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September 30 - October 4

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.

Monday:

After reviewing what has happened in our bible stories about Moses, we continued on with our next story. Today we heard about how Moses freed the slaves from Egypt and how he parted the Red Sea.

In reading, we were introduced to our newest letter sound and letter, Ss. We listened to our s song, identified words that began with the /s/, and discriminated between word that did and didn’t start with the /s/. We also completed an S 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.

After reading, 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.

Tuesday:

We continued reading the story of Moses. Today we heard about how God gave him 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 /s/. 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. 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.

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.

We combined the 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.

In math we worked on describing shapes. First, we worked as a class to describe a shape Ms. Torborg had on her card. We identified what it looked like, the number of sides, the number of corners, etc. After working together for a while, we partnered up. We each got a shape card. Our job was to describe our shape to our partner. We ended our math time by playing out Find It! game. This time we played with a partner. If first person to get 3 in a row, won the game.

Wednesday:

Today we listened to the Bible Story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho.

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. Next, we played an alphabet matching game on the Smartboard. Then we reviewed our sight words and we partner read our emergent reader, Fall Colors. 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 lunch, 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 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 finishing our number books. Today we completed the number 10.

Thursday:

Today we heard the story of Samson and how he lost his strength.

In reading, we listened to the story Fall Mixed Up. As we listened to the story, we tried to identify all the mixed-up things. We also listened for rhyming words. In small groups, we reviewed our letters and letter sounds, worked with the word family -am, and created a -am word family slider to practice our words. We also learned how to slide words down our arm. We start with our left arm straight out. We use our right hand to slide down the arm. We start at the shoulder and end at the wrist. When we say the first sound in a word our right hand is on our left shoulder. As we say the word, we slide our hand down our arm. When we say the last sound, our hand should be on the wrist. (This helps us slow down and start to hear the different sounds in a word.) We practiced with several different words. We found we could use short words like dog or long words like elephant. It didn’t matter each time we started and ended at that same spot.

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. We ended by coloring his picture.

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.

Friday:

Marathon Day!