November 7, 2019 Class News
We had another wonderful week in Kindergarten! Take a look at what we have been up to!
Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: with and his. Next week we will learn they and I.
Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /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.
Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the phonics center, students colored and read a book about Veteran’s Day, they circled all the words they were able to read! We are working hard at vowel sounds! In reading groups, we continue to use our “Eagle Eye” to observe picture clues and word clues to make predictions about what the story will be about. We are stretching out words to hear every letter in the word. We continue to practice reading CVC words and sight words.
Writers Workshop: We continue to practice using three steps to write a story – think of a story and picture it in your mind, draw the pictures, write the words. We wrote a three page story about what we will be doing for Thanksgiving. Including information about where we will be going, who we will be with and the plans we have for the day!
Math: We continue to review our tens frames and dot cards, which help us learn how to count on from the larger number to get the total. We practiced “shake and spill” where students decomposed 5 or 10 on a tens frame. We filled a cup with 5 or 10 two-sided math tokens (one side yellow, other red), shook the cup and spilled them. Then, we moved the tokens to show the number on a tens frame. Lastly, we wrote the number of yellow and red tokens to make 5 or 10.
Religion: This week we learned that God made us in His image. We learned that we as humans are very special because God made us like Him. Like Him, we can think, make choices, and love.
We also had Peacemakers this week with Mrs. Dahlgren (our monthly conversations about bullying) where the focus was tolerance. What it is (accepting differences in other people) and how to practice it. She then read The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRoth. Ask your child why kindness is a Super Power!
Social Studies: We read a poem about Veteran’s Day and students came up to the board to circle sight words or other words they were able to recognize in the poem. We are thankful to be free to sing, go to school, play, and many more things!
Science: We looked through and made observations about another National Geographic magazine. We learned how crayons were made and packaged. We also read about where different animals live and the jobs humans have taking care of animals! Ask your child to tell you the story about the man’s camera and the polar bear who got ahold of it!
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.
- Monday, November 11th – Veteran’s Day, No school
- Wednesday, November 20th – Picture Retakes
- Thursday, November 21st – Dress Uniform, Grandparents and Special Friends Day (Grades 2-5)
- Monday, November 25th – All school Thanksgiving Mass, Dress uniform
- Wednesday, November 27th – Friday, November 29th, Thanksgiving Holiday, No school
- The 6thgraders are putting on a food drive to stock up the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The drive is from now through Monday, November 25th. Thank you in advance for your help!
- John School and Parish are very excited to announce a partnership with Unbound-a charity that allows us to directly help children in need. Kindergarten will sponsor Bruno. He is from Bolivia and speaks Spanish! He is 5 years old and enjoys playing ball, putting together puzzles and watching television. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Bruno throughout the year. Every first Friday of the month your child is welcome to bring in a $1 donation and make cards or write letters to Bruno. If you have any additional questions, please let me know. Thank you! Your support will help Bruno get a wonderful education and new pen pals from Seattle.