Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Apples

We've been doing a lot of learning around the topic of apples!  Below are some pictures from our learning!

Our math opener, "Where is the math?" is when we look at something and find math within that picture.  The kids LOVE this opener and it's something you can do around your home or anywhere else.  When you see something like a basket of fruit at the grocery store or when reading a picture book, ask, "Where is the math?"  Here is us noticing math with baskets of apples.

Then we added one seed at a time to equal the number of seeds on the apple.




We've been reading books about apples with our learning goals of working on our beginning reading strategies.  Check out this kiddo using his pointer finger to point to each word as he reads for one-to-one correspondence.

Check out this reader!  He's using the pictures to help him read AND using his pointer finger!



We observed our own apples, using our 5 senses, measured our apples and weighed them using balance scales.











We learned a little about Johnny Appleseed and charted our favorite apple foods.  We also made noticings and wonderings about our completed graph about favorite apple foods.



We cut the apples in half to see the star seeds and then painted with the apples...not paint brushes!  Check out our apple trees made with apple prints!









Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Morning Class Specific Interests

It is so important to me to let our class guide our learning.  If they are interested in something...we will explore, discover and learn together.  Therefore, my morning class day-to-day might look differet than my afternoon class, depending on their needs and interests.

A few weeks ago we were reading this counting book in my morning class.  The animal, the "gnu" was in the book.  Before I could even get out the word--the kids were going crazy with curiousity (our word for KINDERGARTEN in Dublin--yay!).  They were naturally asking so many questions.  We charted what we think we know about gnus and what we wonder about gnus.  Then we did some new learning about gnus, and we learned about what a habitat is....to help support the gnus' habitat.

As a class, we collaborated on building their habitat.  Different students had different parts that they chose to make.  One boy said, "Let's put all the parts together to make it a habitat."

Here we are creating and collaborating:








Monday, October 17, 2016

Fire Safety Week

Last week was Fire Safety Week.  We learned and celebrated in kindergarten by reading books, discussing how to be safe at home and school and doing activities to support our learning.

The local Fire Department came to visit us in the afternoon.  Afternoon kindergarteners and ELI students got to ask questions to firefighters and see their truck up close.  The firefighters had lots to share and wanted to see EVERYTHING on the truck.  One boy said to a firefighter, "What else do you have to show us [on your truck]?"

When we came back to our classroom, we turned&talked (one of our class routines) to share with a partner about what they learned.  Then we shared our and did some interactive writing about our experience.






Afternoon Class Specific Interests

It is so important to me to let our class guide our learning.  If they are interested in something...we will explore, discover and learn together.  Therefore, my morning class day-to-day might look different than my afternoon class, depending on their needs and interests.

In the afternoon class, we started discussing the seasons changing and started a Fall collection.  One day at recess, a group of boys found pine cones and wanted to add it to our collection.  One curious boy said, "Why are pine cones sticky?"...and all the other afternoon kiddos were all in agreement about these pine cones.  So their curiosity led our learning.

We charted what we think about know about pine cones and their stickiness and listed wonderings we have.  We then did some new learning about pine cones...realizing that we have to have flexible thinking (one of our 6 Thinking Habits) for what we thought we knew and how our thinking changes based off of new learning.

Kindergarteners could choose to use watercolors to paint their found pine cone, or they could use their found pine cone as a stamp for painting.



Since my afternoon kindergarteners do not get to participate in monthly Town Hall meetings (since they are in the morning), I want them to still feel connected to our school as a whole.  We learned our school song and the motions (that older students created).  My kids LOVED the song and motions.  Here it is if you want to listen to it with your child https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIuy1a9IdHk

We collaborated on poster making of our school motto:  WE ARE ONE!  I honestly feel like this class truly feels like we are ONE as a class family and as a school :)