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 patriotic. We explored the 5 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. On Wednesday, we had a special Veteran’s Day program. Several veterans joined us for a flag folding ceremony and 21 gun salute. 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 examined the American flag. We enjoyed working together to properly fold the flag and creating a picture of a us in a camouflage uniform holding an American Flag. We ended the week by celebrating the the 50th day of school with a Back to the Fifties Party. We counted to fifty, wrote fifty word, listened to fifties music, and learned a few fifties dances. We ended the day with a Sock Hop and Rootbeer Floats!
Monday: During reading, we were introduced to our new letter and letter sound, Oo. We listened to the o song and then identified words that began with the short o sound. We also worked to create a list of words that had the short o sound in the middle of the word. Next, we reviewed syllables. We watched our syllables video, sorted words according to the number of syllables, and completed a syllables worksheet. This week we are getting ready for Veterans since Veterans Day is on Wednesday. Today we started preparing for it. We started by defining a veteran-someone who was or is in the military. Then we talked about the 5 different branches of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard). Finally we listed all of the characteristics of a veteran including brave, courageous, and patriotic. We defined bravery and courage as doing something even if you are scared and patriotic as loving your country. We also 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 and reading books. Then together we each read through a short book of American symbols. In religion, we worked on coloring a Thank You picture for a Veteran. We know it is important to say thank you to someone who does something for you. On Wednesday, we have some special speakers coming to talk with us about Veterans day. We are making them pictures to say Thank You. Last week was National Vocations week. A special time to learn about the different vocations in the church and to pray for more vocations. Today we learned that vocations means God’s call. We talked about how we can hear God talking to or calling us. We heard a story about 2 kids lost in the woods. When they were scared, they heard someone calling their name and then they weren’t scared anymore. In math, we reviewed the shapes (circle, square, triangle, and rectangle). Then we tried creating them with a rope/string. We figured out that for each shape, we had to determine how many corner it had and that is how many people we needed to create it. After creating the main shapes, we build different shapes using the Geoboards. We ended the day with a little art project. We created camouflage paper using brown, green, and yellow paint and some pointed rings. We are going to use our paper to create a different picture. Tuesday: In reading, we reviewed our letters and letter sounds and sang Hermie the Worm. Today Hermie could only eat things that started with the short o sound. We also reviewed our sight words and were introduced to our new sight word, and. Then we read our emergent reader, Veteran’s Day, and completed our sight word worksheet. We continued our discussion about veterans and veterans day. First, we reviewed the definitions. Then we talked about the different branches. Today we talked about what soldiers/veterans do for us. We decided their main job is to protect our country, so we have freedom. We talked about some of the different freedoms we have like singing about God, picking what school we want to attend, traveling around our country. We started by talking about American symbols specifically the American flag. After reading Why Are There Stripes on the American Flag?, we examined it. We talked about what it looks like and what the colors and design elements stand for. We even practiced folding the flag. We worked in groups to fold a big flag. We had to make sure that it ended like a triangle with the stars on the outside. Ms. Torborg showed us a special US flag. It flew over the Minnesota Capital building. It was humungous. Together as a class, we worked on folding the flag. We also “studied” the Pledge of Allegiance. We say the Pledge everyday so we know the words. Today we talked about what the words mean and why we say them. Started by reading two books about the Pledge of Allegiance. Next, we completed a Pledge of Allegiance worksheet. As we read through the pledge of allegiance, we saw a box with a definition where there is usually a “big” word. We had a separate small sheet with the “big” words on them. Our job was to glue the right “big” word on top of definition. In religion, we continued talking about different Vocations within the church. Today we focused on the role of the priest. We started by talking about all of the different things a priest does. Then we listened to a story about a day in the life of a priest. Finally, we colored a picture of a priest celebrating Mass. In math, we are working on comparing items. Today we had to find items that were longer and shorter than us by laying down next to them. We also completed a worksheet. We had to find 3 items that were longer than our pencil and 3 items that were shorter than our pencil. We recorded our information on our worksheet making sure to draw a picture and label it. Wednesday: Happy Veteran’s Day! We started our morning by reviewed what Veteran’s Day is and why we celebrate it. We also reviewed the different branches of the military and their jobs. In reading, we reviewed the letter O. We watched a letter o video, identified words with a short o sound in the beginning, discriminated between words that began with the /short o/. We also completed our letter o worksheet on which we practiced writing capital and lowercase o’s. Next, we worked on blending CVC words that have an o in the middle. Mrs. Torborg wrote a word down and together we blended the sounds to read the word. After recess, we worked on creating an American flag picture. We started by reviewing what the US flag looks like taking a close look at the strips on the flag. Ms. Torborg gave us each a flag outline and 3 squares of paper (red, white, and blue). Our job was to create the flag. The only rule was we could only use the paper and glue. We couldn’t use anything else not even our scissors. We had to tear the paper into pieces and then glue it on the outline. The trick was to get the paper little enough to fit in between the lines. We needed to make sure we had thirteen stripes, starting and ending red. Then we added blue to the square in the corner. Our Olweus lesson today was about teamwork. As we explored the different military branches, we talked about how they have to work together as a team to accomplish their goals. We also watched 3 short Auto B Good videos about patriotism, citizenship, and loyalty. In the afternoon, we had a special veterans day program. We had 8 veterans from the Litchfield area visit with us to talk about their experiences. We started with the Pledge of Allegiance. Then they each talked about their branch in the military and their years of service. After we asked a few questions, we sang God Bless America for them. Then we received a special surprise. We heard taps played on a bugle. In math, we created an obstacle course outside on the playground. First, we identified what ways you can move through an obstacle course (on, around, between, above, below, under, over, etc..) Working together, we created a course around the playground. As we went through the course, Ms. Torborg helped call out the directions. Then we had a little free play time outside. In the afternoon, we created a soldier/veteran. We used the camouflage paper we made on Monday. Ms. Torborg traced a several different patterns on it for us. We had to cut them out. There was a hat and shirt. We also cut out a head, some hands, and hair. Then we glued it all together. We attached the flag we made to the bottom. It looks like a solider holding an American flag. Thursday: In reading, we reviewed the difference between words and sentences. We know that sentences have to have space between the words. Today we were introduced to the spaceman. He helps us leaves space in between our words as we create sentences. Next we reviewed what a Veteran is and the meaning of veteran’s day. After talking about our special veteran’s day program yesterday, we listened to the story, Veterans: Heroes from our Neighborhood. Then we created a class book. Each page was a letter we wrote to a veteran. We decided that a letter starts with Dear --- and ended with From ---. So we started our letter with Dear Veteran and ended with From and our name. We used our spaceman in between our words. We also drew a little picture on the bottom. We ended our morning with a new sight word, can. After using in a sentences, we completed our worksheet. In religion, we learned about a mother saint, St. Cecilia. Cecilia’s parents had her marry a man that didn’t love God. She loved God very much and she taught her husband about God. She also loved music and used music to help spread God’s message. St. Cecilia’s is the patron saint of musicians and her feast day is November 22nd. We watched a short video about St. Cecilia as we colored her picture in our saint coloring book. We also continued our conversation about vocations by talking about religious life. We talked about what they do and why it is important. Then we colored a picture of a “Sister” and ‘Brother”. In the afternoon, we started our 50th day activities since we are really busy on Fridays. We reviewed the words now and then. Then we looked at a whole bunch of different pictures. We had to decide if they were things that we would use now or if they were from the fifties. We had to place each item in the correct column. After doing the the activities together on the SMARTbaord, we each completed our own worksheet. Friday: Happy 50th Day of School! What an exciting day we had! To celebrate the 50th day of school, we had a Back to the Fifties party! We started our day off with calendar. There we were able to confirm that indeed it was the 50th day of school. We are half way to 100! We also read through our new emergent reader, Sock Hop. We used the clues in the story to figure out what a sock hop was. Then Ms. Torborg told us that we were going to have one at the end of the day. Then we were off to the church for Mass. We spent part of our morning and afternoon working on our 50th Day Packet full of different activities. We wrote out all the numbers from 1 to 50, counted by ones, fives, and tens to fifty, and colored the word fifty. We also created patterns (AB, ABB, ABC) on record pictures. On to reading. We started off by writing fifty words from around the room. They could be any words we wanted. Some of us were on the ball and got it done right away. For others it took a little more motivating. And boy that sure is a lot of words! If we had time left we completed a 50’s word find and jukebox coloring sheet. Finally, we did a little writing. After some brainstorming, we each created a list of things we will be able to do in 50 years. When we arrived in class this morning we found a note. I heard you were having a 50’s party and decided to leave you a special treat. I couldn’t leave it out because it would melt. So somewhere cold it would be. Cups, spoons and straws Are the tools you will need. Because there is a little assembly. Enjoy! We had to try to figure out what Ms. Torborg brought us. First we created a list of things that could melt. Then we had to think of all the things that might need cups, spoons, and straws. We narrowed it down to ice cream, but couldn’t figure out what the straws were for until Ms. Torborg told us- Rootbeer Floats. Before we could have our treat, we did a little science experiment. Does ice cream sink or float? We each had to draw our own conclusion. After we wrote our words, we had to draw a picture of where the ice cream will be in a glass- top or bottom. Next came the fun part, trying it out. First we put some water in a cup. Then we added ice cream. The ice cream stayed on top- It floated. Then we tried the same things with Rootbeer. Once again the ice cream floated. We decided to try it one more time. Only this time, we put the ice cream in first. Our results changed. The ice cream didn’t float. It stayed right where it was. After our experiment, we each got to have a Rootbeer float! We finished up our afternoon with a dance party. We learned several different dances like the Hand Jive and the Twist. We also did a couple of Just Dance Fifties songs like Barbara Ann and Lollipop. After learning a few dances, we had a sock hop. We listened to some fifties music as we danced. We also did some fan favorites like the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Pokey! We decided it was a great day to be in Kindergarten!