Class News 11/18/22

November 18, 2022 Class News

We had another wonderful week in Kindergarten! We have been working hard, having fun and learning new things!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: they and I. Next week, due to the short week, we will not be introducing any new sight words. We will of course keep reviewing the ones we have learned! The students continue to use their sense of sight and hearing to spot sight words everywhere!

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /j/ /w/ and /q/.  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 j, w, and q. 

Literacy centers: We continued reading groups, sight word center, phonics center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the library center, students enjoyed a variety of picture pictures. At the phonics center, students wrote the room, finding various Thanksgiving themed picture cards. Once they found a card, they recorded it on their recording sheet! In reading groups, we continue to work on letter sounds, sounding out CVC words, and reading our blue decodable books! 

Writers Workshop: In celebration of the upcoming holiday, we discussed what it means to be thankful for something – to feel happy and pleased that you have something or someone in your life. We first brainstormed as a class about things we are thankful for (mom, dad, the Earth, life, sunshine, teachers, and Jesus!). Then, we then took those ideas and wrote them on a graphic organizer. In order to spell words, students are working on sounding out their words in order to hear every sound in the word so they know what letters to write down. We wrote a sentence about what we were thankful for, including our ideas from our graphic organizer! Some students challenged themselves by using the word and or because! We continue to work on keeping finger spaces between words, writing lowercase letters, and putting a period at the end of a sentence. 

Math: Our essential question for chapter 3 is “How can I show numbers beyond 10 (10-20)?” We are showing numbers 10-20 on tens frames to help us grow our number sense and understand the place value of teen numbers (group of ten and how many more?). Students are learning to explain how they can count a number…can you count by 5’s to get to the number? Can you count on from 10?

Students created “decomposing turkeys” where they chose two numbers to create a larger number! They used feathers and numbers to show their thinking.

Social Studies: We read a mini-book about Veteran’s Day and drew a picture of why we are thankful to be free – to go to school, to vote, to have food, etc. 

Second Step: This week we learned about the feeling, calm. We learned that we can feel strong feelings like happy, sad, and mad. Sometimes a strong feeling can take over our attentions and actions. In order to help our strong feelings, we can do things like take a slow, deep breath and ask a grown up for help!

Religion: This week we are practicing prayer and expressing gratitude by taking a few seconds at the end of every day to thank God for 2 things. It is wonderful to hear the things the students are thankful for each day. Sometimes I hear things as simple as “Thank you God for the yellow ball at recess today.” We will continue to practice the act of thanking God for all of our blessings, big and small. 

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can count forward beginning with a given number within the known sequence (instead of starting at 1)
  • Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
  • 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 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.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, November 21st – Dress Uniform, Thanksgiving Mass, 9am
  • Tuesday, November 22nd – Dress Uniform, Grand Day for 3rd-5th Grade
  • Wednesday November 23rd-Friday, November 25th – No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Wednesday, November 30th – Dress Uniform, Primary Mass, 9am – Join us if you can!
  • Thursday, December 8th – Dress Uniform, All School Mass
  • Friday, December 9th – Field trip to the Children’s Museum! Please do not order hot lunch for this day. More information to come!
  • Thursday, December 15th – Primary Christmas Concert, Egan Hall, 6:15pm
  • Friday, December 16th – Noon Dismissal, Christmas Break
  • Tuesday, January 3rd – Classes Resume