This week the kindergarteners explored the world of corn, popcorn, Indian corn, sweet corn, and more. We started with learning about the life cycle of corn. We did a couple of experiments with an ear of dent “feed” corn. We found out that our ear of corn floated in water, weighed about 18 blocks, contained around 500 kernels of corn, and the inside looked like a flower when it was cut in half. We also experimented with popcorn. We found out that popcorn is created when the water inside the corn is heated. The steam (pressure) makes the kernel turn inside out. After watching popcorn pop from an air popper with the lid off, we taste tested different kinds of popcorn toppings. We decided that our favorite topping was cinnamon and sugar. We also wrote a story about eating popcorn. We finished the week with Indian Corn. We noticed Indian corn has lots of different colored kernels. We created our own Indian Corn out of tissue paper squares.
In reading, we reviewed syllables. Working together, we identified the number of syllables in our first names and then in our last names. Then we were introduced to our new letter sound and letter Cc. After singing our letter song, we completed our letter sorting worksheet. We ended with Herman the Worm. Today he could only eat things that started with the /c/.
This week is corn week- popcorn, Indian corn, sweet corn, feed corn. We started by talking about the different kinds of corn and their uses. Then we did a few math and science experiments with an ear of corn. Ms. Torborg asked us four questions: Will it sink or float?, How many blocks does it weigh? How many kernels are on the cob, and what does it look like inside? We started by making and recording some predictions. After that we tested out our theories. There were stations set up throughout the classroom. After completing a station, we had to record the results on our worksheet. We found out that an ear of corn floats on top of the water. An ear of corn weights about 20 blocks and is about 6 links long. The inside of the corn cob looked like a flower with petals. To figure out How many kernels are on a cob we had to do some work. First we had to take the corn off the cob. Once it was off, we
put the kernels onto hundreds charts (just like the pumpkin seeds). We had a choice to work with a partner if we wanted to. Once all of the seeds were in place, Ms. Torborg helped us count the seeds. Our corn averaged about 550 kernels per ear of corn.
Our afternoon was a little different, we spent an 1 1/2 outside playing (the teachers had a meeting). We had a choice of playing on the playground or in the group activity (kickball, softball, and a dance party).
In reading, we reviewed our sight words. After we identified it, Ms. Torborg used it in a sentence. Then we were introduced to our new sight word, like, and our new emergent reader, I Like Corn. The first time we read through the story, we counted the number of words in each sentence. We also worked together to identify some of the hard words by looking at the picture and using the beginning and ending sounds. After reading it quietly our own, we completed our sight word like worksheet. We also listened to a story and recorded a video on our own. We started by logging in to our Seesaw account on the iPad and accessing the activity Ms. Torborg had ready for us. First, we listened to the story, A Bad Case of Stripes. Then we had to record a video for Ms. Torborg. She asked that we tell her the characters in the story and a detail from the story.
We found out that corn grow grows from a little seed or kernels. The kernel is the thing we eat. We watch a short video of corn growing over the summer. We also explored how popcorn grows. We found out that popcorn starts as corn on the cob. It starts as a seed and grows as an ear. When it is dry, it is taken off the cob. The kernels pop because there is a little bit of water inside it. The water heats up and makes the kernels turn inside out. To help us remember the process, we created the corn life cycle in pictures. We had to cut out all of the pictures and glue them in order around a paper plate. Then Ms. Torborg helped us draw the arrows, so we could see the circle. If we had time, we could color the pictures.
In math, we were introduced to number stories. We found out that there are different kinds of number stories. Today we focused on some, some more (addition). After Ms. Torborg told us a story, we had to determine what kind of story it is. All of our stories today were some, some more. Then we had to draw a picture to tell the stories. When we were done, we were able to answer the question asked at the end of the story. After we completed several different stories, Ms. Torborg added another step. After we determined what kind of story it is, we had to decide what the story was all about or what was the most important part to draw.
Throughout the day, we worked on coloring pictures for the senior center (across the road). This month we are coloring Turkeys with decorative feathers to brighten their day.
We started the day by starting a popcorn experiment. We put popcorn kernels in a cup. Then we drew a line to mark how fill the cup was. Next we filled the cup with enough water to cover the kernels of popcorn. Now we are watching to see what will happen.
In reading, we reviewed our letters and letter sounds, sang a letter C song, and created a list of words that started with and ended with the /c/. We also completed our letter C worksheet. We practiced writing capital and lowercase c’s, identifying the letter c from a group of letters, and discriminated between words that began with the /c/. Then we completed a reading activity on the iPad. After we signed into our Seesaw account, we had to access our new activity. On each slide, we had to move the words in the box to match the words in the sentence. Then we had to use the microphone to record ourself reading the sentence.
In religion, we made a circle of kindness as part of our Olweus lesson. We have been talking about how to make people feel included and part of the group. Plus, how it make us feel inside when people are kind to us. Today as part of our circle, we read the story, What Does it Mean To Be Kind? Then we each had to talk about one kind thing we did for someone else either at school or at home yesterday or today. Ms. Torborg also challenged us to do a kind deed for 2 different family members tonight.
In math, we worked on number stories again. We started by reviewing everything we know by solving a some, some more number story. We did a great job drawing our picture and finding our answer. We found out that sometimes we struggle to draw the items in our picture or that it takes a long time. Today we were introduced to using a symbols as representatives in our picture. Circle, squares, triangle, boxes, letters are all good symbols. They can represent the item in the number story. We practiced solving number stories using different symbols.
We had an extra snack today in the afternoon, popcorn. We started with some popcorn experiments. Ms. Torborg made a big bullseye on paper. We put a popcorn popper (an air popper) in the middle. We had to guess where we thought most of the kernels would fall it turned on without the cover. Ms. Torborg put kernels in it and turned it on. Most of the kernels fell in the closest circle. Our next experiment, we started this morning. We put some popcorn kernels in a cup and then filled the cup with water. When we checked on it after lunch, the kernels were above the line. We figured out that the kernels were soaking up the water. Then we tried popping the kernels in an air popcorn popper. We know that popcorn needs a little water inside in order for it to pop, but what happens when the kernels are full of water. We tried popping some full kernels. We found out that the kernels just burst and didn’t pop. There was no white fluffy part of the popcorn. Finally, we got to try some popcorn. We tried it 3 different ways, with salt, with butter, and with cinnamon and sugar. After we tried each kind we graphed which kind we liked best. We decided that cinnamon and sugar was the winner.
In reading, we reviewed syllables by watching a video and then dividing the words Ms. Torborg gave us. We also reviewed our letters and letters sounds. Then we worked with the -in word family. First, we watched a video. As we watched it we had to read the words along with “Jack”. Then we created a list of real and nonsense words in the -in word family. Finally we created our -in flipbook. Once it was stapled together, we read each of the words.
We also made another class book. We determined we really like to eat popcorn when we watch a movie. We each had to write about what topping we like on our popcorn and what movie we like to watch. After we finished our sentence, (________likes popcorn with _____________ while he/she watches _____________.), we drew a picture to match our sentence. We ended with the story, Popcorn by Frank Asch. Throughout the story, we made predictions about what might happen. We also were able to identify the main character and setting of the story.
In math, we worked on number stories again. Today we had to figure out the missing number from the story. Sometimes the missing number was the answer at the end, but sometimes the missing number was in the story.
In religion, we learned about a new saint, St. Martin De Porres. He dealt with many issues of racism because of his skin color. His special feast day November 3rd and he is the patron saint of barbers. We watched a short video about his life as we colored his picture in our saint book.
During theme, we explored Indian corn. Indian corn can be many different colors. Ms. Torborg brought in a bunch of different samples for us to look at. Our art project was to make Indian corn. We had a pattern of a corn cob and husk. We started by coloring the husk. Then, we created the colored corn cob. We had to glue tissue paper in each of the little spots. We wrapped the tissue paper around a pencil end and dipped it in glue. If that was too tricky, we just made a little loose ball with our tissue paper before we dipped it in glue. Now they are drying on the drying rack.
Ms. Torborg was gone today. Mrs. Dingman was our sub.
In reading, we reviewed syllables. Then we completed a syllables activity as a class. We had to decide if the word on our card was 1, 2, or 3 syllables. Then place the card under the correct heading. We also reviewed the in & ip word family before we completed a worksheet.
In religion, we listened to the story The Stranger Who Turned into a Friend. We talked about how each person treated the man who needed help. Then we watched a short video clip of the bible story, The story of the Good Samaritan.
In math, we played a new game, Spill the Beans. We started with a cup, 10 beans (one side was red and the other side was white), and a tens frame. First, we had to spill the beans out of the cup. Then we had to sort them according to their colors. Next, we had to put them on our tens frame. First, we put all of the red ones and then the white ones. We were able to identify which color we had more and how many of each color we had. After we played a couple of rounds, Mrs. Dingman gave us a recording sheet. We had to record who many beans were red and how many were white for each “spill”.