Week in Review: Plants (Week 1)

Poem: Bugs on My Rug
Sight Words: would, up

Reading: We reviewed strategies that we have previously taught to help students with their comprehension. On strategy was to Connect to a Story. We used the story Alexander, (who is not, I mean it) Going to Move. We discussed how Alexander felt in the story, which was angry and upset because his parents were making him move. We then compared our own feelings to Alexander. When have we felt angry or upset? We had lots of good examples ranging from "when my mom made me clean my room", to "when my mom told me to do my homework".
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The other strategy that we worked on was compare and contrast. We do this within a story and among 2 different stories.

We learned words that belong to the -ame word family. We practiced building these words and writing these words throughout the week. We even wrote our words outside with chalk!

Our vocabulary words this week were:
  • sprout
  • golden
  • grind
  • crop
  • patch
  • sturdy
For our review we took the word sprout and watched a lapsed video of a seed sprouting. Then we identified out of 2 options which one would sprout. For example; paper or a sunflower seed. The sunflower seed will sprout.

Writing: This week we continued with our opinion writing unit. We talked about a variety of books we have read before and our opinions of them. Students watched as we wrote a variety of book reviews throughout the week as examples.

However, opinion writing is not just for movie and book reviews. Check out Bella's opinion writing about how Mayflower Mill is the best school ever!

We even got a special visit from Mrs. Cauble herself! After seeing Mrs. Cauble do the splits, I was then asked to show off my skills too. (Not as impressive.)

On Friday, we read the story, "Hey Little Ant". The end of the story ends with not knowing if the little boy steps on the ant or not. Students were instructed to write their opinion; should the boy step on the ant? Or should the boy not step on the ant? Students wrote their reason and completed the rest of their craft to go with it.
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Math: This week we reviewed and practiced the skill: decompose a number 1-9 in 2 ways. This is a tough skill for some but with lots of practice students were doing SO well! To practice this many kiddos decided to use the strategy of drawing a picture and making a line in between to make 2 groups. We like to do this on dry erase boards and the app; Doodle Buddy. Check out the example below!

Content: This week we started off our unit about plants. Each kiddo made their own "greenhouse" where they will watch their bean grow over the next week. The beans soaked for 6 hours, then in the afternoon we soaked 2 cotton balls and put in a zip-loc bag with the seed. Students also decorated their greenhouse and they are now on display until they begin to grow!

We also worked on labeling parts of a plant using Pic Collage. We read a story and discussed the major parts of a plant and the importance of each part.

We also talked about the needs of a plant and after watching a video and going over our chart, students then drew a picture of the 4 important needs of a plant; sunshine, water, soil (food), and air. We also talked about how air and space can be categorized together sometimes.


Reading: Students will...
-be learning about contractions.
-learning how to monitor and clarify when reading.

Writing: Students will...
-review punctuation.
-create a list of things we love.
-review opinion writing.

Math: Students will...
-be reviewing many of our new math skills: ways to make 10, decompose a number 1-9 in 2 ways, addition/subtraction stories.

Content: Students will...
-be continuing to our unit on plants.

ABC Countdown to Summer:
This is such a fun way to celebrate as we get closer to summer. The entire kindergarten is participating in these fun days that start with A and go all the way through Z! This week we celebrated Stuffed "A"nimal Day, "B"ubble Day, "C"halk Day, "D"isco Dance Day, and "E"arth Day. Check out all of the fun we had!

(If you would like to receive text reminders for each day, don't forget to sign up for REMIND. All you have to do is text "kellermme" to the number 812-392-4070.)

If you are available and willing to help, we are in need of volunteers for the spring carnival next Friday. If you are interested please contact myself or Claire Miller at camiller@tsc.k12.in.us.
You're help is greatly appreciated! Without the help of others, events such as this would not be made possible. 

Upcoming Events:
April 29: Spring Carnival 6-8pm
May 5 & 6: Muffins for Mom
May 10: Zoo Field Trip
May 17: Field Day
May 19: Talent Show
May 20: Last Day of School

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