Class News 12/10/21

December 10, 2021 Class News

We had a super fun and spirited week in kindergarten as we prepared our hearts for Christmas.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: this and have. Next week will be from and or. 

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /y/ /v/ and /z/.  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 y, v and z. 

Literacy Centers: We continued with our reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. In the library center, students read a story, wrote the title, rated the book 1-5 stars, and drew their favorite part! At the phonics center, students got the opportunity to use stamps! The stamps they used had a missing letter at the beginning or end of the word with a matching picture. Their job was to fill in the missing beginning or ending letter to complete the word! In our reading groups, we are working on fluency and comprehension. We are asking questions while we read stories. Can we predict what this story will be about by looking at the cover? Can we retell the beginning, middle, and end? What sight words can we spot? We continue to sound out words slowly to hear every letter in the word. 

Writer’s Workshop/Social Studies: To assist in the understanding of the Advent season, this week we spent time discussing the difference between a need and a want. We defined a need as something we have to have in order to live. Some needs we came up with are – water, healthy food, clothes to keep us warm, and shelter. Some wants we came up with are – phones, iPads, video games, toys and junk food. Students cut and sorted different pictures into a “want” or a “need.” You can keep this conversation going at home by donating things you no longer need to others during the Advent season, or maybe as a point of prayer to thank God that we have all that we need.

We also learned and discussed what an acrostic poem is. Students brainstormed words, transferring their knowledge about what Christmas is all about, and filled out an acrostic poem of ‘Christmas.’ We came up with so many words-ask your child what some of them were! Try writing your own acrostic winter poem at home!

Math: This week in math we had a fun time completing a mystery 100’s chart Christmas picture! We colored in certain numbers on our 100’s chart certain colors to reveal a mystery Christmas picture. Ask your child what the picture turned out to be!

Art: This week we created Christmas trees using different sizes of green paper! Students glued their various sized green paper in a pattern to make a Christmas tree! They also cut and glued a star on the top, finishing it off by making snow using white paint. Take a look at our trees below!

Religion: We continue to prepare our hearts for Jesus. Monday morning, we watched as the second candle was lit in the church to celebrate the second week of Advent. We added ornaments to our Jesse tree each morning – each ornament symbolizes something different about the Advent season. A few we added this week were the circle, which symbolizes Jesus’s never-ending love for us, and a candle, which reminds us that we are the light of the world and He is the light of the world. We are working on identifying and sharing connections we make in class. 

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:

  • Friday, December 17th – Noon Dismissal, Christmas Holiday break
  • Tuesday, January 4th – Classes Resume

Best,

Miss Williamson