Below will be an update for the last two weeks! Only 20 more days of school left before summer vacation. This past week, students received their Student Treasures book in the mail! They were beyond excited to share with Miss Walchak (2nd grade teacher) that they voted and wanted to dedicate the book to her! We gave her a personalized copy to keep and she was so grateful!
(4/30-5/4)--> Students began learning about digraphs in class. They were exposed to WH, SH, TH and CH. The students know digraphs as "2 letters that make one sound". For each digraph we have have a specific movement that the children do along with the sound.
Movements: CH--> moving your right arm up and down and saying "choo, choo"
SH--> putting your pointer finger over lips and saying "shhhhhhh"
TH--> sticking your tongue slightly out of your mouth and saying "/thhhhhhh/"
WH--> pretending to whistle and making the "/whhhhh/" sound
In addition, the children continued to learn 3 new sight words: very, yes & out. The students practiced these new sight words all week through games and worksheets. This was the last week of sight words for the 2017-2018 school year.
(5/7/-5/11)--> Students continued to practice all 45 of their sight words through worksheets, reading books and a variety of games in the classroom. In addition, the students worked on identifying and reading words that have digraphs in them. In one activity this week, the children chose a word with a digraph. From there, your child wrote a complete sentence using that word and applying their Kindergarten writing mechanics.
Towards the middle of the week, our class learned about the CK digraph. Students now know that CK is an ending and can be applied to a word when that word uses a short vowel and is a one syllable word such as kick, sick, pick and flick.
The student even got an opportunity to show their appreciation towards one MACS staff member in a fun writing activity! Pictures of some examples are below :)
(4/30-5/4)-->When we returned from vacation, our class worked on identifying numbers 0-20 in class as well as counting 0-100, as this will be a skill assessed in a few weeks. During this week, we were also able to reinforce our addition skills by rolling 2, 3 or 4 dice and adding them together in a math problem. The children enjoyed playing the "missing number" game which requires the children to think conceptually about numbers before, after and in between a starting point. We ended the week by recalling attribute blocks and using them to identify after needing to describe them to the class, working on graphing and lastly work in small groups to create word problems.
(5/7/-5/11)--> Students continued to identify 2D and 3D shapes by feel and by using describing words with their peers. Students were able to recall shape names both independently and in small groups. Later in the week, we had an opportunity use toothpicks and mini marshmallows to build those 2D and 3D shapes previously talked about in class a few days before. All students are truly working hard to remember these shapes and use their words to describe them to a peer.
Later in the week, students practiced counting to 100 while starting from a number other than 0 (ex: starting at 47). We practiced saying the correct sequence of numbers. However, we ended up playing a silly game of "Interrupting Counting". This is where one person begins counting and the audience has to listen for that person to make a mistake and then interrupt them counting. This allows the students to listen and observe sequential counting in the classroom. By the very end of the week, the students worked on both their addition and subtraction skills to 10. Remember to have your child work on their fact fluency with Xtramath at home :)
Cinco De Mayo Fun!
On May 4th, Miss Froleiks threw the class a CIno de Mayo festival in the classroom. We learned all about the holiday (a day early), incorporated Mexican culture into our lessons and read silly stories such as Cinco de Mouse-o in class.
In science, we have been learning about matter. The children are exploring different properties such as weight, texture and color. We often refer to the below poster in the classroom to help us complete a variety of explorations and worksheets. This past week, we investigated solids, liquids and gases. Soon, we will be conducting some hands on experiments to get the children connecting real world items to their learning.
Coming Up & Reminders:
-There are no new sight words for the remainder of the school year. Please continue to practice the 45 sight words that your child has been exposed to over the last few months. These words are "rule breakers" and are frequently found in books that your child is reading in class.
-From May 14th - May 25th, your child will be completing end of the year assessments in Kindergarten. Please make sure they get plenty of rest and eat a good healthy breakfast to that they are energized and ready to show off their big beautiful brains!
-From May 14th - May 31st, grades 3-7 will be performing state testing. Although this is not our grade level is causes our class schedule to change. We will be having specials on different days, times and even lunch has changed for us a few days a week.
We will need to remain flexible all throughout these next few weeks. Happy testing and assessing to all MACS students.