Class News 10/28/22

October 28, 2022 Class News

We had a terrific week learning together in kindergarten! Your children are working hard and having fun! Take a peek at all we did this week:

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: are and as. Next week we will learn with and his

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /d/ and /f/.  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 d and f. We are working on our “best guess” spelling, meaning they write whatever letters they hear! Take a look at your child’s spelling coming home in their Friday folder.

Literacy Centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. In our phonics group, students “wrote the room.” They carried clipboards as they wrote different Halloween words around the room. In reading groups, we continue by taking picture walks to make predictions about what the story will be about. We are also practicing reading and writing CVC words and sight words in our reading group books. 

Writers Workshop: On Wednesday, we spent time writing about what we were going to be for Halloween. Students were so excited to share about costumes and festivities! We continue to work on finger spaces, writing with lowercase letters, and using punctuation at the end of our sentence.

Math: Students were excited to practice estimating with candy corn! We had one large class jar that students had to look at and make an educated guess as to how many candy corn they thought were in the jar. We then used 120 charts to count how many there were. Ask your child if they remember how many there ended up being! We continue to focus on “one more” when counting numbers 1-10, and are continuing to practice using ten frames. We know that a full tens frame is 10, and half of a tens frame is 5. We know this without even having to count!

Science: We used our five senses to observe our class pumpkins. The class came up with terrific describing words using our five senses to guide our thinking. As scientists do, we had a fun pumpkin investigation lab, where we got to measure the parts of a pumpkin with unifix cubes, count the lines, and we even investigated whether our pumpkins float or sink in water! These investigations led to other questions and wonders so we got to experiment a bit further based on the kid’s own questions!

STEM: This week we challenged ourselves with our first STEM project! Students were given candy pumpkins and toothpicks and tried to make a haunted house. The goal was to have the house stand up and to fit a “ghost” inside. Ask your child if their haunted house was a success! 

Second Step: This week we continued our unit on Emotion Management and learned that sometimes we can feel sad. We know that everyone can feel sad sometimes, and we can tell when others may be feeling sad by looking at their face or their body. Students talked about times when they have felt sad, and what they can do to help themselves or others feel better! 

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.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 31st – Happy Halloween! Students may wear their Halloween Costume on this day! 
  • Tuesday, November 1st – Dress Uniform, All Saints Day Mass
  • 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!