We used ten beads on a bracelet to show ways to make ten. We are working on remembering that the plus sign means to add. Students slid some of the ten beads to one side of the bracelet, leaving the rest on the other side. Then they counted how many were on each side and wrote a number sentence. How many ways can you think of to make ten?
We have been exploring weather in our Housekeeping Center. Last week, we used weather puppets. This week, we used a pretend camera and microphone to do our own weather report. At the Math Center, we tried leveling the pan balance using Play-Doh and classroom objects. Students worked together to put small amounts of Play-Doh in one side to equal the weight of the object on the other side of the pan balance. At the Building Center, some students had the idea to draw a plan before building a marble run structure. We are always thinking of new ways to explore
We taped the numbers 0 – 20 in the hallway to make a walk-on number line! We used two dice to play a game: One die had plus and minus symbols, the other had the numbers 1, 2, and 3. Students took turns rolling the dice to make a classmate move up and down the number line. Maddie got a +2 so she moved up the line. Some people even had so many minus symbols rolled that they went off the number line! Liam was on the 2 but a -3 was rolled! We had fun learning that plus moves
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 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?
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!
We used two color counters to practice adding numbers that equal ten. It was fun to shake the counters in a cup and spill them on the floor! Then we got to see how many landed red side up and how many landed yellow side up. We used our ten frames to organize the counters. We recorded the combinations that we found. How many different ways can you make ten?
I brought in the seeds from a pumpkin that I carved at home and we estimated how many there were. Guesses ranged from 100 to 1000! We used ten frames to put the seeds in groups of ten. Then we counted by tens. There were 747 seeds! We used the seeds to make lowercase letters. We also experimented with using a pumpkin as a geoboard!