We have spent the last few months living in our "Community" unit. During this time, we studied various communities that we are a part of and our place within the world. As we learned about Beaufort and what city communities need to be successful, we made our houses out of construction paper and put them on a map of Beaufort. We also brainstormed important places in Beaufort as we worked in teams to create a model of our city by using 3D recyclable shapes. Each child made houses out of milk cartons and we created a 3D community map to explore. It's beautiful and so much fun to play with!
As we read the last of the postcards that came flooding into our mailboxes over the past couple of months, we took the time to learn about each state. It was wonderful to be able to receive cards from all over our United States from friends and family. Thank you so much for all of your help! We have managed to ALMOST get a postcard from each of the 50 states! We were SO excited to collect all 50 states! We are just missing North Dakota, Montana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Maine, and West Virginia. If you know anyone in these states, please ask them to send us a postcard!!
One of the best parts of our Community Unit is when we get to visit our Beaufort Community. We loved our trip DOWNTOWN! We got to explore how a restaurant works, check out the library, go on a carriage tour, visit Monkey's Uncle, explore our community, and play at Waterfront Park! As our Community Unit came to an end we spent time learning about our wonderful Country and the symbols that we use to represent it. We learned about the American Flag, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, the Bald Eagle, the Statue of Liberty and more. We have loved watching the Bald Eagle Live Cam of Mr President and the First Lady as they sit on and care for their eggs. We can't wait to see them hatch and grow! This will be a beautiful connection to our learning as we begin our NEW unit called "Origins". Our new unit is all about how how things BEGIN and change over time. We even have our own incubator in our classroom. We don't know what's in it yet, but we are eagerly researching to learn which animals are oviparous and might be in our eggs. We are also tracking what is happening each day within our egg to get some clues as to what might be coming!
In Language Arts, we’ve been focusing on the identification of literary elements (character, setting, problem, solution), recognizing the main idea in a story, and identifying the beginning, middle, and end. We identified the main idea of a story and four of the supporting details of the main idea. We read It's Spring to celebrate our new season and identified the main idea and supporting details. We wrote the main idea and illustrated the four supporting details. This skill helps us understand that a story has important parts and details. These important parts of a story can help us retell a story and improve our comprehension. We also read the book Corduroy and wrote and illustrated what happened in the beginning, middle, and end.
We are beginning to write more and more like first graders! We are labeling pictures, writing sentences, and using story elements such as beginning, middle and end. We are ready to begin learning about editing. When kindergarteners edit, they make sure they use a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence, put spaces between words, put a punctuation mark at the end of sentences, and spell sight words correctly.
One of the big concepts that we have introduced this month is decomposing numbers. The children are so proud that they understand what that word means- breaking a whole into parts. We have worked on the numbers up to 10. We have used unifix cubes, colored beans, and two- sided counters to break a group of objects into 2 groups. This concept has lead us to the big concepts of addition. The students are now seeing the connection that when they decompose a number, they can add the two parts together to create the whole number. We’ve been practicing writing addition sentences after we’ve decomposed numbers. The students are really getting the hang of it!
After understanding how numbers can be taken apart into smaller parts (decomposing), we are beginning to add and subtract.
Some of the things we are learning about number sentences include: a plus sign means “and”, an equals sign means “the same as” and a minus sign means “take away”. When we add, the result is the SUM and when we subtract we try to figure out how many “are left”or the "difference".