As a part of Math, we created a graph about weather we should help catch the Gingerbread Man or weather we should trap him. The results were quite close:
Gingerbread Man Traps
So, as a part of our Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies Curriculum, the students had to design and create a trap to catch the Gingerbread Man. Working with a partner and a variety of materials, the children came up with lots of interesting ideas.
Our three Core Competencies are an integral part of our school curriculum. They are integrated through so much of the students' learning. During our Gingerbread Man activity, not only did the students have to use the Core Competency of Thinking - both Critical Thinking & Creative Thinking - they also had to use the Core Competency of Communication. The children had to describe their trap to the class and they also had to be good listeners while they heard their classmates' explanations. Working with a partner is not always easy so they definitely had to practice their social skills - also a part of our Personal & Social Core Competency.
Save the Gingerbread Man
We thought that it was only fair to also try to save the Gingerbread Man. So, the challenge put forward to the children was to try to help the Gingerbread Man get across the river so that he wouldn't get caught and eaten. Again, the students had to work with a partner to come up with a plan. Lots of great ideas!
Our finished ideas:
We've been practicing our fire drill. We have done it a couple of times by ourselves but now we have done a couple with the whole school. We are getting very good at it! Here are some of the things the children said that we need to remember when we do our fire drill at school:
- no talking because the firemen might need to talk to us
- no running because you could trip and fall
- keep your eyes facing forward so that you don't get lost
- stay together in our line
- Mrs. MacDonald gets her clipboard
- don't run into someone else's line
- walk very fast so that you keep up
- don't touch anybody; hands behind your back
- line up at our exit door
- the last person closes the door
- Mrs. MacDonald counts us when we get outside
- Mrs. MacDonald holds up our sign for Mrs. Connolly to see if we are all there
We had gingerbread men for snack but while they were cooling and we were at the library - they ran away!!
Those sneaky gingerbread men!! They left us notes all around Westmount School. It was quite an exciting time hunting everywhere for them. While we were searching, we met a lot of people who work at the school as well as many of the bigger children in the other classes.
Just when we had given up hope...
We had fun decorating them...
...but best of all, we liked eating them!
We went to the library and met our Teacher-Librarian, Mrs. Sauer. She taught us a lot about the library and how to take care of things.
We discussed how drinks and foods don't mix well with books! Mrs. Sauer told us that we should not be reading school library books while we are eating and drinking. We don't want the books to get ruined.
Our library days are Fridays. Please help your child remember to bring back the book again every Friday. If the book is returned, s/he will be able to get a new one. Your child needs to transport his/her book back and forth between school and home in a bag to keep it clean and dry.
We introduced ourselves to each other and then afterwards we drew pictures of ourselves to put up in the room. Before the children drew themselves they helped me draw a picture of myself. We talked about all the things that I would need...head, arms, body, hair, eyes, etc. Then, off to the tables for everyone to do their own!
Meet our class:
I'm Mrs. MacDonald. Welcome to a window into our kindergarten classroom. My goal of this blog is to give you an opportunity to see some of the things that we are doing at school. Enjoy!