Newman's Kindergarten Class
|Our class had an
interesting time discussing "frosty weather". It didn't help
that it was 68 and muggy on the day we did a lot of our project, but we
improvised as you will see.
We started off by reading the book When Winter Comes by Robert Maass. We discussed how people in the book got ready for winter and than compared that to how we get ready for winter. We came up with the following comparisons.
After compiling our list of differences, we imagined what it would be like if winter came to Florida. This evoked an animated discussion because , believe it or not, some of us have actually seen snowflakes down here! It took some prodding to encourage the boys and girls to tell a story , but we finally came up with the one below!
One morning Mrs. Newman's Kindergarten was working on their ABC's. Matthew looked out the window and shouted, "Look everybody! It is snowing outside!" Everybody got excited and wanted to go outside! Mrs. Newman said," Put on your long sleeved jackets!" The class went outside.
Our class decided to build a snowman. We made little, big, and large snowballs. Christopher put a carrot nose on it. Lesha put a cowboy hat on it. Heidi put a scarf around its neck. Logan put buttons on it to make a mouth. Guess what happened next? The snowman came to life!
We played games with it! We played Frisbee too! We rolled down hills with him! We decided to call him the Florida Snowman! Then something very sad happened. The sun came out. Our Florida Snowman started to melt!
We were very sad. We all started to cry. Mrs. Newman told us that if we came inside she could make us feel better. She told us that we could make snowmen in our class. So we went in and made them. Guess what! We got to eat them too! Yum! Yum!
We wanted to bring winter to our classroom after writing this story, so we engaged in a couple of projects to make this happen. First, we glued pretzels together and painted them white to make snowflakes. We hung them from the ceiling of our classroom.
Next, we decided that we better make this "Florida Snowman" so that everyone could see what we were talking about! We took 3 garbage bags and filled them with newspaper. We glued them on top of each other and glued balled up tissue all over it. Next, we glued on eyes, buttons, and a carrot nose. We found some sticks for his arms. We finished our snowman by putting a sombrero and Hawaiian shirt on him! He was so cute and our room finally looked like winter had hit it!
To culminate our Frosty project, we made edible snowmen on Friday. Each child used 3 marshmallows, 2 M&M's, 2 mini Hershey Kisses, 2 pretzel sticks, a Dream Puff cookie, and frosting to put together the tasty treat. It looks like it is melting doesn't it?!?!
We invited our principal and assistant principal down to our room so that we could share all of the neat things we had learned about winter. We even sang our Winter in Florida song! If you know the tune of Winter Wonderland you can sing it too!
Seagulls sing, are you
Stored away are the snow
In the yard we can trim
a palm tree
Later on we'll conspire
These activities incorporated the following Florida Sunshine State Standards: Language Arts
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