Last week we started our Junior Great Book program. We started off by going over what makes a good listener and how to have a good discussion. The kindergarteners listened to the story, Cornelius which was about a Crocodile who can do some amazing things. He tries to share his tricks with his crocodiles friends, but they do not seem to care. In the end, they start trying his tricks to and Cornelius knows things will never be the same again.
After we read the story, the students participated in activities such as, writing what they were wondering, drawing the crocodiles trying to do the tricks, and they even got to act out a scene from the story!
A Peek Into Next Week
-The students will listen to the story, Big Wolf and Little Wolf.
-The students will learn the vocabulary words: approached, curious, and suspicious.
-The students will participate in discussions and comprehension activities.
Over this past week, the students learned about polar animals. We learned that male Emperor Penguin take care of their baby chicks while the female penguins go to the ocean to eat. The students also learned that polar animals have a layer of blubber or fat to help keep them warm in the arctic temperatures. Multiple students wanted to research on their own about polar animals and then shared what they learned with the class!
A Peek Into Next Week: Ocean Animals
This week the kindergartners learned about subtraction. They learned that it means to take away a small number from a larger number. Here are some new vocabulary words they learned: minuend– “A quantity or number from which another is to be subtracted”, subtrahand– “A quantity or number to be subtracted from another”, and difference-“The result of subtracting one number from another.”
A Peek Into Next Week: Subtraction
Parent/Teacher Conferences-Friday, January 17th/NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS/ MLK Day- Monday, January 20th/NO SCHOOL
For science this week, we discussed how polar animals have blubber that keeps them warm in the cold weather. This was demonstrated by filling a zip lock bag with shortening to create an insulated layer between a second zip lock bag inside, and having just a single zip lock bag. We stuck both bags in ice cold water and felt the difference. You could hardly feel the cold with the insulated bag!
This week we continued talking about different traditions for Christmas and how people celebrate differently. We painted winter scenes, built creations with marshmallows and toothpicks, and made a surprise for the parents!
This week the kindergartners learned about currency. They leaned how money is used, and matched the coins and dollars to their amounts.
Christmas Break | NO SCHOOL | December 23, 2019 – January 6, 2020|Parent teacher conferences: January 17th
For the next couple of weeks the students will be working hard to practice for their Christmas Show. They are all excited to dress up as Whos from Whoville for a Grinch themed performance. If you have any questions or did not receive Ms. Faith’s email or remind message with different ideas for costumes please let her know. The students will also be reading a variety of holiday books and doing lots of holiday crafts.
A peek into next week: Holiday Crafts
Kindergarten: Addition and Multiplication
The past week the kindergarten students used the stamp game, dot board, multiplication bead board and the small bead frame to practice addition and multiplication (repeat addition).
A peek into next week: Measuring with a Ruler in cm and in – whole measurements
Rehearsal | All School Christmas Show | Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium | December 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
All School Christmas Show | Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium | December 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | NO AFTERCARE
Pajama Day | December 20
Christmas Break | NO SCHOOL | December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020
For science this week we learned that oxidation is when one molecule gives another electrons. We oxidized luminal using hydrogen peroxide. When the hydrogen peroxide oxidized the luminal it began to glow.Work Time:
This was our last Mo Willams book for Reading Group. We read My Friend Is Sad. In the book, Elephant is sad and Piggie tries to cheer him up by dressing up as a cowboy, robot, and a clown, but this does not cheer Elephant up. It ends up that Gerald did not know that it was Piggie in the costumes and all he wanted was his friend, not the clown, robot, and cowboy. Piggie jokes at the end that Gerald needs new glasses.
During the readings, the students listended to me read and repeated the words after me. We had discussions about how the characters were feeling in the book, and why Piggie would tell Gerald he needed new glasses. The group wrote responses to prompts such as, what they were wondering about and why the robot, cowboy, and robot didn’t cheer Gerald up.
A Peek Into The Next Reading Group
-The studens will be starting the Junior Great Book series.
-The students will be listening to stories and poems.
-The students will participate in comprehension and evaluative activities.
The past couple of weeks we talked about Thanksgiving and being thankful. The students shared what their families do for Thanksgiving and learned that we all have our own traditions. The students also reviewed why the Pilgrims and Indians ate a meal together. Each student shared what they were thankful for to create a classroom thankful turkey.
A peek into next week: Christmas Show Practice
The past couple of weeks the kindergarten students used the stamp game to discover that multiplication is simple repeat addition.
This week we talked about the Pilgrims and Indians. The students learned that the Pilgrims came from England to our country for religious freedom. We read books about what the Pilgrims experienced during their journey on the Mayflower and once they landed at Plymouth Rock.
A peek into next week: What I am thankful for
This week the kindergarten students used the stamp game to discover that when you put two small numbers together (addends) you get a larger number (sum) and that this process is called addition.
The kindergartners have been listening to the book Waiting Is Not Easy by Mo Willems. In the story, Piggie tells Gerald that he has a surprise for him. Gerald is excited but Piggie tells him he has to wait for the surprise. Elephant becomes impatient and does not want to wait anymore. Piggie tells him it will be worth the wait. After waiting all day, Piggie shows Gerald the stars and Elephant realizes it was worth the wait.
After the readings, we disscussed how Elephant was behaving while he was waiting and that sometimes it is hard to be patient. They drew a time that they had a hard time waiting, wote about what they wondered during the story, and why they thought Gerald was not happy about waiting, and then we made a chart together as a group.
A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks
-The students will be listening to My Friend is Sad
-The students will be participating in group discussions
-The students will be participating in comprehension activities