Saturday, December 19, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

We spent our last week before break doing Christmas activities!
We read the book Santa's Hat. Santa can't find his hat, and tries on a lot of different kinds of hats. The kids had to think creatively and create a hat for Santa to wear!

We had a day where we switched with first and second grade for some different activities in each room. We got to make reindeer in first grade, candy canes in second grade and Christmas trees with me! Hopefully you saw all those come home. We also made elf ornaments that were super cute!

I hope you have a wonderful break and a very merry Christmas! Thank you for all the gifts this week - you know how to make a teacher feel appreciated!

School resumes Tuesday, January 5th.

:) Miss McPheron

Friday, December 11, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

We spent this week working with two-dimensional shapes. We focused on making shapes and designs with smaller shapes. We used tangrams and had to use only the designated shapes to create a design. This was hard and the kids focused so hard to meet each challenge!

We used shapes to model objects from our world. Here is a building.
 Here is a rocket.

We used toothpicks and marshmallows to represent sides and vertices to create shapes. We made triangles, squares, rectangles, and hexagons.
Next week in math we will review different skills. Students will do an assessment with me one-on-one for two dimensional shapes early next week.

In Science, we learned about wild reindeer. We learned they have furry noses to help them dig in the snow for lichen. Our study wrapped up by writing a Reindeer Report. I asked the kids to try to write two pages, with one sentence on each page. I had students asking for third and fourth pages! They were so proud of themselves (and so am I!) I will send home the reports and our reindeer crafts at the end of next week.

We did an experiment to show how reindeer's hooves help them walk on the snow. We pressed our hands into sand flat, and then with just one finger. No one could push the sand down with their hand open, but everyone shoved their finger right in.

We started talking about Christmas traditions today. Next week, we will learn about Christmas in Mexico, Germany, and Italy.

Friday, we will be watching a movie in the afternoon. I will provide a snack, but we are not having a party, and any treats you send in will be sent home with the students in their backpacks.

Please return all library books on Tuesday. We will check out new books in January.

Have a wonderful weekend! The weather should be great for December!
:) Miss McPheron

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

This week we started studying geometry. In kindergarten, students need to be able to name flat (2-dimensional) shapes and describe them using vocabulary like sides and vertices. We have learned about circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, and hexagons. We have used smaller shapes to make bigger shapes - this takes a lot of thinking to manipulate the shapes to form a new shape!

We will be making shapes from components (sides and vertices) next week and continue to make shapes from smaller shapes.

In Social Studies, we have been learning about wants and needs. We learned that we have 4 basic needs: food, water, clothing, and shelter. We also talked about how families have to make choices to meet needs and wants. We wrote letters to Santa about a want. We read nonfiction books to learn about wants and needs.
I was so impressed by the kids using the resources in our room to help them remember the 4 basic needs - they would refer to these posters throughout the week.
 We did several sorts to solidify our knowledge of wants and needs.

Next week we are going to learn about wild reindeer and how they survive. We will be writing a report - but just one sentence at a time! I've been impressed this week with how far we have come with writing. Their sentences are becoming more complex and have more words. Keep up the good work!

If you have any questions, let me know!
:) Miss McPheron