This week, we are making some fun mini books during writing time. Each child has a story making kit that includes small blank books, googly eyes, foam shapes and fancy paper for cutting. Fiction and non-fiction stories are being created. Families will see some great books coming home sometime next week!
Emma's dad, Anthony Brownell, visited our classroom on Monday and taught us about his job as a member of the Burlington Police Department. He explained the equipment that he carries on his vest including a baton, taser, camera, hot pepper spray, walkie-talkie and gun.
He also brought his police cruiser. We went outside where the students took turns climbing in the back seat and sitting in the drivers seat. They really enjoyed turning on the lights. It was a surprise when one of the students learned how the microphone worked. It was loud!
Today seventh grade students from Camel's Hump Middle school came to our classroom to share e-books that they had written. Each seventh grader researched a country in Africa and made an ABC book that incorporated that learning. They shared their ABC books with our class today.
It was great to hear these older students reading one on one with kindergarten students.
We celebrated the end of our information writing unit by inviting our 4th grade buddies to come to our classroom to see our published "How to" books.... and to share some salsa and chips. The kindergarten students made some of the salsa by following the steps in a how to book "Making Salsa".
Our "How to Writing" folders were packaged to take home and share with our families.
Our class built a shape mural as part of our work in the math unit Build a Shape, Build a Block.Children also took photos of their individual creations before they were added to the bulletin board. They made "Can you find...? cards for their classmates to use.
Can you find....
- buildings made with triangle and squares?
- something with 4 rectangles?
- a rectangle, triangle and square in one design?
This past Wednesday, we used our senses to explore our outdoor classroom. We discovered many animal tracks in the snow. We studied the tracks to see if we could figure out if the animal was a straight walker, a waddler, a hopper or a bounder when it traveled. We learned that "feet make footprints" and thought about what type of feet might have made the footprints that we found. We also saw other signs of animal life in the woods, including noticing where some animals had stopped to eat and pee.
We enjoying a prey and predator game in the snow.
We look forward to another outdoor exploration time soon.
Thanks to Ms. Kane, who hiked with us through the woods behind RES and took most of these pictures.