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November 6-10


This week the kindergarteners celebrated Veterans Day. We started out the week by describing and defining the special characteristics of a veteran including bravery and patriotism. We explored the different branches of the military comparing how they are alike and different. And we created a class book in which we each wrote a Thank You letter to a veteran. We also examined four different American symbols, the American Flag, the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, and the bald eagle. We also explored the Pledge of Allegiance. Did you know the Pledge of Allegiance was first published in a children’s magazine? The author encouraged all students to say it on Columbus Day to show unity. The teachers liked it so much that it became a tradition. Now we recite it at the beginning of every school day. We also took a closer look at the American flag. We read several books about why it looks the way it does, how it has changed, and how to respect the flag. We enjoyed working together to properly fold the flag and creating a picture of us in a camouflage uniform holding an American Flag. On Friday, we had a special Veterans Day program. Several veterans stopped by to talk with us about their time in the service and why we celebrate Veterans Day.


Monday:

No School - Teacher Workshop


Tuesday:

Reading:

  • Reviewed our letters and letters sounds - Sang our Better Alphabet Song

  • Phonological Awareness Warmups

  • Completed a letter Pp worksheet

  • Introduced to the word and

  • Read through our emergent reader, Veterans Day

  • Introduced to Veterans Day

  • Defined some characteristics of a veteran including brave, courageous, and patriotic.

  • Talked about the 5 different branches of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard).

  • Listened to the story, American Symbols

  • Explored four different American symbols, the American Flag, the bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Bell. We learned a little bit of the history of each symbol by watching a video clip.

  • Read through a short book of American symbols

Math:

  • Calendar Binder

  • Number Talk

  • Pocket Problems - identifying the number of objects in a pocket and then adding one more or taking one away.

Religion:

  • This week is National Vocations Week.

  • Learned that vocations means God’s call and that God talks to us in our hearts

  • Listened to the story What Does a Priest Do?

  • Discuss the Deacons, Priests, Bishop, Pope - Colored a picture


Wednesday:

Today was a scheduled early release day. We went home after lunch.

Reading:

  • Reviewed our letters and letters sounds - Sang our Better Alphabet Song

  • Phonological Awareness Warmups

  • Completed a letter. Tt worksheet

  • Introduced to a spaceman - He helps us leave space between our words.

  • Listened to the story, Veterans: Heroes from Our Neighborhood

  • Discussed what soldiers/veterans do for us.

  • Created a new class book. We each wrote a Thank you letter to a veteran.

  • Listened to two different stories both titled, The Pledge of Allegiance. One helped define the words and the other gave us information its history.

Math:

  • Calendar Binder

  • Number Talk


Thursday:

Reading:

  • Reviewed our letters and letters sounds - Sang our Better Alphabet Song

  • Phonological Awareness Warmups

  • Completed a letter Ii worksheet

  • Listened to the story Why Are There Stripes on the American Flag?

  • Talked about some of the history of the American Flag and what each part stands for

  • Discussed how to show respect for the flag.

  • Practiced folding the flag in small groups. We thought that was big until Ms. Torborg brought out a special US flag flew over the Minnesota Capital building. Practiced folding it as a whole class.

  • Created an American flag using scraps of paper

Math:

  • Calendar Binder

  • Number Talk

Religion:

  • Listened to the story What Does a Nun Do?

  • Discussed Nuns and Monks or Sisters and Brothers and colored a picture

  • Colored Thank you picture for a Veteran.


Friday:

Today we celebrated Veterans Day! After Mass, we had a short Veterans Day program. Several veterans from the community stopped by to talk to use about their time in the service and why we celebrate Veteran’s Day. We gave them the special Thank You pictures we colored earlier this week.

Reading:

  • Reviewed our letters and letters sounds - Sang our Better Alphabet Song

  • Phonological Awareness Warmups

  • Completed a letter Nn worksheet

  • Reviewed all of the information we have learned about Veterans and American Symbols

  • Created a solider/veteran using the camouflage paper we made and added the flag we created.

Math:

  • Calendar Binder

  • Number Talk

Religion:

  • Mass- At Mass we celebrated the Sacrament of the Anointing.

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