February 17-21

Happy Presidents’ Day!  This week the Kindergarteners celebrated Presidents’ day.  We read the story Presidents’ Day by Anne Rockwell. It explains that we celebrate Presidents’ day to honor those that have “lead” the country especially George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  We also talked about the President’s job and how they help our country.  The president helps make laws to keep us safe.  We brainstormed ideas of things we would do if we were President.  Some of our ideas were realistic and some were just a fantasy.  We each wrote down one of our ideas and then illustrated our idea.  Then we put them together into a class book titled “If I were President….” We also completed a science experiment. We tried to clean pennies. We found out that pennies look dirty and dull because the copper reacts to the air. We tried cleaning pennies with soap+water, vinegar, orange juice, ketchup, and vinegar+salt. After we let them soak for 10 minutes, we washed them off with water. We found out that ketchup and vinegar+salt cleaned them the best. On Thursday, we had visitors from area preschools join us for Discovery Day. Besides spending some time playing, The Jolly Pops came to entertain us. We had fun singing and dancing with them.


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We started our day off by talking about our day off yesterday, President’s Day. We listened to the story, President’s Day by Anne Rockwell. In it we learned a little bit about 4 presidents: Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt. We also listened to the story, This Little President by Joan Holub. We were introduced to 10 different presidents and heard an interesting fact about each one. Then we we watched a video about all of the presidents. We have had 45 different presidents! Together we read the story, Happy Presidents Day! It had information about several famous presidents like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John F Kennedy, and Barack Obama. There was even a page about President Donald Trump. Next, we were introduced to our two new sight words, my & with. They are not exactly new since we have been working with them for a while in our writing projects. After reading through all of our sight words, we counted them. We can now read 39 different words. We read some of those words in our new emergent reader, The President. This story shared information about the president’s job.

We ended our morning with Birthday prayer. Father Brian joined us as we celebrated all of the people who have birthdays in February and August.

In math, we worked on solving story problems. We started with Ms. Torborg telling us a story and then showing two different ways people solved and justified their answer. Together we determined talked about which answer proved that they were right. Then Ms. Torborg told us a story problem. Using a white board, we had to figure out the answer and then justify it (or show proof). First we shared our answers with a friend. Then we talked about them as a whole class. We determined that this was a new kind of story, comparison. We were comparing two different things. We tried answering several more story problems before we played a game together on the SMARTboard. On our turn, we had to locate the given number on the hundreds chart. Then the helicopter rescued the stranded person.


During reading, we listened to the book, If I were President. It was all about the President of the United States of America. We found out that the President has to do many different things including giving speeches, helping Congress make new laws, help people in need after a disaster, and talk with leaders from other countries. Because of their job, we found out that the President gets to live in the White House and has Secret Service with them all the time to protect them. After reading the story, we started talking about what it would be like if we were president. We brainstormed a list of ideas of things we would change or do. After talking about being president, we decided to write about it. We each had to write about one law we would make or thing we would do if we were president. We ended reading by reviewing the letter Uu. We sang our letter U song and completed our letter u worksheet.

During religion, we completed our Olweus lesson for the week. We talked about being cyber safe. We all like to talk on the phone and play on the computer. Today we talked about the importance of having an adult help us.

We started our math lesson by solving different kinds of number stories. First we tried solving some, some more and some, some went away number stories. We had to listen to the story to determine what to do. Then we tried solving some comparison number stories. Next we were introduced to the equal sign (two lines: one on top of the other). Together we made several different examples of equal groups (ie. 2 square = the number 2, 3 red blocks and 3 blue blocks = 6 in a tens frame, etc….). Finally we listened to the story, Equal Shmequal. The animals in the story wanted to play tug of war. First they tried to have the same number of animals on each side, but it wasn’t equal because one side had small animals and the other side had large animals. We found out that equal doesn’t always mean the same number. Then they tried to divide the animals several different ways. Finally they used the teeter totter like a pan balance and made the two sides equal. They tried playing tug war again this time with equal teams


Today was Discovery Day with The Jolly Pops.

We started our morning off with quick calendar and reading stations. Then we continued our discussion about President’s Day. Today we talked about two famous presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We listened to two nonfiction books, George Washington: Farmer, Soldier, President and Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer, President Emancipator. Then our guests arrived.

We hosted preschoolers from Kids of the Kingdom in our classroom. We spent some time playing together and enjoying a snack before heading to the assembly room for our presentation. The Jolly Pops came to sing and dance with us. There were two dad who came from the Cities. They played the drums and guitar. Plus they brought their friends (puppets) Bacon the Pig and Choppers the Alligator. We had fun singing and dancing with them.

In religion, we talked about the different parts of the Mass. We started in the beginning and talked about what is happening during each part. We also heard the story of the Last Supper. We found out that was really the first Mass and that the Apostles were the first priests.

We spent most of our afternoon working on a science experiment. To begin, we identified all of the different coins we use and their values. We know that the penny is brown. It is made out of copper. We compared and contrasted a penny made in 1982 with a penny made in 2017. Right away we noticed one was dull and darker and one was very shiny. Ms. Torborg told us that copper reacts to the air around it. The air causes copper to turn dull and dark. Our experiment was to try to turn a penny shiny again. We started off brainstorming different ways to clean something: baby wipes, soap, soap and water and scrubbing with our fingers. We found out us that many people clean with vinegar. Ms. Torborg said we should try some crazy ideas too. We decided to try to clean pennies with soap + water, vinegar, orange juice, ketchup, and vinegar + salt. We broke up into groups. Each person was given a penny and a cleaning agent. Our first task was to complete our paper work. We had to color the pennies show what they looked like when we started, circle our cleaning agent, and color the penny to what we think it will look like when we are done. Then we put a couple of pennies in each container and covered them with the cleaner. We spent about 10 minutes letting the cleaner work. We also took some time to walk around and see what was happening in the other containers. Finally, we washed the pennies off. We recorded our findings on our paper. Then we walked around to look at the other groups. We found out that the pennies in the ketchup and vinegar+salt came the cleanest. Then we got a chance to clean another penny with whatever cleaning agent we wanted.

Before free play time, Ms. Torborg told us that there were 9 Hershey Kisses left from the 100th day of school and that there are 8 people in our classroom. If we could prove using paper and a pencil that everyone could have a Hershey Kiss, we could eat one. We each got piece of paper and got started. We really had to think about the problem. In the end, everyone was able to prove there was. We determined that this was a comparison story.


In reading, we reviewed some symbols that represent America. Then we made a symbols book. We found that our book didn’t have any words. Ms. Torborg gave us a paper with 5 sentences on it. After we cut the sentences out, we had to read them and match the them to the picture. Then we read through our book.

After library, we worked with the BeeBots again. Before we got started, Ms. Torborg posed a question to us. If there are 6 people and there are 6 BeeBots, are there enough BeeBots for everyone to use their own? Right away we all yell yes. Our job was to prove it. Using paper and pencil, we drew a picture to prove we were right. Then we each collected our supplies, a BeeBot, symbols, and a mat. Our mats had squares on them. We used the squares to help us lay out our path. Today we worked on creating a path from the bee hive to the flower. Once we laid out our path, we used the iPads to take picture. Then we entered our code and gave it a try. If it didn’t work, we tried to fix it from our picture. If it did work, then we tried to create a different path. We also shared our pictures with our friends to see if they could get our code to work.