This morning, we went for a walk to our outdoor classroom area. We used four of our five senses to notice changes since our last visit. We felt the cold wind on our cheeks. We brushed cold snow off of soft, green moss. We found small trees and large trees. We listened to the wind in the woods.
On Friday, our fourth grade buddies joined us for a turkey project. Through this activity, kinderbuddies learned a little bit more about their fourth grade buddies. Turkeys were colored and decorated according to specific directions such as a certain color according to the number of siblings, color of their own eyes, and even their own age. Each turkey was individual and unique. It was a fun way to learn about SAME and DIFFERENT.
On Wednesday, we took math outside. Behind our school there are some well marked trails that lead to an outdoor classroom. There are benches made of logs to sit on and many interesting trees and plants to observe.
We gathered leaves and put them in order from smallest to largest.
We also spent some time gathering large branches to better mark the edges of the trails. The class really had a lot of fun with trail maintenance. We look forward to hiking on the trail in another week or two to notice how our trail and outdoor classroom space looks with snow.
Student's enjoying the movie "Chrysanthemum" while munching on popcorn at our classroom movie theatre! During math, we compared the number of letters in Chrysanthemum's name (13) to the number of letters each of our names.
RES students are
learning about nutrition and staying
healthy. Mr. Godfrey has been teaching kindergarten students about GO FOODS this month in Physical Education classes. Our class wrote a group poem about GO FOODS. We illustrated the poem with drawings of GO FOODS. Groups of four or five students read the poem to other adults in the building to include Mrs. Salant, Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Crenshaw, Mrs. Marcotte and Ms. Kent. Today, our scholars presented the poem to Mr. Godfrey.
the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program:
•Grains are Go foods, they help
you run, jump and play all day.
•Fruits and vegetables are Glow
foods, they help you have shiny hair and sparkly eyes.
•Milk and meat
& beans are Grow foods, they help you to grow big and strong.
Here is a class photo from Sports and Hobby Day! We had ballerinas, gymnasts, a skier, a guitar player, a horse rider, as well as baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball and football jerseys. What a fun way to celebrate positive behavior.
This past week, we read several versions of the story, Stone Soup. In the story, hungry travelers stop in a village looking for something to eat. The stingy villagers hide their food from the travelers. The travelers convince the villagers that they can make soup from a stone. As the stones and the waters heat up, the travelers suggest that the soup would be better if only they had some.... potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, peas, etc. The villagers contribute these items and the soup is delicious. The villagers and the travelers learn how important it is to share.
We made a large (paper) pot of Stone Soup to decorate our classroom. We snipped paper to add to our pot. We sang a stone soup song while we worked.
Each student made their own Stone Soup book. These two students are reading one of their books together.
Ms. Chapman-Renaud met us in the cafeteria and talked about the different types of vegetables that we could add to our soup. We learned about parts of the plants. We identified which vegetables grow underground and which are stems, leaves, fruit or flower.
The soup was delicious. I was so busy helping Mrs. Kent ladle the soup the next day that I forgot to take pictures! Kindergarten students had fun identifying the different vegetables in the soup as they were eating it!
The first five weeks of school, the kindergarten social studies unit was Our Caring School. We learned a variety or routines such as how we work at tables, how to take care of the materials in the classroom and how we we clean up when finished with projects. We learned about expected behaviors at story time, work time and during center time. All of this was through the many fun activities tied to the stories of the Gingerbread Man. In our classroom, we read several different versions of the Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Boy, Gingerbread Girl and even the Gingerbread Baby. Through the many reading, drawing, cutting and painting activities, kindergarten scholars learned about their responsibilities as students at Richmond Elementary School. Here are some of the pictures that I took showing children engaged in the many gingerbread related activities during the first several weeks of school.
This past Thursday, our class talked via Face Time with Joe Greenough, Caleb's dad, who is currently stationed in Kuwait. We learned about Mr. Greenough's job as a firefighter with the Air National Guard. Mr. Greenough told us about the sandstorms in Kuwait. He showed us how they protect themselves during a sandstorm. He put on a face mask to cover his ears and nose, a pair of goggles to cover his eyes, and then a hat to cover his head. We hardly recognized him!
Caleb's mom showed us a picture of one of the firetrucks. We learned that the Air National Guard trucks are not red like our Richmond firetrucks but tan to be camouflaged with the sand.
The students in our class all gave Mr. Greenough a big thank you for helping to keep our country safe. We look forward to seeing Caleb's Dad... in person.... in just a few weeks. He will be back in Richmond after serving in Kuwait for over 26 weeks.