Thursday, May 25, 2017

Some AMAZING work by Kindergarten!

You may often hear me say that kindergarteners amaze me every single day. Today was certainly not an exception.  I was truly amazed by the work Kindergarten did this afternoon.  This week we have been talking about maps with the focus being an introduction to what a map is as mapping will be a skill built on in later grades.  This afternoon I read the book Me on the Map a story in which a young girl shows readers herself on a map of her room, her room on the map of her house, her house on the map of her street--all the way to her country on a map of the world.  After reading the book I gave the students a task of creating their own map focusing on something they know could be their house, the school, the woods or their neighborhood.  What I perceived to be a quick activity took the entire afternoon!  Some kindergarteners chose to collaborate and built elaborate maps with local pizza shops, stores, CP Smith and the houses of their classmates.  The work was truly amazing!

We also had the chance to visit with baby chicks in Mrs. Spinner's class and caught (and released) a toad in the woods!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Officer Difranco visits!

This morning we had a special visitor at CP Smith our school safety officer, Officer Difranco.  Officer Difranco brought his police car out back for students to see and then came into our classroom to talk about what he does to help our community.  Kindergarten was excited to meet this community helper and learn more about how Officer Difranco keeps our schools safe.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Map Making!

Kindergarten is excited to look at and learn about maps.  Some students even chose the map as a background when building withe legos and were questioning the location of different places. Today I read Henry's Map a story about a pig who makes a map of the farm he lives on and after we worked together to make a map of our classroom.  Kindergarteners chose an item to draw, drew a symbol for it on a sticky note and then posted it in the correct location on our large paper map.  Later this week Kindergarten will work to make maps of their own.

Monday, May 22, 2017

On Friday we had a special treat - the circus came to CP Smith!  One of our kindergarteners was selected to be part of the show!

This morning I moved the chrysalises into the Butterfly Garden.  Sadly, one of our caterpillars did not make it but this morning we buried him outside under a tree.  Some students decided to add rocks, sticks and flowers over where he was buried.

This afternoon we listened to the book There's a Map on My Lap and Kindergarten shared what they know about maps: they can lead us to things like buried treasure, they help us get anywhere in the world, places look small but really they are big.  We also discussed that there are 7 continents and the continent we live on is North America.  We watched a silly video to help us learn the names of the 7 continents.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Sunshiny Day

We enjoyed the warm weather and sunshine today in the Woods and on the playground.  There was a lot of wondering about our caterpillars who are doing a lot of moving in their chrysalis.  We discussed how it is hard to be patient and are curious about what is going on as the caterpillar's body is changing.  


This morning I read the Becoming Butterflies by Anne Rockwell and we learned that just like butterflies look different, caterpillars do to!  We looked at photographs of Painted Lady Butterflies and made predictions of what our butterflies will look like.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The start of a chrysalis

After lunch today we noticed that one of the caterpillars is beginning to form a 'J' shape at the top of the cup!  This means that a chrysalis is beginning to be formed and that our caterpillars cannot be moved for 3 days.  During Reader's Workshop some students decided to read to our caterpillars in hopes that this would make them sleep and form the chrysalis quicker!  Yesterday we read our poem and Kindergarten helped to fill in the missing parts with illustrations:

During Writer's Workshop Kindergarteners began writing their on 'How-To' books remembering to use the words First, Next, and Then.  Some topics include: How to Catch a Rat, How to Catch a Butterfly, How to Break a Rock, How to Use the Roku Remote and How to Teach a Dog to Listen.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Monday

Kindergarten was very excited to see how much our caterpillars grew over the weekend!  We expect that they should begin forming a chrysalis any day now.

 Last week our poem focused on Daffodils and how they change from yellow flowers we see outside now to the fluffy white flowers we make a wish and blow on.  There was lots of excitement when some of the fluffy white flowers were found!

In Math we practiced counting teen numbers with the 'say 10' way, i.e. 13 is 10 ones and 3 ones.  Kindergarten worked to circle groups of 10 and quickly counted on the ones that remained.  We continue to work on How To Writing during Writer's Workshop today Kindergarten co-created How-To Play Tag.  I recorded their language and then in small groups they worked to illustrate each step.  Our book today was Butterfly House by Eve Bunting.  A beautiful story of a girl who saves a caterpillar from a Jay and with the help of her grandfather is able to observe it change into a butterfly.  Each year butterflies return to her garden because she was so kind to the caterpillar as a girl.