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April 12-16


The Kindergarteners are learning about life cycles. We have talked about the life cycle of an apple, a pumpkin, a spider, and a penguin. This week we learned about the life cycle of a butterfly. All butterflies start out as tiny eggs that turn into caterpillars. They live as a caterpillar for about 2 weeks before it spins a chrysalis. When it is in the chrysalis, it changes into a butterfly. We also learned some interesting facts about the Butterfly. Did you know that butterflies have their taste sensors in the feet? Some butterflies only live about 4 or 5 weeks and others live up to 9 months. Butterflies can’t fly when it is cold out, so they migrate to warmer weather in the fall. We found out that butterflies have symmetrical wing patterns. This week we created the butterfly’s life cycle using noodles, colored a symmetrical butterfly and then wrote a description of our butterfly. We ended the week by listening to the story and watching the movie of Hermie: A Common Caterpillar. Hermie was a common caterpillar except that he talked with God and God answered him.



Monday:

We started our morning exploring the life cycle of a caterpillar/butterfly. We listened to the story, Busy Butterflies, and watched a couple of video clips. We found out that a butterfly starts as a very tiny egg. The egg hatches into a tiny caterpillar. The caterpillar grows for about 2 weeks before it spins a chrysalis. It is in the chrysalis for about 10 days. Then it turns into a butterfly. We created a timeline of a butterflies life cycle. We had to cut and glue them on our paper in order. Next, we were introduced to our 2 new sight words some & what. After reviewing all of our sight words, we read through our new emergent reader, The Life Cycle of a Butterfly.

We also read the nonfiction story, Butterflies. Did you know that butterflies have their taste sensors in the feet? Some butterflies only live about 4 or 5 weeks and others live up to 9 months. Monarchs can’t fly when it is cold out, so they migrate to warmer weather in the fall. We also found out that butterflies have symmetry. That means that they look exactly the same on each side of their body.

Our math lesson today was all about symmetry. We started by reading the story, What is Symmetry in Nature? Then we completed two different projects. First we cut out a small butterfly. Then we each took a turn putting paint dots on one side of the butterfly. We folded it in half (on the line of symmetry) to create dots on the other side. Now we have a symmetrical butterfly. We also colored a butterfly. We had to make sure it was symmetrical by coloring the same color in the same spot on each side of the line of symmetry.

In religion, we talked about the first miracle Jesus performed. He turned water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana. After listening to the story, we completed a dot to dot picture.

Tuesday:

We started our morning by sharing our April Activity Bag Timeline. We each took a turn telling the class about the pictures from events in our life.

During reading today, we made another class book. Our book was all about butterflies. Yesterday we colored symmetrical butterflies. Today we wrote a description of our butterflies. Since our butterflies are not real, our stories could be as wild as we wanted them to be. We also reviewed our sight words and completed 2 sight word worksheets for what & some.

After lunch, we completed calendar and a number bond worksheet before we headed to the library with Ms. Thompson. Ms. Torborg had a short meeting, so we spent some time reading in the library.

In Religion, we reviewed the story of the Wedding Feast of Cana: The First Miracle. Then we watched a short video about it.



Wednesday:

We started our morning by reviewing the life cycle of a butterfly. We read the story, Caterpillar to Butterfly plus we watched a couple of short videos. Then we wrote about the life cycle of the butterfly. We each got a sheet of paper with a butterfly outline on it. There were four parts. Each part had a word: first, next, then, last. Our job was to write what happens to the butterfly in each part. For example, first it is an egg. Next it grows into a caterpillar. Then it spins a chrysalis. Last there is a butterfly. We also reviewed the /sh/ with a video and worksheet. Plus we completed 2 different activities on SeeSaw. The first activity had to do with the life cycle of the butterfly. We had to complete the sentence with a given word. For the second activity, we had to build CVC words to match the picture.

In Math, we were introduced to telling time on a clock. First, we talked about different ways we can measure time and why we would want to measure time. Then we talked about the different parts of a face clock especially the hour and minute hand. Next, we practicing setting a clock to the hour and writing the digital time. Finally, we completed a telling time to the nearest hour worksheet.

Our Olweus lesson today was about talking. We know that sometimes we can agree with our friends and sometimes we can disagree. Today we talked about what to do when we disagree with our friends.

IN the afternoon, we created a butterfly’s life cycle using different kinds of noodles. We started by cutting out and gluing the words of the stages on our paper: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly. For the egg, we created a leaf out of paper. Then we glued a popcorn kernel on to the leaf. We used a rotini noodle to represent the caterpillar. We could draw a face on it if we wanted. The next stage is the chrysalis. Since the chrysalis attaches to an object, we started by gluing a small pipe cleaner on the paper to represent a branch. Then we glued a small shell noodle next to it to represent the chrysalis. The final stage is the butterfly. We wrapped a small pipe cleaner piece around a bow tie. When they are dry, we combined our writing with our symmetrical butterflies and our life cycle time lines to create a collage that we hung on the wall.

Thursday:

We started our reading time by playing Teach Your Monster to Read on the iPad. Then we worked on building sentences and completed a sentence worksheet. Plus we spent sometime reading to Ms. Torborg. Finally, we listened to two different stories, The Very Impatient Caterpillar and The Little Butterfly That Could. The main character was the same in both stories. In the first book was about metamorphosis of a caterpillar. The second book was about migration of a butterfly.

In the morning, we also started our art project. We had to use our water color paints to add color to a big sheet of white paper. We needed to fill the entire paper. We could paint lines, dots, splotches, shapes, zig zags, but we could not make a picture (ie. a tractor, forest, car, flower). In the afternoon, we cut a butterfly out of a black picture of construction paper. First we had to fold the paper and trace the design on half of the paper. Then we with paper folded, we cut it out. The final step was to glue the black paper onto our painted picture.

In Religion, we watched a video and colored a picture of St. Bernadette of Lourdes. As a young girl, the Virgin Mary appeared to her. She did what the Lady asked of her even though she didn’t know what it meant. St. Bernadette is know as the patron saint of illness and her special feast day is April 16th.

In math, we played Mystery Block. We started by reviewing all of the different ways we can sort the attribute blocks (color, shape, size, thickness). Then we played our game. We put all of the attribute blocks on the floor in the middle of the circle. Ms. Torborg choose a block from the pile (she didn’t remove it though). Our job was to ask yes or no questions until we could figure out which block she picked. After each question, we removed the appropriate blocks from the pile.



Friday:

Before we left for church, we completed a CVC word worksheet. We had to rearrange the letters to create a word to match the picture. After Mass, we had snack, recess, and Spanish class. Then we completed our calendar binder before we were off to lunch.

In the afternoon, we completed 5 Stations. The first station was a ch worksheet. The second station was a matching game. We had to match the big picture with the little picture. In order to see the little picture, we had to use a magnifying glass. For the third station, we played Teach Your Monster to Read on the iPad. At the fourth station, we worked on coding with the BeeBot. At the last station, we played with the marble run.

We ended our day with a story and movie. First we read the story, Hermie: A Common Caterpillar. Hermie was a common caterpillar except that he talked with God and God answered him. (He answered him in his heart.) Hermie and his friend Wormie were sad because they didn’t have spots or stripe, weren’t strong, didn’t carry their own house, or didn’t have perfect spots. But each time they got sad, God told them that he loved them very much and He wasn’t done with them yet. One day Hermie grew very tired and slept for a long time. When he woke up, he had changed into a beautiful butterfly. After the story we watched the movie. Then we compared it to the book.