As our kindergarten year comes to it’s end as all good things do, we are taking a little time to reflect on our year, what we learned, friends we made and those who helped us. We took some time this afternoon to make special thank you note to an adult at school who helped us this year like a specials teacher, classroom aides, custodians, and principals. The kids had fun making beautiful notes and then delivering them to the adult of choice!
Here is a video summing up our service learning project. Thank you to everyone for all their help and support to make this project possible! And thank you to the kindergarten students who gave up some recess time to help me record the video and audio clips!
We continued exploring pushes and pulls with a variety of stations. The kids got a lot of hands on experience in how forces work. We applied all we learned about pushed and pulls to design a way to move a pile of rocks up a ramp to clear space for a new swing set. The kids used boxes, tape, string and paper to move wooden blocks (our pretend rocks).
We are having so much fun exploring force and motion with Mrs. Fitch. So far we have learned about how pushes and pulls can move objects, gravity, and friction. We spent lots of time exploring, predicting, and discussing our discoveries with friends and as a class.
We had a great time visiting HyVee this morning to learn about nutrition! We learned about food groups, types of food that are healthy, types of food that are treats and we also got to see some special rooms like the freezer rooms. HyVee also gave us some foods to take back to school to enjoy!
Today we enjoyed a performance from the Mother Singers!
Reading: For the rest of the school year we will continue to practice and refine our work with letter sounds, strategies for figuring out unknown words, and reading comprehension.
Writing: We continued our work on opinion writing sharing our likes and favorites, telling 3 reasons why and ending our writing. We also focused on writing all the sounds we hear, using word spaces, using capitals, and using punctuation.
Math: We continued mastering addition and subtraction this week as well as composing and decomposing numbers. We practiced counting and other basic math skills. We will spend the next few weeks making sure everyone has mastered the most important kindergarten skills to be prepared for 1st grade.
Science and Social Studies: We focused on weather and living and nonliving concepts by learning about spring!
This is the last learning lately post of the year as the next few weeks will be focused on reviewing and mastering kindergarten skills I have already written to you about.
It seems like spring has finally sprung so today we took the opportunity to take a walk and observe spring in nature!
After discussing what we notice about spring we made our own spring display with labels!
We really enjoyed our trip to the planetarium today! Before we left we listened to the solar system song to get thinking about space!
We made a list of things we already knew about space.
The planetarium is so dim and dark that I did not take any pictures of the trip itself but the kids really enjoyed learning about constellations, stars, and planets! After we returned to school we made our own drawing of space and hung them on the ceiling!
Our 3rd grade buddies are taking the MAP test next week. We made encouraging posters for them to hang around their classrooms and fun coloring books for them to color when they take a break after testing. Good luck 3rd grade!