Did you know there are 17 different kinds of penguins? The shortest penguin is about the size of our backpack and the tallest penguin is about three backpacks. This week the kindergartners learned all about the penguin from their size and species to what they like to do for fun. We found out that penguins move by waddling, hopping, tobogganing, swimming, diving, and surfing. They eat fish and krill for lunch. And not all penguins live where it is really cold, some live where it is warm. This week we discovered the difference between facts and opinions and completed several can/have/are charts. Then we completed a class book full of penguin facts. We also spent some time this week taking the NWEA standardized test for winter. We are halfway through the school year and this test will provide our teachers with valuable information about what we know and still need to learn.
No School ~ Teacher Workshop
We started our reading lesson with a short video. It was about two different penguin movies, Happy Feet 2 and March of the Penguins. Then we talked about the differences. We noticed some things were real and some were not. Ms. Torborg told us about fiction and nonfiction literature. Fictional texts are texts made up by an author that are not true. Nonfiction texts teach, inform, and explain real things. From there we were able to determine Happy Feet 2 was fictional and March of the Penguins was nonfictional. We also listened to 2 different stories, Lost and Found & Penguins. After each story, we were able to determine it was fiction or nonfiction and why. Next, we were introduced to our newest letter and letter sound, Ll. After reviewing all of letters and letter sounds, we sang our letter song and completed our letter sorting worksheet.
After recess, we were off to the computer room. Today we took the Winter NWEA (standardized) test for Reading. It measured things like Foundational Skills, Language & Writing, Literature & Informational, and Vocabulary Use and Functions.
Before lunch, we finished our reading lesson. Next, we were introduced to facts and opinions. Facts are things that are true and have happened. Opinions are things people believe, thoughts, or feelings. After watching a short video, we listened to a couple of books about penguins. Did you know there are 17 different kinds of penguins? Today, we learned all about penguins from their size and species to what they like to do for fun. We found out that penguins move by waddling, hopping, tobogganing, swimming, diving, and surfing. They eat fish and krill for lunch. And not all penguins live where they it is really cold, some live where it is warm.
In religion, we talked about using our 5 senses to learn about the world God created. Together we identified ways our senses keep us safe. Then we read through a little book from our religion book.
In reading, we reviewed our sight words before we were introduced to two new sight words, but & said. After reviewing our sight words, we were introduced to our new emergent reader, I Love the Cold! The first time we read through it together as a class, we noticed some unusual marks in the sentences, quotation marks. Quotation marks tell us the exact words someone says. We were able to find several different sets throughout the story. The second time, we read it on our own. Next, we completed our sight word worksheets.
We continued exploring the difference between facts and opinions. Facts are things that are true and have happened. Opinions are things people believe, thoughts, or feelings. After watching a short video, we worked together to identify if a given sentence was a fact or opinion. Then we we listened to several different books about penguins. We determined that they were all nonfiction books because they contained facts about penguins. We learned all about penguins from their size and species to what they like to do for fun. We found out that penguins move by waddling, hopping, tobogganing, swimming, diving, and surfing. They eat fish and krill for lunch. And not all penguins live where they it is really cold, some live where it is warm. We ended by filling out a can/have/are chart together as a class. We tried to list all of the facts we learned about penguins on the chart.
After recess, we finish our NWEA (standardized) testing. Today we took the Mathematics test. It measures things like Numbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry & Measurement, and Data Analysis.
After identifying different ways to use our 5 senses, we spent sometime thanking God for our 5 senses in religion. We completed the front side of our worksheet together. We had to draw a line from the sentence to the body part we use to match the words.
We finished up our writing about our favorite things at our school. Then we worked on illustrating them. We also had some free technology time. We could pick any game we wanted to play on the iPad.
In reading, We reviewed all of our letters and letter sounds. Then we listened to our letter l song and completed our worksheet. We also reviewed the difference between facts and opinions. Then we continued our exploration of penguin with the story, Penguins. We learned some new and interesting facts about penguins. Next we worked together to complete a can/have/are chart. We listed different facts about penguins under each heading. Finally, it was time to jump into our project. Our job was to complete a are/can/have chart. We had to write two sentences for each category. (Ex. Penguins are birds. Penguins can dive. Penguins have 2 flippers.) We met in small groups with Ms. Torborg, so she could help us out. When everyone is done, we will put them together into a new class book, Penguin Facts.
In math, we are learning the tricky teens. The tricky teen numbers are the numbers from 10 to 19 (any number that has a one in the tens spot). We started by singing a teen number song and then building teen numbers using the base ten blocks. We found that a teen number is build from a group of ten and some extra pieces. Finally we completed 2 worksheets. One the first one, we had to color in the tens frame to match the given teen number. On our second sheet, we had to cut the puzzle apart and put the teen numbers in order to build the puzzle.
In religion, we colored a picture of St. Agnes of Rome in our saint books as we watched a video about her life. Agnes refused to worship the roman God. She was just 12 years old when she died for her faith. Her feast day is today, January 21st.
During reading time, we each met with Ms. Torborg so she could check our sight word identification. Then we were introduced to Ball Words. Ball Words is our new self-paced sight word program based on the Dolch Word Mastery Lists. Then she showed us how to play each of the different Ball word games at the green reading station. We also reviewed the difference between facts and opinions. We watched a few different video clips about penguins listening closely for different penguin facts. Then we applied all of our new knowledge to our worksheet. We had to label all the parts of the penguin- feathers, bill, webbed feet, flippers, egg.
In math, we took some time to compared the heights of all the different penguins. We know that the shortest penguin is about the size of our backpack and the tallest penguin is about three backpacks. To help us figure out the exact size of a penguin, we measured out the height of all the different penguin species with a piece of ribbon. Then we hung them up on the wall, so we could compare our height with that of a specific penguin.