Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

I think one of my favorite parts of my job is being able to teach students lessons that go beyond their Kindergarten year. Today is Earth Day and to be truthful, not too many people (adults and kids) knew that! However, my students did because we recognized and celebrated it by creating costumes and props out of recycled materials. Students were encouraged to dress as their very own recycled superhero. We have been reading books about taking care of our environment by not littering, not being wasteful, recycling and much more. Not only did the students have a great time dressing up and seeing everyone's creative outfits, they also really grasped the concept that they can teach other people to help take care of our earth. In writing we are working on persuasive writing and students have been writing letters to different people about different problems that they see or have. Today students were asked to write about a problem that they cared about in our environment and how they could help to change it. This was their best writing yet! Students wrote about not littering, saving electricity, riding bikes or walking instead of driving cars to school, not polluting the waters and taking care of sea life, and not being wasteful. If someone asked them why they were dressed like they were today, I explained that it was their job to tell that person that they were a recycled superhero and they wanted to tell others to take care of the earth! I am so proud of them and hope that they will continue to care about the earth and many other causes!

Science Buddies!

We were so excited to visit our fifth grade science buddies today and learn all about the life cycle of a chicken. The fifth graders took our kindergartners through six different stations that all enhanced their understanding of the life cycle of a chicken. The students saw real unfertilized eggs in the hen house and they saw real fertilized eggs in the incubator. They saw a baby chick moving inside the egg (through candling). Our kindergartners were able to learn about baby chicks and also be able to touch and hold them. They learned about the different parts of the egg. They also saw and learned about the hens and roosters. The fifth graders did an AMAZING job at keeping our students' attention and teaching them about each stage of life. We are so appreciative of Mrs. Szerba and her students for taking the time to share and teach us about this incredible life cycle. We are eagerly awaiting until the newest baby chicks arrive! Our little scientists came back to the classroom and shared their observations with each other. They drew a representation of the life cycle of a chicken. Some students even included labels, just like we are learning about and recognizing in informational text in reading.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Getting Ready for the zoo!

The students have been looking at nonfiction books and learning about different animals. They also took some time to make tigers, alligators, and giraffes!

Zoo-per Fieldtrip!

We had a fantastic fieldtrip to the zoo! We are so thankful for all of our awesome chaperones who joined us for this trip. The kids loved the bus ride, walking around the zoo, eating lunch with friends, and seeing all of the animals! Look at the smiles on their faces!! Zoo Fieldtrip on PhotoPeach Zoo Fieldtrip on PhotoPeach

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Day and Night

Students have been learning about the differences between day and night. They drew illustrations of things they can see during the day and things they can see at night. They also wrote about and illustrated activities that they do during the day (go to school, ear breakfast) and activities they do at night (wear pajamas, go to soccer practice). They also talked about things they do during the day and night ( brush teeth, eat).

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Dental Health

We were so fortunate to have a parent from the class next door volunteer to teach each Kindergarten class about dental health. Ms. Amanda talked to the kids about healthy snacks and unhealthy snacks. She showed them some of the damage that sugary foods can do to your teeth by soaking an egg in fruit punch. The kids loved the visuals and the interactive tooth board she had. She even gave each student a goody bag with a new toothbrush and toothpaste. Ask your child what he/she learned about taking care of their teeth. Thanks again Ms. Amanda!!