Sight Words are Springing Up! 4/3-4/13/17

Pitter, patter, drip, drop…I hope this mucky weather will soon stop! We were lucky this winter to have so many days of outside recess – this week, with two days of indoor recess, due to rain have made our days a little bit more difficult. The stormy weather has brought us an opportunity to learn some old fashioned card games – like Go Fish, Old Maid and Crazy 8s during inside recess and even learn a new game that you can play with any deck of cards. Trash card game instructions

We also have some FUN to look forward to next week with our TEDDY BEAR FLOAT PARADE! I am super excited for this event! Mr. Andrews is going to help us on Tuesday afternoon assemble our wheels and axels. It should be a lot of fun and a great send off into school vacation on Thursday afternoon. 🙂

Here’s what we will be working on until April Vacation:

English Language Arts

  • Writing a story with a Beginning, Middle and End
  • Sight words for mastery
  • handwriting practice
  • Learning about books in a series

Math

  • Addition and subtraction to 10
  • number stories
  • math symbols: +, – , =

Science

  • Motion (wheels and axels)
  • magnets
  • Rainbows

Social Studies/Social Skills*

  • Being a Learner
  • Joining a group
  • Making good decisions

*Our new school adjustment counselor, Mrs. Sullivan, meets with our class on Tuesdays to work on social skill practice. I am thrilled we have been able to add this as part of our curriculum to honor the whole child.

And just one gentle reminder…

I’ve noticed many of the students being a little more tender and tired as we move through our day. As the days get longer and the spring gets busier, it is often hard to keep to a bedtime routine. However, it is important for young children to get enough rest so they are able to be active learners in school. Here’s a link for some helpful tips. Thank you!

Have a great April break!

Ms. Purdin

 

 

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“Ramp”-ing Up Our Learning 3/27/17-3/31/17

Wow! We had so much fun learning about ramps and motion last week in Science.

Look what we built!

Marble Ramps

Here’s what we are learning this week!

English/Language Arts

  • Sentence structure
  • Sight words: as, has, is, his, to, go, went
  • Reading in leveled readers
  • Narrative writing

Math

  • Review teen numbers
  • skip counting
  • solid shapes
  • surveys and data

Science

  • Finishing up motion
  • Finish up Bear unit

Social Studies

  • Community Helpers
  • Our town

 

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Write On! 3/20/17-3/24/17

Spring might not have sprung quite yet, but we have a bunch of writers springing up! I was pleased today working in small groups to see how many are easily sounding out words and confidently writing! What a fun spring it will be!

Here’s what we are up to this week…

English Language Arts

Ms. Kayla, our COTA, practices yoga with us before handwriting the other day!

  • “Small moments” writing
  • Sentence building
  • Unit 3 Week 4
  • Introduction of the “magic e” rule

Math

  • Addition and subtraction on the number line
  • domino addition
  • Solid shapes

Science 

  • Gravity and Motion
  • Finger knitting

Social Studies

  • Women’s History Month
  • Staying on a topic
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“Lion” Weather! 3/13/17-3/17/17

As I write this, I am here at home during our snow day! The wind is whipping and the newscasters keep talking about a “winter-cane.” Don’t they know we have things to learn in school? That March is an important month in Kindergarten when everything that we’ve been learning all year starts to come together in a richer, deeper way?

Yesterday, we started to learn how to finger knit. I had to teach myself off of You tube, and was feeling confident enough to try to teach our class. In small groups. As a challenge by choice. It actually turned out to be a lot of fun and while there was some frustration, those who wanted to try got a chance and were surprised by their results. There is something to be said of the satisfaction of making something by hand.

And yes, I have also found the satisfaction in learning a craft this year. Knitting has become a great hobby of mine! Though as I told the kids, sometimes it can get frustrating, and when that happens, move to something else and take a break for a bit. 🙂

Here’s what we are learning this week:

English Language Arts

  • Learning question words: Who, what, where, when, why, how
  • First and last name handwriting practice
  • leveled guided reading groups
  • Fundations Unit 3 week 3

Math

  • addition and subtraction number stories
  • attributes
  • counting by 10s, 2s

Science/STEM

  • Intro – What is Motion?
  • Finger knitting

Social Thinking/Social Studies

  • Cooperative games
  • St. Patrick’s Day
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Lions and Tigers and Bears! 3/6/17-3/10/17

Sharon Hawkes reads to our class a Dr. Seuss book.

OH MY! Our 6th grade buddies are busy rehearsing for their play, “The Wizard of Oz,” which will be performed for the school on Thursday. We can’t wait! What a fun way to see our 6th grade buddies and be a part of our wonderful school community. Last week we had so much fun listening to Nahant Librarian Sharon Hawes read to our class on “Read Across America” day. What a great place to learn we have here at the Johnson School!

This week, I’m finishing report cards, which are making me so happy because I see lots of improvement! Every day in class your children surprise me with their knowledge and participation. I love this time of year when everything starts to “gel” for our little learners!

 

Here’s what we are working on this week:

English/Language Arts

  • Fundations Unit 3 week 2
  • Using our schema to read Informational Texts
  • Writing our own books
  • March poem – figurative language
  • CVC word families

Math

  • Measuring height differences
  • Introduction to subtraction
  • skip counting by 2s to 20

Science

  • Our Bear Unit
  • What is motion? Unit (end of week)
  • Seasonal Changes – March comes in

Social Studies/Social Skills

  • Staying on topic
  • Reading Body langauge
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