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Five Little Pumpkins Challenge

We read the Pete the Cat version of “Five Little Pumpkins” and then worked in teams to build a gate that would hold five pumpkins. We talked about the importance of sharing ideas, compromising, and not giving up in order to be successful. Each group was given the same materials: five clothespins, five craft sticks, and five pumpkin erasers. Every team was able to build a gate strong enough to hold their five little pumpkins!


Fifth Grade Buddies

We pair up with Mr. Skiba’s fifth grade class throughout the year to read and do projects. On our early release day, we met our buddies for the first time and enjoyed reading books with them.


Centers

Centers is one of our favorite times of the day! Here’s what we’ve been up to:


Yoga!


Field Trip

We had so much fun on our trip to the Children’s Museum!


Push and Pull

We did two experiments this week to explore force and motion with pushes and pulls.   First, we built ramps to try to get a car to travel as far as possible. We had to make a plan, work together, and try to improve our design to make the car travel a longer distance.   Then we worked with some of our fifth grade buddies to build catapults with spoons, rubber bands, and craft sticks. We wanted to get a pom pom to travel as far as possible. Again, we needed teamwork and perseverance to be successful!  


Valentine’s Day/Play Day

What a fun day doing Valentine activities and playing with our fifth grade buddies! We also had a Valentine’s Flower Shop in our Housekeeping Center this week, so we got to practice buying and selling flowers!  


Positive Thinking with Fifth Grade Buddies

Our fifth grade buddies in Mr. Skiba’s class invited us to help them with a positive thinking project. They wanted to create a bulletin board display of positive messages in the shape of a sun. The fifth graders helped the kindergarteners to write a message on each ray.


Gingerbread Fun

We have had a ton of fun reading gingerbread stories and playing in our gingerbread house! At Quiet Time, we can read in the house. At Centers, we can act out the story. We can bake pretend cookies. We can retell the story. Or just have fun being in the house!      


Boat Building

We talked about the story of Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims sailed across the ocean in a big ship called the Mayflower. Then we had an engineering challenge: working as a team, choose materials to build a boat that will float and not sink! To be successful, teams had to listen to each other, compromise, and work together. They tried different materials and put back things that didn’t work well for their design. It was fun to try putting people (math counters) in the boat!