Do Pre-K students hibernate?

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As the weather gets cooler, we are reminded that the season of winter is on its way!  The last week of November, the Pre-K students had fun learning about bears.  We discovered that there are 3 bears found in North America:  the black bear, the brown (grizzly) bear, and the polar bear.  The students did an excellent job helping to make a t-chart (notice the lines look like a t) about things we knew about bears and things we learned after reading some non-fiction books.  We discussed that bears hibernate in the winter and got to read about a few more animals that hibernate in the winter as well! We did decide that Pre-K students do not hibernate! 🙂

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Pre-K students are continuing to discuss and learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction books.  A clue that helps us determine if a book is fiction/non-fiction is looking at the pictures on the cover and throughout the book.  The fiction books we read have illustrations in them and our non-fiction books have real pictures in them.  Non-fiction books also have facts in them and our fiction books are make believe!  When you are reading at home, make sure to ask your children if the books are fiction or non-fiction and why!  They love to help me figure this out in class!  🙂

We also spent some time reviewing our shapes!  We looked at pictures of objects and decided what shape it was and made our adorable square bears that were hanging in the hallway!  The kids are mastering identifying their shapes, but just a friendly reminder that we refer to a diamond as a rhombus!  This is a tricky word but they really practiced it at school!  We also got to sort our bears by size and we worked on making sets.

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We finished our week by reading a fiction story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and began working on retelling a story.  We used a flannel board to retell the story, which was a lot of fun!  The kids are learning to retell a story on three fingers. We introduce the concept of retelling the beginning, the middle, and the end of the story!  You can practice this at home with stories you read too!

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