This week the Kindergarten students returned to school in style with a trip to the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania. The students were treated to a tour of the facility, a demonstration of how crayons are made, and were able to create their own personalized crayon! This was an attempt to expand our guided question for the second half of year, “How do I experience the world around me?” We wanted the children to have the opportunity to get out and explore in the surrounding area!
A recent conversation in a kindergarten classroom during math workshop:
Teacher: Has anyone ever heard of the term 3-D?
Student: Like my 3DS?
Teacher: Maybe. What makes the 3DS different than another video game system?
Student: The picture pops out at me when I'm playing.
Student: Yea, when I play my Xbox, the picture is flat on the TV.
Teacher: So, are you saying that the 3DS has pictures that pop out?
Student: Yes! I watched a movie once that was 3D, I had to wear special glasses and the birds flew over my head!
Teacher: It sounds like you already know so much about 3D things! Today we want to teach you that just like the 3DS and 3D movies, 3D shapes are not flat, they pop out.
Students spent the week making connections between 2D shapes (squares, rectangles, triangles and circles) and 3D shapes. After learning what each 3D shape was called, they searched in the classroom and school for real-life objects that were cubes, rectangular prisms, cones, cylinders and pyramids. The study of 3D shapes continued in the block section as some students were naming 3D shapes they were adding to the exploration creations.
This week we read the book Red is Best in which the little girl in the story tries to convince her mother that she should be able to wear red clothing everyday. This book, as well as The Spoon, sparked the children’s interest and kicked off our new writing unit called persuasive writing. Students discussed the difference between the terms fact and opinion, and they learned it is acceptable to have different opinions about a topic or an issue. However, it is important to explain your opinion or why you feel a particular way with a supporting statement, which will help someone to understand your point of view. The children began by writing about things they like and do not like and will use those writing pieces to begin their persuasive writing process in the weeks ahead.