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September 7-11

Apples, Apples, and More Apples! This week the kindergarteners learned about apples.  We started by learning a few facts about apples.  Did you know that there are more than 7,500 different kinds of apples?  We found out that apples start as seeds, grow on trees, and are flowers before they are apples. We read several non-fiction books about apples to gather more facts about apples. This week we each brought an apple to school from home.  Everyone’s apple was a little different.  We counted, measured, and weighed our apples.  We checked to see if they would sink or float. (They floated!) Finally we made a class book about the apples our apples. After drawing a picture of it, we had to right the color words that matched our picture.

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Today we were introduced to our activity bags. Our activity bags are our homework for the week. They usually contain a game and worksheet that correspond to something we are working on it class. We need to bring our bags back to school by the following Monday, so we can take a new activity home on Tuesday. We started our morning getting ready for our standardized test that starts next week. First we watched a video together about the test. Then we did several different practice tests on the SMARTboard together. Ms. Torborg walked us through how to answer each of the different types of questions and what to do when you get stuck. Next, we were off to the computer room to try for our self. We each got a chance to take part of a practice test reading and math test. Then we spent a little time playing Teach your Monster to Read. In reading, we were introduced to a new sight word, the. After using our word in a sentence, we spent some time quietly reading. It was a great opportunity to look for our new word in our books. We were also introduced to our first letter and letter sound, Mm. After watching our letter Mm video, we created a list of words that began with the /m/. Then we completed our letter Mm sorting worksheet. After cutting out all of the letter m’s at the bottom, we had to sort them into capital M’s and Lowercase m’s and glue them in the right category. This week we are learning about apples. Today we read a book about different kinds of apples. Did you know that apples can be red, green, yellow, and any combination of those colors? Did you know that each apple has a special name? We also listened to/watched a couple of songs about apples. I Love Apples (Kid’s Song) was cool because it taught us different facts about apples. The Apple Song was fun to hear and watch because it taught about all of the different kinds of apples in the world. Have you ever tried to balance an apple on your head? It's not easy. And if the apple falls, it could be bruised. Today we read the story Ten Apples Up On Top. Throughout the story the characters are balancing apples on their heads. They start with one and work their way up to ten. In the end, everyone has ten apples on their head. Our project today was to create a picture of us balancing ten apples on our head. We started by drawing a picture of our face/head. We tried to get the colors just right. Then we had to glue ten (paper) apples on our head. Next, Ms. Torborg wrote the words. Now they are hanging in the hall. At the end of the day, we each practiced trying to balance and then walk with an apple on our head. Just like they did in the story, 10 Apples Up On Top. It was a fake apple, but it looked and felt real. We decided that it was harder than it looked. Some of us were even able to balance it for a little while with no hands. In Religion, we listened to a bible story, the story of Creation. We listened to how God created everything around us from the land and water to the animals. Then we practiced acting like different animals. Ms. Torborg would call out an animal and we had to move and sound just like that animal. Wednesday: Wow, what creative "Treasure Boxes"! It was wonderful to see all of the unique designs. (Don't worry if you have not made one yet, you still have time.) Thanks to all the parents who sent pictures. Each child took a turn standing in front of the class sharing how they created their box and who helped them. Now we have a spot to keep all of our precious papers and projects. We started our morning in the computer room again. Today we took a NWEA screening reading assessment. It was like practicing to take our standardized reading test. This time we took our assessment on iPads instead of the computers. The hand eye coordination and mouse control is still pretty tricky for some of us. In reading, we were introduced to a new reading strategy, Identify the Front and Back of books. When we read a book, we want to make sure to start at the beginning of the story. That means we need to identify the difference between the front and the back of a book. Together we were able to identify things we would find on the front of a book such as the title, author, illustrator, etc. We also reviewed our sight words, I & the. Then we received our first emergent reader book for our reading bin. This is a book we can read all on our own. Before we started reading it, we each received our own reading finger. (This is a monster finger with a long nail.) We use our reading fingers to point to the words as we read them. The first time we read the story together. Then we took sometime to read it by ourselves. Finally, we reviewed the letter M and its sound. First we watch a short video clip. Then we worked on identifying words that began with the /m/. Finally we completed a worksheet. We had to color all of the items that started with the /m/. We went through it together putting an X across the items that didn’t start with the /m/. Then we took some time to color it. Our math lesson today involved hunting for numbers. Since we can’t go looking all over the school, we had to hunt through our classroom. We had to make sure to find numbers not letters. After looking around for a bit, we created a list of the different things/places we found numbers. We also played a new game, Gotcha. We had to try to catch Ms. Torborg making a mistake. She tried to trick us as she counted, identified the number of objects in a group, and counted a group of objects. We were able to catch her every time! In religion, we listened to the Story of Creation again today. This time the story came from a different bible. Even though it was a different book, it was the same story. When we were done, we colored a picture to remind us what God created each of the 7 days.

Thursday: After calendar this morning, we headed to the computer room again. Today we took a NWEA screening Early Numeracy math assessment. We had to do things like match, count and identify numbers, identify more and less, and answer questions moving objects. In reading, we listened to two stories. They both had the same title, Apples. We figured out that they had different authors, so they were different stories. They both contained information about apples. Then we reviewed our two sight words, I & the, and we read through our emergent reader together, The Farm, using our reading finger. When were were done, we spent some quiet time reading the books in our book bin. When everyone was reading, it got really loud in our classroom. Ms. Torborg introduced us to whisper phones. When we whisper into the phone, only we can hear it. When everyone uses the whisper phones correctly, it is really quiet in the room. We also made another class book. Our book is about the apple we brought to school. Each of our apples were different, so each page is different. The first thing we had to do on our page was to draw a picture of our apple. If our apple was green and red, we had to draw a green and red apple. Then at the top of our paper we had to write the color words for our apple. In math, we went outside and played a new game, Count & Sit. We started by getting in a circle. The object of the game is to be the last one standing. The first person calls out the number 1. The next person calls out 2 and so on around the circle until you hit the number 10. The person who calls out 10 has to sit down. The next person standing starts again with 1. You continue on until only 1 person is left standing. We also used our apples for a little discovery project. First we used cubes to measure how tall and long our apples were. We recorded our answers on our paper. Then we used a pan balance and cubes to measure how heavy it is. Next we created an AB pattern on the bottom of our paper. Finally we checked to see if our apples would sink or float.

Friday: Our morning started out with a ride on the blue bus to Mass at the church. Then we had snack and recess before going to our first Spanish class with Mrs. Kramer. When we were at recess, Ms. Torborg had to leave for an appointment. Mrs. Dingman was our new teacher for the day. She visited our class on Wednesday to meet us and so we could meet her. In reading, we reviewed the letter M and its sound. First we watch a short video clip. Then we worked on identifying words that began with the /m/. Finally we were introduced to how to write an M. We need to make sure our capital M has mountain peaks and our lowercase m has little hills. After air writing our letters, we completed a letter M worksheet. We circled all of the Mm’s from a group of letters, practiced writing capital and lowercase m’s, and identified items that started with the /m/. We also reviewed some of the facts we know about apples before completing a coloring sheet. We had to color the apple on our paper according to the color words. If we didn’t know the words, we had to try to match the words to the color words on the wall. In math, we explored the numbers 0 & 1. We started by singing our number song and practicing air writing our numbers. Then we completed two pages (numbers 0 & 1) in our Numbers Galore book. We had to trace the number, write the number, color the number of boxes, and write the number words for both numbers 0 & 1. We had to make sure we made the number correctly specifically we had to start the numbers at the top. We ended our day with another marathon rally. We prayed for the intentions and completed a little activity. We also found out that we have raised more than $8500. We earned our next prize, a bubble gum day!

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