Our annual Tiger Trot was HOT! After reading and writing about tigers and talking about what ways we, as kindergarteners, can help the tigers, we enjoyed "trotting" to the Glacier Ridge Metro Park to help raise awareness! The students had fun walking with the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, as well as indulging in a nice cold popsicle when they got back to school! YUM!
Bears in the Cave
As we continue to grow our number sense, specifically with the number 5, we played a game called "bears in the cave" this week. The students played with a partner. They were given 5 bears with which they would hide some in the cave, or leave some out of the cave. One student would hide the bears, while the other person would use their number sense of 5 to figure out how many bears were still in the cave. Our goal is to be able to quickly determine how many bears are missing. We love this game! Have you played at home yet?
Tiger Math Problem
We solved a tricky problem about tigers this week during math! The students were given the following problem: There are 5 tigers at the zoo. They can be inside a cage or out in an open space. Show all the ways the tigers could be in the cage and open space. For example, 3 tigers could be in the cage, while 2 tigers could be out in the open space. The students had to persevere as they worked to find as many ways as possible for the tigers to be in their habitat. Our earlier work investigating 5 was helpful as we worked to solve this complex problem. This type of problem allows the students to be creative with their thinking!
Our Mentor Authors: Eric Carle and Mercer Mayer
We are kindergarten writers and we have stories to tell! During Writing Workshop, we love to hear stories and so far this year we have heard quite a few of them. Two authors that we have taken a closer look at are Eric Carle and Mercer Mayer. As well looked closely at Eric Carle's books, we noticed that he uses a lot of color in his drawings. We also noticed that, at times, he zooms-in to the most important part of what he wants to show. We are trying to do these things in our own writing. Mercer Mayer's wordless books about a boy and his frog are wonderful! It is so fun to tell the story as we look at his drawings. The expressions on the character's faces are what we noticed about Mercer Mayer's work! On your next stop to the public library, check out some of his wordless books. They are so much fun to read! We will be trying to give our characters expressive faces just like our mentor, Mercer Mayer.