Fire Safety was the theme for the week in the Kindergarten classroom. We started the week by learning about what to do if the fire alarm goes off at school. We practiced quietly lining up and walking out the door and down the sidewalk to our meeting place. Now that we have an escape plan at school, we talked about the importance of having an escape plan and special meeting spot at home. We also identified several different fire safety tips such as have 2 ways out, stay low and go, stop, drop, cover your face, and roll. We each had to write and illustrate one fire safety tip. Then we turned them into a new class book, Fire Safety Tips. We also had some fun making a fire picture while learning about mixing paint colors. We put a blob of yellow paint and a blob of red paint on a piece of paper. When we mixed it together, it made orange. We made it look like flames. Once our paint was dry we added a house and a fire truck to our paper. A highlight of the week was making fire truck crackers. We took ordinary graham crackers and decorated them to look like fire trucks. Then we got to eat them! We ended the week with Chip and Dale, the Rescue Rangers, teaching us about fire safety.
In reading, we were introduced to a new letter sound and letter, Tt. After singing our t song, we created a list of words that began with the /t/. We also completed a capital or lowercase t sorting sheet. Next, we explored fire safety. We started by reading the story Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill. In our story, the class learned what to do if they caught on fire and they had a fire drill. We learned about primary routes and secondary routes. We practiced lining up and going outside by our primary route the front door and then meeting at our special spot. We also found a secondary route. We practiced going out the back door of the school and walking to our new meeting place. Next, we examined several different pictures of rooms in house. For each picture we had to find 2 ways out. We also helped Mikey get out of his home when the smoke alarm goes off. (www.homefiredrill.org/Mikey/mikeygame.html). We also practiced what to do if our clothes catch fire: Stop, Drop, Cover Your Face, and Roll! Finally, we learned a very special number 911. We talked when we should call 911 and about what happens when we do.
Throughout the day, we examined a fire truck and fire equipment. We watch a fire fighter get all dressed up in his gear. We know that it can be scary to see and hear them breathe through their mask. We just need to remember that through all of that gear is a person who wants to help us.
In math, we worked on identifying triangles. First, we determined the different characteristics of a triangle. We found out that all triangles have 3 sides and 3 vertices (or corners). Triangles can look many different ways. Then we went on a hunt. We looked through magazines to find examples of triangles. When we found out, we cut it out and glued it on a big triangle poster.
In religion, we talked about the rosary. October is the month of the rosary. The rosary is a form of prayer with prayers recite in a specific order. After looking at a rosary and talking about, we watched a video, The Rosary: A Special Way to Pray. We heard Brother Francis explain the rosary to us.
In reading, we reviewed all of our sight words. Then we were introduced to our newest sight word, see. Next, we talked about words, how words are made up of a group of letters, and the difference between letters and words. Using our new emergent reader, I See Firefighters, we identified the number of words on each page before we read them. Next, we listened to the story, Firefighter Ted. It was a funny story about a boy pretending to be a firefighter. At the end of the story, we were able to not only determine the main character of the story, we were able to identifying what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story.
We have read many different books and watched a couple of videos about fire safety. Each one taught us different safety tips. Today, we took all of those tips and made them into a book. We each had a chance to write a safety tip and then draw a picture representing our tip. Ms. Torborg helped us to write our words. We had to write down all of the sounds we hear in the word. It was really important to listen for the first and last sound in each word.
After completing our calendar binders and our number talk, we put our number cards 0-5 in order. We had to make sure that the number zero started on the left side just like when we read. Then Ms. Torborg gave us 5 more cards 6-10. We had to add them to our number line in order. Next, we had to find the number Ms. Torborg called out. Finally, we completed a dot-to-dot drawing a line from number to number in order.
This year as a special project as a school, we are writing letters and drawing pictures for our elderly friends at Gloria Dei (across the street). Each month we will take time to make them a picture or two. Today we colored fall picture for them.
We ended our day with ice cream and dance party. Since we earned two different prizes last week from our marathon, so today we had a chance to celebrate. At the end of the day, we joined the rest of the school outside. We had a chance to pick out what special toppings we wanted on our ice cream treat. Then we spent the rest of the time dancing to our favorite music.
In reading, we reviewed our letters and letter sounds, song our t song, and added words that began with the /t/ to our list. We also completed our letter t worksheet where we practiced capital and lowercase p’s and identifying words that began with the /t/. Next, we worked with the -ap word family. We picked different consonants to put in front of the letters ap. Then we worked together to sound out the word and determine if it was a real word or nonsense word. Then we worked on cutting out the pieces of our flip books. Once Ms. Torborg stapled the pieces on, we worked together to sound out the words.
We had to create our own snack today before we could eat it. We made fire truck crackers. We started by reading a book about fire trucks, Fighting Fires. Then we identified all of the different parts of a fire truck or the equipment on the truck. Next, Ms. Torborg told us about the materials we were going to use to represent the different parts of the fire truck. Finally, we had to gather our supplies and create our own truck. We started with a graham cracker and frosting. We could choose to have a red or white fire truck. Once we spread the frosting all over it, (No licking your fingers!) we added the details. We made a ladder out of pretzel sticks, add a Cheeze-it square window, and mini-oreos wheels.. The last thing was to add mini-m & m lights and a gumdrop siren. Finally, we got to eat it and mmmm.... it was delicious!
We started our math reviewing numbers and identifying the number of dots on the quick look cards. Then we worked on building a number board. We each started with a blank number board. For each number on the left, we had to color that many squares in the row. We had to use only one color for each square and a new color for each row. As we were building our number board, we noticed that it looked like steps. Each number had one more box colored in. When we were done, we could use our board to figure out one more or one less than a given number.
In religion, we talked about St. Therese of Lisieux often referred to as God’s Little Flower. We found out that from her earliest days, Therese really wanted to be a religious sister, but she was too young. She never gave up hope. Eventually the Pope gave her permission to enter when she was just 15 years old. She devoted her life to helping people. She is the patron saint of missions and her feast day is October 1st. As we watched a short video about St. Therese of Lisieux, we colored her picture in our saint book.
We ended our day by making a cool fire picture. To make the flames in the back of the picture, we squirted red and yellow paint in the middle of the paper. (We found out that mixing red and yellow paint created orange!) Then we took a piece of plastic wrap and laid it over the top. Next, we patted it all over to mix it together. We had to move the plastic wrap to different spot on the paper to move the paint around. When we were done, our picture looked like a big fire.
In the morning, we completed our calendar binders, attended Mass, enjoyed snack & recess, had Spanish class, and reviewed our letters, letter sounds, and sight words.
After lunch, we completed a beginning sounds worksheet before going to library. Then, we finished our fire pictures. We started by coloring and cutting out a house and a fire truck. Then we glued the house of on top of the picture of fire we created yesterday with paint and we glued the fire truck next to it. We also had to add a few details to our picture including the special meeting spot. The special meeting spot could be a tree, neighbor’s house, or special object in the area.
We ended our day by coloring a picture of Sparky the Fire Dog as a Thank You for the Fire Fighters for all they do and the special treats they gave us. While we were coloring, we watched a short fire safety video with Chip and Dale, the Rescue Rangers.