October 4, 2019 Class News
It another busy week in kindergarten! We were scientists and investigated our 5 senses. As scientists do, we will use our 5 senses the whole year to observe the world around us! We are active learners! Take a look at what else we were up to this week.
Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: is and you. Next week we will learn that and it. Our students are very good at noticing sight words in books we read and in the world around us!
Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week, we learned all about the letters /t/ and /g/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /t/ and /g/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with t and g. Next week will be beginning sounds /n/ and /p/.
Handwriting: This week we have focused on uppercase and lowercase t and g and continue to practice writing numbers 1-10! We are also working hard at writing our names with only one capital letter! Ask your child to show you the “hat line, belt line and foot line.” If you choose to do homework, name writing is a great skill to work on at home – using uppercase at the beginning and lowercase for the rest. I have sent home a tracing practice sheet to use if you choose.
Literacy centers: During centers, we read books in the library center, walked around the room trying to find different words, and used magnetics to practice the alphabet! Students wrote the room finding cards with pictures and then had to figure out what the beginning sound of that word was. They also used magnets and trays to put their letters in order and spell different words they knew! In small group, we are practicing using the pictures to help us figure out what the story will be about, and sounding out words in order to read them!
Math: We are busy being mathematicians and our math “tool belt” is growing! We are continuing using math models to show our thinking. We are looking at ways to group different numbers and different ways in which to model our answers. Students come up to the document camera and describe their thinking and model to the class! We also worked on writing the numbers 1-10 using the story “Ten Apples Up on Top”. We drew ourselves and then practiced writing our numbers in 10 apples that we put on our heads! They are hanging on our Wow Work wall. Come take a look!
Science: We learned all about our 5 senses this week – sight, hear, smell, taste and touch. We read poems, played games, and created class charts to show that we understand each of the senses. When we learned about sight, we made a chart to see the different eye color in our class then discussed patterns we saw in the charted information. We also put objects in a bag and the children were able to look at them for 10 seconds then draw what they could remember on a sheet of paper! Ask your child what objects they remembered! When we learned about hearing, we listened to different sounds and students drew what they heard (for instance, birds chirping, cars honking, rain falling). We also made a class chart of our favorite foods when discovering more about taste! When we discussed touch, students felt objects in a paper bag and had to guess what the objects were. Ask your child if they were correct with their guesses! Our last sense was smell. We had four cups of four different smells: lemon, mint, vanilla, and coffee. Students smelled was what was in the cup and made predictions of what was in the cup! We use our senses to help understand the world around us!
Social Studies: Our class did a wonderful job creating their family trees! We love admiring them on our wall. You are welcome to come in and take a look at your family tree!
Common Core Standards we’re working on:
- I can read common sight words.
- I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
- With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
- I can spell simple words phonetically.
- I can read CVC words.
- I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
- I can read the words in a book in the right order.
- I can say the most common sound for each consonant in the alphabet.
- I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
- I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
- I can write numbers from 0-20.
- I can understand that the last thing I count tells the number of things in a group.
- I can name the number for each thing in a group as I count them.
- Friday, October 11th – No School, Teacher In-service
- Wednesday, October 16th – Liturgy, Dress Uniform
- Friday, October 18th – Field Trip to Stocker Farms
- Tuesday, October 22nd – Individual Portrait Day
- Monday, October 28th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
- Friday, November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
- There is a field trip permission slip (complete both sides) in your child’s Friday folder. We are going to Stocker Farms on Friday, October 18th! Please sign and return ASAP. Make sure you have completed your Safe Environment Training before you sign up to chaperone. Thank you!
- Mrs. Dahlgren is still looking for playground volunteers to add to the daily roster of lunch recess monitors. To keep your children safely monitored a total of 5 pairs of eyes, ears and arms are needed at each lunch recess, 11:00-12:15, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Grandparents are welcome. Younger children may come with you providing they aren’t a distraction from duty. Please email Mrs. Dahlgren if you’re able to help with this valuable ministry, email@example.com. Thank you.