Just to give you a little peek into how we are solving math problems these days!
Next up...writing about HOW we solved to explain our thinking.
These kindergarten smarties never cease to amaze me with all of the things that they know! We have been talking about day vs. night, and objects that you see in the sky during these times. We painted suns and wrote facts about them. One of my favorites was, " The sun has been around for 4 or 5 billions years and still has more to go."
Check out some of our schema, wonderings & learnings. It was interesting to see the things that they picked up on!
This week in writing we are focusing on writing captions! We started our writing time matching captions to appropriate pictures, giving captions to various animal pictures and finally...worked on a caption for our own illustration!!
This past week started the kick off for Math Super Stars for kindergarten!! Information went home in Thursday folders along with the copy of the first worksheet! I had many students turn it in on Friday! Woo hoo!! Going forward, you will be responsible for printing the worksheets if your student chooses to participate. Worksheets are due each Thursday in the red folder outside of my classroom. You can find the worksheets at the MSS website here: tinyurl.com/SommerMathSuperStars
PLEASE remind students to turn in the worksheets if they have it Thursday morning. Students can earn fun prizes and a chance to join the end of year ice cream party...all while practicing their math skills!
Let the games begin!!
We had the amazing chance this week to start our Innovation Station Rotations (wow, mouthful!) The kids LOVED it...and so did I! It was really great to see them creating, collaborating and learning in a new environment. Check out some of our pictures from this awesome time!
Together, we have talked about the personality and character traits that we want to have in a friend!! Check out our list below and let us know if there is something else you can think of that you would want a friend to do or say.
Traits of a good friend:
-Use nice words
-Be nice to each other
-Be gentle, don't fight
-Say, "I'm sorry"
-Check on you
- Smile at you
With the beautiful weather we are having today, it is hard to believe it is winter. I guess that's Texas for you!! I don't know about you all, but I really enjoyed this weekend's cold temperatures! Warm chai tea, a fire in fireplace & sweatpants...wahoo!!
I am so impressed with how much schema these little Texans had about winter. Maybe they are dreaming about what winter is like in other states!! haha Either way, it was a great discussion on the properties of winter, what we can do in winter and how plants & animals survive winter!
My favorite week of the year....gingerbread inferencing!! What?! Are you wondering why this is my favorite week of the year? BECAUSE IT IS SO.MUCH.FUN!!! We started the week reading different variations of the gingerbread boy stories! We created our class gingerbread man, and voted on the name "Ginger". Then, the drama started!! We came to school Wednesday to find CAUTION tape all around our room and our gingerbread man was missing!! And so we started using our inferencing skills with the evidence and clues we were given to find our missing friend! We made our initial suspect list (I'm only a little offended I was at the top of the list!) and then narrowed it down based on new clues each day! Several of our own girls were on the suspect list, so it was good to have a handprint as evidence so we could clear their names! Finally, after putting our last clue (a picture puzzle) together, we were able to find our suspect...Mrs. Margocs!! We brainstormed a plan for how to ask for him back...Using nice words & manners were at the top of the list! It probably didn't hurt that we traded her some real gingerbread man cookies! The students were the best little detectives and I am happy to report that "Ginger" is safely back in our room!
It has been a busy week of learning!! In math, we are working hard on learning the basics of combining numbers and I have to say...I am impressed with how quickly these smarties have caught on to addition this year!
In science, we learned all about magnets and objects that they attract and repel. We also talked about motion and the different ways things move! The best part of this was testing racecars on different inclines to see how they moved!! Check out some of their ramps below!