Kindergarten Weeks 14/15 Autumn/Halloween Units

A few weeks late, but better late than never!  We took a few weeks off of our Five in a Row at the end of October to spend some time enjoying the Autumn season.  The weather has been perfect to get out and explore, so that’s what we’ve been doing.

Autumn Unit

We spent a week covering the season of Fall while reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert and a few other great leaf-themed books.

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Social Studies / Geography

In Leaf Man, the cardinal directions are mentioned as we follow the leaves on their journey.  We checked out our wall map and reviewed the directions using the mnemonic: Never Eat Soggy Waffles!  We also watched a short movie on BrainPOP Jr. about mapping and completing a treasure hunt worksheet using the cardinal directions.

Language Arts

Vocabulary words included deciduous, evergreen, photosynthesis, and chlorophyll.  We reviewed these words by drawing pictures on the white board.

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Elizabeth spent two weeks memorizing a poem by Elsie S. Brady:

Science:

We of course learned about the season of Autumn.  Some things we did throughout the week:

-Watched a movie on BrainPOP Jr. about Fall

-Took a nature walk to find leaves

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-We completed leaf rubbings and labeled the different parts of a leaf, and also discussed symmetry

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Art:

We made leaf prints with paint.

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Ian made this adorable sun catcher in his preschool art class:

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Halloween Unit

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The week of Halloween we learned about pumpkins with one of our favorite books, Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubble, and also had some spooky fun.  Check out our previous pumpkin unit and Halloween unit from last year!

We started off our week with a trip to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkins.  Here we are on a hayride:

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Language Arts:

We reviewed what an adjective is and brainstormed adjectives that described our pumpkins.

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Libby then took a few of the adjectives and used them in a sentence, then illustrated it.  She circled the adjectives in her sentence.

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Science:

We read about the life cycle of a pumpkin in Pumpkin Jack and completed a notebook page describing the life cycle.  We also completed a pumpkin observation sheet.

Will our pumpkins sink or float?

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Math:

Libby and Ian estimated how many seeds they thought were in their pumpkins, then we carved them and counted the seeds by making groups of ten.

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A tasty Halloween treat

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Core Subjects:

All About Reading Level 2

Libby playing a game to reinforce hard vs. soft ‘c’ sounds

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All About Spelling, Level 1

Writing dictated phrases

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Rightstart Math Level A

Learning about halves with shapes

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Next Up: We’re headed to Italy with Five in a Row unit Papa Piccolo!

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