As part of our study of non fiction this week, we learned about the difference between labels and captions. We started the week by labeling things in our classroom....including Mrs. Manning. Never have I heard kids laugh so hard as when they got to put that "face" sticky note label on my cheek. We are starting to notice labels everywhere!!
This week our focus has been on length. We learned about the difference between standard measurement (rulers, yard sticks)....but we also learned that you can use things like potatoes or unifix cubes to measure (non standard units of measurement). We measured our feet, our supplies, our length as babies compared to now. Did you know that the tallest person in our class now was NOT the longest baby? Who knew!?
Photographs vs. illustrations
Fact talk vs. story talk
Captions, labels, bold words
Characters & settings
Index, Table of Contents, Glossary
Reading to gain new information or just for enjoyment?
All of these are clues that we used to help us determine if our books were fiction or non fiction. I was SUPER impressed with how quickly they have picked this up. I love hearing them read with their partners & use this kind of language to determine if their story is fiction or fact! They worked so hard this week doing book sorts, having discussions, showing evidence in books to prove it ws non fiction...LOVE IT!
We have been hard at work learning about the different combinations that can be used to make 10. Zero and 10, nine and 1, eight and 2....and the list goes on! These kindergarten smarties have blown me away with how quickly they have figured out the "missing number to make 10". We wrapped up our week by making friends of 10s domino snacks! Students used the chocolate chips to show me different combinations for making 10. Naturally, we worked up an appetite doing this so we enjoyed the treat after all that learning!
With our reading and social studies focus on community helpers this week, we thought it was a perfect time to show off our "word doctor" skills. Students worked with a partner to create real and nonsense words from bone pieces. They were even dressed for their work...doctor masks and tweezers to help!
Thanks to all who participated last week in our Red Ribbon activities! Levi & Scout enjoyed "mustache day" as well...
We have spent the last few weeks talking about number combinations and ways to make 5 and 10.
We LOVE this website to practice with: http://illuminations.nctm.org/activity.aspx?id=3565