Thursday, February 19, 2009

Book Talk

We are now a couple of weeks into our Eric Carle Author Study. Students have become familiar with his books and are making connections with them during their book talks and in their writing. Students have been focusing on two main connections: text-to-self (connecting a book with something that has happened to them) and text-to-text (making connections between two or more books). The writing sample above is an explanation of text-to-text connections written by a student : "I am writing about text-to-text connections. If you do not know what it means I will tell you. It means that your book has a connection with another book. My connection is about The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the book called The Very Lonely Firefly."
Connections help with students' comprehension of a story. We encourage students to make connections with stories they are reading at home as well. Below are some examples of questions that can be used to facilitate student connections at home:
What does this book remind you of?
Has something like this ever happened to you before?
How did you feel when you read this book?
Does this remind you of something that happened in another book?
How is this book different from other books you have read?
Does this character remind you of a character from another book you have read?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Will You Be My Valentine?

On Friday, our class participated in various Valentine-themed centers planned by parents. The kids had an amazing time. We even had a snowcone machine! The quote of the day was from Lily: "I never had a best day in my whole life like this!" Thank you to all the parents who donated food, items, and/or their time to make this such a great day for the students! Enjoy the pictures from our fun day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Last week we looked at 2-D Shapes: triangle, circle, oval, square, rectangle, rhombus, trapezoid, and hexagons. We made a Shape Mural, made pattern block pictures, and even made our own "Book of Shapes" by turning 2-D shapes into people, animals, and/or things.

Table 3 Sharing their Shape Mural of the Ocean

This week we are identifying 3-D shapes: cube, rectangular prism, sphere, cone, triangular prism, and cylinder. Tomorrow we will take a Shape Hunt around our classroom to look for 3-D shapes. Students will be given a Shape Hunt paper to take home. They will look around their house for 3-D Shapes.

  • cylinder - soda can, trash can, mustard bottle, etc.
  • cube - microwave, box, ice cube, etc.
  • sphere - orange, basketball, etc.
  • rectangular prism - refridgerator, cereal box, etc.
  • cone - ice cream cone, party hat, etc.
  • triangular prism - tent, piece of cake, etc.


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Alex's Lemonade Stand

Kindergarten has continued the Alex's Lemonade Stand tradition to raise money to fight childhood cancer. One or two of the Kindergarten classes will be at the various after school events handing out lemonade. There will be a donation box for any donations to the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Our class, along with Mrs. Meissner's, had the privilage of running Alex's Lemonade Stand at the PTA Family Night last Tuesday. We are proud to say that we collected $116 for the fight against childhood cancer! Thank you to all those who came out to help and those who donated to this great cause!!