Friday, March 16, 2018

Tapping our maple tree!

As the spring season approaches, we've been talking about what happens in spring. We were lucky enough to have two naturalists from the local nature center come to teach us how to tap our maple tree in the front yard! We got to learn about when trees produce sap, how to identify a maple tree, and how to drill a hole for a spile. Then we got to sample both sap directly from the tree, and already-produced maple syrup. It was so much fun!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Shapes, shapes and more shapes!

Our math lessons this past month focused on 2D shapes, and we really did a deep dive into them! Here are some of the activities we did to learn about the names and attributes of 2D shapes. (If you want to ask your kindergartener what the "mathematician name" for a diamond is, you could! Hopefully they will answer "rhombus.")

One of our explore tables had this provocation at it, which involved (very carefully) using a thumb tack to poke holes into a shape's outline, and then hold it up to the sun. This was an awesome fine-motor activity and the kids asked to do it repeatedly.

We also used marshmallows and toothpicks to construct shapes, and then counted how many sides (toothpicks) and vertices (marshmallows) we used.

Our math lessons involved a lot of shape games, including this one where you spin the spinner and trace whichever shape you get, then see which shape wins.

For Forest Friday, we worked with partners or a group of three to create shapes out of nature.

We also read lots of shape books, such as The Shape of Things, which takes a simple shape and adds features to turn it into something else. We all did our own version of this process and turned it into a class book!

Then we combined lots of shapes to a bigger object. I loved seeing what they came up with!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Same, same but different

Last month we had a social studies unit called "Same but Different," where we learned all about ourselves and how we are both the same and different from everyone around us. We began with the book Same, Same but Different, which talks about two little boys from different parts of the world who notice things many things that they have common, and many ways they differ.

We then partnered up with someone in the class and found commonalities and differences between us. Below are some of the illustrations that represent what we found! 

Afterwards, we read lots of books on what makes us who we are, including how we all look different. We then used this information to make self portraits. Below are some pictures of the self-portrait making station in our room.