April 19-23

This week the kindergarteners have been busy learning about plants. We started by reviewing living and non-living things. Then we identified the different things a plant needs to survive- sunlight, water, air, and soil. After creating a flip book identifying the needs, we started an experiment to see if we are right. We planted some grass seeds in 3 different cups. We are eliminating one of the needs in each of the cups (water, sunlight, and soil). We are going to see what happens. We also made a glove garden. We are going to try to sprout some seed in a plastic glove. We put five different seeds in a (plastic serving) glove with a cotton ball that was dunked in water. Then we tied it shut and hung it in the window. We also wrote about a garden. After deciding what kind of garden we wanted to plant (vegetable or flower), we had to tell why and what we would plant. We ended the week by eating some soil/dirt. We made some pudding and then added some crushed graham crackers and Oreos as the layers of soil. As a final touch, we added a worm before we got to give it a try. When we were done, we gathered and analyzed some data about our favorite parts.


In reading, we were introduced to new sight words, this & were. After reviewing all of our sight words, we read through our new emergent reader, Planting a Garden. Before we read our story, we reviewed “ing”. Then as we read through the story, we identified words that ended in “ing”. We also each read a short story to Ms. Torborg and answered some questions. Plus we were tested on our ball words.

Next we reviewed the characteristics of a living and non-living thing. A thing is living if it needs air, food and water, & grows and changes. We watched as Cookie Monster interviewed a rock to see if it was a living thing. Then we completed a worksheet classifying items as living or non-living.

In math, we were introduced to a new game, Dice Subtraction. It is similar to Dice Addition. After directions, we gathered our supplies. Each person needed their counters, a tens frame, and two dice. To play, each person rolls their dice, subtractions the smaller number from the bigger number, and announces their number sentence and answer. The person with the smaller number gets to add a counter to their tens frame. If the numbers are the same, each person gets to add a counter to their tens frame. Then they each roll again. The player that fills their tens frame first wins.

In religion, we talked about another miracle Jesus’ performed. He changed 5 loaves and bread and 2 fish into enough food to feed 5000 people. Father Brian read us this story last Friday at Mass. It was the gospel reading. After listening to the story today, we completed a dot to dot worksheet.


We started reading with a question, What do plants need to grow? Some of us thought we knew the answer, but what if we were wrong. Together we brainstormed different places we could gather information to answer our question. One of the places we could look is in a book. We read the story, Seed to Plant. As we listened to the story, we tried to figure out the answer to our original question. We found the answer in the middle of the story on a page titled “What Do Plants Need?”. After reading the story, Ms. Torborg introduced us to the table of contents. In a nonfiction story, it tells you where to can locate information in the book. We were easily able to locate the page we needed in the table of contents.

Next we reviewed the characteristics of a living thing. A thing is living if it needs air, food and water, & grows and changes. Then we determined all of the different things a plant needs to grow- sunlight, water, air & soil. We created a little flip chart to help us remember. Ms. Torborg had the chart ready. We had to color the words for the front (What do plants need?). Then under each section we had to answer the question with a picture and words. After creating a flip book identifying the needs, we started an experiment to see if we are right. We planted some grass seeds in 4 different cups. We are eliminating one of the needs in 3 of the cups (water, sunlight, and soil). We are going to see what happens.

In religion, we reviewed the story of the 5 loaves and 2 fish from yesterday. Then we watched a short video about it.

In Math, Ms. Torborg told us a story about birds sitting on a wire. Once when she was out on a walk she saw 10 birds sitting on 2 telephone wires. Our job was to figure out how many different ways they could be groups. We used a big piece of paper to draw a picture to help us solve the problem. Then we shared and compared our answers with several different friends.


We started reading by reviewing adjectives, describing words. Then we were introduced to our next writing project, In My Garden. We had to write a story about a garden. First, we had to state what kind of garden we wanted to have, a vegetable or flower garden. Then we had to tell why. Finally, we had to write about what would be in our garden. As we wrote our story, we tried to use descriptive words to tell about the objects in our garden or how we would use them. In my garden... I would plant big juicy tomatoes. When we were done writing our story, we drew a picture of our garden. We also reviewed the /ch/. After watching a short video, we completed a ch worksheet.

We started our Olweus lesson today identifying places in our school where we feel safe and welcome. Places we feel are bully free zones. Then we identified places in our school that are unfriendly or unwelcoming. We found out that there are some places where one person feels very welcome and other people feel unwelcome. We talked about why that could be and how we can change it.

In math, we played a new game, Car Race. It was a cooperative game. We had to work as a team to get all of the pieces to the end of all of the tracks. Our game board had 4 different tracks on it. On our turn, we rolled the dice. Then we had to move the pieces that many squares. We could choose to move just one piece or we could break it up and move two pieces. After we played several games, we completed a math number bond worksheet.


In reading, we reviewed sentences. Then we completed a scrambled sentence worksheet. We also each met with Ms. Torborg so she could check our ball word progress. Then we started in on our snack.

We made our own snack today. We made soil and boy was it good. We started by taking about the different layers in soil/dirt. The bottom layer is bedrock or big rocks. For this layer, we slightly crushed 2 Oreo cookies and poured them into the bottom of a cup. The next layer was subsoil. For this layer, we made chocolate pudding. First, we put a 1/4 cup of milk and a heaping tablespoon of chocolate pudding in a baby food jar. Then we had to shake it up really good. When we opened it we had pudding. We put it in a cup as the next layer. Next we crushed a graham cracker and added it to the top (top soil). The final touch was a gummy worm! After we were done eating our snack, we completed a worksheet collecting data from our friends and answering questions about it.

We also created our own glove garden. We are trying to sprout several different kinds of seeds. We started with a plastic glove. Ms. Torborg already labeled each finger with the different kinds of seeds. In each finger, we had to put a cotton ball that was dunked into water. Then we placed the seeds in the finger with the cotton ball. We placed a watermelon, green bean, corn, pea, and pumpkin seeds in our garden. Most of us already knew what each seed looked like. After our seeds were in place, Ms. Torborg added a little air and closed the top. Then she hung them up in the window.

In math, we worked with nonconsecutive numbers. After talking about the order of numbers and who to figure out which number is higher or lower, we played a number game on the iPads.

In religion, we learned about St. Anthony of Padua. Anthony gave up all of this wealth and became a Franciscan friar because of his great one for God. St. Anthony’s special feast day is June 13th and he is the patron saint of lost things.

We ended our day by giving our monsters a haircut.


Ms. Torborg was gone today. Mrs. Dingman was our sub.

Before we left for church, we completed a CVC word worksheet. We had to match the word to 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. At the first station, we played Word Zingo. At the second station, we played car race (our math game from this week). For the third station, we played Teach Your Monster to Read on the iPad. At the fourth station, we created 3-D shapes using toothpicks and marshmallows. At the last station, we played with the marble run.