The last few days in school were very busy for our Kindergarten class!
In language arts, we finished working on the /d/ sounds.
In maths, we finished our 2D shapes unit.
In science, we finished our unit on Scientific skills.
In social studies, we finished learning about Thanksgiving eating our own Thanksgiving lunch on Wednesday!
However, the most exciting day for us was Tuesday, when we attended the Our Little Hospital medical workshop! We learned about the role of human bones, blood cells, brain and other organs. We listened to our own heartbeat with stethoscopes, and looked at an ultrasound image. Finally, we made candy medicine, performed a surgery on a giant teddy bear, and tended to our own normal sized teddy bears.
For such a short week, we sure were busy! This week, the students completed their ecosystem projects! They created a “museum exhibit” of their chosen ecosystem using various art supplies. Our students have worked so hard on this project and should be proud of their hard work! The projects turned out amazing! We also did a Thanksgiving experiment. The students needed to build a boat using only tin foil that would hold the most amount of pilgrims (marbles). In the end, we learned about buoyancy and had a great time doing it! The students presented their Thanksgiving presentation to the other classes and did a great job! We ended the week with a Thanksgiving-themed escape room. Those who participated had a wonderful time in the Our Little Hospital workshop! They learned a lot about hospitals and anatomy. What fun! I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful that I am your child’s teacher!
On Monday and Tuesday (November 25th and 26th) our students participated in Our Little Hospital workshops. They learnt about the role of human bones, blood cells, brain and other organs. They could listen to their own heartbeat with stethoscopes, check blood pressure and look at an ultrasound image. They made candy medicines and performed a surgery on a teddy bear. It was a very fun and educational experience!
This week in Kindergarten the most exciting lesson was Science. The pumpkin seeds we planted earlier this month have sprouted and are growing rapidly. Our students are very excited to take care of the little plants and observe their development. Below, you can find pictures taken on Monday morning and Friday dismissal.
This week in Language arts we have learned two new letters and sounds; Mm and Dd.
In maths, we continued working on 2D shapes and introduced a new shape, Diamond.
In Social studies, we started talking about wants and needs. We read a book about different needs and wants, and learned how to categorize them.
This week in Language Arts, our spelling words focused on ‘r blends’, such as ‘crab’ and ’trim’. We practiced a new sound <ie> that sounds like long /i/, as in ‘pie’ and ‘lie’. During Literacy Stations, we built sight words with pattern blocks and stamps, and we built sentences and wrote them. On Friday, we had a Pajama Day to celebrate filling our ‘Caring Container’. We brought books to read and enjoyed read alouds and story time while cuddling with our stuffed animals.
We began a new class incentive, using a 100 Chart to acknowledge when we are caring and principled!
In Math, we practiced ‘doubles’, such as 4 + 4 and 6 + 6 and represented doubles using dots and ten-frames. We noticed patterns in doubles and marked them on a Hundreds Chart. We marked our 60th day of school and used the opportunity to count unifix cubes by 5s and 10s. Then we made one group of 60 connected cubes and broke it into two groups, modeling making a number sentence to represent how it broke. We also measured ourselves with the 60-long tower and noted if we were “taller than, shorter than, or equal height” 60 cubes.
In Science, we are learning about engineering and using the design process: 1. Find a problem, 2. Plan and Build, 3. Test and Improve, 4. Redesign, 5. Communicate. Next week we will be engaging with the design process more, using materials to design something that will hold a text book.
In Social Studies, we have continued to talk about our feelings and sorting feelings into the 4 zones (blue, green, yellow, and red). We are practicing making facial expressions to show our feelings. We learned two strategies for helping calm our bodies when we feel ourselves moving toward the yellow or red zone: breathing up and down your fingers and mindfully noticing your body.