Good Evening Families,
Wow...I cannot believe that Memorial Day weekend is already here! We have 10 more full days of school left (the last day of school is a half day with NO LUNCH). As you can see, it has been hard for me to find a chunk of time to provide you an update...the end of the school year is in full swing!
-End of year assessments are still continuing through 5/31
-Micro Marketplace has officially completed, however your child will still meet with their venture or agency to wrap up Micro concepts and have a celebration.
-Field Day is on June 1st (ALL DAY) our grade level color is YELLOW. Your child is required to wear a yellow shirt/yellow clothes on Friday. It will be hot, so please provide a water bottle and a LUNCH FROM HOME (we do not have lunch service this day).
-Town Hall Meeting on June 4th
Big Kindergarten Expo!
*You are invited to our classroom on Friday June 8th from 9:30-10:15 AM. Your son/daughter will be showing off their writing notebook. You will get to see pieces that they wrote from back in October to recent publishings. It is amazing to see how far they have come since back in September.
-If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the last 2 weeks, your child has been participating in end of year assessments. Your child is being evaluated on letter names, letter sounds, segmenting words and reading nonsense words. In addition, each student is evaluated on their present level DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) for this time of year.
As assessments have been occurring, your child has been practicing a variety of literacy skills independently. Skills such as identifying rhyming words, digraphs, practicing sight words, writing, reading CVC words and even working on some comprehension activities after reading a story.
Throughout the last 2 weeks in math, your child has also participated in end of the year assessments. At this time, your child is evaluated on identifying numbers 0-10, identifying the larger number in a pair, counting to 100 and identifying a missing number from a sequence.
Even though we have had a lot of assessments to finish up, I have continued teaching our Everyday Math program. We have officially wrapped up unit 8 and will be moving on to unit 9 on Tuesday.
During the week of 5/14: your son/daughter worked on reading and understanding word problems both individually and in partners, developing their very own addition or subtraction number story and playing cooperative games such as "Car Race". Car Race is a game that can be played a variety of ways, however works on building your child's ability to apply both addition and subtraction in a fun way.
During the week of 5/21: your child started the week by learning how to order nonconsecutive numbers. For example, when given the following numbers (23, 4, 17, 90) they learned how to order from smallest to greatest and vise vera. We then worked on adding a twist to our favorite "addition top it" game. Students would each flip their own card over and needed to add the 2 numbers together to call out the sum. This added a fun challenge to a game (top it) that we have been playing all year. On Thursday, students learned about "function machines", something they will see a lot of in first grade. function machines, provide a rule and the child needs to apply the rule with the given starting number. For example, if the starting number is 6 and the rule of the function machine is +2, the number that pops out of the machine is 8 (6 + 2 =8). By Friday, students were ready for MDW and we wrapped up our unit 8 by working in partners to compile name collection posters. Your child drew and wrote things all based off of a number given to them. If a group was given the number 10, they could write an addition problem, the number word, draw 10 flowers etc. all to represent the number 10.
Kindergarten Enrichment Program
Over the last two weeks, students have been working on their ability to identify several different states of matter. We have completed whole class activities as a group and several hands on activities such as the sink or float experiment about liquids. Recently, we explored magnetism in class. Students received an opportunity to estimate random classroom objects that would or would not be magnetic. In addition, we have read stories about magnetism, watched a Bill Nye clip on magnetism and a few select videos.
Bill Nye Video
Get Epic books about Magnetism
We officially wrapped up our school year with Marketplace. Your child was able to go out one last time this week to visit their favorite businesses and buy a variety of products and pay for a service. In these last few days of school, we will wrap up teaching about some micro concepts, hand our awards and celebrate a successful business.