During our Reader’s workshop we learned that we can hear the last sound in a word and that we could connect words that sound the same at the end. We also looked closely at two of our spelling words. We wrote, colored and read the word and and we practiced making and reading the word is. We had time to read in our library privately and with a partner and we worked at several centers where we practiced matching letters to the sounds they make. We also learned a new routine for our workshop: Write the Room. During write-the-room each child takes a recording sheet and a clipboard and walks around the classroom writing the answer to clues given. This week we worked on a rhyme write the room. On Friday we read with our Reading Buddies.
During Writer’s workshop we learned that the best (and easiest) stories to write are the ones from our very own lives. We learned that writers get ideas from family or friends; special times (like holidays or birthdays); things that happen (good or bad); things we see or places that we have been. We used positional words to write about where we would hide a turkey and we shared our writing with our writing partner.
When Mrs. Benoit visited us she taught us about the “group plan”. She explained that the group plan is the plan for the entire class made by the grown-up in the room--usually the teacher. It is expected that everybody will follow the group plan. The children decided that it was important to follow the group plan even if you don’t want to. She also introduced us to another character: Tim Tasktic-Able is a superhero who helps us to follow the group plan. Tim Tasktic-Able helps us to defeat the villain called One-Sided Sid. One-Sided Sid makes it hard for us to follow the group plan because he wants to follow his own plan.
During our Math block we did a lot of work with small numbers. We practiced reading them, counting them, and putting them in order. We made shape turkeys, and played several rounds of count and sit. At centers, we made numbers with playdough, colored ten frames, played a dice race and compared sets to figure out "how many more?".
We continued our study of Native Americans in Maine as we learned two new poems: A Wigwam is My Home and Land Of The Silver Birch. One of those poems we turned into a short book and we’ve been working to illustrate the pages. We also read a story about present day Native American boy named Kunu who was working hard to learn to weave baskets. In the story Kunu became frustrated at his attempts to weave a basket. He learned that when his grandfather first learned to weave he also struggled and had to start over seven times before he could complete his basket. We discussed how sometimes we have to try and try again just like Kunu. After the story and discussion we tried our own weaving and we felt proud at how nicely our woven mats turned out.
During our Writer’s workshop we looked closely at one of our true stories to make sure it had the elements of a personal narrative. Then we made one story the best it could be and shared our writing with the writers in Miss. Mulqueen’s classroom.
During our Reader’s workshop we learned a new spelling word: we. We practiced building the word we and then we read it in an easy reader called In The Fall. We practiced reading the poem Jack Be Nimble with our name and with the name of our Reading Buddy. We sorted rhyming pictures, worked at centers to help identify upper and lowercase letter pairs and practiced matching objects to the letter we hear at the beginning of the word.
During our Math block we practiced making shapes with ropes and learned how to show shapes on a Geo Board. We used positional words to create a small obstacle course, practiced sorting objects by longer and shorter and created a graph using a handful of pattern blocks.
This morning Mrs. Whelan-Roy showed the whole school a video about the York Food Pantry. All next week we’ll be collecting food which we’ll share with the Food Pantry on Friday, November 17. If you would like to donate a food item, please send it to school with your child and we’ll make sure they get to add it to our growing train of food
We have been having a lot of fun in kindergarten learning about Native Americans long ago and today! To end this unit of study we will celebrate with Native American games, crafts and music. The children from our three rooms will work together on these activities. The children will travel to all three classrooms. Each teacher will be asking for one or two volunteers to assist with the activity in her classroom. Our Powwow will be on Tuesday, November 28, from 11:00 to 12:00. Please let me know if you would like to come in to volunteer.