As we wrapped up our structures unit, we turned our focus from towers to enclosures. Students had the opportunity to observe photographs of a variety of enclosures. They then used classroom building materials to create their own enclosures. They demonstrated a great deal of creativity and inventiveness!
After three snow days, we were finally able to celebrate the 100th day of kindergarten! All of the classes joined together for a memorable activity period. We made 100 fruit loop necklaces, DERDNUH (hundred - spelled backwards!) snack mix, built structures with 100 cups, collected 100 signatures, and played hopscotch and other gross motor games. We were so grateful to have so many parent volunteers join us!
Students were challenged to build the tallest structure they could, using one type of building material. We measured the structures using measuring tapes and recorded the structures in science notebooks. Students quickly learned that some building materials were not great for building tall. Students discussed what would make their structures more stable.
We learned all about the Chinese New Year! Students learned about the Chinese zodiac, and the legend behind the animals included in it. We created paper lanterns, dragons and Chinese fans to carry in our Chinese New Year parade. We were also lucky enough to enjoy an AMAZING lion dance by our very own Mantong, and a friend in KCP!
We spent time learning about the life of Dr. King and all the important work he did to promote equality in a peaceful way. We read a few biographies about Dr. King, as well as my favorite, Martin's Big Words. The children learned a song called, "Freedom, Freedom." We studied four important vocabulary words within the song: peace, love, freedom and harmony.
Freedom, Freedom (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
Freedom, freedom, let it ring.
Let it ring said Dr. King.
Let us live in harmony.
Peace and love for you and me.
Freedom, Freedom, let it ring.
Let it ring said Dr. King.
We began our science unit on structures by spending time engaged in open exploration with a variety of building materials. Check out some of the structures created!
We engaged in a class science talk about structures students have built in the past. The children also talked about what types of building materials they had prior experiences with. We also came up with a class list of "Block Rules."
Our open explorations continued...
The Baker kindergarten classes joined together to ring in 2017! KG students decorated party hats and wrote about their hopes for the new year. We focused on things we wanted to get better at, or learn about in school. In the afternoon, all four classes went outside, and participated in a countdown to welcome 2017.