Week in Review: Polar Bears

Poem: I Have a Little Wagon
Sight Words: in, it

Reading: This week we focused on the comprehension strategy: identify the main idea and supporting details. We used pictures to help better understand this concept. The two examples we used was a main idea of food and the beach. The food poster had a variety of pictures of food; fruit, meat, snacks, etc. The beach poster had sandals, the sun, sunscreen, etc. We discussed how all the pictures have something in common, but what was it?

We do this when reading also. When reading to better understand what is happening in the story we ask ourselves what the story is mostly about. When reading a book about polar bears this week we learned a lot of facts about polar bears, but on each page it still talked about polar bears. The main idea was polar bears. Supporting details included; polar bears can swim, they have fur, they can hunt, etc.

We started working with syllables this week! Kiddos have to listen to a word and then break the word up and confirm how many syllables. Check out the video to see how we practice at school!

We also took one of our vocabulary words and explored it further. This week we took the word planet and learned about the different planets in our solar system. Xander also was able to elaborate with a book he had in his book box!

Writing: This week we took our planning page to write our first informational book. Each day students watched as the teacher modeled how to take the information from the planning page and transferred it to each page of the book. We had a few students finish their book and are starting to teach others about another topic. The following are skills that students are working on and can be reinforced at home too!
-Informational writing needs 3 facts (these do not include opinions or "I see" sentences).
-Stretching out unknown words. For example if a student wants to write the word store using phonetic spelling it would look like "stor". Another example is watermelon would look like "wotrmeln". Please encourage this spelling at home! This is a skill that many need extra practice with.

Math: This week we have worked at identifying tens and ones in numbers 11-19. We introduced this concept by using the Number Pieces app to show the different base ten blocks. Students then were able to explore and work with that app during the week. We also showed tens and ones by using a tens frame. Students were given 2 tens frames and filled in the designated number (13). Then we looked to see how many tens frames were full (1), how many extra dots (3). Another day we looked at tens and ones with a number bond. Students can use any of these ways to demonstrate their mastery of tens and ones.

Content: We continued our polar animal unit by learning about polar bears. We scanned QR codes and watched informational videos about polar bears. Then we used the app Popplet to make a class tree map. We listed all of the things that polar bears are, have, and can do. We also experimented with blubber. We used crisco to feel how much warmer blubber is for polar animals in the arctic. We ended the week by making polar bears with a fact that we learned during the week.

Reading: Students will...
-learn words in the -ug and -ub word families.
-tell a connected story.

Writing: Students will...
-learn about feeling endings and how to write an ending to their informational book. After students complete their first informational book, they will beginning a new one.

Math: Students will..
-explore measurement and how items can be longer/shorter and heavier/lighter.

Content: Students will...
-learn all about dental health. Students will practice brushing the correct way and hear from a real dental hygienist!

February 11: MME Parent University Family Fitness Night
February 11: K-2 Movie Behavior Incentive
February 15: President's Day - No School
February 25: ABC of Ag Days

Week in Review: 100th Day of School

Poem: Red Means Stop
Sight words: go, for

Reading: This week students learned about a new word family; -am word family. We wrote out a list of am words together and used am words to rhyme and blend as well. For the 100th day of school we also had a new poem that we counted the letters. The kids were so surprised to find out that there were actually 100 letters!! 

Rhyming is a big skill that we hit this week. Students are expected to listen to a word and produce a word that rhymes. For example if a student hears the word dog, the student should say log, hog, fog, or another -og word. Students also can practice by matching words that sound the same.

How can you help at home? Practice rhyming words with your child. This can be a tricky skill at first. Seeing the word can help with rhyming too. Our work with word families has focused on chunking letters and changing the beginning sound. Make some simple word cards and have your child match the rhyming words. Read and practice the cards together.

Writing: Our writing mechanics lesson for the week focused on nouns. We watched a catchy video which explained what nouns are, then we completed a chart together as a class listing different nouns that we know. After listing different nouns, we labeled our expert list with a "N" for noun.

This week we dove further into informational writing. After reviewing the planning page last week, students completed a planning page together with the teacher modeling. They were also able to choose their own topic this week too! After choosing a topic, students verbally planned their writing with a partner before actually writing down their facts. The planning process will help students understand the aspects that they must include in their books.

On the 100th day of school students completed a special writing activity. We used the Aging Booth app to make pictures of ourselves at 100 years old. Using these pictures we then wrote out something that we hope to be able to do when we're 100 years old. 

Math: We finished our story of's with 10 on Monday. On Thursday we reviewed a few ways to make numbers 6-10. This week we also did a lot of learning surrounded with the 100th day of school. Tuesday, we went on a QR code hunt around the room, Each QR code had a number that students would color in on their 100's chart. At the end students found a special hidden message! On Wednesday, we went on hershey kiss hunt! Each kiss had a number on the bottom in which students had to then match the number on the hundred's chart. 

Content: Other fun activities that took place during the week included a 100's day snack. Students took turns counting out 10 pieces of 10 different snacks. At the end it totaled 100 items that they were able to munch on!

We also completed a 100 gumball craft. Students cut out the pieces and put the gumball together, then used q-tips to paint 100 dots (gumballs).

Students also spent time writing words throughout the week. The objective was to write 100 words around the room. Students spent a little bit of time each day throughout the week to accumulate words in their book. 

Reading: Students will...
-learn about syllables.

Writing: Students will...
-write informational books. 
-learn about fact and opinion. 

Math: Students will...
-learn about 10's and 1's and how to show numbers 11-19. 

Content: Students will...
Be continuing their polar animals unit. Instead of an emphasis on penguins we will dig deeper into an understanding of polar bears. Keep tuned in for our upcoming experiment!

Upcoming Events:
 January 25: MME night at Wea Pizza King 4:30-8pm
February 11: MME Fitness Night
February 15: President's Day - No School - Make-up day for days missed through  1/29
February 25: Kindergarten - ABC's of Ag @ McCutcheon
February 26: Movie Night (K-2)

Week in Review: Penguins

Poem: Who Stole the Cookies
Sight Words: will, be

Reading: This week we focused on the strategy: identify the author's purpose. We used an acronym called PIE to identify the 3 different ways; Persuade, Inform, and Entertain. After reading a story, students would use prior knowledge to identify why the author wrote the story. Persuade means that someone is trying to get us to change our mind about something or make us think a certain way. We used "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late" to demonstrate how the pigeon tried everything to let him stay up later. Inform; the author wants to teach us something, so we should be learning facts about a topic. And entertain is to make us laugh. We read these books for enjoyment.

We also learned which words belong to the -ig and -og word families. We use these words each day to talk about rhyming and how we can spell these CVC words (consonant vowel consonant). For example most of these words look like this: dog, log, dig, pig, etc.. Students should be able to blend the sounds together and read these words efficiently at this time in the school year.

Writing: This week students were introduced to the next writing unit: Informational Writing. We started by talking about things we know a lot about and made a list of those things. We then used the planning page to model how students will begin writing and organizing their thoughts for their information book. We modeled 2 different planning pages to show students the process. 

Math: This week we spent time exploring the different ways to make numbers 6-9. We did this by completing our chart together and using 2 sided counters to the different ways. This helps tremendously with addition and the different ways to make a number.

Content: This week we learned all about penguins! We started off the week by scanning QR codes that were linked to videos about penguins. Students would then share things they learned with me! We also labeled a penguin and spent time learning about the parts of a penguin that made it easier for them to live in their habitat. After reading the very silly story "Tacky the Penguin" we completed a Venn Diagram comparing birds and penguins. We also completed a tree map as a class that listed facts we knew about penguins. We finished off our week by making a penguin craft!


Reading: Students will...
-be learning about the -am word family.
-using the strategy: predict.

Writing: Students will...
-begin planning out their information writing.
-learn about and identify nouns.

Math: Students will...
-learn the ways to make the number 10.
-explore the number 100.

Content: Students will...
-have lots of fun exploring the number 100! The 100th day of school is Wednesday and we will be gearing up with lots of fun activities!
-Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with an egg experiment and sharing ways we can be kind to others. 

Upcoming Events:
January 25: MME night at Wea Pizza King 4:30-8pm
February 11: MME Fitness Night
February 15: President's Day - No School - Make-up day for days missed through  1/29
February 25: Kindergarten - ABC's of Ag @ McCutcheon
February 26: Movie Night (K-2)


Poem: Papa
Sight Words: find, this

Reading: This week we spent time introducing the H brothers. There are 5 total H brothers that we work with in kindergarten. They are the following: ph, wh, ch, th, and sh. Each day we learned the sound each brother makes and made a list of words containing the h brother. Each morning students made a h brother puppet that we will use more next week when we continue exploring words.

We also reviewed story elements. We used a beach ball during this mini lesson to review parts of the read aloud. Upon finishing the read aloud, I would toss the ball to a student. That student would then answer the comprehension question/story element that their thumb was touching on the ball. We continued tossing the beach ball until we had discussed the entire book. Questions and elements on the beach ball included: name the setting, name the characters, In the beginning..., in the middle..., in the end..., and what is your favorite part. Don't forget to ask your child questions after reading stories at home!

Writing: We spent the week reviewing lots of past lessons. One day we reviewed the steps to take in order to be a smarty speller. This is very important at this time in the year because students are writing more complex sentences with bigger words.

We also reviewed what makes writing easy and hard to read. Things that make writing easy to read include: using meatball spaces, using all the sounds for unknown words, and writing sight words correctly.

Math: We did a lot of reviewing this week. We spent time reviewing 2D and 3D shapes while discussing the charts we had made previously. We also reviewed addition and how we can use a variety of ways to add numbers. Using flashcards we can then use our fingers to find the sum, we can use a number line, or we can use math tools to find the sum.

We also reviewed the I-charts for Math by Myself, Math with Someone, and Math Writing.

Content: This week we spent time talking about New Year's Resolutions. We first read "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution" and explained that a resolution is a goal or plan to change for the year to come or do better. We completed a predictable chart and everyone came up with their own resolution. On Friday we completed our craft.


Reading: Students will...
-recognize/identify the h brother in words said orally.
-learn about the different reasons books are written (to persuade, inform, or entertain [PIE]).

Writing: Students will...
-begin our informational writing unit. Students will be presented with a planning sheet that we will complete as a whole class to show how to organize their facts.

Math: Students will...
-learn about the ways to make numbers 6-9. This goes along with addition. For example 2 and 4 make 6.

Content: Students will...
-Begin talking about polar animals! We will start our unit by discussing penguins and learning all about their habits and characteristics.

Upcoming Events:
January 13: PAC Meeting
February 10: PAC Meeting
February 15: President's Day (No School - Snow Make-Up Day)
February 26: K-2 Movie Night