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Day 176 - The Last Day!
On Thursday June 26 2014 KBE enjoyed a spectacular last day of school. We began the day with the dedication of our file cabinet to Mrs. Hermes, who is retiring this year. May the Tagrid Hermes File Cabinet remind generations to come of her 4 years of service to the children of KBE. We also read the new Elephant & Piggie book, My New Friend Is So Fun by Mo Willems and revisited Tap The Magic Tree by Christie Matheson. We cleaned the whole room with shaving cream and then went off to celebrate our end of year party at Rye Rec! Special thanks to all the parents who came out to help, whether it be manning the grill, organizing the supplies, or running the relay races. It was great, a microcosm of this whole year, which could not have gone so smoothly without the help of so many. It was an awesome year... I can't believe it's over! Have a great summer... read... keep a journal... wear sunscreen... have FUN!!!! See you in September!
On Tuesday June 24 2014 KBE revisited some more of our favorite books from earlier in the year. We read The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud. We also began an exciting new book, Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo. We will finish it over the next few days. We also wrote about what we plan to become when we grow up.
Reminder - tomorrow is Movie Day! Please send your child to school with a nut-free snack to enjoy during the movie.
On Monday June 23 2014 KBE had visitors from 1H. They read us books that they had written and answered some of our questions about 1st grade. We read some of Mr. Boyum's favorite books (some of them are old friends from earlier in the year): My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson, Spoon by Amy Krause Rosenthal, and How To Hide A Lion by Helen Stephens. After Library we wrote about what we are going to learn in 1st grade.
Day 172 - Dr. Grille's Parade
On Friday June 20 2014 KBE participated in a special parade honoring Dr. Grille. We witnessed the dedication of the Angela E. Grille Courtyard and listened to Dr. Grille's farewell speech. It was very emotional as, while we are happy for Dr. Grille, we will obviously miss her very much here at Midland. Afterwards visitors from 1LL came to our class to read books that they had written about weather. They joined us for a quick dance party before they left. It was a great day!
On Wednesday June 18 2014 KBE joined our buddy class 3O for a spirited game of Kickball on the playground. After a long heated battle in the grueling hot sun both teams were astonished when the duel ended in a tie. We all sought out some shade and snacked on watermelon generously donated by our class moms.
On Tuesday June 17 2014 KBE reminisced about our year of Kindergarten, making an enormous list of our favorite memories. We wrote and received letters as part of the Midland Writes program, played Dice Addition Bingo, and read the fun Curious George Rides A Bike by Margret & H.A. Rey.
Day 168 - Field Day!
On Monday June 16 2014 KBE celebrated Field Day with the rest of the school. We competed against other Kindergarten teams in relay races in the morning and had ice pops! Some of us also returned for the dramatic Closing Ceremony in the afternoon. We also had a visit from the librarians at the Rye Free Reading Room. They urged us to come visit them this summer.
On Friday June 13 2014 KBE discussed Flag Day. We watched a short film about the history and traditions of the American flag, read a the Rookie book about Flag Day by Kelly Bennett, and made our own 1777 American flags. We also continued reading some classic children's books by reading Curious George and Curious George Gets A Job by Margret & H.A. Rey. Mr. Boyum also read us a new favorite of his, Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio. Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!
On Thursday June 12 2014 KBE celebrated two birthdays! We also heard a lot of classic children's books, Madeline and Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans and Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer. It was a fun morning.
Two reminders -
1. Starting Monday June 16 everyday is a short day. There are no more long days for the rest of the school year.
2. On Monday June 16 you are invited to bring your child back to Midland's North Playground at 2:05 to participate in our Field Day Closing Ceremony. You should have received a Midland News email about this.
On Wednesday June 11 2014 KBE used the iPads to learn about adjectives. We took photos of our friends and wrote descriptive words to tell why we like them so much. We shared our pictures with each other using Nearpod. We also received word that due to the rain our Field Day activities that were scheduled for tomorrow have been postponed to an as yet undetermined time next week.
Day 163 - Field Day Opening Ceremony
On Monday June 9 2014 KBE celebrated the beginning of Field Day Week by participating in the Opening Ceremony in the Gym. It was an exciting place to be! In class we wrote about ourselves and also began participating in the Midland Writes program by sending letters to students in other classes.
On Friday June 6 2014 KBE went to the final Spirit Assembly of the year. It was a festive celebration that included visits from the Midland Bulldog and our incoming principal Mr. Boylan, an award ceremony for the 5th grade, and a rocking farewell song to Dr. Grille. It was a memorable event. Back in class, KBE reviewed what happens when two vowels go walking and wrote about what makes Midland such a special school.
On Thursday June 5 2014 KBE had several visitors. The Rye Arts Center visited and told us a story song about Fatu. We got to play instruments and sing. Afterwards we did a brief session of Mindfulness and then learned about the famous artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. We imitated his style and made self portraits using fruits and vegetables! We also read Newt by Matt Novak.
On Wednesday June 4 2014 Mr. Boyum was absent. KBE discussed where he could be and what he was up to and wrote down their theories. He is looking forward to reading them tomorrow.
On Tuesday June 3 2014 KBE began getting ready for Field Day 2014 by creating banners for the our team, the Red Raptors. GO RED!
Day 158 - BEACH!!!
On Monday June 2 2014 KBE went to the beach! We met the Rye Nature Center team there and looked for living things in the water and on the sand. It was fascinating to see how many things we could find, and the weather was simply perfect. Thank you to all the adults who helped make our trip so special!
Day 157 - The Midland Mile!
On Friday May 30 2014 KBE joined the rest of the Midland community in cheering on the participants of the Midland Mile at Rye Rec. Congratulations to all those who completed the race! Back in class KBE read Where Are You Going? To See My Friend by Eric Carle. We also made books showing the life cycle of a newt. It was a fun, busy morning.
On Monday KBE will be meeting at the beach!
You can meet us at the parking lot or at the entrance
to the beach next to Seaside Johnnies.
On Thursday May 29 2014 KBE revisited the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud. Check out this catchy song! We discussed how we can be bucket fillers today and every day. We observed our newts again and read the non-fiction book Newts by Molly Kolpin. At the end of the morning KBE had our ice cream party!!! It was delicious!
On Wednesday May 28 2014 KBE returned to school with lots of interesting stories to tell about our long Memorial Day weekends. We wrote about and shared our experiences with our friends. We represented the number 155 in several different ways, visited Starfall to play some games regarding vowel teams, and read Fortunately by Remy Charlip. We also observed our newts, read Newts by Lola M. Schaefer, and began writing scientific journals about them.
In the afternoon KBE read Mister Seahorse and Today Is Monday by Eric Carle and continued working on our Eric Carle collage projects. We also got to touch our newts for the first time!
Day 154 - Newts AND High Touch High Tech!
On Thursday May 22 2014 KBE finally met their class pets - newts! We made a KWL chart, observed them with magnifying glasses, drew diagrams of the habitat we created for them, and read a book called The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer. We also had a visit from Mr. O of High Touch High Tech, who did a program called Smarty Plants with us. We learned about photosynthesis, osmosis, and capillary action. What a great, science packed morning!
On Wednesday May 21 2014 KBE revisited several tricky spelling rules during Fundations time. We worked on words with the tr digraph and the -ed suffix and discussed when to use ck as opposed to c or k. We read a book called Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding. We also continued to work on solving word problems with extraneous variables.
Teacher's Eye View
On Tuesday May 20 2014 KBE had another lesson in Mindfulness. We had a great time being aware of our bodies and describing what we were feeling. Later we read a book and watched a movie about Memorial Day. We also discussed the ph digraph and watched a silly song about the sound if makes. We worked out math word problems with unnecessary variables and continued our Eric Carle unit by reading The Mixed Up Chameleon and Have You Seen My Cat?
Check out all the ways we were able to represent the number of the day!
On Monday May 19 2014 KBE wrote about their weekends. We revisited some writing conventions such as capitals and lowercases, spacing, and punctuation. During Fundations time we worked on /l blends such as bl, cl, fl, pl, etc. We also continued our Eric Carle unit by reading My Apron.
In the afternoon KBE used iPads, read in small groups, and watched a short video about collages. We read Hello, Red Fox by Eric Carle. We then began working on crafting our own Eric Carle inspired collages.
KBE's Beach Trip is the morning of June 2. A permission slip with information about the trip was sent home today with your child. Please return the bottom portion to KBE as soon as possible. You can also print out the form here if you need to. Hope to see you all there!
Day 150 - Science Fair
On Friday May 16 2014 KBE visited the 4th and 5th Grade Science Fair. It was fascinating seeing the wide range of experiments. Back in class we had another iPad photo scavenger hunt and read two more Eric Carle books, The Very Quiet Cricket and Rooster's Off To See The World. KBE also had a discussion where we revisited the concept of being a Bucket Filler. This is an important concept that can be discussed at home as well.
On Wednesday May 14 2014 KBE used the iPads to have a photo scavenger hunt around the classroom. We read a Midland Book of the Month called What If You Had Animal Teeth by Sandra Markle. We continued our Eric Carle unit by reading The Very Clumsy Click Beetle and discussing what took place at the beginning, middle, and end of the story. In Math we worked on our partners of 10 and then representing teen numbers as groups of tens plus extra ones.
Day 147 - Family Night!
On Tuesday May 13 2014 KBE read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. We watched a video where Mr. Carle showed us the process by which he made The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We shared strategies we use to count large groups of objects correctly. We also had our third lesson on Mindfulness. Enjoy your Family Night!
On Monday May 12 2014 KBE wrote about their Mother's Day weekends. We also worked on representing the number 1056 in various ways during morning meeting - that's the number of days the class will spend at Midland before they leave for Rye Middle School! KBE was fingerprinted in the cafeteria today and discussed how that works. During Library the class learned about non-fiction books. After that we continued our mixing substances unit in Science by mixing ingredients to make bubbles outside in our school's courtyard. It was a beautiful, fun day.
In the afternoon KBE used iPads and did small group reading. Afterwards we began our study of Eric Carle by reading The Very Hungry Caterpillarand breaking the story into a beginning, middle, and end.
On Thursday May 8 2014 KBE celebrated a birthday. We also had a 5th grade visitor read us The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and answer questions about her Midland experience. It was great... she was in KBE the year most of us were born! KBE also talked about square numbers, wrote words with the -er suffix, represented teen numbers as groups of 10 with extras, and read Fox In Socks by Dr. Seuss.
Our visitor points to a photograph of herself in KBE!
Reminders: Attend Bubble Night tonight at 6pm in the cafeteria! Wear your Midland colors for our Spirit Assembly tomorrow! Also, please bring in a quarter. The 5th grade is selling Midland Bulldog tattoos for us to wear during the assembly.
Day 143 - Author Visit
On Wednesday May 7 2014 KBE had a very busy morning. We began the day by visiting our buddies in 3O to learn a new method of using watercolors. After that we had snack out on the playground and went to the computer lab. The morning ended in the Library where we met Tish Rabe, the author.
Reminder: This Friday is a Spirit Assembly. Please wear your Midland colors!
On Tuesday May 6 2014 KBE had our second lesson on Mindfulness. It was a great start to the day. Afterwards we learned about comparing numbers and how using doubles can help us with addition and subtraction problems. We also finished reading The Enormous Crocodile.
Day 141 - Cinco De Mayo
On Friday May 2 2014 KBE discussed subtraction problems. We shared our different methods of solving them and watched a related video on Brainpop Jr. We also celebrated a birthday, did a Nearpod morning meeting, and set a new class record of 1:32 for lining up alphabetically (with letter cards). Mr. Boyum began reading us The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl because it's wondrous.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!
KBE will be going to the beach on the
morning of Monday, June 2nd.
We will meet there at 9am and walk back to
Midland after a program run by the
Rye Nature Center.
All are invited to join.
More information will be sent home soon.
On Thursday May 1 2014 KBE read Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss, and then made and played with Oobleck! It was fun and messy! Afterwards we talked and wrote about what caused the dinosaurs to become extinct. During snack we read Pigs Make Me Sneeze and Elephants Cannot Dance by Mo Willems.
On Wednesday April 30 2014 KBE focused on the ck digraph. We noticed that when we make the k sound at the end of words we use a k after a consonant and a ck after a vowel. We read a book called Click, Cluck, and Quack that reinforced the concept. We watched a video about patterns on Brainpop Jr. and practiced breaking teen numbers into 10s and 1s.
On Tuesday April 29 2014 KBE did a Science 21 activity where we mixed water with different substances and predicted what would occur. Ask us about it! We also talked about Counting On as an addition strategy and worked with snap cubes to form partners of 10 and other numbers. At the end of the morning we had a parent come in to begin a program on Mindfulness. It was as quiet in our room as it has ever been!
On Monday April 28 2014 KBE wrote about their weekend experiences. Our writing has really come a long way from the beginning of the year! We talked again about how we approach addition problems and revisited the concept of Honesty. We also found out that Tish Rabe is coming to speak to us on May 7. If you'd like to purchase one of her autographed books click here. All orders must be submitted by Friday.
Check out all the ways we were able to make the number of the day!
On Friday April 25 2014 KBE continued to learn about dinosaurs. We wrote about herbivores and shared interesting facts that we found in non-fiction books about dinosaurs. We are so excited for the Midland Fair tomorrow!!!
KBE sold the most raffle books in Kindergarten and won an
ICE CREAM PARTY!!!!!!
On Thursday April 24 2014 KBE had an exciting story snack. We learned about Australian animals and had yummy cookies to honor ANZAC Day, Australia's Independence Day, which is tomorrow. KBE made a dinosaur art project focusing on herbivores and came up with many ways to represent the number of the day, shown below.
On Wednesday April 23 2014 KBE used the iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. We worked with the Tiny Tumblers to find all the partners of 8.
Day 132 - Earth Day
On Tuesday April 22 2014 KBE returned from Spring Break. We shared our experiences over the break with our classmates. We read a book about Earth Day and learned about ways that we can help our environment. Afterwards we talked about different ways that we can approach addition problems and visited the Tiny Tumblers of Math Mountain.
In the afternoon KBE read 10 Things I Can Do To Help My World by Melanie Walsh. We brainstormed different things that we could do to help the environment and wrote and drew about our favorites. We also played a high stakes session of Dice Bingo. The other long day group will do these activities tomorrow afternoon.
On Friday April 11 2014 KBE did a Nearpod Morning Meeting. We talked about partners of 10 (1+9, 2+8, etc.) and reviewed the concept of even and odd numbers. We reminisced about performing Chicken Soup With Rice and read another of Maurice Sendak's classic books, In The Night Kitchen. Have a nice break!
Day 130 - Chicken Soup With Rice
On Thursday April 10 2014 KBE joined the other Kindergarten classes to perform Maurice Sendak's Chicken Soup With Rice in front of a packed auditorium of family members and fans. It was epic! Thank you so much to all the parents who volunteered their time and talents to help us pull it off... we couldn't have done it without you!
After the play we had a Cast Party and then some playground time to run off all the excitement. Back in class we wrote about our experiences during the play and then talked about 2D vs. 3D objects.
Day 129 - Dress Rehearsal!
On Wednesday April 9 2014 KBE performed the dress rehearsal of Chicken Soup With Rice to a packed auditorium. The audience included our buddy classes and the 1st and 2nd grades. We were great!!!!
This day was also notable because our class got a new student - we were so excited to meet him! We took advantage of the glorious weather to have a picnic snack outside. After Computer we learned the legendary story of the Tiny Tumblers of Math Mountain. Ask us about them tonight.
On Monday April 7 2014 KBE rehearsed Chicken Soup With Rice in front of a live audience for the first time! We also discussed what the world was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. We were intrigued by the concept of all of Earth's land masses being joined together.
Day 126 - Spirit Assembly!
On Friday April 4 2014 KBE participated in a Spirit Assembly! It was great! We learned about the character trait Respect. During the assembly we found out that a member of our class had sold the most raffle tickets in the grade this week. He won a prize, and our class is in the lead in the gradewide raffle ticket selling contest! Yay! KBE also got a chance to rehearse our play on stage with our costumes, backdrop, and musical accompaniment for the first time today. It was very exciting.
The Midland Bulldog greets Mrs. Olson during our Spirit Assembly.
On Thursday April 3 2014 KBE worked in groups to represent the number 125 in various ways. We also read Dinosaur Bob by William Joyce, wrote about our favorite parts, and worked on retelling the story sequentially. Tomorrow is a Spirit Assembly - wear your Midland colors!
If you want a fun math game for home, click on the picture below.
On Wednesday April 2 2014 KBE did an observation of one of our dinosaur toys, describing it in detail and measuring it using snap cubes. We talked about discerning between facts that we could observe and our prior knowledge and assumptions. We also continued working on the -ed and -ing suffixes during Fundations. Our morning concluded on the auditorium stage with a gradewide rehearsal of our upcoming play.
On Tuesday April 1 2014 KBE got fooled by Mr. Boyum into thinking that they were getting a new teacher tomorrow. After realizing they were tricked, the class worked on writing words with the -ed and -ing suffixes. During snack we read Arthur's April Fool by Marc Brown. In Math we worked on the concept of greater than and less than. We spent some time looking at non-fiction books about dinosaurs and tagging interesting pages we want our friends to see. It was a fun and busy morning.
On Monday March 31 2014 KBE rehearsed for the Kindergarten Play... ON STAGE! It was exciting being under the bright lights with everyone in the grade! We read a book about April Fools Day and learned three new math games that we can play during choice time. The games focused on partners of ten and single digit addition. Just for fun we watched the silly The Great White Man Eating Shark by Margaret Mahy on Bookflix.
We created an elaborate dinosaur scene to give us ideas for our writing.
On Friday March 28 2014 KBE learned about how fossils are made. We looked at a real Ammanoid fossil and watched a video about fossils on BrainPop Jr. We read books about how paleontologists analyze fossils of dinosaur teeth and dinosaur tracks. During snack we heard T is for Terrible by Peter McCarty. Later we made Venn Diagrams comparing dinosaurs with creatures that are alive today. It was a very busy morning.
In the afternoon KBE created a pre-historic scene with some plants, blocks, and loads of DINOSAURS!!!! We discussed what was happening in our imaginary world and then wrote and drew pictures about it.
On Thursday March 27 2014 KBE dug up a lot of information about dinosaurs. We read Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner and visited a dinosaur dig site. We assembled fossils into dinosaur skeletons of our own, classified fossils as dinosaurs or other creatures, and added lots of information to our dinosaur KWL chart. During snack we watched How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen. We also came up with several ways to represent the number 120 and created teen numbers using centimeter cubes. It was a busy morning.
On Wednesday March 26 2014 KBE celebrated two birthdays. It was a spectacularly sugary time! One of the birthday celebrations was tied into a fun Amelia Bedelia story snack. KBE also did a Nearpod morning meeting and did a choral reading of a book focusing on the -th digraph.
In the afternoon KBE did small reading groups, read Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems, and rehearsed for the Kindergarten play as a grade level.
On Tuesday March 25 2014 KBE got to do Yoga with our buddy class 3O in the cafeteria. Namaste! We also had Games With Friends, got assigned our roles for our Kindergarten play, did a choral reading of a book higlighting the -sh digraph, and made congratulatory cards for Ms. Bellofatto - she got engaged!
On Monday March 24 2014 KBE wrote and drew about their weekends. The class rehearsed for the Kindergarten Play and watched The Magic School Bus - The Busasaurus as part of our dinosaur unit.
On Friday March 21 2014 KBE read Dinosaurs by Gail Gibbons. We were introduced to our new Dinosaur word wall and used it to help us write about our High Touch High Tech visit yesterday. In the afternoon we had our first grade-wide rehearsal for the upcoming Kindergarten play (4/10)!
Day 115 - High Touch High Tech: DINOSAURS!!!
On Thursday March 20 2014 KBE was visited by a paleontologist from High Touch High Tech. We did several experiments and learned a lot of interesting information. One of our favorite parts was when we simulated a volcanic eruption! The rest of the morning included recess outside in the beautiful weather and a story snack featuring two grandparents. Today was great.
On Wednesday March 19 2014 KBE began talking about dinosaurs. We made a KWL chart and talked about the words fossils and extinction. This unit is going to be a lot of fun!
On Tuesday March 18 2014 KBE got to see the 5th grade play, The Music Man. It was a very impressive performance! In class afterwards we read If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty, had outdoor playtime (1st time in 2014!!!!), worked on p and q confusion, and received new math workbooks. It was a busy short day!
On Monday March 17 2014 KBE celebrated St. Patrick's Day. We read a book about the holiday by Gail Gibbons and watched a short video about its history. We talked about how we would try to catch a leprechaun and wrote about what we would wish for if we caught one. We also made leprechaun hats and a pot of gold craft.
In the afternoon we read and wrote about Mrs. McCool and the Giant Cuhullin by Jessica Souhami.
On Friday March 14 2014 KBE used Nearpod to take a quiz about our Solar System. We have learned so much! We also read Grandpa Takes Me To The Moon by Timothy R. Gaffney and wrote about the Moon.
In the afternoon we learned about Uranus, completing our unit about the Solar System.
On Thursday March 13 2014 KBE had a fun Story Snack. We practiced writing sight words and independently came up with several ways to represent the number 110. Later we visited and wrote about the planet Neptune.
On Wednesday March 12 2014 KBE celebrated a birthday. We did a Nearpod morning meeting and were introduced to the Explode The Code program. In Math we worked on identifying and counting shapes within a larger image. It was a fun morning!
On Tuesday March 11 2014 KBE had Games With Friends. We also learned about Saturn and it's rings and heard Skippyjon Jones: Lost In Spice by Judy Schachner.
On Monday March 10 2014 KBE continued our Solar System unit by learning about Jupiter. We were impressed by the sheer scale of the planet and its system. We celebrated a birthday, and after Library we were introduced to the DR blend.
In the afternoon KBE used the book Mousetronaut by astronaut Mark Kelly to discuss the concept of fiction and non-fiction. We also did Guided Reading and used the iPads. It was a busy Monday!
On Friday March 7 2014 Midland had an assembly where we launched a money raising campaign called Pennies For Patients. The event was a great launch for next week's theme, Pay It Forward. Back in class KBE visited Mars. We learned some interesting facts about the Red Planet and watched a video showing how the Mars Rovers get to Mars safely.
On Thursday March 6 2014 KBE learned about Earth and the Moon. We wrote down interesting facts about them and added them to our Solar System books. We practiced writing sight words during Fundations time - writing them is much harder than reading them! We also worked in groups to collect teen groups of objects around the room and then display them as groups of 10 and extras. It was a busy morning.
Day 104 - Jump With Jill!
On Wednesday March 5 2014 KBE got to Jump With Jill, exercising and learning about healthy food choices in the process. It was a lot of fun. Afterwards we continued our exploration of the Solar System by learning about Venus. It was a busy day!
On Tuesday March 4 2014 KBE visited the planet Mercury. We read a non-fiction book about the planet and "visited" it using our SMARTBoard. Afterwards we painted the planet and wrote interesting facts about it for our Solar System books. After Gym we were introduced to the TR sound, as in truck and trophy, and practiced using it in words on our dry erase boards.
On Monday March 3 KBE celebrated a birthday and wrote about our weekends. We also wrote facts that we know and have learned about the Sun. We were particularly interested in the Sun's size relative to Earth.
Day 101 - Character Day AND The Great Midland Read Aloud
On Friday February 28 2014 KBE had a very busy morning. For starters, we dressed as our favorite literary characters to celebrate Character Day (slideshow to come). Then the class visited 5th grade where Mrs. Partington read us There's A Wocket In My Pocket by Dr. Seuss as part of The Great Midland Read Aloud celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Back in class we had a Nearpod morning meeting, read a short magazine about Dr. Seuss' life, and listened to Hooray For Diffendoofer School. Afterwards we began our study of the Solar System by reading a book about the Sun and doing a fun art project.
In the afternoon KBE got Lost In Space with the Magic School Bus crew. We also read a book called Money Madness by David A. Adler and wrote about what we would do if we had $100.
On Thursday February 27 2014 KBE celebrated the 100th day of Kindergarten in style! The morning began with different activities in each of the Kindergarten rooms. We made crowns and glasses, wrote about what we want to have a hundred of, and did a special 100 themed workout. It was exhilarating and exhausting. Afterwards we shared our 100th day collections (slideshow to come), had a fun Story Snack, and made a list of 100 activities we have done this year. We also read several 100th day books during the course of the day, among them Mrs. Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate, The Night Before the 100th Day by Natasha Wing, 100 Days of School by Trudy Harris, and 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler. What a busy day!!!
On Wednesday February 26 2014 KBE used the iPads, worked on completing their torn paper Frederick projects, and went to the Computer lab. We can't wait until tomorrow!!!
On Tuesday February 25 2014 KBE celebrated a birthday and played Games With Friends. We continued reading about the 100th Day, learned about the CH and WH sounds, and were introduced to Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak for the first time. Afterwards we worked on counting up from a number other than one and created addition and subtraction stories.
On Monday February 24 2014 KBE returned from Winter Break and wrote and shared about what they had done over the vacation. Our class did a lot of exciting things - we even had two children visit a hotel made out of ice! KBE began reading Kindergarten Count to 100 by Jacqueline Rogers in anticipation of the 100th Day of School. We did an activity where we sorted objects by attributes and then later an activity where we focused on positional words such as above, below, beside, next to, etc. It was a busy morning.
In the afternoon KBE used iPads and did small group reading. We also read Frederick by Leo Lionni and then did a torn paper craft project to show our favorite scene from the book.
What KBE Loves - The Feature Film
Things I Love Slideshow
KBE wrote and drew about things we love. Check out our class book here.
On Wednesday February 12 2014 KBE invited our buddy class, 3O, to our room. We estimated and measured objects around the room and then compared and discussed our results. It was lots of fun! During snack we read Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli and The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond. We went to the Computer lab to use RAZ-Kids and afterwards made a fun Valentine's Day craft.
On Wednesday February 11 KBE practiced tapping out and writing words with the -th and -sh sounds in them. We also discussed measurement and estimation in anticipation of our buddy class's visit tomorrow morning. During snack we did a Valentine's Day Math Journey on Starfall. It was pretty exciting. KBE also received the first delivery of mail from our newly established KBE Postal Service. The class is SO excited to receive letters from their classmates in the future!
On Monday February 10 2014 KBE revisited The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and made collages depicting our favorite scenes from the book. We also wrote about our weekend adventures, broke down the number 93, and learned the th sound in Fundations. It was a busy morning!
On Friday February 7 2014 KBE had a Spirit Assembly! It is always so much fun to congregate with the whole school and see all of our friends. KBE also had a Nearpod morning meeting, invited KBM to our room during snack to watch a Magic School Bus video about staying warm in the cold, and continued experimenting with making shapes out of smaller shapes in Math. It was a busy morning.
On Thursday February 6 2014 KBE wrote and shared stories about their adventures over the weekend and the snow days that we've had since. We learned about the SH sound during Fundations, practiced manipulating smaller shape combinations to make larger ones, and heard the fun book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig. It was a fun short day for all.
On Tuesday February 4 2014 KBE returned to school after a long snowy weekend. During morning meeting we figured out all of the numbers that one can count by to get to 90. Later we shared our awesome snowman family projects. After Gym we read Corduroy by Don Freeman and How Teddy Bears Are Made by Ann Morris. We wrote about our favorite stuffed animals and shared our writing with our classmates.
In the afternoon KBE read Feelings by Susan Canizares and wrote about times when we have felt particular feelings. We also did RAZ-Kids on the iPads and got new guided reading books. The other long day group will hopefully get to do these activities tomorrow afternoon.
Day 89 - Groundhog's Day Predictions
On Friday January 31 2014 KBE learned about Groundhog's Day. We made predictions (see below) about whether or not Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow on Sunday and then made a cool Groundhog's Day burrow. Later we continued our Bears unit by writing about Black Bears. During morning meeting KBE came up with 23 unique ways to make the number 89.
Day 88 - Chinese New Year's Eve
On Thursday January 30 2014 KBE had a story snack during which we learned about Chinese New Year. We heard the book Crouching Tiger by Ying Chang Compestine and received red envelopes (hóngbāo) as gifts. Later in the day we read a non-fiction book about Chinese New Year, watched a video called Sam and the Lucky Money (based on the book by Karen Chinn), and made lanterns with Chinese symbols and pictures of horses on them (it is the year of the horse). Afterwards we practiced skip counting to reach large numbers. At the end of the day we learned about Black bears and made a chart comparing and contrasting them with the other bears we have learned about this week.
On Wednesday January 29 2014 KBE used a lot of technology during our morning meeting. We used Nearpod with the iPad cameras in tandem with the SMARTBoard and Apple TV to spice up our routines. It was pretty cool. Later in the morning we celebrated a birthday and continued our bear unit by learning and writing about
On Monday January 27 2014 KBE wrote about their weekends and shared their work with their classmates. The children's writing has really improved recently and should be encouraged at home as well - make sure to give them opportunities to write and, importantly, read their writing back to you. We also began a unit about bears with the book Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and some non-fiction text about bear cubs and Grizzly Bears.
In the afternoon KBE worked in iPads, did Guided Reading, and read the book My Favorite Bear by Andrea Gabriel. We then wrote and shared about our favorite animals. The other long day group will do this work tomorrow afternoon.
On Friday January 24 2014 KBE went to Gym, did Fundations, and read the silly anthropomorphic book Curious Critters by David Fitzimmons. We also had fun during our Nearpod morning meeting when we used our iPad cameras to photograph, draw on, and then label objects around the room.
On Thursday January 23 2014 KBE had a delicious and healthy Story Snack. Before that we worked in teams to come up with as many equations as we could to add up to our number of the day, 83. Our five groups came up with 17 unique equations! We read Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and used crayons and watercolors in combination to create wild things of our own.
On Wednesday January 22 2014 KBE had a late arrival due to snow. We went to the Computer Lab and learned the Fundations way to write the capital U, V, W, X, Y, and Z.
In the afternoon KBE did small group reading and read and wrote about There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro.
On Tuesday January 21 2014 KBE had an early dismissal because of snow. In the morning we wrote about our weekends, practiced addition and subtraction, learned how to write the capital letters P, Q, R, S, & T, and listened to Antartic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems by Judy Sierra. It was a fun morning!
On Friday January 17 2014 KBE learned about the Magic E. More Magic E websites can be reached here and here. We also worked on the uppercase letters K, L, M, N, and O. During snack we talked about things we do in the snow and enjoyed The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and after Gym we made funny portraits of ourselves catching snowflakes on our tongues (slideshow!). Have a great long weekend!
Day 79 - High Touch High Tech: The Five Senses
On Thursday January 16 2014 KBE was visited by a scientist named Mr. Tom. He came to us courtesy of the High Touch High Tech program, which is paid for by the Midland PTO (Thank You!!!), and together we did an engaging workshop on the Five Senses. After he left KBE was shown how to form the uppercase letters F, G, H, I, and J in the Fundations way and then had a fun Story Snack where we learned about hearing aids. It was a busy morning!
On Wednesday January 15 2014 KBE was introduced to the Fundations way to write the capital letters A,B,C,D & E. We had a Nearpod morning meeting, did RAZ-Kids in the Computer lab, and read two Jan Brett books, The Hat and The Three Snow Bears.
In the afternoon the class heard Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and discussed and wrote about who Martin Luther King Jr. was. The other long day group will do this on Friday.
On Tuesday January 14 2014 KBE had Games With Friends in the morning. Afterwards we read The Mitten by Jan Brett and did a sequencing art activity related to the book.
On Monday January 13 2014 KBE wrote and shared stories about their weekends. We used the SMARTBoard and our bodies to represent different ways to make the number 6 and used ten frames to solve addition problems. During snack we watched James Marshall's Red Riding Hood.
In the afternoon KBE used iPads and began small group reading instruction. We also read and wrote responses to My Friends by Taro Gomi. The other long day group will do these activities later in the week.
Day 75 - Spirit Assembly!
On Friday January 10 2014 KBE went to Midland's first Spirit Assembly of 2014. The theme was Acceptance. Back in class we read Snowballs by Lois Ehlert and discussed our upcoming family snowman project. During Fundations time we worked on lining up in alphabetical order. We started a new Science 21 unit, Living and Non-Living, by reading What's Alive by Kathleen Zoehfeld and sorting some objects into living and non-living categories. It was a busy Friday!
Day 74 - Eat Well, Be Well
On Thursday January 9 2014 KBE had many visitors. We had a fun Story Snack first and then KP visited our class to participate in the Eat Well, Be Well Program and learn about making healthy food choices. The program gave us plenty of food for thought. During the morning we also read and wrote about the book Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner.
On Wednesday January 8 2013 KBE had a Nearpod morning meeting. We celebrated a birthday and talked about how we experience popcorn with all of our different senses. IXL information was also sent home via email so that students can practice math at home. Click on the image below to login and check it out!
In the afternoon KBE learned and wrote about a man named Wilson Bentley. The other afternoon group will learn about him on Friday.
Day 72 - The Cold Day
On Tuesday January 7 2014 KBE spent a lot of time talking about the weather. We looked at a weather map of temperatures across our continent and watched two Brainpop Jr. videos about Winter and Temperature. We read Winter Is by Ann Dixon and Winter by Ron Hirschi. We also did a Science 21 sorting activity about different objects that people can use to protect their bodies from cold and other things.
During our morning meeting KBE came up with several
equations to equal the number of the day, 72.
Day 71 - Welcome Back!
On Monday January 6 2014 KBE wrote about what they had done over their long vacations. It was interesting hearing about all the different experiences our friends had. We switched the calendar to its new month and year and went to Brainpop Jr. to learn about calendars and dates. After Library we were introduced to our last two lowercase letters, Xx and Yy. While learning the letter Yy we took a moment to demonstrate our yodeling. It was pretty amazing.
In the afternoon the long day group worked with iPads, read The World Belongs To You by Riccardo Bozzi, wrote about New Years resolutions, and made snowflakes. The other long day group will do these activities tomorrow.
On Friday December 20 2013 KBE had a Nearpod Morning Meeting. We did Fundations, watched a film about how different cultures celebrate Christmas, and read Merry Christmas Everywhere by Arlene Erlbach. We also enjoyed Robert Sabuda's pop-up version of the 12 Days of Christmas. Have a great break - see you in 2013!
Click here to read our book about Santa Claus! It is a treasure trove of Santa information!
Day 69 - Multicultural Celebration!
On Thursday December 19 2013 KBE celebrated the holidays in style! Our feast was yummy - thank you to all the parents who prepared the diverse and delicious food! Be sure to check out our Multicultural Cookbook.
On Wednesday December 18 2013 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. We also used them to explore a slideshow of environmental print to see what symbols and words we could identify and read. We learned two new Fundations letters, Qq (it's a chicken letter, ask us about it!) and Zz. In the Computer Lab we drew pictures of Santa on Kidpix and read books in RAZ-Kids. Lastly, we traveled to the Christmas Mountains in Canada and read Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Olive the Other Reindeer by D. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh. We also made a fun Rudolph craft.
On Tuesday December 17 2013 KBE learned about Kwanzaa. We traveled to Victoria Falls in Africa as well as to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the White House in Washington, D.C. We watched Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney, read a Rookie book about Kwanzaa, and made Mkekas, the traditional woven mat for the holiday. During snack we read Arthur's Christmas by Marc Brown and That's Not Santa by Leonard Kessler. We also did an activity where we worked on identifying congruent shapes.
On Monday December 16 2013 KBE visited Sweden and learned about St. Lucia's Day. Our travels with Google Earth also took us to St. Basil's Cathedral and Red Square in Moscow as well as the homes of several of us here in Westchester. When we returned to Rye we made crowns of candles just like St. Lucy's. During the morning KBE also wrote about our weekends and went to Library. During snack we watched Merry Christmas, Space Case by James Marshall.
In the afternoon KBE used iPads and read The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. We wrote about Santa Claus. Afterwards we went to Brainpop Jr. to learn about winter holidays and used Playdoh to form letters and words. It was fun. The other long day group will do these activities tomorrow.
On Friday December 13 2013 KBE had a surprising subsitute teacher - our old assistant Mrs. Flamio! It was nice having her in class. We made Poinsettias, went to Gym, and did some fun science activities... ask us about them!
On Thursday December 12 2013 KBE celebrated a birthday with a three course story snack. We also traveled to Mexico to learn about The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Legend of the Poinsettia. We read the corresponding book by Tomie de Paola. While there we visited the shrine of Guadalupe in Mexico City and also the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. We took the scenic route on our way home and visited some American landmarks such as The Alamo, Mt. Rushmore, and The Lincoln Memorial.
On Wednesday December 11 2013 KBE used the iPads to do a Nearpod morning meeting. We read How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss and did a Language Arts assessment in the Computer Lab. We also did a Science experiment in which we tasted several foods and classified them as salty, sweet, or sour. All the other possible tastes felt bitter about being excluded.
On Tuesday December 10 2013 KBE traveled to Germany to learn about how Christmas is celebrated there. We started in Berlin and then headed to Bavaria to see Neuschwanstein Castle, the real castle upon which Cinderella's castle at Disney is based. We read Cinderella by Barbara Karlin and James Marshall and stopped off in Florida to see Cindy's castle at the Magic Kingdom on our way home. When we got home we read Dream Snow by Eric Carle and made a fun Santa hat craft. The snow falling outside our window was a nice setting for our fun day!
KBE also got to go to Gym today, which for the past several weeks has been transformed for Gymnastics. Check out this picture of what it looks like and ask us what we've gotten to do there!
On Monday December 9 2013 Midland School had a delayed opening due to the weather. KBE made the most out of the time it had in the morning, however, taking a trip to Spain to see how Christmas is celebrated there. We explored the Prado in Madrid and the Straits of Gibraltar before watching and then performing our own traditional Jota dance. It was raucous. On our way home we stopped by the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.
In the afternoon KBE used iPads and then read the book Lunch by Denise Fleming. This prompted a conversation and writing activity about foods that we like to eat. We also practiced writing numbers and did some addition and subtraction word problems together. The highlight of the afternoon was probably when we read Rap A Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles -Think of That! by Leo and Diane Dillon and played music as our friends showed off their dance moves. The other afternoon group will do these activities on Friday.
On Friday December 6 2013 KBE made holiday cards to send to wounded members of the armed forces with our buddy class, 3O. During snack Mr. Boyum read us two books he likes, Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me by Eric Carle and The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen. We did a Nearpod meeting on the iPads. We also did a Science 21 activity where we had to use our sense of smell to try to identify a mystery object inside a canister. It was fun.
On Thursday December 5 2013 KBE had a story snack. Thank you to the Mom who came in! We also learned about hexagons, their characteristics and how they can be constructed using other shapes we know. It was a foggy day!
On Wednesday December 4 2013 KBE traveled to Europe to visit some famous synagogues and learn about Hanukkah. While we were there we read Latkes Latkes by Naomi Howland and made a menorah craft. When we returned to Midland we had a science conversation about sound.
In the afternoon KBE read My Two Grandmothers by Effin Older and wrote about what we do at Grandma's house when we go to visit. The other long day group will do these activities on Friday.
On Tuesday December 3 2013 KBE was introduced to the letters Jj and Pp in Fundations. This marked a big milestone for KBE because we were finally able to tap out the word jump, which led to an impromptu dance party. We sorted our word bank magnets, choosing which would be appropriate for the holiday season. During snack we revisited Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall and then read Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems. We had a conversation about the similarities and differences between the two stories. We also took the first trip on our Google Earth voyage to see how different people around celebrate holidays in December! This time we went to Jerusalem, where we visted the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, learned about Hanukkah, made dreidels, and heard the silly story Runaway Dreidel! by Leslea Newman. We even stopped in Egypt on our way home to see the Great Pyramids. It was a busy day!
On Monday December 2 2013 KBE returned from Thanksgiving weekend and wrote, drew, and shared stories about their experiences over the holiday. Later we filled out information in our new KBE Passports - we're going to use them to travel around the world seeing how people all over the world celebrate holidays in December! KBE also read two books about Hanukkah in Library and did a SMARTBoard activities that focused on rhyming and differentiating between beginning and ending sounds in words.
In the afternoon KBE used iPads and discussed subtraction stories. We also read I Went Walking by Sue Williams and took a walk around our classroom looking for interesting things. Then we wrote about them! The other long day group will do these activities tomorrow.
On Wednesday November 27 2013 KBE used iPads to do a Nearpod morning meeting. We celebrated a birthday and read books on RAZ-Kids during our time in the computer lab. Mr. Boyum told us that as a Thanksgiving gift for all our hard work to date he would open up the Raz Rockets section of the site for us. We can't wait! When we returned from the computer lab we read a Rookie Book about Hanukkah and watched In the Month of Kislev by Nina Jaffe. Happy holidays everyone!
On Tuesday November 26 2013 KBE focused on patterns and attributes of objects (size, shape, color) during our morning meeting. We read Run, Turkey, Run by Diane Mayr, a book about a turkey disguising himself as other animals to escape Thanksgiving, and then shared our Tom Turkey Family Projects. You can see our projects in our slideshow section. It was great to see all of the creative and imaginative ways that TOM disguised himself! We also recorded a new song, Albuquerque Turkey. Enjoy!
On Monday November 25 2013 KBE began the day by writing and drawing about the weekend that was. We did a shared reading on the SMARTBoard and three new Fundations letters were introduced :Hh, Kk, and Ll. KBE also read the Midland Book of the Month, Miss Smith Under The Ocean by Michael Garland. We did a science experiment about the sense of hearing that involved canisters with hidden objects in them. We had to shake our canisters and find a classmate with a matching canister using just our hearing. It was fun.
In the afternoon we used the iPads and then read Freight Train by Donald Crews. This led to a discussion of things that we know a lot about or are very interested in. We did a written response to the discussion and did a Freight Train art activity.
On Friday November 22 2013 KBE continued to work with 10s frames to solve addition problems. We also talked about how numbers can be represented with centimeter cubes, looking at 1s, 10s, 100s, and 1000 and talking about what larger numbers would look like. At the end of the morning we completed our Science 21 Dark Box experiment - ask us what we saw in the box!
On Thursday November 21 2013 KBE had a fun Story Snack during which we read Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin and Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. We also did addition equations using 10s frames, continued our Science 21 Dark Box experiment, and watched a movie about the first Thanksgiving.
Day 50 - Halfway to the 100th day!!!
On Wednesday November 20 2013 KBE welcomed their buddies from 3O to the classroom. We made ears of corn using tissue paper and re-recorded Turkey Dinner all together! It was fun. We read T is for Turkey by Tanya Lee Stone and afterwards earned RAZ-Kids stars in the Computer Lab. During Fundations we worked with rhyming words and word families.
Day 49 - Open House
On Tuesday November 19 2013 KBE welcomed several parents into our classroom as a part of American Education Week. It was fun showing our parents how we use Nearpod, do some of our Fundations routines, and play in Gym. When we returned to KBE we visited Plimoth! Later we talked about the sense of sight and looked into a dark box as the 1st part of a Science 21 experiment. Lastly, we used dry erase boards to write math equations for math stories that Mr. Boyum told us. He tried to trick us by including extra information that we didn't need.
On Monday November 18 2013 KBE wrote, illustrated, and shared stories about their weekends. During morning meeting we came up with several different ways to add up to the number 48. We did a shared reading of A Tap And A Pat on the SMARTBoard and talked about our experiences with RAZ-Kids over the weekend. We even listened to one of our friends recordings of a RAZ-Kids book! We played outside in the beautiful weather and during snack watched The Red Hen by Rebecca and Ed Emberley.
In the afternoon KBE read I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and wrote about features of ourselves that we love. We also read The Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli and made feathers that show something we are thankful for. These feathers will be for a huge Midland Turkey that will have feathers from every student in the school! The other long day group will do these activities tomorrow.
Day 47 - RAZ-Kids!
On Friday November 15 2013 KBE celebrated a birthday with a fun Story Snack. We also read 'Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey, went to Gym, used iPads, and tapped out words using magnet tiles during Fundations. Before we left Mr. Boyum showed us how to use our new RAZ-Kids accounts. We were extremely excited to use them at home. You can link to our login page by clicking on the RAZ-Kids bird here:
Make sure to go to our slideshow section. There are two new ones from October!
Day 46 - Pajama Day!
On Thursday November 14 2013 KBE celebrated Pajama Day! We even read a book that one of us brought in called Fancy Nancy: Pajama Party! In class KBE was introduced to two new Fundations letters, Ee and Ss. We talked about Triangles, watched a Thanksgiving Video, and made a Thanksgiving word wall. During snack we saw a game Mr. Boyum made. It was a busy morning!
On November 13 2013 KBE read The Very First Thanksgiving by Rhonda Gowler Greene and A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman. We used Kidpix to draw turkeys in Computer and began coloring in a First Thanksgiving Storybook. We just love turkeys! The class was also videotaped doing our Nearpod morning meeting.
In the afternoon KBE used manipulatives to find fives groups within single digit numbers and to learn about the +1 operation. We also wrote about our favorite foods. The other long day group will do these activities on Friday.
Tomorrow is PAJAMA DAY! Please remember to wear your jammies!!!
On Tuesday November 12 2013 KBE wrote and shared stories about their Veteran's Day weekend activities. After Gym we read Thanksgiving Day by Gail Gibbons and watched an informative but silly Smartboard show that Mr. Boyum made about the holiday. We practiced singing Turkey Dinner as well. During Fundations time we practiced tapping out the sounds in words and using that in our writing. We are getting pretty good!
KBE's Leaf Men!
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On Friday November 8 2013 KBE had a Spirit Assembly focused on the character trait Empathy. The Midland Bulldog came to visit and announced that Midland was hosting a Pajama Drive and would be celebrating a Pajama Day! How exciting! In class KBE used Nearpod and wrote letters to an Air Force Veteran. We also told Addition and Subtraction stories about a garden scene. It was a fun day!
On Thursday November 7 2013 KBE told math stories to each other and represented the equations in various ways such as 10s frames and bar models. We also did an activity working with equal and not equal signs. During snack we watched a video about the history and significance of Veterans Day and at the end of the morning we read the fun book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. It was a fun day!
On Wednesday November 6 2013 KBE used the iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. We began tapping out words and writing them as a group in a new Fundations activity. We read about Veterans Day during snack and made American flags using Kidpix during our time in the Computer lab. In Math we learned a few new ways to represent the value of ones and tens in numbers.
In the afternoon we read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert and went on a Fall walk to collect leaves. Our friends from KBM came to visit and we did a fun science activity where we discovered that markers have more than one color in them... ask us about it! The other long day group will do these activities on Friday.
On Monday November 4 2013 KBE wrote and drew stories about their weekends. We went to Library, did Fundations, and practiced forming our numbers from 1-5, giving the numbers 2 & 5 special attention. During snack Mr. Boyum read us Spoon and Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
In the afternoon we read Round Is A Mooncake by Roseanne Thong and used our Being A Writer time to make lists of objects that are certain shapes. We also used the iPads and read books about some of the five senses.
On Friday November 1 2013 KBE did Morning Meeting using Nearpod again. We had great fun drawing our favorites of our friends' Halloween costumes and sharing them on the iPads. We also read three of Mr. Boyum's favorite new books, The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Tap The Magic Tree by Christie Matheson, and How To Hide A Lion by Helen Stephens. After Gym we made math equations based on a picture of a playground scene.
In the afternoon KBE ended our Halloween unit by reading The Hallo-Weiner by Dav Pilkey and writing about our Trick-Or-Treating experiences.
Day 38 - Halloween!
On Thursday October 31 2013 KBE celebrated Halloween! We read poems from Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam and Lane Smith and completed our pumpkin art project. We met the new Fundations letters Dd and Gg and watched a video about Halloween words. During snack we watched By The Light of The Halloween Moon and The Halloweenster. We had a visit from Cinderella, who read us Which Witch Is Which? by Pat Hutchins, and then had a fun Story Snack where we read Runaway Mummy by Michael Rex and made acorn necklaces and tombstones! It was a great morning! At noon we went home but came back later for Midland's Halloween Parade and our amazing class party! Special thanks to all the parents who made today so special for us!!!
On Wednesday October 30 2013 KBE visited their buddy class, 3O. We got to see what a real Third Grade classroom looks like! We hunted through magazines to find images to use in collages that represented our buddies and us. It was a lot of fun. In Computer class we tried to make pictures of our Halloween costumes using the drawing program KidPix. We also had fun doing the Skeleton Dance in class.
On Tuesday October 29 2013 KBE did their Morning Meeting using Nearpod on the iPads again. We are getting more comfortable using the technology as we use it more. We did shared readings of two books, The City and Sam and the Sap, and during snack time we watched Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg on the SMARTBoard and had a conversation about friendship. We also talked about collages in preparation for our buddy activity with 3O tomorrow.
In the afternoon KBE used the iPads again to play Teach Me Kindergarten. We also read the book Red Is A Dragon, wrote about things that are red, and continued working on our leaf art projects to decorate our room for the fall.
Rye Nature Center Slideshow
Monday October 28 2013 was Mr. Bill's Hat Day at Midland School. KBE wrote and shared stories about their weekend, went to Library, and told math stories about their families. We also practiced writing the number 6. During snack we read a Rookie book about Halloween and Clifford's Halloween by Norman Bridwell.
On Friday October 25 2013 KBE participated in a Flash Mob on the South Playground! We also used the iPads to do our morning meeting using an amazing app called Nearpod. During snack we watched a video for the book Curious George Rides A Bike by H.A. Rey and Mr. Boyum read us a book called A Three Bears Halloween by Kathy Duval. After Gym we dissected a pumpkin and continued our pumpkin art project - we're making Jack O' Lanterns!
In the afternoon KBE worked together to draw and label a picture of KBE, then drew and labeled pictures of our rooms at home independently. During center time we played on the Computers, played a Five Senses Game and a Phonics game, and watercolored leaves to decorate our classroom tree. The other afternoon group will do these activities on Monday.
Day 33 - Rye Nature Center
On Thursday October 24 2013 KBE met at the Rye Nature Center. We played on their special playground, made apple cider and took a walk through the woods. It was a very exciting time for all. A special thank you goes out to the parents who walked back to Midland with us or drove our backpacks over for us. When we returned to Midland we wrote about our trip to the Nature Center, read Halloween Is... by Gail Gibbons, and began a fun pumpkin art activity.
On Wednesday October 23 2013 KBE used Wiggleworks in the Computer Lab to read the book Chocolate Chippo Hippo, among others. In class we did shared reading on the SMARTBoard, created math equations using made up stories about the ocean, and, once again, found fives groups in numbers between 6-10. During snack we read Rookie books about the senses of Seeing and Tasting. Please remember that tomorrow is our field trip to the Rye Nature Center!
On Tuesday October 22 2013 KBE was introduced to the Fundations letters Oo and Rr. During snack we played on Starfall, went to BrainPop Jr. to learn more about Halloween, and watched the video for A Very Brave Witch. We read There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat by Lucille Colandro and made a Bat art project that focused on symmetry and cutting. The last thing we did was read My Five Senses by Aliki and a fun 5 Senses SMARTBoard activity. It was a very busy morning!
KBE used iPads for part of the afternoon. We read a book called City Signs by Zoran Milich and made signs to label objects in our classroom. We also made graphs of our eye and hair colors. The other long day group will do these activities tomorrow.
On Monday October 21 2013 KBE wrote and drew about their weekends. It was fun hearing about the exciting things our friends did. We also read Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell and made black cats to decorate our room. KBE received the sight words I and see to add to their word rings. Make sure to practice them!
On Friday October 18 2013 KBE got to use iPads in our classroom for the first time. We each got our own! We used the app Teach Me Kindergarten. In class we read a silly book called The Vanishing Pumpkin by Tony Johnston and wrote the words to a story about Echo the Owl. Mr. Boyum also showed us some silly videos during snack called Sons of Poetry, The Biscotti Kid, and The Spy Who Loved Cookies.
In the afternoon we read a book called J is for Jack-O'-Lantern and told math stories about our families. We also did an activity where we traced our hands showing a number between 6-10 and then watercolored what we traced. This was meant to help us find 5 groups within larger numbers. The other long day group will do this activity on Monday.
On Thursday October 17 2013 KBE had a Story Snack. We read about pumpkins and ate delicious homemade pumpkin cookies! Thank you to our Story Snack Mom! During our normal snack we watched Space Case by Edward Marshall and made a list of Halloween and Fall words. This list is going to become a word bank that we can use when writing or labeling stories. We also did a neat art activity where we made ghosts and Halloween scenes.
On Wednesday October 16 2013 KBE was introduced to Wiggleworks, a computer program which can read stories to them, among other things. We read two books as a class, What Lila Loves and Fresh Fall Leaves, before exploring the other books on the Wiggleworks "bookshelf" on our own in the Computer lab. In class we discovered 5 groups within other numbers and did a shared reading of Counting Numbers. We also watched a movie about Halloween's customs and origins during snack. It was a fun morning.
On Tuesday October 15 2013 KBE wrote, illustrated, and shared stories about experiences during Columbus Day weekend. We opened up the four mystery boxes we worked with last week - we were pretty good at predicting what was inside them! KBE watched a Brainpop Jr. video about Fall during snack and later in the day Mr. Boyum read Ten Apples Up On Top.
KBE received their sight word rings for the first time today. They contain the words a & and. The class was instructed to practice these words daily with anyone who is a reader until they can be read immediately, without any sounding out or hesitation. The rings are meant to be kept at home all week and returned to school every Monday so that new words can be added. Sight words are an important part of the Whole Language component of our Balanced Literacy program: please practice them diligently!
In the afternoon KBE read When I Get Bigger by Mercer Mayer. We wrote stories about what we will do when we get bigger. We also did an activity where we talked about and labeled different parts of the body, and then discussed how some of us have features that are the same and some of us have features that are different.
On Friday October 11 2013 KBE went to our second Spirit Assembly of the year, hosted by the 5th grade and with a focus on Responsibility. The whole school came, including the Midland Bulldog! In class afterwards we did a fun activity with Unifix Cubes, watched That New Animal by Emily Jenkins, and read a book called Let's Explore The Five Senses: City Dog, Country Dog to begin our class's conversation about The Five Senses.
On Thursday October 10 2013 KBE enjoyed a Story Snack about Christopher Columbus in anticipation of Columbus Day. The students heard a book about the story of Columbus and used Google Earth to see where and why he made his voyage to the New World. In class KBE practiced connecting the dots, read Listen To My Trumpet, and were introduced to two new Fundations letters, Uu and Ii.
On Wednesday October 23 2013 KBE read Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall and sequenced the order of some events in the story. Many of us already knew the story. We also read two books together on the SMARTBoard, My Family and Nan And Pap, after doing our Fundations work.
While KBE was visiting the Computer Lab today Midland had its first Lockdown Drill of the year. It went flawlessly and the children did an excellent job following instructions but it might be prudent for parents to ask how it went to ensure that there aren't any related questions or concerns among the childrens.
In the afternoon KBE read We Planted A Tree by Diane Muldrow and wrote and drew about activities we like to do outside. We also explored a whole set of new mystery boxes, making predictions about what might be inside. The other long day group will do these activities on Friday.
Day 22 - Fire Safety Day!!!
On Tuesday October 8 2013 Sparky came to visit Midland! He came in a fire truck along with several members of the Rye Fire Department to discuss important fire safety tips like Stop, Drop & Roll and evacuation plans. We got to see a real firefighter in all of his gear AND the ladder go up on the fire truck!!!! In class afterwards we read Firefighters A-Z by Chris L. DeMarest and Firehouse by Mark Teague.
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On Monday October 7 KBE found out what was in our Mystery Box! It was exhilarating! Ask us what was inside! We also worked with the number 4, went to Library, played outside, drew stories about our weekends, and watched Dot the Fire Dog in anticipation of Sparky the Firedog's visit to Midland School tomorrow to discuss Fire Safety.
In the afternoon KBE practiced the skill of partnering up to Think, Pair, Share. We also looked through Fire Safety "look books", read Titch by Pat Hutchins and wrote about some of our favorite activities. We also explored a mysterious substance and made a list of words that we could use to describe it. It was lots of fun to play with! Tomorrow's afternoon group will do these same activities.
KBE received their first homework of the year today! Yay!
Day 20 - Picture Day!
KBE was even better looking than usual on Friday October 4 2013 so some photographers came by to take our photos. In class afterwards we made a chart about the different kinds of clothing that we were wearing for this special day. We also read 3 short books together on the SMARTBoard (Go,Go,Go, The Zoo & Funny Cat), deconstructed the number 20 into various groups, watched a movie about Scaredy Squirrel during snacktime, and got our very own personalized blocks for playtime!
On Thursday October 3 2013 KBE practiced writing the letter b and the numbers 1,2,3. We broke up the number of the day into tens groups and extras and talked about how what we learned could be used with other, larger numbers. Mr. Boyum read us That Is Not A Good Idea by Mo Willems and we read a book called Big on the SMARTBoard together. We also watched a movie of the book Do Unto Otters and talked about being good citizens in our communities, at home and at school. It was a fun day!
On Wednesday October 2 2013 KBE had a busy morning. We met with our buddies from 3O for the first time and got to know them by conducting interviews that we devised the questions for. They interviewed us, too! During snack we watched Chicka Chicka 123 and talked about how people use math in everyday life. We went to the Computer Lab to play Thinking Things and each used our own login code and secret password.
In the afternoon KBE continued discussing and writing about activities that we do in school. Mr. Boyum read us Elephants Cannot Dance. We also did a Science 21 activity where we made predictions about what might be inside a mysterious box that we found in our classroom. The T/F long day group will do the same activities on Friday.
On Tuesday October 1 2013 KBE was introduced to the Fundations Letters Aa and Cc. We also worked with horizontal and vertical bar graphs to discuss the concepts of "how many more" and "how many less". We read 2 more Elephant and Piggie books during storytime (Pigs Make Me Sneeze & Are You Ready To Play Outside) and during snacktime we watched Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on the SMARTBoard before playing an alphabet guessing game. We also had a fire drill today.
On Monday September 30 2013 KBE drew pictures about their weekends and labeled objects in the picture. Most of us are using just the first sound in the word to label but some of us are including final and even middle sounds! In class we did a shared reading on the SMARTBoard of a book called It Is Fall, and afterwards we talked about the differences between squares and rectangles and watched a silly shapes video.
Many of you donated books to our class at the Midland School Book Fair. Thank you so much for your generosity! We read one of them today: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen.
In the afternoon KBE read I Love School! by Philemon Sturges and made stories about what we do in school. We also read Harry The Dirty Dog and talked about personal hygiene as part of our Science 21 activity. The other long day group will do these activities tomorrow.
On Friday September 27 2013 KBE participated in Midland's first ever Friday Morning Flash Mob! We had such a good time dancing with the whole school! In class we made a list of questions to ask our buddy class 3O when we meet them for the first time next week. We also had Gym, went to the Computer Lab, and heard Miss Nelson Is Missing by James Marshall.
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On Thursday September 27 KBE had our 1st Story Snack. Thank you to the Mom who visited us and read I Like It When by Mary Murphy. We also visited the Midland Book Fair and began talking about Science. Please check your child's backpack for their book wishlist and their Science 21 Scientist Safety Contract, which needs to be signed and returned to school ASAP. Today we also watched Knuffle Bunny on Bookflix (check out the Bookflix link and information in the Language Arts category of our website's Link section, on the right hand side of the screen) and read two books together on the SMARTBoard, The Classroom and Fido Gets Dressed.
KBE has a new slideshow!
On Wednesday September 25 KBE read Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud and made a list of ways that we can make ourselves happy by being nice to others. We also read Marley Goes To School and visited the Computer Lab.
In the afternoon KBE began our Being A Writer program by reading 2 selections from Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young, Just Watch and Somersaults. We acted out the poems and then drew and wrote about things that we can do. We also went on a shape hunt around the room for things that are shaped like circles. Most exciting of all, we read a book together on the SMARTBoard. It was great! Make sure you ask us what it was called! The other long day group will do all of these activities on Friday.
On Tuesday September 24 2013 KBE had our first Games With Friends day of the year. It was a lot of fun playing board games with our friends and the Moms who came in to join us. Thanks for coming, Moms! We also had our second fire drill of the year today. In class KBE was introduced to two new Fundations letters, Mm and Nn, and read Al Yankovic's book When I Grow Up. The book we read was a gift from Mrs. Andrews (our librarian) and the PTO and will be read in all the classes at Midland School this month, so if there are any other Midland students in our homes we can discuss it with them. Ask us about what we want to be when we grow up!
On Monday September 23 2013 KBE drew pictures to tell their classmates about their weekends. We began thinking about writing by labeling some of the objects in our pictures with the letter that they start with. We read We Are In A Book, an Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems. If you'd like to see another Elephant and Piggie story you can click here (it's the one Mr. Boyum read when you visited in the Spring!) KBE also had our first fire drill of the year, during Library.
In the afternoon our first long day group read Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh and did a related activity with watercolors. We were learning about primary colors and what happens when we mix them. We also did a fun Starfall activity called All About Me and practiced writing our names. When we were leaving Mr. Boyum showed us this awesome alphabet song. The other long day group will do all of these activities tomorrow.
On September 19 2013 KBE read Oodles of Animals by Lois Ehlert, drew pictures of our favorite animals and created our own books, I Can Read Colors. We also had a discussion about numbers based on Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno, played outside on what was a gorgeous autumn day, and got our hair checked for lice by Lice Enders. Good news - we are lice free!!!
On September 18 2013 KBE read two books, Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin. We used the books to spark conversations about friendship, shapes, and colors. We even made our own books, Purple Oval, Purple Oval, What Do You See? Make sure to ask us to read them to you!
Day 5 - Spirit Assembly!!!
On Friday September 13 KBE experienced a true Midland rite of passage, their first Spirit Assembly! The Kindergarten grade was introduced to the entire school in the Gymnasium, and got to sing the Midland Song for the first time. It was pretty awesome. We even got stylish Midland bracelets to wear! We spent the rest of the morning making self-portraits, playing in the Gym, reading Leo the Late Bloomer, and discussing the concept of Acceptance. It was a nice end to our first week of school.
On Thursday September 12 KBE read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and spoke about Empathy. We received our Fundations kits for the 1st time and got to practice writing on our dry erase boards. We also introduced two new songs - The Numeral Song & Macarena Months - and visited the Button Factory. It was a busy day!
Make sure to check out our 1st slideshow.
On Wednesday September 11 KBE had an exciting trip around the school building, hot on the pursuit of the elusive Gingerbread Man. We never did end up catching him but got to enjoy some tasty treats that he left for us in the classroom. We also visited the Computer Lab for the first time and read Fireboat to learn about the concept of Cooperation.
KBE's first day of school was Monday, September 9. In addition to learning about some of our classroom routines and going to the Midland Library for the first time we also read two books: The Night Before Kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.
Welcome to Kindergarten!!!!
KBE's home on the internet is up and running! Parents can use this website as a resource for viewing files and signup sheets that pertain to KBE, and Mr. Boyum will use it as a way to keep you posted on what is taking place at school. Please remember that any signup sheets on the page are available to view only - if you want to add or remove your name from one of them you should email Mr. Boyum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links to Websites
Mr. Boyum has scoured the Internet for websites that KBE can enjoy. The links are categorized on the right hand side of this webpage. Check them out! Some of them are truly exceptional.
is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. They have a website, Reading Rockets, with lots of valuable information for you to peruse. They even have a tip sheet for parents of Kindergarteners. Check it out!
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