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 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.

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!

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

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