The Wiggly Tooth

Laugh and Learn with Mrs. Thomas and her Kindergarten Class

Competitive Games & Cooperative Games

Competitive games and cooperative games – students were exposed to these two types of games today. This morning, our class cheered on the boys gr. 7 volleyball team in an exciting game tournament game. Students watched both teams as they competed to win. Bonner won 29-27. Being competitive means everyone (each team) is trying their best to succeed. There is a person or team who wins, while the other loses. Both teams, Bonner and Discovery, displayed remarkable sportsmanship during this intense finish. This was neat to watch. Usually when my class is competing in a game, they are not observing each others actions. They are busy trying their best.

Right after the game, we returned to our classroom to learn about working cooperatively. Being cooperative means to all work together towards a common goal. We compared the two. It is important to be able to compete and it is important to be cooperative. Both are good. We started to play one of the games from the company Peaceful Kingdom titled Sunny Day Pond. Everyone in the class played as a team to complete the puzzles before the rain drops fell on the pond. We practiced encouraging our friends, being positive, not feeling success and feeling success. As a class, we did not finish the puzzle in time the first time. We did not succeed. We practiced being gracious and humble. The second time we played we did succeed. We still practiced being gracious and humble. We will continue to learn and play cooperative board games, giving students an opportunity to work cooperatively towards a goal and supporting each other in times of success and in times of need. 

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Circles

Where do you like to work? Students often find a quiet place to work. It can be alone or with others. It can be at a table or on the floor. We all work differently. After reading about families, students worked on their circles project. Each circle identifies people who are important to them. The first two circles represent self and family. Students will complete  six circles.

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Plastercine Art

Students have been working with plastercine to create a winter picture. It took time to warm the plastercine in their hands before being able to move it freely. Students started with the background then built the image on top. They were able to choose colours for their snowman features. Many found it relaxing to work with their hands while creating art.

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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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100 Days Of School

What could you build with 100 red solo cups? Six different primary teachers planned and prepared a variety of activities for the 100th day of school. Each teacher hosted an activity involving the number 100. Students chose to participate the activity or activities that most interested them.

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Valentine’s Day Prep

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, students decorated their valentine bag with pictures and designs. Tomorrow these bags will be filled with card and treats from their friends.

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