Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I hope you are having a fun week with your family.  I am relaxing and knitting and reading and will be eating a lot of food with Jason's family!  The above photo was taken on one of our many beach walks. I also hope your child shared their thankful page with you.  I sent home a few different items, as possibilities, if you and your child would like to partake.

 One is a bingo game, with the sight words they wanted to learn.  Another is empty, so that you can learn new vocab words and play too, just fill in with words you want to practice, or your child can make a new bingo board to learn new spelling words.  It is as simple as asking someone to call the coordinates and see whose words get covered first!  English spelling is not always logical, so it is important to find fun ways to learn new words!

I also sent home empty pages for graphing/survey work and for journaling about your week, or beginning a new story.  The sky is the limit!  Feel free to bring in your work, to share with friends after the break.  Also, if you went somewhere new and different, and your child wanted to share photos, email them to me, and we can find a time to share!

Some questions we discussed last week:
What elements/topics  make a story stories interesting?
What seems magical to you?
What are there two of? What comes in pairs?
What are you thankful for?

Appreciations are important to share, and these students have become capable of identifying what they know they are lucky to have in their lives.  I hope you enjoy seeing their thoughts on paper!  Have a beautiful week!  Love, Jennifer

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Organizing our work!

Hello Kindergarten families!  How are you?

Graphs Everywhere!

In the last few weeks we have investigated how many types of graphs we have used this year.  The students brainstormed, and I drew a simple reference sketch for each.  They could remember them all!  We have used graphs to collect different types of data, but the favored type is a survey question.  These students love to ask others about what they like!  This week the students were working on graphing more than one answer, on a vertical bar graph.  We also used pie graphs to show a simple yes or no answer.  This work required following many directions, as well as referencing example graphs to ensure that all the info is being conveyed in a clear and readable way.  They are loving all the organization that comes with using colour to convey meaning!  Notice how some friends even incorporated symbols to include picto-graphing concepts!

Another mathematical concept the students are interested in is measurement.  Many friends have been trying to see how high they can get their tower to go.  Each student is using the same pattern so that we can compare and contrast their height.  This requires precision, as sometimes the students cannot tell, from their vantage point, that their tower is leaning...

Another way to organize info is a word web.  The students showed their ideas about what makes a story interesting using this tool.  You may notice that their thoughts were influenced by some stories we have investigated recently: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, as well as Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse.  The students are trying to sound out words, and identify all the syllables.  They are also trying to remember spacing and this type of graphic organizer requires some spacial awareness to track your ideas on the page.

Thank you for reading!  Sorry this post took longer to post.  I had technical difficulties and lost a portion, having to re-write it...  Have a great week, Jennifer