Newsletter April 16th – 20th, 2018
Hello, Pre-K families!
As predicted, the dinosaur unit has been a hit this week! We talked about how long ago they roamed the earth, what they ate and even talked a bit about fossils. Next week we will continue to learn about dinosaurs and the letter of the week will be Yy. Please help your child choose something for share that begins with Yy.
Thanks and Reminders
Thank you to Uriah and his family for bring the delicious and nutritious snack! Next week Will’s family will be providing snack. Pre-K has been invited to perform a song for the spring music program in the Irvington gymnasium on April 25th, 2018. Families should arrive at 1:15 if interested in watching. It will be short, but sweet!
Monday We kicked off our highly anticipated dinosaur unit by making a KWL chart together so we could go over what we already know about dinosaurs, what we want to know about dinosaurs and the third column will be filled out next week for what we have learned about them. After that we had fun coloring small dinosaur pictures to be pasted on our giant “dino-scape!” For letter Xx share, Carter showed off his xylophone, Matilda brought a shirt that read: “The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation,” and Lydia shared an Xbox game. During Music & Movement, everyone did the “Dino-Pokey,” putting their claws and tails in and chomping all about! Our day ended reading a cute story on the carpet called, The Good Dinosaur.
Tuesday during our learning groups, we read a great book about fossils and discovered there are three different kinds of fossils that exist: Body fossils, imprint fossils and trace fossils. For the related activity, we got to make our own fossils using play dough and different kinds of dinosaurs and seashells. The kids really loved it! For letter Xx share, Alex H brought in a stuffed fox and Evelyn shared her xylophone. In the afternoon we read a fun dinosaur story called, Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct. Our day ended with free choice, making fossils and playing in the dinosaur sensory table!
Wednesday we learned about paleontologists by reading, Dinosaur Bones. Then we had a blast with the related project making dinosaur skeletons out of a variety of noodles! They turned out so great and are now hanging above the coat hooks in the classroom. In addition to all of the noodle fun, the class also enjoyed using watercolors to paint the big dinosaur pictures made from stencils. Those that didn’t make their way home with students ended up on the dino-scape as well! The day ended with a healthy snack, free choice and a book on the carpet called, If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur.
Thursday during our learning groups, we talked about how long ago dinosaurs roamed the earth by reading, Dinosaur More! This was referred to as the Mesozoic period that was divided into three time periods: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. In the afternoon we worked on letter X pages, going over the sounds it makes as well as the sign language version. After rest time we enjoyed some Music & Movement followed by a healthy snack. Then we finished the afternoon with free choice while taking turns working in our new community garden plot.
Friday morning we turned our focus towards one of the most well-known dinosaurs, the T. Rex! First we read about them in our dinosaur encyclopedia and then watched a quick video about them. We found out that their teeth are the length of an adult hand! For letter Xx share, Uriah showed everyone his alphabet book called, X is For XOLO, Bayard displayed his extinct dinosaur that he painted, Havana brought in waxed dental floss, Will shared an X-ray and Saoirse showed off her xylophone. After “You-Choose” Friday Music & Movement, we figured out how many Pre-K kids can fit inside the mouth of a T-Rex! (The whole class fit)!!!
Have a great weekend, everyone!