Habitats! And Turkeys! 11/13-11/17/2017

This week we are learning about animal habitats in science and the first Thanksgiving in Social Studies. It feels like we are winding up our learning at the first trimester comes to an end. Today was the 50th day of school – where does the time go??

We are having our Term 1 Coffee Chat on Wednesday, November 22 from 7:50 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. in our classroom to see all the work we have done this term. I will be sending out a formal invite tomorrow – but put it on your calendars! You don’t want to miss it!

 

Here’s what we are learning this week:

English Language Arts

  • Fundations Unit 1 Week 9 h, l, k
  • Introducing the “tools of good readers”
  • Writing an opinion

Math

  • Finishing up Unit 3
  • shapes and attributes
  • counting by 10s t0 50
  • number writing

Science

  • Animal Habitats
  • Our first Northeastern University Marine Science Visit

Social Studies

  • History of Thanksgiving
  • Gratitude

 

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Nifty November! 11/1/17-/11/3/17

Children built ramps to see how far an apple could roll.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween last night!

We had a very pleasant and fun day yesterday full of Halloween inspired learning activities. With the help of our room parents, we were able to have our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activities for a Halloween celebration. Children worked cooperatively to build ramps to see how far they could make an apple roll. They also decorated pumpkins and played math number and shape recognition games. In the morning, we  had some spooky literacy centers and read some favorite Halloween stories!

Please note, I know it’s hard to believe, but the end of the first trimester is coming to a close at the end of November. More info on report cards and parent conferences will be coming out soon!

Here’s what we are up to for the rest of the week…

 

 

English/Language Arts

  • Fundations week 8 Ee and Rr
  • Parts of a book (title page, front cover, back cover)
  • Counting words in sentences

Math

  • Number writing 6-10
  • Number comparisons
  • November calendars

Science

  • finishing up pumpkins and seed unit

Social Thinking and Social Studies

  • Expected and Unexpected behaviors
  • What makes a neighborhood?

A Friendly Reminder…no Halloween candy at school!

Thank You!

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Twas the week before Halloween…10/24/17-10/28/17

As a Kindergarten teacher, you just gotta go with the excitement sometimes.  Dressing up and being little is fun and far too short lived. This week is all about learning through fun, playful experiences leading up to All Hallow’s Eve. We’re reading some of my favorite halloween stories, learning spooky poetry and doing math using our pumpkins!

This week we will be learning…

English/Language Arts

  • Making connections between texts (Big Pumpkin, The Enormous Carrot and The Turnip)
  • Fundations Unit 1 Week 6 Dd and Ss
  • Writer’s Workshop – labeling

Math

  • Introduction to measurement
  • number writing

Science

  • Pumpkins
  • Spiders

Social Studies

  • Halloween safety
  • Whole Body Listening

Please note: There are no costumes on Halloween. However, your child may dress festively and we will have our fall celebration at the end of the day. Thanks for your cooperation!

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Pumpkins! 10/16/17-10/20/17

This week we began our Pumpkin Unit in Science complete with Pumpkin journals. These journals will allow the children to show what they know and learn throughout the unit. Kaileigh’s mom sent in a small pumpkin for each child, which we will do something with before the end of October. Thank you Kaileigh’s mom!

As we are now into school about six weeks, the class has become more comfortable with one another, which can lead to new life lessons about how to get along. We reviewed “Words are Not for Hurting” yesterday when there was some exclusion from playing at morning recess. Please remind (and model) for your child at home about kind ways to ask for things and being a good friend. We all need practice from time to time…

Here’s what we are learning this week!

English/Language Arts

  • Good writers need to think of ideas
  • Fundations Unit 1 Week 5 Aa and Gg
  • What makes up a sentence?
  • Thematic literature

Math

  • Beginning Unit 3
  • Numbers and what they stand for
  • number sequence

Science

  • Life Cycle of a Pumpkin!

Social Thinking

  • Expected and unexpected behaviors
  • Modeling kind words and actions

Reminders…

Now that the weather is getting cooler (maybe?) please send your child in appropriate clothing (coat, hat, gloves.) Thank you!

Please only put WATER in your child’s WATER BOTTLE!! We’ve had a few sticky situations recently due to juice in water bottles. Thank you!!!

 

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Raising a Reader 10/10-10/13/17

My cable was out for about 5 days last week. I have a feeling my two curious kitties had something to do with it, but it was a good chance to remember what “quiet” feels like and how reading is a very pleasurable hobby.,

This got me thinking about reading and my students. I love, love, love children’s literature. I don’t seem to mind dropping a few dollars here and there on a good book when it comes to a lesson or to enhance curriculum, but reading for my own pleasure (besides newspapers) during the week does not happen as much as I’d like. I’m sure I’m not alone in the matter – as adults we have a lot going on, especially all of you as working parents, and the ease of those handy devices it makes it harder to actually read, let’s say a novel?

Here’s what we are working on this week:

English Language Arts

  • Fundations Unit 1 Week 4
  • Retelling key details in a text
  • Review uppercase letter formation
  • Writing/drawing on a specific topic

Math

  • Introduction of ten frames
  • practicing fluency up to 5
  • counting collections up to 20

Science

  • Life Cycle of a Pumpkin

Social Studies

  • Understanding Christopher Columbus

In conclusion, I still love reading and that’s because I come from a family of readers. I’ll get a call asking me “did you read this article in the paper?” And if I haven’t, i’ll get it summarized; if I did, we will have a discussion.. My dad was the the one that found this article (see below – hand drawn arrow included) in the paper about how to raise a family of readers. And now I share it with you. Enjoy!

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