Saturday, November 22, 2014

Here's Your 2014 Turkey Cookbook!

The Kindergarten Class would like to give you a few pointers on how to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey and they had some ideas of what else they would like to eat at their feast.  Enjoy! 

“I think we get our turkey from the store and it costs $1.00.  First Mommy takes the wrapper off of the turkey.  Then we clean it with water and soap.  Then she puts it in a pan and she puts some pepper on it.  Next she puts some pieces of onions on it.  Now it goes in the oven for ten minutes.
We will have mashed potatoes and gravy.  I hope we have some hot dogs too!  We will eat some grapes and strawberries.  For dessert we will have pumpkin pie!  It is the only pie that I would eat!”
By L.F.
 “My dad will shoot the turkey in the forest and then he will bring it home and he will pull the feathers off.  He will take off of the head and clean the turkey with a sponge, soap and water.  Mom puts the turkey on a pan.  She puts potatoes, sprinkles, frosting, and macaroni and cheese on top of the turkey.  Then she puts it on the stove. 
We will eat it with grapes, macaronis, cheeseburgers, berries, and Spongebob Go-gurt for dessert!
By G.B.

“Mom will get the turkey at the store.  It will cost $10.00.  She will put Ranch, ketchup, and salt on top of it.  She will put it in the oven for two minutes.  

I would like to eat it with grapes, cucumbers, and carrots.  I would like white cake for dessert.”

By M.S.L. 

“My dad, Alex and me are going to hunt for the turkey in the forest.  My dad will find one and shoot it.  He will take off the feathers and let me have some because I like birds.  Dad will use a wipe to clean off the turkey and then he will put it in the pan.  Dad will put carrots, cheese, peas, and sugar on top of it and then he will cook it in the oven.  The oven should be at 41 degrees and it should cook for 8 hours. 

We will also eat Nutella sandwiches, carrots, peas and for dessert we will eat chocolate chip bars.  They are good!” 

By J.W.
“My dad and I will go turkey hunting in back of my house by the trees.  He will shoot the turkey and we will bring it home.  First dad cleans it out, then I pull out the feathers and I keep them somewhere.  Mom puts the turkey in a pan and then she puts some spicy spices and some sauce on it.  It goes in the 16 degree oven for a few minutes and then it’s time to eat.

We would also eat some grapes, strawberries, lettuce salad, and mashed potatoes.  For dessert we will have vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup!”

By A.H.

“Me and my dad are going to hunt for turkeys in South Dakota at Armour Lake.   He will get it with a bow.  Then we will take him home, cut off the feathers and give them to my family.  We cut it in half and cut the meat out.  It has to have some blood inside and that’s what makes the meat taste good!  We put it in a bag and then put it in the refrigerator in the garage.  On Thanksgiving Day we take it out of the bag and put it in a pan.  We put on some “gredients” like salt, pepper, peppermints, and rub on it.  It goes in the oven by the boat and bakes for 5 hours at 5 degrees.

We will eat oranges, salt, juicy apples, sausage, eggs, and some little peppermints.  For dessert we will have an Oreo Blizzard , chocolate chip ice cream, Hershey bars and rock candy that taste like M&Ms!”

By B.G.

“We will get the turkey from the grocery store and it probably will cost $20.00.  Mom will put it in a pan.  She will pour on some hot sauce and meat sauce.  Then she will sprinkle on some hot chocolate.  It will go on the stove for 25 minutes.

We will have macaroni and cheese, lettuce salad, macaroni salad, oranges, peaches, and apples.  We will eat vanilla ice cream for dessert!”

By M.J.L.

“Dad goes hunting for turkeys.  He gets one and he puts some meat in it.  Then mom puts the seasoning and ketchup on it.  It goes on the stove in the bake pan. 
We will also eat corn, potatoes, carrots and for dessert we will have strawberry milk!”

By L.W.
"My dad will go hunting with Jay DeWaard in the crops.  Dad will get a turkey with his rifle. Then he will cut the feathers off and cut it up.  Dad puts the turkey on a pizza pan.  He puts salt and pepper on it.  Then he puts some really hot stuff on it too.  It cooks in the kitchen oven for 13 minutes.  

We will also eat some corn, beans, bread, macaroni and cheese.  We will have chocolate ice cream for dessert!”

By O.S.

“We will go pheasant hunting for the turkey.  Dad will shoot it and then we will take it home.   Dad will pull the feathers out and put it in a pan.  Mom puts on some pepper and salt.  Then she puts it in the oven for 7 minutes.

We would also eat oranges and mashed potatoes with it.  For dessert we would have vanilla ice cream!

By G.W.

“We get our turkey at Wal-Mart and it costs $20.00.  My mom takes it out of the wrapper and cuts it up.  She puts in on the stove in a big, fat pan.  She will put circles of sprinkles on it and she will make a picture on it with blueberry sauce.  It will be a pictures of all of my friends.  She will put some watermelon in the pan too.  Mmm… It will cook for 100 minutes.

We will eat it with my friends and we will have watermelon, blueberries, orange berries, cantaloupe, carrots and pickles.  We will have chocolate chip ice cream for dessert."

By N.I.

”We will buy the turkey at the store for $5.00.  It will weigh about 6 pounds.  Mom will take it home, cut it up and put stuffing on it.  Then she will fry it in a pan. 

Our family will eat corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, apples and pumpkin pie for dessert!”

By S.B.

Have a nice Thanksgiving!

202 Birds!

Today we did the count-off to see how many birds the kids could name as a group and they are up to a whopping 202 birds in just a few months!  They are pretty excited!  Now they want to know more!

Hedgehogs Visit Kindergarten!

Our school cook brought in two of her pet Hedgehogs.  The kids were very excited and very interested.  You know how young ones want to and need to touch things that they see.  Well...they were having a hard time with these guys.  One Hedgehog was an albino and he never did wake up, but stayed curled in a ball.  Hedgies are nocturnal animals, so he was sticking to that.  The other one was a little more active.  

"Hey!  Why are you kids waking me up from my nap?"

The kids listened intently to learn about this unusual 
animal - the African Pygmy Hedgehog.

This boy had to touch it and he was surprised at how it felt!

These guys can really protect themselves from predators!

An Artist!

This is Lilly and her purple plastic purse.  It was drawn by 
one of our kindergarten girls!  Wow!

After I drew a mouse named Lilly  from the children's book, "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse", on the board.  Then one of the little girls drew it freehand on her reading worksheet.  The kids and I were all very impressed with this six-year old's fine drawing!  That is very good!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Marvel of Migration

Many flocks of hundreds of Snow Geese passed over the school today.  The kids and I ran out one time to stand and watch them fly over us.  I told the kindergartners to listen to their call.   
The kids' faces lit up with smiles and after they passed over us they applauded for the geese!  How sweet is that?  The applause for the geese came as a surprise to me, but it made me realize that the kids are right!   We should all be more in awe of the birds during mirgration!  It is amazing what they do and they have been through so much in their travels, so the next time you see the geese and ducks migrating over you, take another look and maybe you too can marvel at the site.
This is a huge flock of Snow Geese that I saw at the refuge
in March of 2013.  It was so loud when they took off!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Turkey Time

I try to teach the kids to look for shapes when they are trying to draw animals, people or other things and that helps them with their drawings.  This art project is helpful for that and art projects are very good lessons in following directions.  Needless to say, I have a sore, dry throat after all of the talking I had to do. These kids really like to make things and draw, so they love art time!  You should have seen all of the glue!  It was everywhere!  They will learn how to use glue in time too.  Kindergartners learn so much during the school year.

Kindergarten Journals

The kindergarten journals are looking pretty good!  These young students know how to write a sentence now and they can sound out words pretty well.  They know to go to the Word Wall or somewhere else in the room to find the word that they need.  Their handwriting and drawings are improving too!  All of that hard work and paying attention has paid off!  In the next few days I will add on more photos of their journal pages.

That is a great drawing of Red-winged Blackbirds!
What a great imagination!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day Program

We had a really big crowd for the program this year!

The Veteran's Day program was very nice and while it was very difficult for little ones to sit still for over an hour, I thought they did very well.  

I loved the song that they sang and I think they did a wonderful job!  Kudos to the kids and the music teacher!   

I videotaped the K-4 students singing, but unfortunately it is too large of a file, so it won't upload.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veteran's Day Art

Tomorrow is the Veteran's Day program in the gym at 2:30.  The kindergarten students made flags with colored paper.  We discussed veterans and Veteran's Day, but it is a difficult concept for them to understand.  The K-4 students have been practicing a song for the program tomorrow.  It is absolutely beautiful!  I got goosebumps and I was teary-eyed when I heard it.  You may want to plan on attending, if you can.  Bring your camera or phone, if you want to record it.  They are wonderful!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Owl Unit

Kindergartners need to know about nocturnal or night animals.  We talked about many of the different animals that are awake at night.  Then I did an owl unit discussing the different owls that live in our state and their unique qualities.  They really enjoyed this lesson!  We decided to display our learning while helping to teach others in our school about owls.  I taught a step-by-step owl drawing lesson.  Then we decided which facts to share.  This display is in our hallway.  Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Sounding Out Words

We have been very busy working on letter sounds and how to sound out words these past two weeks.  Yesterday I checked to see how they were doing by testing each student individually.  I had a big smile on my face afterwards!  They made big improvements!  Being able to sound out words is crucial in being able to read and write.  We will keep at it!

While I work with small groups, the others go to 
different learning activities set out on tables.