Earth Day!

Earth day is a great day to appreciate our beautiful planet. We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about how old Earth is and how scientists learned about the age of Earth. We studied natural objects like feathers, egg shells, acorns, shells, rocks, and leaves using magnifying glasses and our senses. The kids also recorded their observations on charts. It was so fun to explore these natural treasures! We ended our activities with a story about the earth.

Learning Lately

Reading- Lots of review and practice this week. We are working so hard to apply all the basics of reading to read independently. We also used some of our reading time to learn about Iceland. Each class in the school is learning about a country and we chose Iceland.

Writing-We learned different ways to tell our opinions such as “I like” or “My favorite”. We are working on telling 3 reasons to support our opinions. We are practicing spelling all sight words correctly, using word spaces, using capitalization and punctuation, and tapping to spell unknown words.

Math- We continued our work with addition, subtraction and seeing relationships between numbers. Math games like roll and record as well as making bracelets with different bead combinations were fun ways to practice these skills. We also applied our sorting and counting skills to count our money from the penny drive!

Science/Social studies- Our cool tool this week was about ways to manage stress. We learned about space, storm water and Iceland! What a random, yet interesting combination!

Storm Water

Today we had a special guest, Michele, some teach us about what happens with storm water! She used a model to show us how trash, chemicals, and loose soil get washed into streams and rivers. She also showed us how cleaning up litter and planting trees can help keep the water clean and hold soil in place. The kids made storm water hats and recording facts they learned in their science notebooks.

Kindergarten in Space!

We had a great trip to the planetarium on Tuesday! All the information really captivated the kids’ sense of curiosity and wonder. It is fun to think about all there is to learn about the universe. Who knows, maybe someone from our class will make the next discovery about space!?

I didn’t take pictures during the trip since the planetarium is dark but here are some pictures of the activities we did after we returned to school.

We used pencils to draw and prick out constellations. We hung them on the window to let the light from the sun shine through and light up our designs.

We used oil pastels and all the facts we learned at the planetarium to draw outer space!

Learning Lately

Reading- We are continuing to practice memorization of sight words. We keep reviewing vowel sounds and digraphs. We are working on hearing long and short vowel sounds this week. We are working on putting all the pieces of reading together to help us read independently.

Writing-We began our opinion writing unit. We wrote about our favorite animals and our favorite foods. We are working on telling what we like and reasons why we like it. We also wrote an opinion pieces as a class about why we like Mrs. Rhodes’ class (our buddy class). The kids used their best handwriting to make an invitation for you to the Kindergarten Celebration!

Math- We continued our work with addition, subtraction and seeing relationships between numbers. Math games like roll and record as well as making bracelets with different bead combinations were fun ways to practice these skills. We also applied our sorting and counting skills to count our money from the penny drive!

Science/Social studies- We learned about force and motion concepts this week such as pushes, pulls, fiction, and collisions! We also got to spend time with the chicks that 3rd grade hatched. Our cool tool this week was about the importance of attendance.

Force and Motion with Mrs. Fitch

We are having a super science-y week with Mrs. Fitch! She is teaching us a special unit about force and motion. So far we have learned about pushes, pulls, and friction! We will use all we learn about force and motion to solve a problem on Friday.

Here are the little scientists!