As we read the last of the postcards that came flooding into our mailboxes over the past couple of months, our Community Unit came to an end. It was wonderful to be able to receive cards from all over our United States from friends and family. We tallied and graphed the results and learned a little about each of our 50 states as well. We are still missing several states and will continue to graph our results as long as they continue to come in!
During this unit, we looked at our families, school, neighborhoods, city, state and country. We learned that each is a community and what that means. Communities usually have leaders, rules, common goals and symbols. One of the symbols is the Bald Eagle. We were able to watch an eaglet hatch from an egg and then see mom and dad feed and protect it while in its nest --ALL on our Smart Board!
This eagle’s beginning led us nicely into our new unit, “Origins”.
Made of two smaller units, first we examine how animals begin- hatching from eggs or born alive. We observe chicken eggs in an incubator and mark from eggs or born alive. We observe the development on a calendar. Then in the second half, we will be making seed babies, learning nursery rhymes and putting on a play!
Our goal will be to learn about how things begin and how they constantly change and grow over time.
Community Field Trip
Addition is well under way in our kindergarten classrooms. We learned that adding means to join together. We began by discussing that number sentences include: a plus sign which means “and”, and an equals sign which means “the same as”. We have also learned when we add, the result is the sum. Once we developed an understanding of what adding means, we began to dig a little deeper. We have learned how to add with manipulatives, solve word problems, and even learned some math facts to 5. Our goal by the end of the year is to be fluent in our math facts to 5.
As we get deeper into our origins/babies unit, we will introduce measurement and use non-standard and standard units to determine weights, lengths and heights.