Kindergarten

Polar Express Day!

by Shannon Hobbs on December 18, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

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DSCN2510During our morning work time, the children wrote about what they would do with the gingerbread baby.

This morning, we watched Polar Express and enjoyed popcorn and hot chocolate!

This afternoon, we completed the following Centers:
Small group with me: The children worked on making ornamnets, and they worked with word families on train cards.

Math: The children completed pattern puzzles and made their own patterns with blocks.

Math: The children put trains in the correct numerical order.

Literacy: The children fixed a silly sentence to say “I see the Polar Express,” wrote the sentence, and drew a picture to match it.

Literacy/Craft: The children made their own Polar Express.

Have a great day!

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas!

by Shannon Hobbs on December 16, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

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DSCN2477During our morning work time, the children drew a picture and wrote about a Christmas tree. The children loved finishing decorating the Christmas tree for our classroom!

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on punctuation, and we read and discussed the book “Pete Saves Christmas.”

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: The children worked on a Pete the Cat response sheet to recognize and write the words from the word box. They also made their own Pete the Cat character to go with it.

Literacy: The children fixed silly sentences, according to their group. The children had “Pete the Cat saved Christmas” or “Pete the Cat saved Christmas and saved Santa.”

Math: The children completed addition puzzles.

Literacy: The children completed a Pete the Cat room walk to find pictures from the story and tried to write them.

Literacy: The children worked on a ‘one’ sight word book and worksheet.

This afternoon, we read the ‘one’ book together.

Our Polar Express Day and Movie Night is Thursday!! Have a great day!

Today is Tuesday, December 16

by Carla Lee on December 16, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

Today and Tomorrow’s Theme: The Gingerbread Man

Review: Beginning sounds and ending parts, syllables, reading and writing CVC words, skip counting by 2′s, 5′s, & 10′s, patterns, addition to 11, and listening comprehension

Centers:ginger-clipart-gingerbread_man

  1. Sweet Sums Concentration – Addition to 11
  2. Pitter Patterns – ab, abb, abc, & aab patterns
  3. Sweet Treats – Skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, & 10’s
  4. Gingerbread Man Sound Sort – Beginning sounds
  5. Spin a Word… or Not! – Real and nonsense words
  6. Gingerbread Man Syllable Flip Book – One, two, and three syllable words
  7. Gingerbread Man Decorating
  8. Listening CenterThe Gingerbread Man Loose in the School – Focus: Characters
  9. Gingerbread Playdoh
  10. Mix Up a Batch of Words – CVC words

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DSCN2446During our morning work time, the children drew a picture and wrote about what they did over the weekend.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on adding any number by zero, and we read “Creepy Carrots” to focus on the setting, characters, problem, solution, and twist in the story. We used this to review the letter sound for ‘C.’

Learning Centers: (I completed A to Z Assessments during this time).
Literacy: The children picked a Christmas word out of a differentiated bag to write the words on dry erase boards.

Literacy: The children made sight words out of gingerbread play dough.

Math: The children rolled two dice, added the numbers together, and they marked the numbers with bingo dotters on the sheet.

Math: The children used our measurement center to practice measurement.

Literacy: The children marked the word ‘one’ in their sight word book “I Have One” and tried to read it together.

This afternoon, we read the sight word book together, and we worked on blending word parts together. We reviewed compound words and punctuation marks.

Daily NewS: “He has one friend with him today.”

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DSCN2393During our morning work time, the children wrote about what they job would be if they were Santa’s reindeer.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on punctuation, with a focus on question marks. We continued to work on sounding out words, and we reviewed the letter ‘N.’ We read, discussed, and used partner share for the book “Home For Christmas.”

Learning Centers: We had several children that were home sick today so completed four roations to make sure that everyone had someone in their group.
Small group with me: We read and discussed A to Z books, which is our differentiated reading program.

Literacy: The children took differentiated Christmas words out of a bag and used their best handwriting to write them on dry erase boards.

Math: The children walked around the room to find candy canes and wrote their letter pattern. Some of the children also wrote the colors that were used in the patterns.

Literacy: The children completed a ‘have’ worksheet and book.

This afternoon, we worked on recognizing which words start the same, and we focused on reading rhyming words. They loved taking a Brain Break to do the “Santa Rap!”

Daily News: “We have four dogs.”

Have a great weekend!

Today is Friday, December 12

by Carla Lee on December 12, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

Today’s Centers:

Candy Cane Investigation – We used our five senses to describe candy canes.  As a class, we created a Christmas tree picture graph with our data.  17 of us liked candy canes.  1 of us did not.

Rhyming Around the Christmas Tree - First, students chose a card and said the name of the pictures.  Next, they sorted the cards on the mats to tell whether they rhyme or not.  Last, they completed one of the recording sheets.

Ho, Ho, Ho! Ending Sounds – First students spun the spinner and said the sound.  Next, they found a picture that ends with that sound and colored the picture with a crayon.  Then, they made tally makrs to record their spins.  Last, they graphed their data.

Pattern & Attribute Blocks – We explored various math concepts using pattern & attribute blocks.

Holiday Emergent Reader

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DSCN2367During our morning work time, the children drew a picture of Rudolph and described him in their writing journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we reviewed adding with 0 and 1, and we continued to focus on sounding out words. We reviewed letter sounds with our alphabet sign language song. We read and discussed the book “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and sang the song. We completed a sight word poetry chart for ‘have’ together.

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: The children made themselves Rudolph, and they wrote about what they would do if they were him.

Literacy: The children completed their own sight word poetry page and looked for sight words in the sensory table.

Math: The children worked with addition picture puzzles.

Literacy/Math: The children used bingo dotters to mark the correct number of ornaments in a book, and they filled in the correct number word.

Math: The children completed a math room walk to review adding with zero and one. Some of the children worked on numbers 1-10, and some of the children worked with numbers 11-20.

This afternoon, we blended words with the final ‘n’ sound, and we worked on reading rhyming words with ‘ee’ or ‘ea’ in the middle of the word.

Daily Neww: “I have two cats.”

Have a great day!

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DSCN2366During our morning work time, the children drew and describe a candy cane with their words.

During our Morning Meeting, we reviewed adding with zero, and we worked on adding with one. The children loved acting out the math problems! We also continued to work on sounding out words and using correct punctuation.

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

Literacy: The children worked on matching picture word puzzles to the correct.

Math: The children completed a room walk to work on adding with one. Some of the children worked with numbers 1-10, and some of the children worked with numbers 11-20.

Math: The children completed pattern puzzles and made their own patterns with blocks.
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Literacy: The children made their own Christmas tree and wrote about it.

This afternoon, we worked on adding the ending ‘t’ sound to blend words together. We also worked on reading rhyming words.

Daily News: “I will go with you!”

We hope to see you at Family Night tonight from 4:30-6:00 for lots of fun, learning, and food!

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DSCN2315During our morning work time, the children will write about being one of Santa’s elves.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on when to use a question mark, and we worked on adding with zero. The children loved being examples for our addition problems, and they noticed the pattern of the answer always being the other number when adding with zero.

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: The children made their own hot chocolate cups with marshmallows, added the total amount of marshmallows together, and they wrote about it.

Literacy: The children made their own ‘he’ worksheet and sight word book.

Literacy: The children completed one of following silly sentences, according to their group: “Pete the Cat has buttons” or “Pete the Cat is missing his buttons.”

Math: The children completed a differentiated room walk to work on adding with zero. Some of the children worked with numbers 1-10, and some of the children worked with numbers 11-20.

Literacy: The children worked with rhyming cards to match words that rhyme, and they wrote some of the matches on their paper.

This afternoon, we completed math with the book “Pete the Cat and the Missing Buttons,” and we continued to work on blending the intial sound with the rest of the word. We also worked on sounding out words and figuring out which two words start the same.

Daily News: “Will he ride his bike?”

We hope to see all of you at our Family Night tomorrow night from 4:30-6:00 for lots of fun, learning, and food! Have a great day!

Today is Tuesday, December 9, 2014

by Carla Lee on December 9, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

Today and tomorrow’s centers include:

1. Computer – Starfall.com – Gingerbread Baby

2. Contruction – Blocks

3.  Ending Sound Sort – /g/, /n/, & /l/

4. Letter U – Z Search

5. Parts of a Book – “The Little Snowman”

6. Writing CVC words – Short /a/ focus

7. Exploratory – Sand Table

8. Writing – My Christmas List

9. Math – Christmas Addition – Roll a Sum

10. Reading w/ Teacher - Sight Word Book – Focus: he & she

Reminders: Tomorrow is Literacy Night!  We would love to see you there!!!