KG students were introduced to some new math centers this week. We are continuing to practice using a variety of counting strategies, the newest of which is counting on.
In kindergarten, we use the writers workshop model to engage our students in the writing process. As we launch our workshop, KG students are working on writing "teaching stories," in which they are asked to share information about something they know a lot about, or consider themselves "experts" on. We are working on telling our stories through pictures AND words.
We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. After reading, students were asked to figure out how many pieces of fruit the caterpillar ate before turning into a butterfly. The children recorded their thinking in their math journals, and came to the conclusion that the caterpillar at 16 pieces of fruit!
KG students observed their Honey Pot Hill pumpkins using their five senses. They each created detailed drawings of their pumpkin in their science notebook. We worked on labeling our pictures and writing details that were observed. Students also measured the height and width of their pumpkin, using both standard and non-standard measurement.
We read Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes. In this story, Chrysanthemum is made fun of by her classmates because her name is longer than theirs, and also the name of a flower. We discussed how her classmates are "bucket dippers," as well as how KG students would treat Chrysanthemum if she were in our class. This book was also the jumping off point for discussing our own names. We counted the letters in our names and created a class graph. We also counted the syllables in our names.