While we don’t use standard units of measurement in kindergarten, we do introduce the concept of shorter and longer. We began by cutting a piece of yarn the same length (or height) as each student. They used their pieces of yarn to find things in the classroom that were shorter or longer than themselves! We also practiced putting objects in order from shortest to tallest. Pencils, straws, and pipe cleaners of different sizes are all great for practicing this skill! What do you have at home that you can put in order from shortest to longest? Can you put
We worked together to write 100 CVC words as a class. Students shared their awesome collections of 100! Keep an eye out for our 100 things class book that will come home soon!
We continued our exploration of force, motion, pushes, and pulls with a catapult design challenge. With the help of our fifth grade buddies, we worked in teams to build a catapult that would make a pompom travel far across the room. Each team was given a spoon, some large and small craft sticks, some rubber bands, and a pompom. The students had to share ideas and work together. Our fifth grade friends were a big help with this experiment! We discovered that some designs and techniques made our pompoms go up and hit the ceiling! Other ways pushed our pompoms
We have been learning about force, motion, pushes, and pulls. We invited our fifth grade friends to help us build ramps to see how far we could get a car to travel. Each team was given a car, a piece of card stock, and a few pieces of tape. Teams tried out different places in the room, different styles and placements of ramps. We are continuing to experiment with ramps in the block center this week!
We loved reading The Mitten by Jan Brett and have been doing a lot of mitten activities! We made our own mittens and chose an animal to put inside them. We put bears and dinosaurs into gloves and counted how many we could fit inside – this took teamwork! Can you believe that over 100 bears could fit into one glove?
After reading several Gingerbread Man stories, we knew that taking a ride from the fox to cross the river always ended badly for the cookie. We decided to build structures for the Gingerbread Man to use instead! We worked in teams, which required us to share ideas and compromise. Teams could choose from a variety of materials to use. Some teams drew a picture to help make a plan. Some teams had to abandon materials and try others to build their bridge. Finally, we tested each bridge and observed the results. Everyone had a different way to solve the problem and
We made winter trees in the art center this week. We started with a triangle, then cut it into strips. Then we had to arrange the pieces from smallest to biggest on a tree trunk. Finally, we added snow. Come see our trees in the hallway!