Happy Snow Day Families,
Mother Nature has hit us once again! Good news is, it seems to be light and fluffy. It will be good snow for the kiddos to play in on the playground! Below are important messages for you to know! Please read carefully:
-All winter snow gear should be brought to school daily. Students go outside when it is 20 degrees or warmer.
-Students are still continuing to be assessed on both math and literacy concepts in class.
-Music Concert for K-3 has been moved to 1/24/18 @ 1PM
-There will be a Parent Night Out occurring this Friday 1/19/18! Please reach out to Mrs. Williams with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
-Preliminary Geo-Bee testing will occur on Monday 1/22/19 in the classroom.
Kindergarten Academic Day:
This week we continued our journey to learn about lowercase letters. Students were exposed to learning specific handwriting of the following letters: e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l. In addition, we reviewed these letter sounds as a whole group. During literacy stations, students completed worksheets to practice these letter formations and review the matching uppercase letter. Students also had opportunities throughout the week to participate at a listening station and the tablet station. Students also enjoyed continuing to practice reading CVC words in various group activities.
**No reading groups occurred this week since Miss Froleiks is completing Mid-Year Assessments at this time.
*COMING UP NEXT WEEK*(1/16-1/19):
Students will begin to learn about SIGHT WORDS! They first 3 sight words are: I, a, the
On Monday and Tuesday, students were introduced to hexagons in class. We used this particular shape to problem solve if other shapes put together could also create a hexagon. For instance, students discovered that a hexagon shape could be made out of 3 blue rhombuses, 6 green triangles or 2 red trapezoids. Students worked on this task over a two day span both independently and in small groups.
On Wednesday, we used cubes to compose and decompose numbers up to 5 in a whole group setting. We created mini cube trains to show various ways to build the number five. Ex: 1 green cube and 4 blue cubes, 3 green cubes and 2 blue cubes etc. Students were able to represent their different findings on a worksheet. For further practice, students were given a different number (6, 7, 8 ,or 9) and they needed to work with a small group to figure out the different ways of composing those numbers as well.
On Thursday, students practiced identifying numbers in ten frames. We also reviewed teen numbers and wrapped up working on various types of patterns in class.
*COMING UP NEXT WEEK*(1/16-1/19):
Students will be set up with Xtra Math Accounts and begin practicing addition math facts up to ten in class.
JAN BRETT DAY:
Students had a blast on Friday (1/12/18) rotating through the K-3 classrooms to work on different art projects. The children were able to guess the different themed Jan Brett books each teacher chose. Several of the kiddos mentioned how fun each activity was to complete :) Some projects are still being sent home, since they needed to dry for a few days.
We are continuing our science unit on weather and weather watching! The children are very observant of different weather patterns we see at recess or even what types of clouds are up in the sky that day. We continue to talk about the following: clouds, different precipitation and seasons.
On Thursday and Friday, students were taught about shadows. They quickly picked up on the fact that you need a source of light in order to create a shadow. We brainstormed different sources of light that could be used both inside and outside. Students were given an opportunity to trace their shadows in class on both days. Then in the afternoon on Friday (1/12), Miss MacMillan (the art teacher) had the students decorate their shadows.
On Monday, we had a Town Hall Meeting! Some students from our class were recognized for amazing citizenship this past month! Please view the photo down below :)
On Tuesday and Friday in Micro, students have been continuing to practice their Post Office duties. Students are getting use to setting up their job stations and for some, recording data for their managers.
On Wednesday and Thursday during our business and production days, students help prepare various things for our Post Office. Items such as pre-made postcards, putting together journals for purchase and stamping envelopes ahead of time.