We are excited to launch into a storytelling unit that brings characters, settings, and plot events to life. This week students began to invent and make puppet characters that they named and described. Thinking of what their characters do and say, think and feel, k/1 storytellers will then introduce a setting and set of problems to propel their characters through a story of their design.
This initial phase of our fiction storytelling unit provides students with a chance to make characters, settings, and props with their hands, and to rehearse and perform stories while recording them on paper too. As readers, they will examine characters in familiar books, retell the most important events in sequence, and apply craft decisions from well known authors to their own storytelling practices.
In preparation for Ms. Alanna’s maternity leave in mid May, Ms. Caitlin will be joining us at various times in the day and will eventually take Ms. Alanna’s place for the remainder of the year. Ms. Caitlin has been working in the 4/5 room, and has worked closely with our students at recess and in guided reading. Feel free to introduce yourself if you see her, since she will be one of your child’s teachers at the end of the year. We are excited to welcome her to k/1, and are confident this will be a smooth transition.
We also want to thank those of you who have brought in items that our students named wanting for this year and next year, as well as wish list items for our new kindergarten classroom next year. Below is a preliminary list we sent out in an earlier newsletter:
Boxcar Children Book Series
Books about Dragons
Books about horses (fiction and nonfiction)
50-100 piece puzzles
Small plastic farm animals
A world globe that spins on an axis