December 13, 2019 Class News
It was a very busy week in Room 1! The kids could not be more excited for Christmas and their spirit grows each day in anticipation of this very special holiday.
Volunteers: Amy, our fabulous room parent, has opened up the volunteer signups for the rest of the year. Parents, thank you so much for signing up to help with literacy centers, library and parent led art! The kids love seeing you in our room and I appreciate your help! We truly couldn’t do all that we do without volunteers like you.
Sight Words: This week we learned the sight words from and or. Next week, we will learn the words one and had. The kids are continuing to build their Sight Word Notebook each morning and continue to use them as a resource during Writer’s Workshop and Literacy Centers.
Phonics: This week we studied the letters and ending sounds /t/ and /x/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by ending sounds, and glued them on a graphic organizers.
Literacy Centers: We continued with our reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, phonics center and iPad center. During the phonics center, the students moved about the room completing their “Write the Room” activity sheet. The words displayed throughout the room were all about December, Christmas, and the Holiday Season. In reading groups, we played a game using a puzzle and had to build CVC words by looking at the picture on our puzzle piece! Once we thought we created the word, we would sound out what we had spelt to make sure it was correct!
Writer’s Workshop: This week, we made little books that described the special gifts we would give Baby Jesus on Christmas. Kids brainstormed and wrote what gift they would like to give Baby Jesus. Gifts ranged from toys, pacifiers, and bottles to friends, love and animals. We also completed writing an Acrostic Poem using the word Christmas! Students wrote words that began with each letter in the word Christmas. Some of the words students came up with were cookie, tree, Merry Christmas, and hot coco!
Math: We continued counting and writing numbers greater than 10 this week. Our favorite strategy is counting on, which allows us to use ten frames to count big numbers quickly. Next week, we’ll be doing a variety of Christmas math activities.
Science: On Tuesday this week, we adventured up to the 3rd floor to participate in Hour of Code. The kindergarteners sat with their 7th grade buddies and solved block code puzzles to the theme of Frozen, Minecraft and Star Wars. It was so much fun and they enjoyed the time with their buddies in their big classroom! Photos have been uploaded on the website of them coding.
Religion: We continued to discuss the season of Advent this week and read books about the Nativity Story. The kids continued to decorate their Jesse Trees each morning with a new ornament. Mrs. Costa’s first grade class comes to our classroom every morning during Advent so that we are able to celebrate together! During this time we watch a short video from Brother Francis about that specific day of Advent.
Second Step: Ms. Shaw came to our classroom again this week to teach us about walking away and situations in which it would be best to just walk away. Students learned that if someone is too close to you in line, walk away; if someone is teasing you on the playground, instead of engaging, simply walk away; or if someone is bothering you on the carpet, walk away. Students brainstormed other situations in which it would be best to just walk away. Some situations they came up with were if their sibling was bothering them, they would walk away or if someone sitting next to them at their table was talking too loud or was distracting them, they could walk away. Ask your child to brainstorm other situations that it may be best to walk away and see if you can practice with them!
Mrs. Dalhgren came to talk to all of Kindergarten again, this time about bullying. The children gave examples of what bullying looks like. We talked about the difference between being mean (random, causes feelings of regret and apology) versus bullying (on purpose, repetitive, done expressly to make someone feel bad). We read Hugo and The Bullyfrogs by Francesca Simon.
Parent Led Art: A big thank you to Miss Daytona and Miss Laura for leading and helping with Parent Art this week! Students used paper and markers to create snowmen inside a snow globe!
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.
- Thursday, December 19th – Christmas Concert, 6:15pm in the Church. Meet in our classroom at 5:50pm. Wear “Sunday’s Best!”
- Friday, December 20th – Noon Dismissal
- No School Dec 21st – Jan 5th – Winter Break