Friday, March 15, 2019

Tricky Little Leprechauns...

A beautiful week this week, and so many fun things that we were able to do in kindergarten! Something I love about teaching and learning is that every day is a new day. In the midst of some listening struggles this week, we did lots of learning and these students showed their growing stamina in completing projects and in writing, and they loved collaborating through fort-building as a part of Special Me this week.

Some other highlights this week included using watercolors to "magically" reveal sight words and numbers that we are working on. If you want to do a project like this at home, all you need to do is write or draw whatever image you want on a white piece of paper with white crayon. The crayon wax repels the water, so the paint doesn't adhere to the crayon.

We spent time practicing stretching out our words to try and hear all the sounds and then spell them out on our papers in writing. These students are becoming strong phonetic spellers, which is perfect for this stage in their word and linguistic development! They are also beginning to recognize punctuation markings--periods, exclamation points and question marks. After we finish writing a sentence, I always ask them, "Now, is that an asking sentence? Or a statement?" They identify which kind of sentence it is and put the correct punctuation at the end. Next up: spacing in our writing, and capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.

Math games
More math games
Finally, Thursday's highlight was creating leprechaun traps to hopefully catch the leprechauns that come out on St. Patrick's Day. The students worked for almost an hour on their traps and loved designing different things on their traps to catch the leprechauns, such as a pulley trap, holes in the floor of their trap covered by a "false trapdoor", and trip wires. So creative, and a great way to exercise the engineering and design process. For those who make these at home, I hope you have as much fun as we did in class. Enjoy your weekend, and we'll see on Monday if the leprechaun visited our classroom.....

Trying blood oranges for Harvest of the Month

Magically revealing sight words

Building leprechaun traps

A finished leprechaun trap, complete with a rainbow entrance

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