Getting to Know You

Poem: I Can Clap My Hands
Sight Words: I, a


Reading: This week students reviewed the hard workers (vowels). We did this a variety of ways, one way being with a game we call SWAT IT! Students use a flyswatter and "swat" the letter I say aloud. The idea is that you try to be the first one to swat the letter. The kids loved playing this and did a great job recognizing hard workers! On another day we used the vowel app to recognize hard workers and match them together.

Vowel Bat is now a class favorite! It is a video that helps us review the vowels and vowel sounds. You can watch it at home too!

We also used the iPad this week to review recognizing and matching vowels.

We also practiced building stamina while reading to self. We read for 12 minutes one day which is awesome!! During our poem fluency we also found hard workers since we were working on hard workers throughout the week.

Writing: This week we began our handwriting series. Each day we focus on a new letter. I lead students in the letter chart, then we watch the letter video from Have Fun Teaching. Then students go back and practice writing the letter after the teacher modeled. Each day there was an extra craft afterwards that students also completed.


Math: This week we spent time learning about numbers. We showed what we know about numbers 1-8. To do this I used the Book Creator App and students used dry erase boards. We wrote the number, number word, drew a picture representing that number, and represented the number by drawing a dice.

Content: This week we spent lots of time learning about our classmates. This week we used starburst to share information about ourselves. Depending on the color of starburst kiddos chose determined what they shared. These were some things we shared: favorite thing at recess, favorite food, favorite sport, favorite movie, and favorite hobby. We also shared our All About Me bags. For this activity students filled a paper bag with 4 items that described them. There were so many great things!


BreakoutEDU:
BreakoutEDU is huge in education right now and I was so excited to try it out in my room! If you're unfamiliar with BreakoutEDU it is a "game" that is played that encourages students to use clues given to them to open up locks that are attached to a wooden box. Students have to use a variety of skills (which also depend on the game chosen) to figure out the lock combinations.

We did a game titled, "If You Take a Mouse to School". We read the book the day before by Laura Numeroff so the students were familiar with the mouse. Upon coming back from our special I told the kids that I had something very important to tell them. I shared the news that he mouse had come to our room and taken ALL our crayons! I explained that the mouse left the crayons in this big wooden box and left clues around the room to help us open the locks and get our crayons back.

On the box was a card that said "clue" and little sheets of paper with kids' names. The names were the groups that the "mouse" made to work together and solve clues. (We did this as a whole class, however I had smaller groups do certain tasks.) The clue card on the breakout box was there as an example for what clues to look for.

In their small groups of 4, I called one group at a time to find a clue and bring back to the group. We found all the clues at the beginning before we began. I began by coaching the kiddos through the entire process and guided them to make it successful.

One of the clues we found was a sentence with the missing words. Each group got a key to figuring out which letters belonged where in the sentence. This was helpful because I was able to call on groups to give me the appropriate letter instead of the entire class shouting out. These papers looked like this:

Each time we figured out a clue I opened the lock with the rest of the class sitting around in a circle. The locks would have been too difficult for them to open on their own but they could definitely help figure out the clues!

I also want to mention that I did not use all the locks and materials with this breakout. I chose not to include the Reader's Theater clue and lock as well as the QR code and locks app. I felt that it would have made it harder for my kinders.


Things that I found helpful doing a BreakoutEDU with kindergarteners:
-Label all clues with a "clue card".
-Break the class into smaller groups of 4-5 for certain clues.
-Stay in a whole group, sitting in a circle so everyone can see and stay controlled.

NEXT WEEK:
Reading: Students will...
-Discuss what a good fit books are.
-Choose books for book box.
-learn how to do do work on writing.

Writing: Students will...
-continue practicing handwriting with the letters Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, and Gg.

Math: Students will...
-continue learning about numbers ( 9 and 10).
-Recognize numbers and count 1:1 correspondence.

Content: Students will be doing a variety of crafts and activities that reflect on their names and the letters in their names. We have fun things planned to practice recognizing and writing the letters in their name and also a craft to go with the book Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
September 5: Labor Day (No School)
September 19: Picture Day
September 29: Author Visit (Jerry Pallota)





BreakoutEDU With Kindergarteners

BreakoutEDU:
BreakoutEDU is huge in education right now and I was so excited to try it out in my room! If you're unfamiliar with BreakoutEDU it is a "game" that is played that encourages students to use clues given to them to open up locks that are attached to a wooden box. Students have to use a variety of skills (which also depend on the game chosen) to figure out the lock combinations.

We did a game titled, "If You Take a Mouse to School". We read the book the day before by Laura Numeroff so the students were familiar with the mouse. Upon coming back from our special I told the kids that I had something very important to tell them. I shared the news that he mouse had come to our room and taken ALL our crayons! I explained that the mouse left the crayons in this big wooden box and left clues around the room to help us open the locks and get our crayons back.

On the box was a card that said "clue" and little sheets of paper with kids' names. The names were the groups that the "mouse" made to work together and solve clues. (We did this as a whole class, however I had smaller groups do certain tasks.) The clue card on the breakout box was there as an example for what clues to look for.


In their small groups of 4, I called one group at a time to find a clue and bring back to the group. We found all the clues at the beginning before we began. I began by coaching the kiddos through the entire process and guided them to make it successful.

One of the clues we found was a sentence with the missing words. Each group got a key to figuring out which letters belonged where in the sentence. This was helpful because I was able to call on groups to give me the appropriate letter instead of the entire class shouting out. These papers looked like this:



Each time we figured out a clue I opened the lock with the rest of the class sitting around in a circle. The locks would have been too difficult for them to open on their own but they could definitely help figure out the clues!

I also want to mention that I did not use all the locks and materials with this breakout. I chose not to include the Reader's Theater clue and lock as well as the QR code and locks app. I felt that it would have made it harder for my kinders.



Things that I found helpful doing a BreakoutEDU with kindergarteners:
-Label all clues with a "clue card".
-Break the class into smaller groups of 4-5 for certain clues.
-Stay in a whole group, sitting in a circle so everyone can see and stay controlled.

First Week of School

Oh my! The first week of school has come and gone and it was fabulous! We have 19 wonderful kiddos that we are continuing to learn about. This week was scary, exciting, new, fun, and tiring. Here is a video that sums up a few of these exciting moments!

Let's first take a look at these incredible kiddos that get to learn in room 28 this year! We also practiced writing our names on the first day and did GREAT!

We started the week of with learning procedures and expectations in and out of the classroom. We are so excited about the flexible seating in our classroom this year so it was important that we talked about the right and wrong way to sit at each table. Together we wrote down these expectations and have put them up in our room.

When the kiddos came in the first day, I asked how many of them knew how to read. There are always just a few hands that go up. We talk about how everyone knows how to read because there are 3 ways to read. You can: read the pictures, retell a story, and read the words. We practiced identifying these 3 ways while reading stories throughout the week.

This week we learned about daily 5 and discussed the expectations of read to self. We completed an I-chart together and listed these expectations. After completing the I-chart we talked about the word stamina and what it means. Stamina is when we work at something and practice everyday to get better. We then practiced building stamina and charted our progress. We were able to read for 8 minutes on Friday! Check out all these fabulous readers!


We also introduced the letters that are hard workers. Hard workers are vowels and are found in every word. We watched a new video called Vowel Bat. The kids LOVED singing along and learning about the hard workers with this video.
During math we spent the time exploring with the math tools. These are things that students will use throughout the year so I give the students time at the beginning to explore with them now so they can use them for math later in the year. It is also a great introduction to math as we start so many new things.
This week we read "The Kissing Hand" and discussed how we felt on the first day of school. We completed our first craft by drawing a picture of how we felt and made our racoon.

NEXT WEEK:
Reading: Students will...
-review Read to Self I-chart.
-practice retelling a story.
-practice identifying hard workers.

Writing: Students will...
-learn to hold a pencil correctly and write the following letters Ll, Ii, Tt, Oo, and Aa. 

Math: Students will...
-learn about numbers 1-8. 

Content: Students will...
-share with the class about themselves.

***Parents, please be sure to help your child fill the brown paper bag that they brought home with things that represent them. They need to return it to school by THURSDAY.

Students will also be taking a corporation wide assessment for reading and math. Our class is scheduled to take them math portion on Tuesday. We will be taking the assessment on the iPads in the computer lab. This will help as their teacher to better understand where each student is academically and I can challenge them to continue to learn throughout the year.