I’ve updated our science page with new photos and experiments. Check them out at http://blogs.4j.lane.edu/hudson_s/getting-a-start-on-science/
This February, we are currently exploring shapes and their attributes. Kindergarteners, by the end of the year, should be able to identify most shapes (up to as many sides as an octagon, and other shapes such as a half-circle, a crescent, a star and a heart).
Instruction includes having classroom exploratory time for students to use different manipulatives and materials to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. Different materials include play-doh, geoboards with rubber bands, and old-fashioned paper and pencil. The following art project by one of our students explored layering half circles onto one another to make leaves in a tree:
After exploratory time, we gather to discuss what makes a shape a shape. We create anchor charts together to share knowledge and to make content more accessible to all students:
It’s no secret that reading success comes from being read to from an early age. Although nothing compares to sharing a book with your student during a read aloud, tumblebooks is an excellent resource for emerging readers to enjoy a book that is above their reading level. Tumblebooks has a large collection of books that children can choose from, and this application will read the book via audio while the words are being highlighted visually. This helps kindergarteners learn the directionality of text.
To use this resource, enter “Mccornack” for the login name, and use the password “books”.
The tumblebook website can be found here, or by clicking the tumblebooks image below.