Our Halloween/Pumpkin inquiry was a great success. We discovered what was inside of pumpkins and measured how many chain links it takes to get around a large, medium and small pumpkin. The students recorded their measurements and practised printing the numbers. We sequenced different sized ghosts from smallest to largest. Our new funnel set with orange rice and black beans was a huge hit with all of the children. They used different measuring spoons to fill up a large measuring cup and recorded their findings. We read many fiction and non-fiction stories about pumpkins, learned the life cycle of a pumpkin and created short booklets about pumpkins. After reading the story “Spookley the Square Pumpkin”, we created our own “Spookley"s Pumpkin Patch on our bulletin board. In our journals students drew a picture of what they were going to be for Halloween. SK students have started sounding out words and are beginning to print short sentences. JK students are listening for first sounds of the words. Some students are trying hard to record the corresponding letters. Way to go JK students! We also made some Halloween crafts. Please see the pictures below.
In Math, we continue to practise one-to-one
correspondence when counting (counting one item at a time), making patterns,
sorting, measuring using non-standard units (chain links), measuring using
measuring cups and estimating.
In October we began our hibernation inquiry. We read both fiction and non-fiction books about animals that hibernate in winter. We learned the different habitats that animals use to sleep or hide in the winter (e.g., cave, log, den, underground, mud). The students have started creating a den for our hibernating bear. They will be collecting leaves and branches to make a cozy place for the animals they will be creating out of clay.
In the month of November we will continue our discussion about hibernation but with the focus on bats. We will be making bats from recycled material, as well as other bat crafts. We have begun talking about the life cycle of bats and where we can find them.
Our focus this week has been on Remembrance Day. We have read various books about peace, discussed what peace means and how we can show it in our daily life. As a classroom we are creating a wreath for our Remembrance Day ceremony which will take place next Monday (Nov. 12).
Thank you for your continued support. Have a nice weekend!