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October 26-30


The kindergarten room was filled with spiders and spider webs, this spider, as we studied the creepy, crawly spider. We started off with a question, Are you afraid of spiders? and some data collection. Then we gathered information about spiders from books and video clips. We recorded many different facts on a can/have/are sheet. We also made a book, All About Spider, that contained many of the facts we learned. Next, we completed a spider writing project. We had to write about whether a spider would be a good pet or not and why. We ended the week by creating spider webs out of glue and glitter. The Kindergarten classroom was filled with lots of laughter and different characters on Friday as we celebrated Halloween.  We spent some time with our 5th grade buddies creating ghost pictures, enjoyed a special snack from our room parents, and shared treats with our classmates. Throughout the week, we took time to learn about some of the Saints in Heaven and to remember our friends and family members who have passed away. On Friday, we took some quiet time to pray as we sang the litany of saints.



Monday:

In reading, we were introduced to a new letter and letter sound, Nn. After watching our letter N video, we created a list of words that began with the /n/ and a list of words that ended with the /n/. Then we completed our letter n sorting worksheet. We also worked on identifying fiction and non-fiction books along with identifying the roles of the author and illustrator as read through several different books about spiders. Did you know a spider uses its eight legs to smell? Or that a spider can lay up to 2000 eggs at a time? During theme explored the wonderful world of spiders. We learned some very interesting facts like only part of a spider web is sticky to catch the insects or it is believed that spider silk is stronger than steel. We gathered our information from 2 different books about spiders and watched a couple of short videos. Then we made a spider book. Each page had a different fact about spiders and only part of the picture completed. Our job was to complete the picture. We also worked on the at word family along with identifying letters and letter sounds in small group.

In math, we worked on identifying circles. First, we determined the different characteristics of a circle. We found out that all circles have no vertices and the sides are rounded. Then we got out the play-do. We made different shapes using the play-do. We also spent some time using our play-do on our alphabet cards creating letters and identify beginning sounds. Finally, we went on a hunt. We looked through magazines to find examples of circle. When we found out, we cut it out and glued it on a big circle poster.

In religion, we talked about the Saints. We know that they were people like us. They lived on Earth and loved God very much. Each week we learn about one of the Saints. To give us a better idea about saints, we watched a video Brother Francis: The Saints, Our Heavenly Friends.


Tuesday:

In reading, we each met with Ms. Torborg so she could check our progress identifying letters, letter sounds, and sight words. We also were introduced to two new sight words, it & in. After reviewing all of our sight words, we read through our new emergent reader, Trick or Treat. Before reading each page, we counted the number of words on it. After reading through the whole story, we read our story to a partner before adding it to our reading bin.

In honor of Halloween, we made another class book. This time everyone had to write about what they want to be for Halloween. Our writing consisted of more than just filling in a few blanks. We were given a “story starter” (For Halloween) and we had to finish it with a sentence. The trick was to make sure it sounded right to our ears when we were done. If not, we had to change it. We also had to illustrate our page by drawing a picture of us in our costume.

In math, we were introduced to the tens frame. The tens frame is similar to the fives frame were are familiar. It has two rows of five instead of just one. Today we practiced creating numbers on the tens frame. We started by creating the number 5 on our board with 5 counters. Then we compared our board to that of our neighbor. Some people had the same boxes filled and others had different boxes filled, but everyone had just 5 counters on their board. Next we compared how many counters we had in each row. We could of had 5 counters in the one row and 0 in the other, 4 in the one row and 1 in the other, or 3 in the one row and 2 in the other. We used our boards to compare several different numbers. We ended our math time with a graphing worksheet. We had to create a graph on the bottom of our paper to represent all of the different kinds of pumpkins in the big box.

In religion, we continued our discussion about the saints in heaven. Then we watched Cat Chat: Learning about the Saints.

Wednesday:

We started our math lesson by reviewing tally marks. We make a tally mark everyday in our calendar binder. We know that the fifth mark “closes the door”. Together we surveyed the class to find out how many people had a pet. We recorded our data using tally marks. Then we took a survey on our own. Ms Torborg proposed a question, Are you afraid of spiders? Our job was to gather the data. We had to ask each of our classmates the question and then record the answer. After that we analyzed our data. We found out that most of our classmates are afraid of spiders.

In reading, we reviewed our letters and letter sounds. Then we sang our letter N song before we completed our letter Nn worksheet. On our worksheet, we had to discriminate between different letters, identify beginning sounds, and write capital and lowercase n’s. We also completed our in sight word sheet. Plus we read the story, Spiders by Lola Schaefer. We identified several facts about spiders. Then, we reviewed some of the facts we know about spiders like it has 8 legs and 8 eyes, or that its skeleton is on the outside of its body. We recorded the facts in a can/have/are chart. (Spiders can... Spiders have... Spiders are…) Next, we completed a spider writing project. We started our project by reading the story Aaaarrgghh Spiders! Then we had to determine if a spider would be a good pet. If it is we had to write at least one reason why it would be a good pet. And if we decided it wasn’t a good pet, we had to write at least one reason why.

Before lunch, we completed our Olweus lesson. We started by listening to the story, All Are Welcome. Then we talked about the message. Everyone was welcome in the school. It didn’t matter what they looked like or how they dressed or who was in their family. Everyone was welcome. That is the same feeling we want in or classroom and school. Then we listened to the story Swimmy. We talked about how it feels to be left out of a group. And what we can do to include our classmates and schoolmates.

In the afternoon after we completed calendar, we worked on a color, count, and graph worksheet. We also created a spider. We started by tracing a big circle, a little circle, and 8 checkmark like shapes on one big black sheet of paper. We had to plan ahead to make sure all of the pieces would fit on the one big paper we got. Then we cut everything out. Next, we glued the different parts together. We also added 8 googly eyes and spinnerets to our spider. We glued it on a big piece of paper with our writings from this morning.

Thursday:

In reading, we were introduced to syllables. A syllable is a way to break up a word into parts. Working together we tried to break up several different words into syllables. For each syllable we clapped our hands. We started to notice some of our words had 1 syllable and others had 2. We even found some words that had 3 syllables. Then from a picture, we each identified a word that we tried to break into syllables. We also reviewed the difference between letters, words, and sentences. Then we completed a letter sorting worksheet. Finally, we worked with the -it word family. We created a list of real and nonsense words in the -it word family. Then we made our -it flip book.

This week we are focusing on Spiders. Today we took a look at spider webs. First, we watched a video clip of a spider building a web and pictures of different spider webs. Then we created spider webs using glue and glitter. First, we used our glue to draw our webs. We could create any kind of web we wanted: orb, cobweb, tangle, etc… Then we covered it with glitter and shook off the extra. The last step was to glue a black spider on it when it was dry. Since we were working in small groups to make our spider webs, we also watched the movie Magic School Bus Gets Caught in a Web

In math, we worked on identifying rectangles. First, we determined the different characteristics of a rectangle. We found out that all rectangles have 4 sides and 4 vertices (or corners). rectangles can look many different ways. Then we went on a hunt. We looked through magazines to find examples of rectangles. When we found out, we cut it out and glued it on a big rectangle poster.

During religion, we talked about St. Luke. St. Luke wrote part of the bible. He liked to tell people about Jesus. His feast day was October 18th and he is the patron saint of doctors. As we colored a picture of him in our Saints coloring book, we watched a short video about his life.


Friday:

Happy Halloween! This afternoon our class was filled with princesses, animals, skeletons and even more.

We had a crazy mixed up day. We started our day by heading upstairs to see our 5th grade buddies. Our 5th grade buddies had a special Halloween project planned for us. Together we decorated a mini-pumpkin and created a ghost in a picture frame.

Next we completed our calendar binder. Since today is the last day of school in October, we changed out our pages. Now we are ready for November on Monday.

After recess and Spanish, we had religion. Today we talked about All Saints Day. We took time to learn about some of the Saints in Heaven and to remember our friends and family members who have passed away. We spent some time in quiet prayer as we sang the Litany of Saints asking them to pray for us..

After lunch, it was time to change into our costumes. Once our costumes were on and pictures were taken, we went to library class to check out new book. When we came back it was finally time to party! We started by passing out our treats. We took our treats home since we were having a special snack. Then we had some free time. We could play monster flying disc or jack-o-lantern knock down game, create a picture using some special Halloween foam stickers, or make a monster hand out of a plastic glove, popcorn, & candy corn. Before we packed up to go home, we took our costumes off.