Our classroom is a bucket filling classroom. Being a bucket filler means you are doing nice things to fill their internal bucket. We also fill our own buckets when we make others feel good. We have these tiny buckets on our wall that we fill with warm fuzzies. We share for a few minutes each day how we have filled a bucket of have had our buckets filled.
We also created an anchor chart to show ways to be a bucket filler.
Find out more about bucket fillers from the bucket filling website.
Needs and Wants
We started our needs and wants lessons with a whole group sorting activity.
I placed items in a bag and we picked one object out at a time. Then I taped the item where the class voted it would go.
The students created a collage from magazines and grocery adds to show their needs and wants.
Yes, we study economics in Kindergarten. In particular- how we acquire the things we need and want. To help with this learning, we created a market in room. Each table had to self produce items for their store. There was a house store, grocery store, and clothing store. There was also a toy store to get the items we want. After creating their stores, students made money and wallets so they could purchase the things they needed to live. Here are some of our pics of them self producing, purchasing, and trading to acquire the things needed to live.
Germain is convincing Jacob to buy toys from his store.
Devan is self producing toys at his store to make more money to buy the things he needs.
I'aire is selling houses.
One activity that my cuties do with their families is decorate a feather with the things they are thankful for and we create a "thanks"giving turkey.
After a week of learning how Native Americans use the land to survive, we created these dioramas to show what Native Americans need to survive. Then we created Native American clothing and explored outside as Native Americans to decide if we would want to live in the area our school is located.
We also created a wetu from torn brown paper and glued it onto a paper bowl.
Here is a picture of our Thanksgiving feast. Each class brought a food item to share with the other classes.
Our class was Native Americans. We painted Native American symbols on a vest to wear to the feast.
We compared pilgrim children to us through a Venn diagram
Other Thanksgiving activities we did to help our learning was acting out the Thanksgiving story, planting crops with fish (goldfish crackers) like Squanto, and created Mayflowers out of dough. Alas, no photos of these projects, but please email me if you would like more info on these projects.
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