We have been busy exploring the polar regions and the animals that inhabit these areas.
Social Studies/Science: We used a globe! The children loved looking at the globe and examining the oceans and landforms. We located the equator and then looked at the northern and southern hemispheres.
First, we studied life in the Arctic. We learned about polar bears, walruses, and other animals. We read a non-fiction book about polar bears and wrote several facts about this amazing animal.
Then, we studied life in Antarctica. The children had a lot of fun learning about penguins. We studied several types including the Emperor penguin and the Macaroni penguin. We read several non-fiction books about penguins and listed facts about them.
We learned that Emperor penguins fathers balance the penguin eggs on their feet. We thought this sounded really cool so we tried to do it, too. Enjoy the video!
Finally, we compared both regions using a Venn Diagram. We realized that although some animals are different, both areas are extremely cold!
We even learned a fun penguin dance and enjoyed it during our penguin party on Friday. Here is the video:
Reading Workshop: We continue to be super readers! We have reading super powers such as pointer power, sight word power, partner power, and pattern power. Although it is a good strategy to look at the picture and beginning letter to decode a new word, we also learned to look at the entire word, too. Ask your child to tell you about Mrs. Hepfer's donut story!
We discussed the importance of looking at each page and examining the words before reading. Sometimes there are words that you can read in a snap (sight words), and do not have to decode. If you know these ahead of time, your reading will be much easier.
We now have super strength reading power and we have graduated to more challenging books. Some children are still comfortable reading books with predictable patterns, but others have decided to try to read books that no longer continue the same pattern through the book. It is an exciting time in our kindergarten reading workshop!
Writing Workshop: Wow! We have so many clever "How To" stories and your children are teaching me some really cool things. I have learned how to swim, how to make homemade pizza, how to play hockey, and how to do several other awesome activities. We looked at some mentor texts and tried to model or include some of the features in our own books. The children have learned to use diagrams in their books and started writing warnings. For example, one child is writing a How To book about swimming. She told her readers to, "Use the steps but be careful not to slip!" We will continue this unit for the next month.
Math: Your children have been learning so many new things in math! We have practiced the hundreds chart, counting by tens, and used ten frames to create large groups of 10 (50, 60, 70...) Our next unit is addition. First, we will begin the concept of part/part/whole and then move onto practicing our facts. Kindergarten students are expected to master addition facts up to the sum of 5.
Next week: We will finish some of our penguin activities and then...
Are you ready for some football????
Yes, we will have lots of football fun as we get ready for the Super Bowl! Children are invited to either wear BC school spirit attire or a football jersey to school on Friday.