Fall is in the air. This week the kindergarteners explored fall and leaves. Did you know the job of the leaf is to make food? Did you know that leaves don’t really change color? They just stop making so much food, so the other colors show through. This week we learned all about how leaves grows, their job, and why they change color. We went on a walk to look for signs of fall and to collect leaves. We used those leaves for a little exploration and experimentation. We also created a new class book about a squirrel that visited us while we ate lunch outside. We also created a dancing leaves picture with our arm and hand as the tree trunk and branches and paint dots as the leaves.
In reading, we were introduced to our newest letter sound and letter, Pp We listened to our p song, identified words that began with the /p/, and discriminated between word that did and didn’t start with the /p/. We also completed an P letter sorting sheet. Next, we listened to the story, Scaredy Squirrel Make a Friend. Together we were able to identify the characters in the story including the main character. We were also introduced to the setting. The setting is where the story takes place. We determined that this story takes place in a forest or a park.
During theme, we learned all about leaves. We found out the job of the leaf is to make food for the tree. In fall, there is less sunlight for the leaves to make food. Plus the tree is getting ready for the long winter and doesn’t need as much food. Since it is not making food, the leaves change color and die. Then the wind blows them off the tree. The tree will make new leaves in the spring when the tree needs to eat again. We ended our time with a coloring sheet. We had to read the color word on each leaf and color it that color. We used the color words on the wall for help. We just had to match the letters.
During calendar, we started something new. The students are getting a chance to be the teacher. Each day one student gets to “teach” the calendar to the rest of the students. They need to complete all of the activities on the SMARTboard as Ms. Torborg completes them in their calendar binder
In math, we worked on patterning. We each started with a bowl full of pattern blocks. Ms. Torborg called out a shape and we had to locate that piece in our bowl. After reviewing the shapes, we created an AB patterns with our shapes. For our first AB pattern, we had to use 3 triangles and 3 trapezoids. We found out that some people started with a triangle and other people started with a trapezoid. We discovered it didn’t matter which shape we started with to create our pattern. For our next pattern, we used 3 triangles, and 2 hexagons. This time everyone started with a triangle. We discovered that we couldn’t create a AB pattern using all of the shapes if we didn’t start with a triangle. For our third AB pattern, we used 4 rhombuses and 3 trapezoids. Again, we discovered that we needed to start with the rhombus in order to create an AB pattern. We determined that when we have unequal groups, we had to start with the group that has more pieces. Next, we worked on repeating patterns. We used 10 triangles to make a pattern. The 1st row had one triangle. The 2nd row had 2 triangles and so on. We ended our math time by playing Find It!
In religion, we were talked about rules. We know that we have rules to keep us safe in school. God also gave us some rules if we want to be with him in heaven, the 10 commandments. Today we listened to the story of how Moses got the 10 commandments.
In reading, we reviewed our letter sounds and letters, watched a couple of short video clips, and created a list of words that began with the /p/. We also listened to the story The Fall Festival by Mercer Mayer. We talked about the different characters in the story including the main character and the setting of the story. We were also introduced to our new sight word is. Then we read our new book, Fall Colors. We had to use the pictures and the beginning letter sounds to help us figure out the hard words.
During small group, we reviewed how to write our letters, identified the beginning sounds in words, and played Roll and Read.
After recess, we went on a nature walk. Our goal today was to look at the different trees and signs of Autumn around us. We each started with a clipboard, paper, and pencil. During our walk, we would stop to look around us. We had to try to find the items on our paper like leaves, twigs, squirrels, etc… Each time we found one, we would cross it out. We also collected leaves along the way for a project. We collect many different leaves. They were different colors, sizes, and shapes. We saw trees with brown, yellow, red, orange, and purple leaves. Many trees still had green leaves.
During theme, we collected some data on our leaves we collected in the morning. There were five different stations we had to complete with our leaf. First, we had to draw and color a picture of it and then determine its size. Next, we measured our leaf using the connecting blocks both the length and the width. After counting the number of blocks we used, we recorded our number. At our third station, we recorded how many pennies it took to completely cover our leaf. First, we covered it. Then we counted the pennies. Finally, we recorded our answer. At our fourth station, we had to predict if our leaf would sink or float and then test it. At our final station, we had to label the different parts of the leaf. We found out that since we all had different leaves, we had different information on our paper.
In religion, we are working on the 10 commandments. We started our lesson by breaking up into groups and putting our 10 commandment cards in order. We talked about how the first 3 commandments are about loving God and the last 7 commandments are about loving others. Then we played steal the number game with the group.
In reading, we listened to the story Leaf Trouble. Throughout the story, we made predictions about what might happen next. Plus, we identified the characters including the main character and the setting of the story. Next we listened to our p song, identified words that began with the /p/, and practiced “air” writing the letter P. Then we completed our letter p worksheet. We practiced writing our capital and lowercase p’s and we had to identify words that began with the /p/. We also made a class book. Ms. Torborg started by telling us a story. It was about a squirrel’s visit. It started out with our class eating lunch outside one day because it was so nice. When we were eating, a squirrel kept coming closer and closer until it finally got close enough to grab something from us. Our job was to figure out what the squirrel stole from us. We each met with Ms. Torborg so we could write our words. Then we illustrated our story. We had to draw a picture to match the words and color the picture of the squirrel on our page.
Before recess, we had bus safety. When we went outside, we saw two Hicks buses. Once bus was parked on a large tarp. There was a big red area around it. We found out that is the danger zone. The bus driver can’t see us if we are in that area. We need to make sure we wait for the bus out of that area and when we get off the bus we walk 5 big steps away. On the second bus, we learned what to do inside a bus, where the emergency exits are, and how to get off the bus safely.
In math, we played a new game, Match It. Match It is similar to memory. Today we played with dot cards. Instead of the cards matching exactly, they had to have the same number of dots on them. We were able to play several different games with our partner.
We combined part of our math lesson with our religion lesson. In religion, we are working on the 10 commandments. We started our lesson by breaking up into groups and putting our 10 commandment cards in order. We talked about how the first 3 commandments are about loving God and the last 7 commandments are about loving others. Then we played a number game. Ms. Torborg called out a number and read the commandment as we had to find the number card. We also played the number game with all of our cards in a pile instead of in order in a line. This was a little bit trickier. Next, we completed our worksheet. We had to fill in the missing numbers on the tablets.
Happy October! There was a lot of excitement in the Kindergarten classroom this morning. Not only did we get new calendar pages in our binder, we got new toys. Ms Torborg changed out all of the toys. We now have tractors, a barn, animals, fire trucks and a fire station along with new blocks.
In reading, we were introduced to rhyming words, listened to a rhyming word video, and tried to identify different words that rhyme. Then we listened to the story Fall Mixed Up. Actually, we listened to it 3 times. The first time Ms. Torborg read the story as the author wrote it. The second time, we tried to identify all the mixed-up things. The third time we listened to the story, we tried to identify the different rhyming words. Next, we worked with the -am word family. We picked different consonants to put in front of the letters am. Then we worked together to sound out the word and determine if it was a real word or nonsense word. Once we each had a turn to pick and letter and create a word, Ms. Torborg read through all of the words. We determined that all of the words rhymed! Finally, we created an am word family flip book. First, we worked on cutting out the pieces of our flip books. Then Ms. Torborg stapled the pieces on. Together we worked together to read each of the words. We put our books in our reading bins, so we can keep reading it during stations.
Throughout the day, we created a fall tree with dancing leaves. We determined that if you lay under a tree as the leaves are falling they look like they are dancing through the air. Ms. Torborg started us off by tracing our arm and hand. This became the tree trunk and branches. We had to cut it out and glue it on a big piece of white paper. Then we cut out and glued the words on the top “Fall leaves are dancing.” Finally, we used our fingertips to create leaves on our paper. We dunked our fingertips in paint and put dots all over our paper. We added green, red, yellow, orange, and brown leaves.
In Religion, we were introduced to a new saint, St. Francis of Assisi. His feast day is tomorrow, Oct. 4th. He loved animals, so he is the patron saint of animals. As we colored his picture in our Saint coloring books, we watched a short video about St. Francis of Assisi.
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.