Class News 11/19/21

November 19, 2021 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 phonics center, students went for a November themed write the room, finding words like apples, corn and acorn. When they found a word, they copied it on their recording sheet. At the independent library center, students went for a sight word search! They had a recording sheet with specific sight words they are on the hunt for. When they found a sight word, they put a tally mark on their recording sheet. In reading groups, we worked on CVC words! We played the game ‘build it’ and ‘switch it’. Students were asked to to build a CVC word on their whiteboard using a mixed up word bank of letters to pull from. They then had to switch the word and figure out which letters had to be switched based on the new word. 

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 pulling apart the word they are trying to write so they know what letters to write down. At home, when your kids ask you how to spell something, remind them to pull the word apart and do their best to put down every sound they hear. 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. Students are also 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? 

Second Step: This week we learned that “practice makes better!” Students were able to name two ways they can get better at something: keep trying and practice. Students shared two things they want to learn or get better at this year. Ask your child what they two things they want to practice!

Religion: This week we are practicing prayer and expressing gratitude by continuing to take a few seconds at the end of every day to thank God for 2 things. This week we thanked God for things like family, the playground and our homes! We will continue to practice the act of thanking God for all of our blessings, big and small. 

Art: To end our week students did a directed drawing of a fall leaf! They had to follow step-by-step directions in order to make their leaf. They then colored it in with marker! Take a peak at a few of them below.

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 22 – Thanksgiving Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Wednesday November 24 – Friday, November 26th – No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Wednesday, December 8th – All School Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Friday, December 17th – Noon Dismissal, Christmas Holiday break
  • Tuesday, January 4th – Classes Resume

Best,

Miss Williamson