On Monday, we attended Convocation. Convocation is Baker School's kickoff assembly. Mr. Howe encouraged students to be kind in both "easy" and "hard" ways. Being kind in a hard way is when it makes you a little uncomfortable, like approaching a classmate who you don't know at all. Dr. Brown encouraged us all to be bucket fillers this year.
After Convocation, KGP students discussed and illustrated Baker School's unofficial motto - Work hard, be kind, help others.
On Tuesday, we learned about the letters F and T and the corresponding sounds they make. We sorted pictures by beginning sound.
On Thursday, KGP students listened to a book about their five senses. We learned that scientists use their five senses to learn about the world around them. Each student picked an object to observe and draw in his/her science notebook.
It's been awhile since I've updated the blog, so this post will share some highlights from the past two weeks.
We have been busy creating and finishing repeating patterns! Students learned that patterns can be created in many different ways, using colors, numbers, letters, shapes, and many other materials.
Multiple conversations have been occurring on the playground about the chunks of ice students are finding. "Why are some big and some are small? I wonder how long it took for this ice to be made? Can I bring it inside?" These kinds of questions are the perfect way to engage students in science talk and investigations. We decided to make ice ourselves and answer some of our questions. Students made predictions in their science notebooks about what would happen to two different containers of water if we left them outside. What was supposed to be one investigation has transformed into a week long study of water and ice!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In honor of the upcoming holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., KG students have been learning about Dr. King's life and his ideas about fairness, justice, and making the world a better place. On Thursday, grades K-2 gathered in the auditorium for a sing along to honor Dr. King.
During Writer's Workshop, KG students have been working on writing friendly letters.
One of the core books for Brookline kindergarten classes is The Mitten, by Jan Brett. The Mitten is a Ukrainian folktale about a lost mitten that becomes the home to many woodland animals. We have just begun this unit by reading and retelling Jan Brett's version. Next week, students will hear other versions of this folktale and begin to make text-to-text connections.
We measured, mixed and stirred today to make cornbread. Students learned that corn was an important food at the first Thanksgiving feast. The Wamponoag Indians taught the Pilgrims how to plant and harvest corn. KG students enjoyed following a recipe and working together to bake. They also especially enjoyed tasting the cornbread!
Want to try it at home? We used this recipe:
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
¼ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
1. Heat oven to 425 .
2. Grease pan.
3. Combine dry ingredients.
4. Stir in milk, oil and egg. Mix until all is moist.
5. Bake 20-25 minutes.
KG students were busy creating emergent texts, titled "Do You See Fall?' They had to add the illustrations to each page, practice reading the text while pointing to each word, and locate specific sight words in the text. At the end, students learned how to buddy read with a peer. Each student took a turn reading their book, while the other student practiced being a good listener.
In addition to Grab Bag Counting, we have been busy with many other math centers!
We had such a fun day celebrating Halloween in KG!! We participated in Baker's costume parade, and were especially excited to see our reading buddies! In the afternoon, we made jewelry, Halloween cards and bookmarks, played Bingo and a math game, created pumpkin sun catchers, painted/wrote with shaving cream, and made popcorn hands. I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween! Please visit our class Shutterfly site for more Halloween pictures.