KG students have been engaged in a really fun literature study on The Gingerbread Man. This classic tale has been retold in countless ways by a variety of authors across the world. Some of the versions we have read so far include:
We compared and contrasted two versions using a Venn Diagram.
Then, the students of KG got a letter from the Gingerbread Man himself! We then engaged in shared writing to draft our response.
During choice time, many students chose to extend their learning. Some students built elaborate houses for the Gingerbread Man in the block area. Others wrote their own letters and cards to the Gingerbread Man. It is so fun to see where their imaginations take them!
After reading The Colors of Us, by Karen Katz, KG students created their own skin color paint by mixing black, white, yellow, and red paints. We discussed how every person is a different shade of brown, and that our skin color is something unique and special. Students then used their skin color paint to create beautiful self-portraits!
During Writer's Workshop, we have begun to explore new forms of writing. Up until now, we have really been focusing on personal narratives. This week, students worked on writing lists! They wrote grocery lists on Tuesday, and then a list of their choice on Thursday.
KG students observed the tree (bush??) outside our classroom. They drew the tree in their science notebooks and wrote down their observations and questions. We discussed the changes to our tree since September, and made predictions about the changes to come, based upon our learning about seasonal changes to plants.
Before Thanksgiving, each KG student chose one piece of writing that they were really proud of. They "fixed it up" by adding to their words and/or picture. Students practiced reading their writing, and then read it in front of the class. Check out the photographs of our Author's Share on the classroom Shutterfly site - https://bakerkg2014.shutterfly.com