Monday, February 6, 2017

We have been busy here in Kindergarten! Here is what we have been up to.
Reader’s Workshop
In reader’s workshop we have been learning about and using Mental Images while reading. We began this by encouraging students to use their background knowledge to create an image in their head of something familiar like, their sibling, mom, or their room at home. Next we asked students to activate their imagination to create images of things they had not seen but had heard about, like the Tooth Fairy. We used student language to help us define what a mental image is. Once we defined what a Mental Image was, we practiced using this skill in reading to remember what was read, as well as, increase understanding, engagement, and enjoyment. Here are some examples of Mental Images that students created while listening to books, and poems read aloud.

Students Mental Images of "Building Mr. Snowman"
We read the Great Gracie Chase.  Students drew their Mental Images while listening the to story.  Next they used their drawings to retell the story into Seesaw.

We read Go Away Big Green Monster.  Each page used different descriptive language to describe a monsters face.  Students listened to the book a page at a time and used their Mental Image to create a monster.  We talked about how our images are each a little different because each of us has our own background knowledge. 

We also looked at using Mental Images in non-fiction text as a way to build and remember background knowledge. It is important for readers to be able to “picture” what they are reading.  For example if a non-fiction text is describing and animal readers need to have an accurate image in their brain while reading.  This is where schema and mental images work together to create understanding. 

We have been working playing several math games to learn simple addition using the ten frame, and manipulatives. Students have been learning various ways to add including, counting the total using manipulatives, counting on, using a number line, and writing equations.

In addition to this we are celebrating 100 days of learning! We are practicing counting to 100 by ones, tens, fives and twos. I have enjoyed students 100 day projects, they are so creative!

In class students have been studying force and motion. We began this unit by exploring forces and how things move. Students discovered that force can be categorized into two categories, either a push or a pull. After building students background knowledge and vocabulary around force and motion we headed to the STEAM lab where students created simple machines. We spent 4 days in the STEAM lab exploring, building, and collaborating to create simple machines using Legos. Hopefully you got to check out your child’s Seesaw entries where they explained how the machines they created used with a push or a pull to move.