The Wiggly Tooth

Laugh and Learn with Mrs. Thomas and her Kindergarten Class

Reading With Friends

Students are engaging with books and reading with friends. After snack, students choose a book to enjoy. It is amazing to see and hear students sounding out words and using the pictures as clues to figure out what is happening in the story.

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Tinker Tales

Tinker Tales? What is that?

Think of an equation: Tinkering + Fairy Tales = Tinker Tales

Tinkering is experimenting with materials and ideas to figure out or improve upon solutions to a current problem. According to the blog TinkerLab, it is about hands-on experiences, learning from failures and unstructured time to explore and invent.

Students were introduced to Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk. Once the beanstalk was cut down, he realized that he left something up in the clouds. Students invented different ways to propel, rocket, launch, assist, help, guide, fly, ascend, lift Jack into the sky. This was done over 4 weeks. Each week students grew as learners as new ideas were tried and failed, as they articulated their ideas to their friends, as they used different materials to invent and construct, as they problem solved during their build. Students had access to the same materials in their ‘tinker tray’ but they built vastly different solutions. It was amazing to see this process in action.

 

 

 

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Scaredy Squirrel

Author and illustrator, Melanie Watt produces the Scaredy Squirrel and Chester Books. Her characters are charming. They invite us into the story and make us laugh. Last week, we read non-fiction books about squirrels. This week, fiction books. Scaredy Squirrel doesn’t leave his home. It’s too dangerous. He might encounter germs, sharks, tarantulas, green martians or even killer bees. When he finally finds himself out of his home, he uses his emergency kit. Only he realizes that the world is a pretty good place.

After the story, students responded by sharing their idea of what scares them. They documented their thoughts by drawing and writing about their fear.

Earlier in the day, students listened and followed step-by-step directions on how to draw Scaredy Squirrel.  Once Scaredy Squirrel was complete, they could personalize their picture by adding details to make it unique. They came up with ideas such as trees, germs, green aliens, killer bees and tarantulas. Each drawing is unique.

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Tiger – Tiger

Mrs. Marchi brought with her a book titled Tiger-Tiger is it True? by Katie Byron. The story is about a little tiger who thinks his world is falling apart until a wise turtle asks him questions that transform his thinking. Tiger realizes that what he needs to change is how he thinks about things. When he starts to think positively, then he looks at his world in a positive light. Tiger feels loved. Afterwards, students discussed being loved by their family. They were asked: How do you know that your parents love you? Students could choose to answer or not. Some answers: They tuck me in and read me a story. They remember my birthday. They hug me. They help me get into the car. Every student feels loved at home, I thank you.

 

 

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Pumsy’s Gift

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Pumsy brought a book called Nico and Lola by Meggan Hill. The story exemplifies how to be empathic through kindness. Each page had a message about kindness. Being kind is: smiling at someone, showing concern for others, setting a good example, remembering your manners, being a good listener, sticking together until the job is done, talking turns, helping others in need, sharing, giving from the heart and treating others how you’d like to be treated. Students agreed to care for Pumsy while he stays in our class for a few days.

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Fiction And Non-Fiction

Did you know there are different types of books? Some books are stories called fiction books, while others contain true facts called non-fiction books. Students are experiencing both types of books. When we looked closer at the each type of book, students noticed similar features. For instance, fiction books “you read and don’t stop.” They have a beginning, middle and end in a sequence. The pictures are usually cartoon illustrations. Non-fiction books can be “read all over.” These books don’t have to be read from beginning to end. They can be read in any order. The graphics in these books can be pictures, photos, graphs and charts. As we continue to read both types of books, students will appreciate what each kind has to offer.

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