We have been so busy in Kindergarten! Here is a glimpse into what we have been learning...
Our literacy time has included guided reading centers. This is a time where students are working in small groups on word work, writing, story comprehension, and phonological awareness. They also get the chance to meet with a teacher to work on reading or a certain skill. The students have been doing a great job working independently and cooperatively with their groups.
We incorporated a lot of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) into our learning these past two weeks. The students worked with a partner to build a house of straws, and then a house of sticks. We read the Three Little Pigs, An Architectural Tale, written by Steven Guarnaccia which provided an inspiration for our construction challenge as we assumed the role of architects. Our culminating activity encompassed an experiment which incorporated the elements of STEAM. Each child was given the opportunity to construct a house for his/her little pig. The house needed to be strong enough to withstand the “big bad wolf blow dryer” and not fall down
In Math we have been following our Bridges Number Corner curriculum. The focus this month has included teen numbers, patterning, greater than/less than, pennies and nickels, and addition.
This is a great video to reinforce the concept of greater than and less than:
Last but certainly not least, we had a visit from a leprechaun named Lucky this week! He caused all sorts of mischief in our classroom all week, including leaving gifts for us in Dr. Grable's office. On Thursday the students made traps out of makerspace materials to try and catch him! We were SHOCKED Friday morning when we realized the leprechaun had left footprints on all of our traps AND gold coins! He also made a big mess; leaving paint and green EVERYWHERE. We celebrated St. Patrick's Day with some fun centers. The students made rainbows, played BINGO, played a shamrock shuffle game, and explored with water beads and gold coins in the sensory table. Thank you to Kathy, Alessandra, and Joanna for helping out.