Oh my goodness! I had so much fun in kindergarten today. Let me tell you, those little cuties sure keep you on your toes! I was in a hurry to get from my classroom on one campus to the elementary school across the street. As I walked in, the teacher had the heater on full blast! Now, I am always hot, and keep my classroom nice and cool. SO here I am practically running to make it on time and then walk into the blast of heat. I was thinking I am going to die! I began reading the book for the lesson and all of a sudden one of the little sweeties raises her hand and says " I am sweating to death in here!" 😂😜 Luckily, she saved me from also sweating to death as the teacher and I laughed together while she turned down the heater! :)
Today, I read the book The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino and Jon Nelson, Ph.D. It is a great nonfiction about how snowflakes are formed. IF you have not downloaded the K-1 January lesson of the month click here to get it now! Since I was in a kindergarten classroom, I chose only 5-6 pages to read aloud. After I read each page, I asked the students what they learned and they shared with me as I wrote it on my chart.
When we were finished reading the book, I showed the students their assignment and modeled how to draw each shape of snowflake that we learned about, and told them to choose their favorite snowflake to draw on their paper. Students then took their paper back to their seat and drew a picture of the snowflake and labeled it. This was a nice break from sitting on the carpet and charting what they learned as we read.
Next, I modeled how to write on the lines of their paper. I chose information from our list of facts I wrote as we read , but also talked about how many of the facts would fit with each of the sentence stems on their paper. We did the first one together and then they began to fill the rest in either from my chart or on their own.
NOTICE- I wrote the wrong word in my sentence and one of the students said "They are called arms on a star shaped snowflake, not points." 😂 So of course, I had to go and edit my word choice to make it correct! I was so impressed with how much they were able to recall and use in our conversations throughout the lesson. I can't wait to show you their products as they get them finished up! I will be posting them to my Facebook group soon!