Gobble Gobble Kinder Families,
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday. We have a short week (2 days) filled with lots of academic review and fun turkey activities for the kiddos. This past week, the students earned their 10th Nemo on the positive behavior fishbowl. They exchanged the 10 Nemo's for one Dory and voted to have a movie as their class reward. I could not be more proud of my RESPONSIBLE and RESPECTFUL class!
The students have been working very hard on creating their turkey vests and headpieces. Students learned a Thanksgiving song from Mr. B during music and we are all looking forward to singing it to our book buddies in 2nd grade on Monday. Below are pictures from creating the turkey vests and patterned headpieces:
-As I have previously mentioned, students will be reviewing for our upcoming 2 day week. Last week we introduced 3 letters --> H, L, K. Students worked hard to form these three letters correctly in daily writing and tracing activities. The letter K has seemed to be tricky for the majority of students due to its diagonal lines. Extra practice at home is always encouraged to boost academic confidence!! Thus far we have learned about the following letters:
A, E, I, O, U
B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, R, S, T
I am proud to say that my students are able to identify the 5 vowels in the alphabet and know that the remaining 21 letters are all consonants. Although many students are early readers and writers, they know that EVERY WORD must have at least 1 vowel. Way to go Kinder kiddos!!
-This past week of math was about learning to sequence numbers. Students practiced sequencing numbers with individualized student cards. Everyone's academic needs are different so some students worked on sequencing numbers 0-5 or 0-10 and others worked on sequencing 0-15 or 0-20. I have taught my Kindergarten class that everyone's brain is different and therefore what works best for one friend might not work for another. Later in the week, students continued their practice by playing Monster Squeeze and completing a sequencing worksheet activity.
-On Monday, Wednesday & Friday of this past week, students explored pumpkins! Miss Froleiks brought in four different sized pumpkins to explore. We estimated how much one of the pumpkins weighed, how many seeds it would have, how tall it was and how wide it was. Kinder friends learned about what an educated guess was and were able to make great guesses. On Friday, Ms. M brought in an additional pumpkin for us. Miss Froleiks split the class up into two groups and we dug out the pulp and seeds. It was very messy! However, we were able to count the seeds into small groups of ten. At the very end, we were all able to see which groups pumpkin had the most seeds. Miss F's pumpkin was the winner with 623 seeds...WOW!
-In Social Studies we wrapped up our unit about families, rules and responsibilities. Students were able to identify who can be in a family, where families can live (apartments, houses condos etc) and rules you might have at your home. In addition, the class compared and contrasted different rules and responsibilities they have at home vs at school.
-Kinder friends are getting use to our Kindergarten Micro Mentor's coming in to help at 2:45. Both Alicia and Noor take leadership roles and help the students complete various Micro related activities as well as manage our buisness. Monday's are when Noor and Alicia pay their employee's (your Kindergarten student) for being present at their job. Reminder: if your child is out of school or dismissed before MICRO due to an illness, vacation etc. they do not get paid at our Underwater Aquarium venture. At this age, it can be difficult for these young children to understand this concept. However, through this active role play, all of Micro City citizens will be better adapted to the real world in the future.
As many of you know from parent teacher conferences, my class has been extremely lucky to have two Donors Choose Projects funded. The first project was a set of 5 classroom tablets and the second project was for more educational learning manipulatives and games. We have received both packages and the students are being introduced and incorporated into their everyday learning.
*We still have 2 other projects we are looking to be funded. Here are there links for you to check out at your leisure:
Below are some pictures of the kids opening the packages:
The Kindergarten and First Grade classes are teaming up to fund a whole Thanksgiving basket. Our basket is for a local family in need. It is for a different family than the 2nd/3rd grade classes are doing as well as the 4th/5th/6th grade teams. We hope that you can help donate to this wonderful cause. Below is the sign-up genius I created with Mrs. McClintick to organize the food donations. Please sign up for as much or as little as you feel comfortable with!
Monday Afternoon Special:
Tomorrow we have GYM as our special in the afternoon. PLEASE send your child to school with sneakers! It is very important they have appropriate and safe footwear to be running around.
Disguise A Turkey:
-Lastly, students were given a stapled packed last week to work on disguising a turkey for class. This creative art project is optional, however very fun and silly for the kids :) We have already had a few turkeys come in...and boy have the kids gotten a good laugh from looking at them! Once your child has completed disguising their turkey, feel free to send it in so we can hang it up in the hall for everyone to see!
I look forward to have a fun 2 day week with the kids! As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email.