower.” They also made their own Mayflower scene to match their words.

This afternoon, we focused on sounding out words and finding the words with the same beginning sound. They are doing a wonderful job trying to stretch out words to read them.

Have a great day!

Today is Thursday, November 20

by Carla Lee on November 20, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

Today we explored literacy and math concepts during our learning centers using our classroom manipulatives.  We are working on taking care of classroom items and materials.  I am proud to say that we did a GREAT job with this task today!

Centers Included:

1. ABC Letter Match and Sort with our magnetic letters – We are focusing on putting the letters in the correct place so that all students can enjoy!

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2. Computer Center - Starfall.com – Word Families – We are focusing on using the computers in a gentle manner, asking before turning off and on, and using correct keys/buttons.computercenter

3. Lincoln Logs – Construction – We are working together to construct a shared idea and sharing materials, using materials safely (no throwing and weapon use), and cleaning up in a timel manner.lincolnlogscenter

4. Listening Center –  Bear Gives Thanks – We are working on our listening skills, following along to the story, tracking left to right, and using the CD player buttons correctly.listcenter

5. Letter Hunt – Magazine Search – We practiced our cutting skills by finding pictures and words beginning with the correct letter/letter sound on our recording sheet.  We worked on sharing materials and cleaning up in a timely manner.

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6. Pattern Blocks –  We worked on creating patterns, sharing materials, using materials safely, and cleaning up in a timely manner.patternblockfun

7. Pattern and Sorting Beads – We worked on sorting by attributes and making patterns.  We also practiced not throwing small classroom items, putting away materials in a timeley fashion and making sure we pick up materials off the floor.

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8. Sight Word Jar – We practiced identifying and writing our sight words.  We then worked on staying on task, using materials correctly and putting our work away in our mailboxes in a timely manner.

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9. Pocket Chart/Dry-Erase Boards – We practiced writing our sight words using dry erase boards and markers.  We worked on using the dry erase markers nicely (not smashing them and putting caps back on).writingsightwords

At recess, we practiced working together to construct a zoo using blocks, lincoln logs, and zoo animals.  Skills: sharing, staying in designated play areas, being kind to others, and using materials safely.

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DSCN2027During our morning work time, the children started working on their Thanksgiving Book by making Pilgrims in their book.

During our Morning Meeting, we reviewed letter ‘V,’ and we started a “KWL” chart about Volcanoes! We also started working on the letter ‘W’ song, and they loved it! Please ask your child to sing it for you! They helped fill out a sight word poetry chart for ‘your,’ and we started working with the sight word ‘as.’

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: We read the sight word book “I Can Be” together, and they played the sight word game.

Literacy: The children made their own Indians to go with the “One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians” song, and they filled in the number words.

Literacy: The children practiced writing the letter ‘W,’ and they filled out their own sight word poetry chart.

Literacy: The children found items that start with letter ‘W’ to paste on a walrus, and they played a Watermelon Letter Game together.

Math: The children practiced writing numbers by 10′s, and they worked together to put lids in groups of 10.

This afternoon, we worked on a new song called “Hippity Hoppity Bumblebee” to work on syllables. We also continued to work on blending word parts together.

I really misssed the children the past two days, and it was wonderful to be back with them! I did learn amazing new ideas at this Conference that I will be adding to our classroom soon! Have a great day!

APA Holiday Music Performances

Nov. 22nd “the Collective” at Gaither Family Resources’ Thanksgiving Celebration
11:00 am and 1:00 pm

Dec. 2nd Yuletide Christmas Celebration Elementary Night
in “The Hanger”
6:00 pm

Dec. 3rd Paramount Theatre’s Festival of Trees City Choir Night
Featuring: 8th Grade Choir, “Bel Canto,” & “the Collective”
7:00 pm
(See a choir member for tickets)

Dec. 11th Yuletide Christmas Celebration Band Edition
in “The Hanger”
7:00 pm

Dec. 12th Yuletide Christmas Celebration Choir Edition
in “The Hanger”
7:00 pm

 

*”The Hanger” is the new name for the 29th Street Gymnasium

Today is Monday, November 17

by Carla Lee on November 17, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

Today’s Centers:

1. Reading – Sight Word Book

2. Teacher – A to Z Assessments

3. Computer - Starfall.com – Learn to Read

4. Listening - Prairie Chicken Little – What is the setting?

5. Sight Word – of mini book

6. Word Work - “of”

7. Handwriting – Uppercase and lowecase Tt

8. ABC – Letter T mini book

9. Math 1 – Geoboard shapes

10. Math 2 – Attribute blocks