Every January I start off the new year learning about animals and how they adapt to the cold. We learn which animals migrate, hibernate, and those that stay active. Starting 2012 with 60 degree temperatures here in Kansas was a little tough to make them understand the concept of migrating! Our weather has been unbelievable here! We read Animals In Winter and did a cute book called Welcome to the Animal Channel.
Next we moved on to our “Mitten” theme. We had so much fun making our Mitten Journals and reading so many neat stories about Mittens! First we compared/contrasted these 3 versions of The Mitten. Of course their favorite version was from Jan Brett because they love the peek a boo pictures!
After reading our stories we added these details to our Mitten Journals:
We discussed the characters, setting, problem, and resolution of each story and then wrote the beginning, middle, and ending of each of the books we read. Here are a few more mitten stories that we enjoyed this week:
The Mitten Tree was perfect to discuss our Maize Way Character Trait of Generosity.
LOVED this new book: Missing Mittens-it went perfect with our math lesson on odd and even numbers! We played a game where we drew numbers that were on mittens and we sorted them onto a chart of odd and even numbers.
We finished up our mitten theme with a very fun math lesson. Each of the students had one mitten. First they “predicted” how many linker cubes would fit into their mitten. Then they got to stuff their mitten with linker cubes until it was ready to “pop” like in the story The Mitten. Then they dropped out their cubes and grouped them into tens and ones. After everyone had recorded their own findings we traveled around the classroom to count how many tens and ones fit in each of our friend’s mittens. They had a great time with place value!
Of course we always have to be creative and do some “craftivity” and these were the mitten friends and wreaths that we made:
We were “Smitten with Mittens” at our center rotations this week also. We worked on sorting real and nonsense words using digraphs, sorted long and short a pictures and spelled them, played + – bingo, did an ABC sort with the characters from The Mitten and used the words in complete sentence, counted tens and ones and matched up the number, and did a mitten number order line up from least to greatest. Always enjoy our center time. It is so neat to see them interact, problem solve, and enjoy the activities!!
Next up SNOWMEN!!! Will we ever have a SNOWDAY??