At the beginning of Kindergarten 1 we read the book We All Went on Safari and went on our own number safari around the school to show our number and counting skills. Throughout the year this was a favourite book of our class that helped us to develop our one-to-one correspondence (saying only one number for every object counted). This week we went on another number safari to show how our number knowledge has developed. We recorded our findings using the PicCollage app.
Yesterday we practiced and extended our patterning skills with a patterning workshop in our classroom. We used lots of loose parts and materials like paint and chalk to demonstrate our knowledge. During our workshop, we had a free choice of stations and materials inside and outside of our classroom. We showed a lot of independence and responsibility by remaining focused and concentrated on our patterns and respecting the space and work of our friends in the class. We also treated the materials with a lot of care.
During our patterning workshop, some students volunteered to be student photographers. They took turns using one of the iPads to photograph their friends' completed patterns. Here are some of those images:
One of the things that we are a little bit confused about is the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. All of us thought that Isaiah's bus toy was a rectangle. We will continue to explore the 'flat' nature of 2D shapes as we continue our inquiry into shapes.
Cailynne: A pattern of light blue and dark blue.
Adrian: Light blue, dark blue, light blue, dark blue . . .
Olympia: It's a straight pattern but a bit wobbly because it's made of cubes.
Caileigh: It seems a bit too long.
Phoenix: It's a pattern of light blue, dark blue.
After our discussion, we went on a pattern hunt around the school to see if we could transfer our existing knowledge of pattern to new spaces. We did a great job, photographing the patterns we saw and describing them through voice recordings using the Explain Everything app!
This week we continued our practice with comparing groups of objects using words like 'more', 'less' and 'same'. We played a game where we sorted ourselves into two different groups using our clothing, accessories or physical features as sorting clues. We recorded our activity and thinking using the recordable whiteboard app Explain Everything. We took photos of our sorted groups, labeled them with the number of children in each group by selecting the number on the keypad, and then circled the group that had more. Finally we recorded our voices!
For the past few weeks we have been learning to describe the difference when comparing sets of objects using words like "more", "less" and "same". To practice these skills we played a game called Grab and Count. We worked in groups of two to grab handfuls of different coloured cubes, count them out and then compare the totals. We built towers with our cubes to help us organize them for counting and comparing. We asked ourselves questions like:
After playing the game many times, we tried to record our thinking by colouring in the number of cubes we counted in our towers and circling the tower that had more. Some of us even practiced writing the numeral for the number of cubes we had and comparing the numbers using a number line.
Today we practiced forming the numbers 1-10 in our Kindergarten 1 playground. We used paintbrushes with water to "paint" the numbers on the ground! This was a great opportunity for us to review how the numbers are formed and cooperate as partners to guess (and sometimes correct the formation of) each other's numbers. Many of the children want to do this activity again so we may explore it next week with letters.
Some children then became interested in created their own menus using the blank and lined paper available in their play area. Special menu papers were then presented as a provocation and soon all the children were interested in creating menus. We worked hard to sound out the food items we wanted to add to our menus and some of us even discovered the books in the class library as resources we could use to find menu ideas and correct spelling!
At this point, all children have created a menu with different food items and restaurant names. Some menus are for kids and some menus are for adults. Some children even added prices to their menus!
We are a group of Kindergarten 1 students at an IB World School in Singapore. Our teacher is Miss Alison. Follow us on our blog and Twitter to see how much we're learning and growing!
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