Week at a Glance
Becky's 2-Year Kindergarten Class...November 11, 2015
One of the things I love sharing with my class this time of year is the book Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert! Leaf Man is exactly what he sounds like...a man created with leaves. He takes quite a journey through a world entirely created with beautiful fall leaves! This is definitely a treat for the eyes that you won't want to miss! If you have a few moments, follow this link to enjoy this fabulous book with your child!
Our ART this week centers around the changing fall leaves. The first step of this project was an exploration with melting wax, as we used a hotplate to melt crayons onto wax paper. Although quite beautiful on it's own, the melted wax art was then turned into leaves. Add a little puffy paint (or black glue, as the case may be!) and voila! Stained glass leaves!
It's great to enjoy the colored leaves of fall and even more fun to create leaf art, but why, oh, why do the leaves change colors? We answered that with a simple science experiment! We used crushed leaves, alcohol, and coffee filters to explore what happens when the chlorophyll (think green) is removed from a leaf...you see the reds, yellows, oranges and other colors that were present all along, but masked by the chlorophyll! Typically throughout spring and summer there is so much sunlight that leaves contain enough chlorophyll to completely cover other colors. When sunlight and chlorophyll become less prominent, other colors are visible!
THOUGHTS ON MINDFULNESS
Word Work: Review of all previous words
Phonics Centers: Red group: beginning sounds J and W; Yellow group: review of all beginning sounds; Blues group: beginning blends gr, dr, pr, tr
Reading Workshop: Our strategy for this week is retell the story. This is a comprehension strategy that helps us to understand what we are reading about. Why read if you don't understand what you're reading?! We read the book How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills and practiced retelling this story as a group. We will continue to practice this strategy here at school, and this is one that will be really great to also practice at home! If you'd like, start by reading (listening/watching) How Rocket Learned to Read with your child and have him or her practice retelling this story to you. What happens at the beginning? What happens next? What happens in the middle? What happens at the end?
Muscles are responsible for all movement in our bodies! This is quite a large job, but fortunately skeletal muscles each have a buddy to work with! We explored this concept by making paper models of the arm, complete with a bicep and tricep muscle (red yarn). Contract (pull the yarn) the bicep muscle and the arm flexes. Relax the bicep and contract the tricep and the arm straightens out again. What fun!
Within our bodies there are 3 types of muscles! See if your child can remember these types (see the picture below)! Our skeletal muscles are voluntary...yay! I can move my arm when I want to! Cardiac and smooth muscles are involuntary...we all got a good laugh at the thought of trying to move our intestines, and we are very thankful that these muscles do not tire...what a bummer it'd be to have a tired heart!
Last week we began soaking a chicken bone in vinegar to remove the calcium. We finally removed the bone for a last time, and were all surprised at how "bendy" it became! Be sure to eat your greens everyone! This experiment really demonstrated just how important calcium is for our bodies! With the bone in such a soft state, we were able to break it apart to see the layers we learned about last week! It really was neat...next time you have chicken, you may consider soaking a leg bone for a week and seeing for yourself what happens!
*11 small clear plastic bottles with lids (like the disposable water/ juice bottles)
*4 2L clear soda type bottles
November 13: Field Trip to Kennedy Creek 12:30
November 18: Board Meeting 6:00
November 26-27: Happy Thanksgiving! No school
December 2: Parent Meeting 6:00
December 16: Board Meeting 6:00
December 18: Portofolio Share 9:00
Nov 13: Marlo, Declan
Nov 20: Sayde, Andrew
Dec 4: Lyla, Calder
Dec 11: Marlo, Elsie
Jan 8: Tessa, Lucy