In Reading last week, students listened to a number of read-alouds including “The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving” by Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain; “The First Night” by B.G. Hennessy; “A Silly Snowy Day” by Michael Coleman; and “All You Need for a Snowman” by Alice Schertle.
In Reading and Writing Workshop, we went through a meaningful, week-long creative writing process. First, students listened to the story “The Biggest, Best Snowman” by Margery Cuyler and discussed what a snowman can do. “What is real? What is made up?” were some of the questions they tried to answer.
Then each student had to come up with their own “writing plan” on what story they wanted to write about. Students did not rush into writing a plan. They were asked to close their eyes and visualize what they wanted their story to be about, and to “think creatively” on their own.
After visualizing their story, each student drew pictures of the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Students were then taught how to transfer their writing plan to create their own story book. While pre-k students got a little help from Ms. Grim with writing, kindergartners practiced writing more independently.
The goal of this process was to teach students what a story is, and to enable them to create their own with a beginning, middle, and end.
In Math, students worked on counting by 10’s to 100 by using the 100’s chart. This gave students a warm up to counting. Then they practiced counting to 20 by one’s, using the 100’s chart. Students also counted the letters in their name and created a snowman using one snowball per letter in their name. They also created graphs based on the number of letters in their names, and compared who had the most/least snowballs. In addition, students compared numbers through ten, and worked on the concepts of “most” and “least”. They also worked on their Envision Math workbook.
In Visual Arts, students enjoyed painting a Christmas tree craft. They created giant paper murals and worked together in expressing their ideas while drawing their own creations on Advent. They had so much fun with the Olaf Paperbag project!