The kids really enjoyed the unit on Penguins. It was a quick week to learn as many facts about these funny creatures that we could. We did a KWL to organize our information. The K stands for what we KNOW, the W is for WHAT we want to learn, and the L is for what we LEARNED. We learned that penguins are birds but they can’t fly, there are 17 different kinds of penguins, some even live where it is warm, they are great swimmers, and we learned the words tobogganing, fledging, rookery. Ask your child the meaning of these words. We also learned that Emperor penguin dad’s are the best because they protect the eggs and go for 2 months without eating! They wrote stories about being a penguin and came up with some great ideas. I will share these writing samples at conferences. Our centers were penguin themed also. We did antonym match (opposites) penguin contractions, penguin number line race to the igloo, penguin fact families, and penguin subtraction facts using penguin counters. We also did a listening center on the Emperor penguin and sequenced events of how a baby penguin is born and raised by the mom and dad. Their favorite project was making the snow globes showing the penguin families. They love to show off their projects!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
We spent the week learning about Kansas and the symbols of Kansas. They created a book about each symbol and will share it with you this weekend. They loved the cheer: Kansas Sunflowers, Kansas Wheat, Kansas Jayhawks are hard to beat! Kansas’ birthday of becoming the 34th state is celebrated on January 29! Happy Birthday Kansas!
Friday, January 15, 2010
We paid a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. today. The kids were quite amazed to learn how people were treated by the color of their skin years ago. They really enjoyed the stories of how Martin could not play with another friend that was white when he was in first grade, about Rosa Parks and her simple word “no” that helped stop segregation on the buses,and about little Ruby Bridges and how she was the first black student to be integrated into a white school and how she handled the hostile situation. We talked about how to treat others and how MLK’s dream is a live today!
Our centers this week worked with winter and snow friends. They played a number line game “Race to the Snowman”, rolled 3 dice to add up on the three balls of the snowman, did a sentence scramble to complete sentences correctly about the story The Mitten, sequenced story events after listening to the story The Mitten, and worked on contractions and compound words. We are also working hard on recognizing numbers to 100 and putting number cards in order from least to greatest.
Here is a cute art job they did to go with our story Snow Friends: