Week in Review: Plants (Week 2)

Poem: Snug in a Rug
Sight Words: little, that

Reading: This week we took time to review the comprehension strategy: monitor and clarify. We spent time practicing this strategy. Good readers often stop to think about if what they are reading makes sense. They make sure they understand what is happening in the story or what the selection they are reading is about. If meaning breaks down during a story, good readers have strategies to go back and fix the problem. Some strategies a reader may use to assist in making sense of a story include: summarize text, go back and adjust the reading rate, reread text while thinking carefully, skim and scan the selection to gain meaning, or ask for help. Readers who monitor their own reading know and use these specific strategies when meaning breaks down and fix their reading to improve their comprehension. Your child is working on the comprehension strategy, monitor and fix up. This strategy will help your child identify when meaning breaks down and will give him/her tools necessary to regain comprehension.

We introduced contractions this week as well. We learned a new contraction each day learning 'll, 's, and n't.

Our vocabulary words this week included:

  • light
  • kite
  • creatures
  • firmly
  • launched
  • replied
We chose to look at the words kite and light to review on Thursday. We used doodle buddy to draw a picture of something that was light. We talked about a variety of things including a penny, a dollar bill, a feather, an empty cup, etc. 

Writing: This week we made a chart of things we love. This helped as we thought of another topic for an opinion writing. We also practiced including each part of opinion writing. Students helped add in a missing piece and each day it was something different. One day the opinion was missing, then the reason, and the final opinion. Students did great reviewing each part of an opinion that we need! Below are some opinion writings that have been uploaded to Google Classroom.

Math: This week we spent time reviewing skills like ways to make 10. We did this using the iPad and 2 sided counters as a whole group. When assessing students they will need to know the missing addend. For example 8 + __ = 10.

Content: This week we continued our unit about plants and had some fun with our butterflies too! On Monday all of our butterflies had broken out of their cocoons and so we went outside to let them be free! We discussed how seeds can be planted by people but they can also be carried by the wind and can travel. We read the book "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle to discuss this idea. We also had lots of fun using the app Adobe Voice to create a video of things we learned about plants. Next week students will be able to create their own video!

ABC Countdown to Summer: This week we had so much fun celebrating days f, g, h, i, and j! We had fruit for snack on Monday for "f" day. On Tuesday we played all sorts of games for "g" day and even got to play a game in gym! On Wednesday we wore hats for "h" day. Thursday we went outside and enjoyed yummy ice cream for "i" day. And on Friday we told lots of silly jokes for "j" day! This week was so much fun!

Reading: Students will...
-be reviewing compound words.
-be reviewing comprehension skills like compare/contrast, retell a story, and main idea.

Writing: Students will...
-reviewing opinion writing.
-learn about different choices like writing a list and card.

Math: Students will...
-be reviewing the math skills taught this school year including addition, subtraction, shapes, and missing addends.

Content: Students will...
-be learning all about zoo animals! We will be focusing on the following animals: elephants, giraffes, zebras, and lions.

Upcoming Events:
May 5 & 6: Muffins for Moms
May 10: Zoo Field Tip
May 16: Kindergarten Graduation @ 10 am
May 17: Field Day (wear tennis shoes)
May 19: Talent Show @ 1:15
May 20: Last Day of School

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".
Image result for alexander not going to move
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.
Image result for hey little ant

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

Week in Review: Eric Carle

Poem: All By Myself
Sight Words: by, was

Reading: This week our reading strategy was skip the word and come back. This can be a helpful strategy for a child when they come across an unknown word. This strategy teaches a reader to skip over the word, read the rest of the sentence, and come back to the beginning and read it again. Check out this resource to learn more about the strategy and how to help at home! Skip the Word

This week we also introduced s-blends. These are a variety of word with letter combinations like sl, sm, st, sh, sp, etc. We practiced blending these words together by looking at word combinations on the white board.

Writing: This week in Writer's Workshop we read the book "Fancy Nancy". We talked about how Nancy was fancy and used fancier words. We made a chart of plain words from the story and the fancy word alternative. This can help make our writing more interesting to our readers. We practiced throughout the week making our writing more interesting by adding fancier words.

Math: This week we focused on the skill: decomposing numbers 1-9. We practiced with math tools and also drawing a picture. We first roll a dice to choose a number and then show one way to make that number by one of 2 ways; draw a picture or using math tools. Below are pictures to better show these strategies.

We also introduced a few new math choices. One is using fuzzy pom poms to decompose numbers. Students also have a recording sheet to record all of their answers.

Our math vocabulary word this week was sum. Students added this word and explanation to their math journal.

Content: This week we studied the work of Eric Carle. We started the week off by watching a short video clip about Eric Carle and learned some of the techniques that he uses when illustrating his pictures. We read many of his books including: The Grouchy Ladybug, The Foolish Tortoise, The Very Busy Spider, Today is Monday, The Mixed Up Chameleon and many more! During the week we read The Mixed Up Chameleon and then took turns looking for the chameleon around the room. We talked about how a chameleon can blend in to it's surroundings and can be hard to see sometimes. They absolutely loved this! Then we used tissue paper in little pieces to make our chameleon colorful. We talked about how this process is similar to what Eric Carle does!

On Friday we did a fun rotation with all of kindergarten! Each kindergarten teacher rotated around and did a craft that went along with an Eric Carle book. This was so much fun!

Reading: Students will...
-learn words in the -ane word family.
-practice the strategy; compare and contrast.

Writing: Students will...
-learn about different sentence starters.

Math: Students will...
-continue practicing decomposing numbers 1-9.

Content: Students will...
-begin our 2 week plan unit. We will observe a seed growing over a 2 week time span as well as learn lots about plants and living things.

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

Week in Review: Insects (Week 2)

Poem: Pizza Pie
Sight Words: take, off

Reading: This week our reading strategy was cross-checking. When reading we might come to a word that we are unsure of and we need a strategy to help us figure it out. It is important for the child to slow their reading down and to apply their strategy to help with their accuracy. Student use motions as they say these words, "Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?"

How can you help at home?
As your listening to your child read at home and they come to a word that they are having trouble with or a word that they said incorrectly and are stumbling around, remind them to cross-check.
1. Does it look right? (Is the word they are saying match the letters on the page?) When saying this your child should cross his/her right arm across their chest.
2. Does it sound right? Your child will cross their left arm across their chest to make an x.
3. Does it make sense? Both arms come down with their palms up as they ask this question.

This week we learned words that belong in the -ame word family. We practiced spelling these words and we also did a word search to familiarize ourselves with the words. They are getting so good at the word searches!

Our vocabulary words this week included:
  •  temperature
  • survive
  • communicate
  • sly
  • scent 
  • mood
We reviewed communicate and sly on Thursday by talking with a friend and identifying situations where we were showed good/poor communication. We also acted out what it would like to be sly. Christian told us a time that he was sly!

Writing: This week we reviewed opinion writing and what the acronym OREO stands for. We did a few movie reviews including Minions and Zootopia. On Wednesday we watched a trailer for the new movie Zootopia and wrote an opinion about it! An example of an opinion writing for Zootopia looks like this:
Opinion: Zootopia is a funny movie
Reason: Because it is silly.
Example: Sloths type really slowly in the movie.
Opinion: Zootopia is a funny movie!

On Friday we made a list of movies/tv shows that we like and started writing out their opinion on their planning page.

Math: This week we learned about the different ways to make 10! We started the week off by coloring in our Ways to Make 10 Rainbow. This is a great visual to help students understand the different ways to make 10. Then we practiced different ways to make 10 throughout the week. One day we practiced by using a tens frame. If our number is 7, we fill in 7 then count the empty boxes and know that 7 and 3 make 10. We also used 10 math tools and separated into 2 piles. If one pile has 6 then we count the other pile to know that 6 and 4 make 10. On Thursday we introduced the Math with Someone game called "Bears in a Cave". When playing this, one student hides bears under a cup and the other student has to figure out how many bears are "in the cave" by counting the bears that he/she can see. (More pictures to come of this game next week!)

Content: We continued our insect unit this week. We wrote in our observation journals throughout the week; documenting the changes we saw with our caterpillars. They are getting so big! We also completed an insect sort as a class; which bugs/animals are insects, which are not? We also made a butterfly life cycle craft using pasta! On Friday we completed our kindergarten craft for our author visit for next week. After reading the story, "There Was An Old Martian Who Swallowed The Moon", we made a craft of ourselves in a space ship eating insects!

Reading: Students will...
-learn the strategy: skip the word and come back.
-make -ate words.

Writing: Students will...
-discuss the importance of using "fancy" words.
-review movie reviews (opinion writing).

Math: Students will...
-learn how to decompose numbers 1-9.

Content: Students will...
-learn about Eric Carle and complete lots of fun crafts to go with his many books.

  • 4/29 Spring Carnival
  • 5/5 Muffins for Mom
  • 5/10 Field Trip to Indy Zoo
  • 5/16 Kindergarten Graduation 10:00AM
  • 5/17 Field Day 1:00PM
  • 5/19 Talent Show
  • 5/20 Last day of school!