This week we learned a new song all about the parts of an apple. After singing the song a few times the students created their own motions to go along with the words. Today, we also labeled the parts of a apple to go along with our song and added it to our poetry notebooks. Watch us sing the Parts of an Apple Song!
We had such a wonderful time on our field trip today! When we arrived at the farm we started the trip with a hay ride out to the apple fields. On the hay ride students noticed many trees with leaves changing color and different varieties of apples. When we got to the trees we filled our bags with apples, choosing the best ones. If any of your apples have some damage it is due to the hail storms earlier this year. We noticed many apples that had fallen off the trees and lots of bees looking for sugar! On the hay ride back we got to munch on a freshly picked apple. They were delicious! Next, we chose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. We are keeping the pumpkins in the room to do some pumpkin math over the next few days! Then we had a snack and observed the goats, sheep, chickens, llamas and alpacas at the farm. It was a fantastic day!
Thank you to our chaperones Melissa, Tany and Abbey!
Yesterday, Janet Kaplan, a district wide Occupational Therapist, came for the second time to room 107. As per her letter that went home, we worked on pencil grip and learned about working fingers and resting fingers. Students enjoyed making a bead bracelet using their working fingers to string the beads.
Yesterday we read the book Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews. Today, we used the Activboard to brainstorm how we could use black dots to create our own images. We used our imagination and came up with some great ideas! We then created our own pages for a room 107 Ten Black Dot book.
Today we also started our discussion of Trees in science. Students brainstormed and draw/wrote things they already knew about trees to launch our unit. We created a tree of things we know about trees!
This week we learned all about Whole Body Listening.
We read the book Whole Body Listening Larry at School.
We learned about how we listen with our eyes, ears, mouth, hands, feet, body, brain and heart.
To help us consolidate this new information we made our own Listening Larry pictures to bring home.
Today, during math workshop, Ms. Lepow, a math coach at Claypit Hill, visited our classroom! She brought an incredibly beautiful counting book, Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef and read it aloud to the class using the document camera. While we read, pairs of students went up the board with one "finder" and one "counter" to look for all the baby sea life in the book. Room 107 mathematicians did a fantastic job counting, working in partners, and being a good audience!
This week we created our classroom rules of BE SAFE, BE CLEAN, BE KIND, and DO YOUR BEST! We signed the rules and drew pictures to illustrate the rules. Please continue to reinforce these rules with your child at home! Thank you!
We had a great time working in our math notebooks today! The prompt was to create a design with pattern blocks, then draw the design and count the pattern blocks. Look at all those hard working students!
After a few days of Kindergarten, students in room 107 have decided on four rules for our Morning Meeting time. Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, we gather together in a circle and interact with one another during four purposeful components:
This week we began to think about our Hopes and Dreams for the Kindergarten year. These Hopes and Dreams are displayed in the classroom and we are excited for you to see them on Curriculum night on Thursday! Our Hopes and Dreams are helping us to inform the classroom rules that we have begun to create.
The first day of school was a HUGE success! We had such an amazing time getting to know each other! We began our day with a morning meeting and are starting to create a wonderful sense of community by learning everyone's names. We read Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes and Pete led us on a clue finding tour around the school! We had our first library time with Ms. Burman. We enjoyed our time on the playground at recess! In math today we learned our calendar routines and did our first math problem in our math journals. We had lunch and another recess. Then we had quiet time and read The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. We enjoyed some choice time, had a closing meeting and shared our favorite part of the school day.