I just wanted to send another weekly update so you can learn more about what 101 did at school this past week...
The above pictures show our Apple measuring investigation using non-standard units. In groups, we went around the room counting the number of apples aligned with each object on our sheet. We paid attention to how to correctly measure something - being sure that we begin and end at each side of the object.
On Wednesday, we conducted a science experiment to find out about what happens when germs overtake an apple. We placed one part of the Apple into a zip-lock after rinsing with water. We then played hot potato with the other part of the apple. It was great fun! On Friday, we observed our apples. From far away, we could all notice how brown the germy Apple had become! We drew our observations again, and noted that some mold was beginning to grow on the germy apple. The non-germy Apple still looked yellow. We are looking forward to continuing to see what happens to the apples next week!
We also learned about the Apple parts - feel free to ask your kindergartner what they know. :)
In math, our highlight this week was making different ABC patterns. Some of us learned that we can make an ABC pattern more than one way! Please work with your kindergartener to help them learn this concept (i.e. Yellow, red, green, yellow, red, green - or green, red, yellow, green, red, yellow, etc).
Please see our fun Apple painting activity below using real apples and ABC patterns!
Literacy: We are beginning to add more and more sight words to our reportoir. Our specific sight words we have been working on so far are I, Like, See, and The. You can help strengthen your child's sight word recognition by pointing out those words as you see print around you or by playing flash card games, etc. with your child. The goal with sight words is for your child to "see and know right away". We will work on sounding out more complex words which we are beginning to do in our October writing journals (i.e. tiger or baseball). I encourage all parents to remind children about the letters they hear in daily word usage. As children become more practiced in this area, they will feel more confident in sounding out words and attempting to write using developmental spelling (spelling how a word sounds to them). I will also be starting a sight word wall which will be a great asset, and I encourage you to do the same.
We read some awesome books about apples and apple orchards, including all of the wonderful things we can do with apples! In the story called: "Apple Picking" - the puppy Clifford wants to help pick apples at the Apple orchard but he is too small. However, Clifford is able to help put all of the bruised apples that fell from the tree into a pile. The farmer is very happy because bruised apples make for some sweet Apple cider!
Next week, we will continue our Apple theme, but will include pumpkins as well. If your child has any books at home about pumpkins and apples, they are welcome to share for a day or two. :) I am also looking forward to reading a couple of these classics with your children:
Please continue to voice any questions or concerns to my email at email@example.com. Our due date for permission slip/$15 for the Pumpkin Patch field trip is this Tuesday, October 11. However, should a teacher strike occur, this will no longer apply, and I will not be available at all during a strike. Have a great long weekend!