This week we celebrated the 100th Day of School and Valentine’s Day. Our 100th Day celebration was packed full of fun. Ms. Torborg hid 100 Hershey Kisses all around the room. Each Kiss had a special number we had to identify after we found it. We created a 100th day crown with 100 dots and completed a math & literacy 100th day packet. We also created a picture of ourself when we are 100 years old and then we made a list of things that we want to do before we are 100 years old (a bucket list). Our Valentine’s Day celebration started with learning about St. Valentine who was killed for celebrating the Mass and marrying people. In honor of Valentine’s day, we did some writing about love. First, we created a new class book. We each created a page about all of the things that we love. We also did some Valentine’s math with a box of candy hearts. We did some estimating, patterning, adding, graphing, and measuring. In the end, we got to eat some! On Friday, we celebrated St. Valentine’s Day by passing out Valentines and playing some games.
Monday: Happy 99th day of School! We are really close to the 100th day, so we started in on the fun a little early in the afternoon. We started reading by reviewing all of our letters and letter sounds. Then we were introduced to our next letter Gg. We watched the video and created our a list of words that had the /g/ in the beginning and at the end. We also completed our letter G sorting worksheet. After that, we talked about why people create lists (grocery lists, chore lists, to-do lists, etc…). Together we created a list of things we want to do when we grow up. As Ms. Torborg wrote our list, we noticed that each item was written on a new line and that they were not sentences. We took our knowledge of lists to write our own list. We created a list of things that we want to do before we are 100 years old (a bucket list). We had to write at least 6 things we really want to do when we are an adult. In religion, we are focusing on the Our Father. Today we examined the first few lines of the Our Father prayer. When we say “Our Father who art in heaven”, we are talking to our Father or dad (God) who is in heaven. When we say “Hallowed be thy name”, we are saying God’s name is very special and important and should not be said in a bad way. We colored a picture that helps us remember what these words mean. In the afternoon we started on some of our 100th day activities. First, we did some estimate and weighing. We had to decided which bag of goodies is heavier before we weighted them. Then e did some measuring. We had to find items in the room that were longer and shorter than a 100cm. We tried to find something that was exactly 100 cm, but didn’t have any luck. Finally, we colored the number 100 and we colored and cut out an oval with the words, “I’m a 100 days smarter!” We ended our day by creating a picture of what we will look like in 100 years. First, we cut out our head and shoulders. Then we glued them on the frame. If we wanted wrinkles, we had to crush our head piece first. Next we used cotton balls to create hair (on top of our head and facial hair). We also had to create facial features-eyes, nose, mouth, glasses, etc... Finally, we attached our bucket list that we wrote in the morning. Tuesday: Happy 100th Day of School! Ms. Torborg gave us a special treat for snack. We each had a plate with a chocolate cookie and two donuts at our table spot when we got to school. It looked just like a 100! We started our day with the story, Ms. Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten. Then we moved right into our 100th Day packets. We wrote about what we would buy with 100¢ and $100. We also wrote about something we had 100 of and something we wish we had 100 of. After title, we got started on some special projects. For our first project, we made a crown with 100 dots on it. After coloring and cutting out an oval with the words, “I’m a 100 days smarter!” on it, Ms. Torborg turned it into a hat. Our next job was to add 100 dots to it. We decided the easiest way would be to put them in groups of ten. So we put 10 dots on a strip of paper with a bingo dobber. Then Ms. Torborg stapled it out our hat. After each strip was added, we had to count how many dots were on our hat. We repeated this step until we had 10 strips or 100 dots! For our next project, we created a necklace with 100 fruit loops. After finding our fruit loop page in our 100th book, we counted how many circle there were on the page. Each row had 10 circles and there were 10 rows making 100 circles. Next, we placed 1 fruit loop on each circle of our page. Each row had to be the same color. When all of the circles were filled up, we had to put all of the fruit loops on the string that was attached to our number 100 that we colored yesterday. When we were done, Ms. Torborg helped us tie it off to form our necklace. After recess, we completed calendar and confirmed that yes it was the 100th Day of school. We also skip counted by 10’s & 5’s (writing the numbers). Plus we worked together to read 100 words! After lunch Ms. Torborg has a special activity for us. She hid 100 Hershey Kisses around the classroom. Each one was numbered. When we found a Kiss, we had to read the number on the bottom and then find that number on a hundreds chart. We spent a few minutes looking Kisses around the room. We played a game of Roll & Record and created a mystery picture by coloring in the given numbers. In religion, we talked about the next part of the Our Father prayer: Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On Earth as it is in Heaven. It means that we will try to do what God wants us to do here on earth, just as the angels and saints do what God wants in heaven. At the end of the day, we could have a little free time or we could spend some time looking for the missing Hershey Kisses. We were unable to find 3 Kisses. Hopefully we can find them tomorrow. Before we went home, we divided up the Hershey Kisses we found. We each got to have 8 Kisses! Wednesday: We started our day off with a story, The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever. Ms. Torborg introduced us to speech bubbles. Speech bubbles help identify who is talking by who the arrow is pointing at. This story was full of speech bubbles. Then we worked on either a writing project or reading stations. For our writing project, we created a new class book, I Love... We each had to write 5 sentences that started with I Love. We could finish the sentences anyway we wanted. The goal was to add some describing words to our objects. We ended our reading time with an introduction to 2 new sight words, that & was, completing our 2 sight word worksheets, and reading through our new emergent reader, A Valentine for Me. After lunch, our buddies visited our classroom. First, we used our puppets and settings to retell the story of the Three Little Pigs that we worked on last week. The first time we had to tell the original story. Then if there was time left, we could tell any version fo the story we wanted to. We also celebrated Valentine’s day with them. They helped us create a butterfly using hearts. Together we had to decide what we wanted our butterfly to look like including the style and color. Then we worked together to create it. In religion, we continued talking about the Our Father prayer. When we pray “Give us this day our daily bread”, we aren’t just asking for bread or food. God said we should talk to him about all of our needs, big and small. Today we colored the 3rd part of the Our Father prayer. In math played a new game, The Train Game, with a partner. To play, you need a pile of unifix cubes (interlocking blocks), a game board, and a special dice. On your turn, you had to roll the dice and collect that many cubes. As you add the cubes to your train, you had to identify how many cubes you had, are adding, and end with. Then it is the other person’s turn. The first person with 20 cubes wins.
Thursday: In reading, we worked on building sentences. We know that sentences start with a capital letter and end with an end mark usually a period. After talking about sentences, we completed a sentence building worksheet. We had to pick the word from the word box that completed the sentence. The hardest part was reading all of the words to make sure our sentence made sense. Then we reviewed the letter G with by watching a video, creating a list of words that began with the /g/, and completing our letter g worksheet. We also listened to the story, Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Throughout the story, we made predictions about what we think will happen. We also identified the characters, setting, problem and solution of the story. We ended our reading time by illustrating our writings from yesterday. We needed to draw a picture to go with our words. We continued exploring the Our Father by talking about the 4th part. “And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us”. We decided that another name for trespass could be sin. We need to ask for forgiveness to those people when we do something wrong and we need to forgive people when something wrong is done to us. We colored our 4th picture. In the afternoon, we did a little Valentine’s math. For our math lesson, we got a bag of candy hearts. We started by guessing how many hearts were in the bag before we opened it. Then we opened it, sorted and counted them. We recorded our information on our math paper with tallies and the number. The next step was create a graph with that information. After graphing them, we did some patterning, addition problems, and measuring with our candy hearts. When we were done, Ms. Torborg gave us a few candy hearts to eat! Friday: Happy Valentine’s Day! Our day started off with a coloring page. We finished our Our Father books by coloring the last page. “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” We defined the word temptation and we talked about what it means. In our picture, we noticed right away the image of the snake and apple. We were reminded of the story of Adam and Eve. After all of the pages were colored, we stapled them together. After Mass, we had snack, inside recess, Spanish, and calendar. After lunch, we each got a chance to share our Valentine box. We each took a turn to tell about how we made our box and then answer questions from our classmates. We also listened to the story of St. Valentine. Saint Valentine lived a long time ago in the 3rd century. The king made a law that you had to worship his God and could not be a Christian. He also made a law that no one could get married because he wanted a strong army. Valentine didn’t follow these rules. He secretly held Mass and married people. When the king found out, he put Valentine in jail but that didn’t stop him. In the end, Valentine was killed for his beliefs. We watched a short video as we colored St. Valentine in our Saint book. After library, it was finally time to pass out our Valentines and celebrate. Our 5th grade buddies even stopped by to share a valentine with us. We enjoyed playing pin the heart on the fox, valentine bingo, and an extra snack!