Happy Holiday Season! This classroom update will be for the last two weeks (11/27-12/8). In class, we quickly transitioned from talking about turkeys and being thankful to snow and holidays! Students have been continuing classroom routines and even had a Hank the Septopus visit and watch over them in the classroom.
-Scholastic Book Club orders are due on 12/13/17. Books are fantastic gifts for your early reader, plus we earn points for our classroom!!
-We will be learning about a new holiday: Hanukkah from 12/11-12/15
-Tuesday 12/12/17 starts our very first day of Marketplace!
-Buddy Reading with 5th Grade will occur on 12/13
-K-3 classes will have Jan Brett Day on 12/15 during the AM
Kindergarten Academic Day:
During the week of 11/27-12/1, students learned about uppercase letters P and J. The identified both of their sounds, and learned the proper way for form both of these letters. During a few of our lessons, students brainstormed words that started with both of these letter sounds as well as watched two videos from Jack Hartmann about these letters. Check them out HERE and HERE! In addition, students worked on reading CVC words in reading group. Miss F has been teaching the children to "tap out" words with their fingers.
During the week of 12/4-12/7, students learned about letters L, H and K. Students worked to identify all letters and their sounds to warm their brains up during ELA. We used wood pieces to form these letters on the board before discussing the step by step process to write all 3 of these letters. I shared with the students how the letter K can be tricky with its 2 little diagonal lines. In reading groups, students worked on taping out CVC words again, as well as, working on identifying vowel sounds in words.
Below are some pictures of the students hard at work during literacy block!
During the week of 11/27-12/1, students have worked on a variety of mathematical skills. We have been continuing to practice number identification, talking about length and positional words and lastly working on ways to represent a single number. Students both worked on identifying and writing numbers 1-10 in a number book (which some students are still working on in class). On Tuesday, students shared what information they knew about length, and we measured a variety of objects in the classroom. The children did a great job thinking of complete sentences to compare two objects from the class together. Towards the end of the week, students learned about positional words and used Bruce the Shark from Finding Dory to physically show a positional word! Check out the pictures below :) Lastly, Thursday and Friday were spent discussing what the word representation means. Students received a piece of paper that was broken into 4 boxes. Each child was given a number and they had to represent that number 4 different ways. This activity helps to build a strong number sense in students.
During the week of 12/4-12/7, students continued to work with their number representation papers, as well as learned a few more games to continue to practice number identification and counting. Mid-week, the children were taught a multi-step directional game and played with partners. The game was called Spin and Count! There are several pictures of the students playing below :) Towards the end of the academic week, students worked on sequencing numbers and practiced adding up to 10 as a whole class. As you may have scene, your child worked on completing addition problems to color code a kinara (which is a candle holder used in Kwanzaa).
As you may know, students have been working on identifying various needs and wants. On Friday (12/7) we wrapped up a week and a half long project to independently write out and 2 needs and 3 wants they have this holiday season. In addition, the children each drew detailed pictures to match what they wrote. These projects are currently hung in the hallway and will be sent home right before the holiday break for you to see yourselves :) Below is a picture sort the students completed whole class and independently during learning choice times.
In addition, your son or daughter has/is learning about three big holidays celebrated in the month of December. The following is our holiday schedule:
Kwanzaa --> 12/4-12/7
Hanukkah --> 12/11-12/15 **Special Guest on Friday**
In our Weather Unit, children have been learning about many different types of weather in our world. From sunshine, to tornados and the different types of clouds! In addition, your child have been introduced with weather instruments such as a thermometer. They completed activities that required them to practice reading and recording active temperatures outside at school!
We have been busy preparing the Micro City Post Office for its first day of business! Students know their job title and the specific area they will be within working within our classroom. We have spent time to watch videos of what a postal worker does (a day in the life of a USP Worker) and what happens to a letter when it is mailed. This week, your child continued to learn about parts of a letter and wrote a parent a letter about Kwanzaa (coming home on Monday in the take home folder!) to help practice the stages/parts of a letter. Yesterday, students paid for and received a micro badge that they will be required to wear each day during Micro. Below Miss F has some great pictures from the last two weeks!!