Mmmm.... our Kindergarten classroom smelled wonderful all week. We started our week with gingerbread. We read several different stories about a gingerbread man. We compared and contrasted each of the stories with the original story. We also created a created a gingerbread class book, completed a gingerbread science experiment, and did some graphing and patterning activities. Gingerbread week wouldn’t be complete without trying different kinds of gingerbread including Gingerbread cookies and cake. Finally, we made gingerbread ornaments out of applesauce and cinnamon. They made our room smell really good. After we cut them out, we had to let them dry for several days. When they were dry, we got to decorate them with some glitter glue. This week we also wrote about what we would do if Santa was stuck in our chimney and created a Christmas stocking by sewing together paper. On Friday, we learned about the feast of St. Nicholas (December 6th). We read a story, colored his picture, and we watched a movie about St. Nicholas.
This is the first week of Advent. We started the morning by talking about Advent along with some of the different symbols of Advent including the Advent wreath and the Jesse Tree. We found out that Advent is a time to get ready for Jesus’ birthday. In our classroom, we found a bin of wrapped gifts under our tree. Each day we get to open one of the gifts (books) and read the Christmas story. Today our story was No Room at the Inn. Carter got to unwrap our story. We will also hear a message from Brother Francis each day.
During reading, we were introduced to our new letter and letter sound, Hh. We listened to the h song and then identified words that began with the short h sound. Next, we were introduced to a new sight word, little. Then we completed both our letter H sorting worksheet and our little sight word worksheet. Next, we read two stories. They had the same title, The Gingerbread Man, but they were by different authors. After each story, we wrote down different story elements like the characters, setting, problem, and solution. Then we compared and contrasted them. We found out that the main character (the gingerbread man) was the same along with the problem (no one could catch the gingerbread man). The stories both ended the same way with the gingerbread man being eaten, but the journey was different. Then we completed a story elements worksheet identifying the characters, setting, problem, and solution.
We also got to eat a gingerbread cookie, but we had to create a graph after just one bite. We started by taking just one bite as Ms. Torborg took a picture. Then we each identified which part of the body we took a bite from. As the information was being given, we had to create our graph. When it was finished, we had to analyze our data. Finally, it was time to eat the rest of our cookie.
In Math we were introduced to the calculator. We started with just exploring the different buttons on it. We had fun putting in numbers and see what happened when we pushed the side buttons. Then Ms. Torborg gave us different tasks to complete. We practiced entering specific numbers both one and two digit numbers, entering numbers greater and less than a specific number, and entering numbers one more or one less than a given number.
For Advent today, we heard Brother Francis tell us about the Christmas Tree and asked us to do kind things for people. After Justin unwrapped the book, A Time of Miracles, Ms. Torborg read it to us. We also set up our nativity scene. It looks a little different from the ones we have at home. In our stable, we have a cow, donkey, and the manger. “Up on a hill side”, we have the shepherd and sheep. The 3 wise men are scattered around the room since they haven’t started their journey yet. And Mary and Joseph are travel across our room on their journey to Bethlehem. Each day they get a little closer to the stable.
In reading, we were introduced to 2 new sight words, he & she. Then we completed our completed our sight word worksheets. We also received a new emergent reader, The Little Cookie. We read through our story together. We decided that the last page of our story needed a picture of us eating a gingerbread man, so for snack we had gingerbread cookies. Ms. Torborg took pictures of each of us eating our cookie for our book. We also listened to the story, Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr and the Gingerbread. Throughout the story, we worked together to identify the big words. We also identified the characters, setting, and details from the beginning, middle and end of the story.
Finally, it was time for snack. We made our own snack today, gingerbread (It’s like a cake). We started by mixing 3 scoops of gingerbread mix in a Dixie cup and then we added 1 scoop of water. Next, we had to stir it up. Then Ms. Torborg baked it in the electric fry pan. It took a long time (20 minutes). It made our classroom smell really good. After it cooled for a bit, Ms. Torborg added a scoop of cool whip to the top. Finally, we got to try it. And mmmm.... it was good. Two thumbs up!
After snack we started working on a gingerbread story. On the top of the page, we used our adjectives (descriptive words) to describe gingerbread. We could only use each adjective one time. On the bottom, we had to write our own story (or sentence) about gingerbread. It could be about a gingerbread boy or girl, making gingerbread, eating gingerbread, or whatever we wanted.
In math, we were reviewed our pattern block shapes (triangle, square, rhombus, trapezoid, & hexagon). Then we used the pattern blocks to build hexagons. With a partner, we gathered our supplies, a bowl full of pieces and pattern template. Then we went to work. We used the pattern block pieces to create hexagons. Once we found 6 different ways to make a hexagon, we recorded our answers on our worksheet.
Today, Brother Francis told us why the color purple is used for Advent. Not only is it the color of kings, it is also reminds us of repentance and when we repent we are filled with joy. Greta unwrapped our story today, Cricket at the Manger.
In reading, we reviewed our letters sounds and letters. Then we watched our letter video, identified things that began with the /h/, and completed our letter h worksheet. On our worksheet, we had to write capital and lowercase h’s, identified the letter h from a group of letters, and discriminate between words that began with the /h/. We also finished our writing project from yesterday. Today we had to draw a picture to match the sentence we wrote. Finally, we completed a sequencing worksheet. We had to put the steps in order to make a gingerbread man.
We also completed a gingerbread science experiment. We have read several stories in which the gingerbread boy didn’t want to get wet? So our question was “What will happen to a gingerbread cookie if it is put into water?” We started by drawing a picture of what the gingerbread cookie looked like before he got wet and we think it will look like after he gets wet. After our pictures were drawn, we put the cookie into a cup full of water and let him sit. We observed what happened to him after just 5 minutes, 20 minutes and 60 minutes. Then we recorded our observations. Our gingerbread boy crumbed to pieces!
Our Olweus lesson today was about emotions. As Ms. Torborg read a story, we had to demonstrate how we would feel without speaking a word. Ms. Torborg had to try to figure out how we were feeling. Then we listened to the story, The Jester Has Lost His Jingle. The Jester was banished from the Kingdom for not being funny, so he went in search of laughter. He found out that it is inside each of us and we can control our own emotions.
In the afternoon we made gingerbread ornaments. There are just two ingredients, applesauce and cinnamon. You have to mix equal parts applesauce and cinnamon together in a bowl. Next Ms. Torborg rolled it out. We each got to pick out three different cookie cutters shapes for our ornaments. After the shapes were cut, we had to stick the end of a straw in the top to make a little hole. Now they are drying. It will take a while for them to dry. Our whole room smelled good for the rest of the day.
In math, we continued working on identifying tens and ones with number tiles and blocks. We started with reviewing the concepts from before break. We used our number tiles to identify a group of blocks and we used blocks to represent a number. Then Ms. Torborg showed us a group of blocks on the board and we had to show her the corresponding number tile. We had some groups were single digits and some were groups of ten. We quickly figured out that the groups of ten needed to have a zero at the end of the number. We were getting really good at identifying which numbers were single digits and which were groups of ten, so we switched jobs. Ms. Torborg showed us the number tiles and we had to use our blocks to create the number. We had to figure out if the number was a single digit or a group of ten and then use the corresponding blocks. Today we worked on composing 2 digit numbers using number tiles and blocks. We started with our blocks. We used the blocks to show the number 3 tens 2 ones. Then we found the corresponding number tiles, 30 & 2. To compose the number, we had to put the 2 tile on top of the tens tile to create the number 32 (read 3-ten 2). We created several different numbers using our numbers tiles and blocks.
For Advent today, we heard Brother Francis tell us the story of the how John the Baptist got his name and he asked us to make a card for someone to brighten their day. Ivor unwrapped our story today, On This Special Night.
We started our morning by review the letter Hh. We watched a short video and sang about Hermie the Worm. Today he could only eat things that started with the /h/. We also read the story Santa’s Stuck. As we listened to the story, we identified the problem. Santa ate too many treats and cookies and got stuck in the chimney as he was trying to leave. Instead of finishing the story right away to find out what happened. We each took time to write about what we would do if we woke up in the middle of the night and Santa was stuck in our chimney. We had to be specific. We couldn’t just say we would help him. When writing, we had to use our sounds to figure out what letters to write. We broke big words up into syllables to help us figure out the letter sounds and letters. We also used the word wall to help us spell our sigh words correctly. When everyone was done writing, Ms. Torborg finished reading the story to us.
In math, we worked on decomposing numbers. We started out as a whole group working on the number 10. Using 2 different colors of unifix cubes, we had to build a tower of 10 blocks. Our first tower had 10 orange blocks. Our second tower had 9 orange blocks and 1 black block. Our third tower had 8 orange blocks and 2 black blocks. And so on… until we had 11 different towers. Once we laid out all of our towers, we were able to identify the different number pairs that make ten. Then we were each given a number and bunch of blocks. We had to try to create different combinations of the number we were given.
In religion, we were introduced to a new saint, St. Nicholas. His special feast day is December 6th. He is the patron saint of the poor. As we colored our picture in our saint book, we watched a movie about the life of St. Nicholas. Nicholas liked to give away his treasure and help people at night so no one know it was him.
For Advent today, we heard Brother Francis tell us about Christmas ornaments and asked us to make the people around us feel welcome the next time we go to Mass. Otto unwrapped our story today, The Legend of the Nicholas. Besides listening to our story, we watched a short video about St. Nicholas. We found out that nn many countries, St. Nicholas gives out gifts on St. Nicholas day instead of Christmas Eve. He leaves little treats for children in their shoes. We decided that since Sunday is St. Nicholas day, we wanted to leave our shoes out to see if St. Nick would stop by. Since we couldn’t leave our shoes here, we colored a shoe to leave in its place.
In reading today, we watched a -op family video and created a -op word family flip book. We also completed a secret word worksheet. After unscrambling the letters, we found out that all of the words ended with at or were in the at word family.
In the afternoon, we created a picture of Santa stuck in a chimney. Santa’s feet dangling in the fireplace opening. We started by creating the background, a brick fireplace. Making the bricks were tricky. We had to use a ruler to make line all over a piece of red paper. Then we had to trace all of our pieces before we could cut them out. Ms. Torborg helped us glue them together. Then we added some cotton balls as fur trim on Santa’s coat. When it was dry, we added our writing on the bottom and hung them on the wall for everybody to see.
We ended our day with the Veggie Tales Movie: St. Nicholas- A Story of Joyful Giving. During the movie, we decorated our gingerbread ornaments. We got to add glitter glue or puffy paint around the outside.