Happy Saturday Big K Families,
I hope you are all well. For those of you who attended the Candyland dance last night, it was great to see you and I hope your family enjoyed your time there. Lord Licorice sure had a blast.
Student Treasure Forms:
Many of you have returned your child's Student Treasure form to purchase a copy of our class book. Your son/daughter is working extremely hard to have beautiful penmanship and a creatively detailed picture.
All forms are due by Friday, April 13th. This means even if you choose not to purchase a copy of our class book, I still need to receive the form back with the bock checked "no".
As you have seen at drop off and pick up times, there is no snow on our playground. However, when we go outside in the morning, it can still be very cold. I strongly suggest sending your child with boots to keep their feet warm, a hat and gloves/mittens. My first priority is to keep your child safe and comfortable at school. This past week we did not need snow pants however, several students were complaining of being cold when playing outside and I observed them not being appropriately dressed for outdoor play.
Scholastic Book Orders:
Scholastic book orders are due by Friday, April 13th! This month, you have the ability to receive a FREE $5 book with your order. What a great opportunity to get a few books for your eager reader :)
Our class code is: Q2PHY
Scholastic does not accept cash with orders so please submit checks with your order OR order online and pay with a credit card. Checks should be made out to: Scholastic Inc
This week, your child primarily focused working on their page in our class book. All students wrote a rough draft of their adventure with Hank. Your child used a sentence starter and then developed two sentences on their own using writing mechanics and sounding out skills. In addition, this week we learned 3 new sight words: or, by, one. We continually identify them, spell them and use them in sentences throughout the school week. Towards the end of the school week, we took a break from our Hank story and did some brainstorming about spring. The students have been sharing their feelings on being tired of winter and excited for more outdoor time and sunshine in spring. This lead us to do some spring writing!
Next Weeks Sight Words: me, from, be
This week in math, we continued to talk about subtraction. We are working on subtracting within 5 and sometimes 10 in whole group. At this time, it is absolutely normal for your child to confuse addition and subtraction concepts! We are looking into identifying the two different symbols in class (-, +). Miss Froleiks talks about subtraction as "taking away" or "going away". In class this week, I shared verbal math stories with the child and they had to act out the problem in small groups. For example: There were five boys jumping up and down. One boy hurt himself so he had to sit out. How many boys are left jumping up and down? This type of activity allows the students to get physical with math!
Towards mid-week, we were moving right along to Unit 7 in Everyday Math! The students were able to begin this unit by practicing their addition fluency and early subtraction skills. We played fun games like Domino Addition! Next week we will be revisiting teen numbers!
Families, please remember to use xtramath.org as a resource for your child to practice their addition fact fluency on a regular basis. I have access to seeing their progress and even have an incentive for the kiddos in class. The students are aware, if they complete a level and are prompted to receive a certificate, they receive $20 micro dollars, lunch in the classroom and I buy them an ice cream on ice cream Friday. What could be better!
Your son/daughter has finished learning about popular American Symbols in class. They have learned over 10 important symbols along with several fun facts! This week we wrapped up American symbols by learning about the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Rushmore in class.
Students were able to listen to stories in class and via GetEpic.com! The children were fascinated to learn about the location of Mount Rushmore along with how many people it took to sculpt the monument! Below are some of the videos we watched in class too:
Lincoln Memorial 1
I Am Abraham Lincoln
Mount Rushmore 1
Mount Rushmore 2
Mount Rushmore 3
Next week, the children and I will be transitioning into a new science unit about properties for the month of April and part of May!
This week, it was our turn to put on a skit about a new character trait. April is all about self-care! Students in Miss F's class learned about what it means to take care of yourself...mind and body! The children did an absolute fantastic job and received SEVERAL positive compliments from fellow students and staff members.
Your child has officially been at their "new" business for 2 weeks now. Please remember, that some students in K, K, 1 chose to switch ventures to learn about a new business. At the post office, our students are learning about difficult struggles businesses can sometimes go through. Currently, our business is struggling to get an abundance of customers. Your child brainstormed different ideas and then wrote about it in a reflection early in the week. On Wednesday, some of the ideas your son/daughter came up with were implemented. By Friday, a few of the changes saw a great positive impact on our business.
Donations for the MACS Post Office Venture:
Currently, a few of the students ideas revolve around "shipping" food products to customers in our school. Our business is in search of the following items that we would "purchase" from the Micro City Warehouse. If interested, please send in an item(s) with your child in the backpack and I can take care of the rest!
Mini Rice Krispy Treats
DUM DUMS Lollipops
Mini Composition Books
MICRO DAY is happing on Wednesday April 18th!
It is an early release day, and we would like to invite family members to come and visit the Micro City Marketplace in action! In order to accommodate all of our families, we will have three 45-minute rounds of visitors. Please us the link below to sign up for a 45-minute session.
IMPORTANT: When signing up, please select the TOTAL number of visitors in your party from the "Quantity" drop-down menu so that we are prepared for the right number of people at each session. Here is the Sign Up Genius link: CLICK HERE