Room 107 had a BLAST on the 100th day of school! Thank you so much to all our volunteers for making it possible!
This week we have been discussing Groundhog Day! Today we made predictions during math about whether or not the groundhog would see its shadow and created a class graph. More friends think the groundhog WILL NOT see its shadow (yay for early spring!). We will see tomorrow if our predictions come true!
Lots of choice time pictures!
Today we spoke extensively about the life and message of MLK Jr. We watched a BrainPop Jr. video about his life and stopped to discuss some big words like segregation. After watching the video we discussed how we could be brave in our own lives as Kindergarteners just like Dr. King. The video did discuss that he was shot and killed, and we discussed this as well. We also spoke about how, while Dr. King lived in the past, there are still people today who do not believe all people should be given equal rights and treated fairly. The students agreed that they believed in Dr. King's message and wanted to continue uphold his memory by peacefully fighting for all people.
We will continue these conversations as the year continues.
Please see the links below for some great resources around teaching about MLK Jr. and diversity.
Picture Books About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for Young Children from Scholastic
14 Children’s Books about Martin Luther King Jr.
We Need Diverse Books
Happy New Year room 107 families! I am so energized to be back at school and so are your children! They came in this morning happy and excited to be here! I apologize for not posting more in December! My method of photo taking and transferring photos stopped working for a bit so I was unable to upload photos. I have the issue resolved now! I am going to post a whole bunch of photos below from all sorts of events from December! Enjoy! My goal is to get back to a regular posting schedule of about 2x per week in this new year!
Yesterday we started the day with a new greeting during our morning meeting. We used a magnifying glass, held it up in front of our eye and said, "I'm so happy to SEE you this morning (name of friend)". The students loved it! It was a fun way to build community! I snapped a few pictures during the greeting :)
Yesterday we also had a cultural enrichment! A dance troupe called Urbanity Dance visited us. We had a great time learning about difference dance forms and then getting a chance to dance ourselves!
Two weeks ago we had a wonderful visit from Jeannie the Service Dog and her handler Fran. Room 107 students loved giving Jeannie treats and petting her. Most students were very excited to meet Jeannie and hopefully she will come back and visit us again soon! The next day we wrote about our experience meeting Jeannie during Writer's Workshop.
This month in math one topic we have been working on is sorting. We read the story The Lost Button from Frog and Toad and figured out which button belonged to Toad based on the attributes mentioned in the book. We have been playing a game called "What's my rule?" where one partners chooses a sorting rule and shows the rule by sorting a group of buttons and the other partner needs to guess the rule. We also learned about attribute blocks which can be sorted in many ways. Ask your child about one way they have sorted attribute blocks!
On Friday afternoon we met our 5th grade book buddies for the first time! The students in Ms. Wales class joined us in our classroom for a fun getting to know you activity. The students LOVED it. We meet with our 5th grade book buddies about once a month for fun reading or craft activities. Sometimes 5th graders will help us with STEAM projects. It is wonderful to see the relationships grow between the kindergarteners and 5th graders!
Room 107 had a BLAST today during our Pumpkin Passport Party!
This afternoon the students enjoyed working through many pumpkin themed centers during our Pumpkin Passport Party. Your child brought home their passport, which listed all the Pumpkin “places” your child visited in class. The learning goals for each center are listed below. Thank you SO MUCH to our in-class and at-home volunteers who helped to make this passport party a success!
Pumpkin Weaving: While weaving strips of paper, students needed to use fine motor planning.
Pumpkin Patch: At this center, students identified and sequenced the life cycle of a pumpkin.
Pumpkin Prints: Students used their artistic talents and painted a pumpkin patch using real life pumpkins, orange and white paint on a black background.
Pumpkin Musical Chairs: A twist on the classic game of musical chairs. We got to move and work on initial letter sounds. Each chair had a lower case letter that students had to match with a real object.
Pumpkin Playdough: While poking, rolling, and squishing play dough, students develop the small muscles in their fingers and hands. They also gain strength and improve dexterity in their hands and fingers, critical areas of development for writing and drawing!
Pumpkin Decorating: Students got to exercise their creative muscles while decorating a foam pumpkin with googly eyes and sequins.
The most important thing was...we had fun!
After our wonderful field trip, we kept the pumpkins in the room for a few days. During this time we did a whole lot of pumpkin math! We had a great time measuring how tall our pumpkins were with cubes, how long around they were with links, comparing how heavy they were using a balance scale and if they would float or sink.
The class really enjoyed doing a Minecraft Cosmic Kids Yoga video for indoor recess! Everyone was engaged with the yoga practice! You can find Cosmic Kids Yoga videos on youtube.
The week we began our conversation about labels when writing. We first labeled a picture of our classroom stuffy Beekle and then we labeled Ms. Barnett! Students each picked a part of her to label and wrote the beginning sound or word on a post it. We covered her with post its to show how to label. On Friday we drew and labeled in our writing notebooks.