Sunday, November 12, 2017

Turkey Math

This week, we explored the inquiry question, "If every student and teacher in our class brought a turkey to school, how many turkey legs would there be?" We thought about this question in multiple ways. To help us through this question, each student drew a picture of a turkey using 2-Dimensional shapes. Teachers guided them through the drawings which allowed for great review of shapes (Draw a circle for the head, draw a triangle for the beak, etc.)

I posted all the beautiful turkeys in a graph and we made some mathematical observations about them:

A student wrote out how many turkeys we saw on the graph and as I pointed to each row of turkeys, the kids shouted out how many legs there were. As they did so, I circled the number of legs. Some students noted the pattern: no circle, circle, no circle, circle, no circle, circle...

Another student noticed it could be a different pattern: skip a number, circle, skip a number, circle, skip a number, circle... which led right into a short discussion about "skip counting" and how we were counting by twos. It was a fun little project and while counting by twos is a more advanced skill, this exploration really opened up the kids to thinking about problem solving and noticing that sometimes, there are more efficient ways to count other than by ones.

Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes.

Our Woods Day this week

This past week, for our "Woods Day," we joined forces with preschool and went on a letter hunt in the woods. Then we had to figure out how to put them in alphabetical order. The kids loved pairing up with the 3 year olds and it was great practice in learning our ABCs!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Shape Songs

See the video below to learn some cool new shape songs to share with your child. We have done most of these in the classroom so hopefully your child will recognize them.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


We started the week out by having some scientific drawings made of pumpkins.

Then, we went outside to eat snack, listened to the book "Pumpkin Pumpkin," and made some predictions about how many seeds might live inside each pumpkin. Then came the fun part: scooping out pumpkin guts! We learned from the book that the guts are called pulp. 

During math, for the rest of the week, I dedicated a workplace for counting seeds and seeing if the results matched our predictions.

This has been a great unit to help us learn how to count by ones and tens, make predictions, compare  numbers, use descriptive language, and last but not least, have fun while learning!

Kindergarten standards this addresses:
Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.


Sunday, October 15, 2017


This past week, the children really got to embrace the season of Fall. We have been learning about the changes that occur in fall. On Thursday, each child got to choose a tree on the playground to sit next to and draw. They each got clipboards and markers and then took in the scenery.

Their representations were beautifully detailed and complete with fall colors:

Then we went inside and the students wrote about an experience they've had before in the fall time. Here were some of their stories:

EN: I carved pumpkins at grammy's house. I helped her put up decorations. I went in her house and ate dinner on Halloween.

MW: Me and mom went apple picking and mommy let me have an apple.

JP: We were going to get 5 pumpkins from Price Chopper.

GP: I'm Batman and it's Halloween and the pumpkin had a pirate hat on and the other person is my dad.

BL: I went apple picking with mom and dad.

DP: I raked outside with my friends.

PM: I went apple picking.

The next day, we went out and read, "Leaf Man," by Lois Ehlert. The students collected fall leaves in the woods so they could create their own Leaf Person. They will all be on display at Open House, but here is a sneak preview of DP's:

Some other fall pictures: