Friday, January 27, 2012

Week Twenty One- Magnets, States of Matter, Chinese New Year and 100th Day!

We have had a very busy week learning at Big Spring Lake! We also had great news about our DIBELS scores. Our class scored above the 80% classroom goal for ALL sections of the test!! Thanks so much for all your hard work at home to help us get ready for the big day. To celebrate we had a shaving cream party in our room on Wednesday. Most of the kiddos had never done this before so it was a great success! I didn't get any pictures of it because I left my camera at home that day. I did get LOTS of other pictures this week. Check them out below.
We learned that magnets have a north pole and a south pole.

When the matching poles of two magnets come near each other they push each other away. We learned the word for this is repel. The children are wearing colored stickers to represent the poles of a magnet. If they match they push away from each other.

Kaleigha and Deion are showing how like poles push away from each other.

Monday was Chinese New Year. Our local restaurants donated chop sticks and fortune cookies for lunchtime!

Gladis is eating sweet potato fries with chopsticks.

Jeremias likes eating this way!

Eidan seems like he has done this before!

Will is eating a vanilla wafer with his chop sticks.

Hunter and Jordy are using their hands to help the chop sticks!

Jesus is holding on to  the sweet potato fry with his chop sticks and his fingers.

Deion used his chopstick to skewer a vanilla wafer!

Everyone look at Eidan!!

Rebeca, Brissa & Sherlin are not too sure about eating with chop sticks.

Gladis found a way to eat her cookie.

Kaleigha and Anna Beth show us how it is done!

Good Job!

Sabrina and Yesica had a difficult time using chop sticks.

We had a magnet race!

They used the same poles of the magnet to repel the magnets across the floor.

The boys seemed to get the hang of it much easier than the girls.

Hunter was super fast!

Making the magnets move was fun.

This was almost a tie!

Kaleigha had a tough time getting her magnet to move.

Ready to race!

Mrs. Ables got into the action!

Cheering for friends.

One hundred ice cubes in the jar.

Making our 100 items book.

We had ten items on each page.

Helping our friends!

Counting to ten. Ten times!
101 Days of Fun!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Week Twenty- Polar Animals

 This week we learned about animals that live in the polar regions. We learned how the animals who live in this area eat, move and stay warm. Thanks our neighbor Mrs. Henderson for all the great ideas and for sharing all your "stuff" with us.
Writing our predictions.
Conducting the blubber experiment.
Comparing with blubber and without.
We compared how "blubber" kept us warm when we put our hands into ice. One hand was in a bag of vegetable shortening (covered by another bag) and the other was in a regular bag. Wow! what a difference blubber made!

Our prediction chart about our blubber experiment. I found this recording sheet on another teachers blog. I don't remember which one. Thanks for sharing this great activity!

Huddling together like penguins to stay warm. It really works!

We covered one hand in Vaseline to see how the oil on a penguin's feathers keep them dry.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Week Nineteen -Peacemakers and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Week nineteen we learned more about winter weather and we also discussed being peacemakers. I wanted the children to understand why we were getting out of school to celebrate MLK day. The children understand about becoming peacemakers as it is a very important part of being a student as Big Spring Lake Kindergarten. They also discussed having a dream for the future. I had them to use their sounds to "write" what they wanted to be when they grew up. Then they had to draw a picture of themselves doing this job. They all did great! Most wanted to be doctors or policemen but I had a few who dream about some very interesting career choices. After we finished writing and drawing about the future we made a picture of Dr. King using die cut shapes. We glued the picture of our future dream so this picture. It was a great learning experience for everyone. 

Working on our pictures of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The finished product hanging out in the hall. They turned out so cute!

A close up view of our work.

We discussed winter weather and read some books about winter clothing. We read The Mitten and The Hat by Jan Bret. We also made some cute cut and glue TLC snowmen. This is a kind of listen and do activity. The shapes we use all begin as squares or triangles. The children listen to directions and fold and cut the shapes into a picture.