These weeks before Winter Vacation find our class traveling by Kinder Air (our very own imaginary airline!) to several northern hemisphere countries to learn about the different ways different cultures and countries celebrate the season. The Winter Solstice, on December 21, is the day of the year when the day and night portions of each day are the most equal. During the fall, the days have been getting shorter and the nights longer, but after the Solstice, the days get longer and the nights get shorter - a marking of the changing seasons. Many cultures have celebrations and ceremonies that involve candlelight as a symbol of this dark part of the year becoming more bright.
We will be 'traveling' from Truckee to Israel, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Russia, Mexico, and back hoe to Truckee, Ca, USA. We'll learn about Hanukkah, Pere Noel, Tannenbaums, Saint Nicholas and Black Pete, Sinter Klausen, Santa Lucia and Starboys and Dala Horses, Las Posadas and Piñatas, Kwanzaa and Santa Claus. The students will be using their passports to record the flags of each nation, filling out and using their boarding passes on our plane, packing their suitcases with souvenirs and activities, and tasting traditional foods from the different cultures.
The following "Prezi" is a presentation of our travels. Just click the forward arrow to come along with us to explore Winter Holidays Around the World!
Important Information Regarding Downtown Tree Decorating on Friday, our Minion's Themed Gift Basket, and next Tuesday's Handful Feast.
We are comparing lengths to different standards.
This is what we did: Divide children into small groups and give each group a marker to use as a reference object, a tray marked "Shorter," a tray marked "Longer," and an assortment of other objects. Direct children to sort the objects onto the correct tray according to whether they are shorter or longer than the marker. Invite children to find other items to add to each tray. Circulate and encourage children to use the words shorter and longer. Prompt them to explain their strategies by asking:How did you know the ___________ was longer (shorter) than the marker? Sample answer: I lined them up. Have children show each other how to line up the end of each object with the end of the reference object, and ask them to explain why this is important. GMP6.1, GMP6.3, GMP6.4
Children sort objects as longer or shorter than a reference object (such as a marker).
Next change the reference object to a large paper clip. Have children clear the trays and re-sort the same classroom objects based on how they compare to the paper clip. Promote discussion about why some of the objects are now on different trays. If time permits, change the reference object to an object that is longer than the marker. Again, discuss why objects are on different trays. GMP6.1
Conclude by asking children to turn to a partner and use two objects from their trays to show and to explain how their lengths can be compared. GMP6.1 Place the materials in the Math Center for children to continue to practice comparing lengths. See Extra Practice and Activity Card 22.
We've been studying All About Bats and then All About Owls - Great content for compare and contrast work. We culminated our week with an Owl 'cooking' project and an Owl pinecone art project. We started the day with some awesome interactions.