Friday, September 16, 2011

Week 4

It's all about the colors. Thank you so much for wearing your colors this week. We had so much fun learning new songs to help us learn to spell our color words. It all began with the color RED.

We read Mary Wore Her Red Dress. We created a class book by illustrating ourselves wearing a red item and then we each read our own page together as we patterned our book after the story.

We also read The Little Red Hen and The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza. Then we compared the two books using a Venn Diagram.

In science, we worked on making predictions and following science safety rules. We did a milk explosion experiment by adding food coloring to milk.

We then dipped a Q-tip in liquid soap and predicted what happened. Most of the class thought the soap would take the color out of the milk. We were surprised to learn of the rolling colorful rainbow created in the milk.

In math, we began to learn about patterns. We practiced making patterns with sounds by clapping and snapping. We also made patterns with ourselves (boy, girl). We used our math manipulatives to create patterns.

On Tuesday, you will never guess what color we learned about.

We had so much fun reading Dear Mr. Blueberry and Blueberries for Sal. We drew pictures to help us recall story elements from the story. We also practiced our counting skills by drawing blueberries.

We were excited to go to the library today and hear more stories from Mrs. Pustka. We got to check out our own book and bring it back to the classroom. If we do a good job taking care of our books in the class, we will get to bring a library book home next Tuesday.

In science today, we practiced mixing primary colors to make secondary colors.

We loved reading the story Mouse Paint and enjoyed the felt board story that went with it. For awhile, we thought Mrs. Langham was magic by the way she changed the colors of the mice. We then learned her trick. Ask me how she did it.

In math, we explored the AB pattern and practiced making this pattern in our journals. We challenged ourselves to see how many different patterns we could make using two colors in our journals. We learned that in addition to the AB pattern, we could also make an AAB, ABB and an AABB pattern too.

Wednesday was yellow day. We had so much fun learning the yellow color song to the tune "Day-O".

We enjoyed reading the book Dandelion and also The Wheels on the Bus. We created our own school buses in a guided art activity. We then chose 3 friends in our class to ride the bus with us. We added them to our bus and enjoyed writing their names on our pictures.

We had more fun in science mixing colors. We used shaving cream and tempera paint to mix primary colors. See the vivid colors we made.

In math, we practiced making patterns using 3 colors. Our favorite pattern was the ABC pattern. We used many different manipulatives to make patterns.

We began learning more about our handwriting by playing a fun listening game with our "big lines". Here we are tapping our big lines and following the directions of the song.

We also enjoyed making Mat Man with all of our handwriting shapes. We are exploring the big and little lines and curves before we apply them to our handwriting.

Thursday was green day.

We read the book Little Blue and Little Yellow. Then we practiced using our watercolors to mix and make new colors. We really love to paint!

We also read the book The Aminal. It is a story of a little boy who finds an "aminal" and describes it to his friend. Each friend describes it to another friend and before long, they have concocted a huge story about what the aminal is. They go to rescue the boy and the boy shows him his aminal. We learn the aminal is really an animal and that animal is a turtle. We used this story to help us make predictions.

In science, we used tempera paint and made rainbows using just 3 colors of paints. Each child enjoyed making the secondary colors by mixing their own colors together to make all of the colors of the rainbow. This was so much fun and they turned out beautifully.

In math, we used bingo dabbers to make patterns in our pattern book. We had so much fun using the dabbers.

It's Friday and we are not only excited about the Sock Hop tonight, we are excited to wear our orange for orange day.

We read the book Cat's Colors.  Our language arts time was shortened Friday due to Hill Harbor. We found our new favorite thing to do in Kindergarten and were so excited to learn that we get to do this every Friday. Please enjoy the many pictures taken at Hill Harbor. It is hard to resist a child when they say "take my picture". I think they really enjoy looking at themselves on the blog and recalling the fun times they have had.

We worked with our bingo dabbers again to make patterns and finished it off with our math work stations.

We finished our day off by watching a Charlie Brown video about the Constitution and talked about how the Hill Agreements are rules that we follow just like the Constitution.

We look forward to the continuation of learning about colors next week. Here is our schedule:
Monday is purple day
Tuesday is pink day
Wednesday is black and white day
Thursday is brown day
Friday is rainbow day

1 comment:

  1. Wow! It looked like you had a wonderful week!!!
    I love doing the magic milk mover experiment with my kids, too. Happy blogging!

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