Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Giving Thanks!

For the past week and a half we have been learning about Thanksgiving and the reasons why it is celebrated.  We have learned about the Pilgrims' trip to America and how the Native Americans helped them.  We have been very busy working on many different Thanksgiving projects.  I am excited to share them with you!  

We used Pilgrims, Native Americans, and shapes to make patterns around the border of our placemats.  These turned out great!  Thank you to everyone who helped cut the shapes out!  You guys rock!  

We learned about different Native American symbols and used them to decorate our headdresses and vests.  

We learned about "How to..." writing and did a shared writing about how to catch a turkey!  We decided that first we would set a trap.  Then we would sit and wait.  Last we would grab the turkey.  :)  

In math we have been working on comparing and ordering numbers.  We played a fun roll a picture game using a picture of a Native American.  We took turns rolling the dice and had to put our picture back in numerical order.  It was a hit!  

We also took a class survey.  This was our first survey and they did great!  We went around the room and asked nine friends whether or not they liked turkey.  We tallied our answers and used them to make a pie chart.  

We also had a great time showing off of turkeys in disguise!  They turned out great!! Check them out below! 

This morning we had our Kindergarten Thanksgiving feast.  All the Kindergarteners went to the cafeteria to give thanks and have muffins and fruit.  We wore our Native American and Pilgrim costumes.  They looked precious!  

We also wore our costumes to lunch on Monday!  


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election 2012

On Thursday our school participated in Kids Voting North Carolina.  The entire school got to vote.  The 3-5 students used iPads to cast their votes.  K-2 used paper ballots.  Before voting, we talked about our two choices.  I asked the kids who was running and my favorite answer was "You know!  The bald one and the one with the hair!"  Gotta love Kindergarteners!!!  Most of them did know who our two candidates were.  Here are some pictures of us voting!  

On Monday, we spent a lot of time learning what it meant to be president.  We talked about what you have to do in order to be president.  We watched a great video from Scholastic that talked about the requirements.  We learned that Justin Bieber can not run for president of the United States because he was born in Canada and is not 35 years old.  This got a lot of giggles!  

After learning about the requirements to run for president, we talked about what we would do if we were president.  We made a circle map of things we would do and made campaign posters.  They are adorable!  As President, a lot of us would make lots of money, make jobs, make rules, talk to states, help animals, give toys to kids, keep people safe, and keep our country safe.  So sweet!  

Here is one of our campaign posters!