Today during writing workshop, KG students learned that writers don't quit. They keep trying. Mrs. Galop couldn't finish her story about the playground, because she was stuck on how to draw herself going down the slide. Luckily, the children were able to help her out with some new ideas for drawing. They did a wonderful job labeling their pictures and adding sentences!
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 have been very busy in KG with non-fiction texts! We have read nonfiction books about every animal in the Carnival of the Animals, focusing on learning about the animal's characteristics, habitat and diet. Students are now doing their own non-fiction writing during Writer's Workshop. This writing will be compiled into their very own nonfiction book!
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.
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.
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