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October 28-November 1

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 with by creating spider webs out of spaghetti noodles. The Kindergarten classroom was filled with lots of laughter and different characters on Thursday 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. On Friday, we celebrated All Saints Day with Mass. We took time to learn about some of the Saints in Heaven and to remember our friends and family members who have passed away.

Monday:

Ms. Torborg was gone today. We had Mrs. Dingman for our sub.

In reading, we 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 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.​

Tuesday:

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 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. We also identified the beginning sounds in words, reviewed our sight words, and read through our new emergent reader, Trick or Treat.

We finished our pumpkin theme from last week. We started a new science experiment. We cut up a pumpkin and put it in a container. We made some predictions about what we think might happen. Now we just have to wait and see. Ms. Torborg taped it shut, so no one will open it.

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.

We ended our day by creating 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. ​

Wednesday:

In reading, we each met with Ms. Torborg so she could check our progress identifying letters, letter sounds, and sight words. We also did some partner reading with the books in 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.

Before lunch, we completed our Olweus lesson. We read 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.

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 our own web using cooked spaghetti noodles and glue. We started by putting our noodles through some glue. The we arranged them into a web on a piece of wax paper. Now they need time to dry.

In the afternoon, we did some math stations~ pumpkin ordering and counting, spider ordering and counting, acorn matching, leaves falling, Find-It, match-it, or top-it. We could choose which station or game we wanted to play with our partner. We had to complete at least 3 activities.​


Thursday:

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

We started our day off with reading stations. We also took turns meeting with Ms. Torborg so she could check our progress counting and identifying numbers. Then we listened to the story, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. As we listened, we tried to identify groups of synonyms, action words, and sound words. After identifying the different story elements of the story, we watched the movie, Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Half ways through the movie, we identified things that were the same in both the book and the movie and things that were different. We decided that the movie was very different from the book.

We had a special Halloween snack today. Our cuties looked like pumpkins, our cheese stick looked like a ghost, and our pretzel sticks were wrapped like a present. Thanks to our room parents for making our snack special. Then we headed up the see our 5th grade buddies.

Our 5th grade buddies had a special Halloween project planned for us. Together we made a ghost in a picture frame. They helped us color, cut, and create the whole thing.

After PE, we completed our calendar. It was extra exciting today because it is the last day of October. We changed out our calendar sheets when we were done because tomorrow is a new month.

Finally, after recess it was time for our costumes. Once our costumes were on and pictures were taken, we started our party. We started by passing out our treats. Then we had some free time. We could create a picture using some special Halloween foam stickers or make a monster hand out of a plastic glove, popcorn, & candy corn. Then we were off to Ecumen (the nursing home across the street) to spread some Halloween cheer. We had a chance to parade around in our costumes. When we got back, we had a little bit more free time before it was time to take off our costumes and pack up!

Friday: Happy All Saints Day! A special friend of the school made blankets for everyone in our class. (The preschoolers and 1st graders also got blankets.) After cuddling in them for a bit today, we get to take them home. We had a crazy mixed up day. We started with 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. After watching Cat Chat: Learning about the Saints, we sang the Litany of Saints asking them to pray for us and we colored some saint pictures. After music, we completed our calendar. Since it was a new month, there were new things to do. First we talked about the special events on our calendar. There were new items on our “special” page. We were introduced to the digital day. We had recess & lunch early today, so we could attend Mass. Mass was longer than normal since it is a very special day. When we got back, there was a special surprise. We could either watch a movie with the older kids or have free time for the rest of the day as a celebration of the end of the quarter.