Fire Safety was the theme for the week in the Kindergarten classroom. We started the week by learning what to do if the fire alarm goes off at school. We had a couple of fire drills already. We are getting good at quietly lining up and walking out the door and down the sidewalk. We also talked about the importance of having an escape plan at home. We made another class book, Fire Safety Tips. We each had to write and illustrate one fire safety tip like don’t play with matches or stay low and go. We 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.
We started reading the bible story about Naomi. Today we heard about her journey back to Bethlehem.
In reading, we were introduced to a new letter sound and letter, Pp. After singing our p song, we created a list of words that began with the /p/. We also completed a capital or lowercase p sorting sheet. During small groups, 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 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 have already practiced a couple of fire drills this year. Each time we used our primary route. Today we found a secondary route. We practiced going out the front door of the school and walking to our new meeting place, the basketball hoops. 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.
In religion, we talked about the loving others as God loves you. We listened to the story of the poor women who showed her love for God. We also talked about different ways we can show love for God by loving others.
In math, we played a new game Top-It. We used the same dot cards we used yesterday. We started by dividing the cards equally between the players. Then we each took a turn flipping over a card. When we flipped our card, we had to identify the number of dots. Then the person with the bigger card got to take both cards. If we had equal amounts of dots, we both got to take a card. When our pile of cards was gone, we had to count how many cards we “won”. The person with the most cards was the winner.
In reading, we reviewed our letters and letter sounds, song our p song, and added words that began with the /p/ to our list. 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. We also completed our letter p worksheet where we practiced capital and lowercase p’s and identifying words that began with the /p/.
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.
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.
Before lunch, we had a group assembly in our classroom. We gathered to kick-off the Olweus program. On Wednesdays throughout the year, we take time out of our day to talk about Bullying Prevention with the Olweus program. As part of the program, we use the color orange as a sign of a Bully Free Zone. Everyone is encouraged to wear orange on Wednesdays as a reminder to be kind and considerate to everyone. Today we talked about bullying, listened to a story, and watched a short video.
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.
We continued our bible story about Naomi and Ruth. Today we heard about how Ruth collected grain in the field for them and about how Boaz told the workers to leave extra grain for them.
In reading, we worked on identifying real and fantasy stories, identifying the characters, and identifying details from the beginning, middle and end of the story. We read the stories Fighting Fires and Flat Stanley and the Fire House. Then we worked on cutting out the pieces of our flip books. In small groups, we put our -ap flip books together. Once Ms. Torborg stapled the pieces on, we worked together to sound out the words. We also worked on identifying letters and sounding out words. Some groups played, Roll and Read with ap word family words or sentence or they played a capital/lowercase letter matching game. We ended by practicing writing our names with proper letter formation.
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. We ended math with a dot to dot. We had to connect the numbers to finish the picture of the fire hat. Then we drew our face on it and colored the hat.
We ended our day by making a cool fire picture. To make the fames 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.
Happy Friday! Since there was a funeral at church today, we did not have Mass.
In reading, we got new books in our reading bin, reviewed some of ap and am words, and created a new ap word slider. We also met in small groups. Each group worked on different things. Some people played a letter matching game and worked on identifying the letters. Others played Roll and Read with word in the ap word family. And the last group, worked on building words in the am and ap word families using letter cards.
During theme, 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.
In math, we were introduced to the place value blocks. They are just like the blocks we use for calendar every day. There were pieces or ones blocks and longs or tens blocks. Today we just used the pieces. For our first activity, Ms. Torborg would call out a number and we had to show that many ones pieces. Once we were good with that, Ms. Torborg introduced us to number cards. We started by putting the number cards in order. We had to make sure to start our numbers on the left side. Our next activity was to identify the number of pieces in a given group with a number card. Ms. Torborg put a group of pieces out and we had to show her the matching number card. Then we identified the number on the quick look card by finding the corresponding number card.
Sunday is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. In honor of the feast day, we watched the video The Day the Sun Dance. We found out that the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima celebrates when Mary appeared to 3 children in a field. She told them to pray the rosary for those people who need help.
We ended our day by coloring a picture of Sparky the Fire Dog as a Thank You for the Fire Fighters we will visiting Monday. While we were coloring, we watched a short fire safety video with Chip and Dale, the Rescue Rangers.