Class News 11/4/22

November 4, 2022 Class News

We had a fun week filled with celebrating Halloween, All Saints Day mass, and creating turkeys! I am looking forward to conferencing and sharing your child’s successes with you next week. I treasure being able to partner with such wonderful families. Your children are excited, kind and happy learners!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: with and his. 

Phonics: Our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week was /l/ and /k/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with l and k. We love to come up with new words that begin with our letters of the week!

Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, iPad center, and the phonics center. In the library center, students read a story, wrote the title, and drew their favorite part of the story! At the phonics center, students used Thanksgiving cards to put them in order to make Thanksgiving sentences! In reading groups, we continue to to observe picture clues and word clues to make predictions about what the story will be about. We are stretching out words slowly to hear every letter in the word. We continue to practice reading CVC words and sight words in our reading group books. Thank you for all our parent volunteers who have been able to sign up!

Writers Workshop: This week, we read the book “Arthur Writes a Story” and continued to write our own stories in our writing journals! In order to spell words, students are working on “best guess spelling” in order to hear every sound in the word so they know what letters to write down. At home, when your kids ask you how to spell something, remind them to do their “best guess spelling” and put down all the sounds they hear. We are working on using capital letters to start a sentence, finger spaces between words, writing mostly lowercase letters, and punctuation at the end of a sentence!

Math: This week we learned what an ordinal number is (up to 5)! Ask your child about first, second, third, fourth, and fifth! We continue to work hard in our math journals and use manipulatives to explain our thinking!

Religion: The entire kindergarten and 7th grade was able to attend the All Saints Day mass on Thursday! We loved participating in the liturgy. We are Christ-centered students! (SLE) 

Second Step: In this week’s lesson, we learned to use body language and context clues to figure out when someone feels mad. We practiced looking at a person’s face and body, as well as thinking about what’s going on in the situation to determine if or why they may be feeling mad.

Art: With Thanksgiving coming up, we began to focus on and discuss as a class things that we are thankful for. Students created turkeys with 6 feathers, on each feather, students wrote something they were thankful for! Students brainstormed things like family, friends, school and food. Ask your child what they wrote on their turkey and the things they are thankful for in their life! We will continue this discussion throughout the month of November and will continue to discuss and add things in our lives that we are thankful for!

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 count and divide words into syllables.
  • 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 tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • 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 help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • I can count up to 10 to tell how many things are in a group.
  • 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.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 9th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Thursday, November 10th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Friday, November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day
  • Monday, November 21st – Dress Uniform, Thanksgiving Mass
  • Tuesday, November 22nd – Dress Uniform, Grandparents Day for 3rd-5th Grade
  • Wednesday November 23rd-Friday, November 25th – No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Friday, December 9th – Field trip to the Children’s Museum! Please do not order hot lunch for this day. More information to come!