During Math class, “Time” was of the essence. We “plotted” time maps by properly placing numbers 1-12 on clock faces, used our table as a giant clock,
and our bodies as units of time. We also welded yard sticks to demonstrate increments of time for our classmates to decipher. We are learning how to read and write time digitally and translate into analog time as well.
Our walls outside of our classroom are filled with intricately designed African (and other) masks made out of colorful scrapbook paper, metallic paints and other materials in celebration of the end to a very inspiring African American History Month. We ended the week with a snowy and picturesque ice skating party at Buhr Park and a birthday celebration of favored author, Dr. Seuss.
Kindergartners continued with our collection of Gerald McDermott “trickster tales” with a story called Pig Boy. We compared and contrasted this myth to Disney’s Polynesian tale of Moana. The Ks were surprised to see how many details the two stories had in common (pigs, chickens, boats, mountains, etc.) and even shared prior knowledge about their own trips to Hawaii. We mapped out our story origins and noticed the close proximity of similar tales too. We discussed what it means to be “inspired” by something that we have heard or experienced. Later, Kindergartners were heard stating that a classmate had “inspired” them with an idea while creating their own projects.
During Math class, more “time” was of the essence. We continued to “plot" time maps by properly placing numbers 1-12 on clock faces and practiced counting by 5s. We are learning how to read and write time digitally and translate into analog time and vice versa. We positioned our own hands/arms straight above our heads as if pointing to the sky or high noon to remind us of the o’clock hour and practiced writing a colon zero-zero (:00) as its “code”. We also welded yard sticks and positioned them around the table to demonstrate other increments of time for our classmates to guess. Additionally, we played a card game of “I Have.. Who Has…” to practice identifying and reading the time.