Students listened to two different versions of The Mitten, one retold by Jan Brett and the other by Alvin Tresselt. Using a Venn diagram, we compared and contrasted the two books.
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.
Before vacation, we engaged in a literature study of the classic tale, The Gingerbread Man. We read multiple versions, comparing and constrasting each one. We discussed characters, setting, and plot. The Gingerbread Man even wrote to us, sparking interesting ideas from students about what he could do to stay safe!
Before vacation, we celebrated Valentine's Day in KG with a variety of fun, Valentine's Day themed activities. Students had the option to make jewelry, sort and graph candy hearts, make Valentine's Day cards, build with play doh, or create beautiful heart artwork with oil pastels and watercolors. Students also delivered card to their classmates. We loved having some parents come in to help out!
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.
Welcome back and Happy 2015! The Baker kindergarten classes gathered together today to celebrate the new year with a LOUD countdown and celebration, complete with party hats and noisemakers! In KG, students also wrote their hopes for 2015. Many students had a goal of something they would like to get better at in school, while others were hoping to learn about something specific. I hope that 2015 brings lots of new learning and strong, sustainable friendships for my students.