Poem: My Apple
Sight Words: look, it

Reading: This week we worked on rhyming words. We discuss how rhyming words are words that sound the same because they end the same way. We introduced rhyming with the word families -at and -ag. We developed a list of words that belonged to each word family. Words included cat, hat, mat, fat, rat, sat, and bat. Words in the -ag word family include: bag, sag, nag, rag, tag, wag, zag, etc.

Determining the difference between fantasy and reality was another skill that we worked on this week. We used a powerpoint to show examples with pictures of things that were not real (fantasy) and things that were real (reality). We used this knowledge to then sort books on another day. They were great at this!

We also worked on a comprehension strategy called Check for Understanding. When we practice this skill we stop while reading to make sure we understand what we read/heard. We often will stop and say aloud "Check for Understanding". Students will then answer a question I have about the book or simply respond when I ask, "What just happened?!"

At the end of the week we learned how to "shop" for books in our classroom library. We discussed our reading levels and where to find Good Fit books from the leveled library. We also learned how books were organized so that we could choose fun books to read the pictures as well. All kiddos were able to switch out their books and choose Good Fit books. We were excited but bummed we have to wait until Monday to dive into all those good books!

Writing: This was our final week of handwriting!! We finished with the letters Xx, Kk, and Zz!

Math: This week we were learning about 2D shapes! We made a chart showing each shape and the characteristics of each. Then we practiced making 2D shapes with toothpicks and marshmallows. This is always a favorite activity because of the yummy tasting that concludes the learning. We also spent a day sorting shapes and discussed how we look for similar shapes to put in a pile together.

Our vocabulary word for the week was a combination of side and corner. This was perfect in talking about the characteristics of 2D shapes. A side is a flat edge of a shape. A corner is the point where 2 sides meet.

We also started Math with Someone. We completed our I-chart while discussing what this choice should look like and sound like. For this choice we added The Shape Race game. Students get their materials which contain a game board, shape cards, and 2 movers. Students take turns pulling a card out of the bag. They have to count the sides on the shape in order to move on the board. For example if a student pulled a triangle out, they would move their piece 3 spots. They love this! We also added geoboard shapes to Math by Myself. Students maneuver rubber bands to form 2D shapes.

Content: This week we spent the week learning about apples. We started by completing a tree map of what we were learning about apples. On Tuesday we used apples we brought in to investigate what the apple looked like and tasted like to write an adjective (descriptive word) about apples. On Wednesday we labeled an apple and talked about each part of an apple. On Thursday we painted a paper plate red for a craft that we finished on Friday describing an apple. We also tasted many apple treats including apple pie, apple sauce, and apple juice. The majority loved the apple juice the most!

iPads: This week we did a lot of new things with the ipads including learning how to scan a QR code within a book to listen to a read aloud, we completed our first week of recap on our own, and we tried out a new math app called "Animal Math".

Reading: Students will...
-Name characters within a story.
-identify beginning and ending sounds.
-produce words in -an word family.

Writing: Students will...
-Begin Writer's Workshop!

Math: Students will...
-learn about subitizing.
-review skills including 1:1 correspondence, recognize and sort shape, and recognize numbers 0-20.

Content: Students will be studying pumpkins. We will share many great pumpkin read alouds and learn the about the life cycle of a pumpkin!

We are beginning Report Card Testing! Please check the resources tab to review the skills that will be tested the first 9 weeks. Any additional help at home is greatly appreciated!

Mo Willems

Poem: Come and Listen
Sight Words: me, to

Reading: This week we worked on the strategy of matching the pictures to the words. We used alphabet books to practice this skill. When reading it's important that we use the picture to help us decode words, but we need to be watchful to make sure that what we are saying matches the word. We had the example of a parade, but it was a picture of a big balloon. We talked about how it can't say balloon because the word starts with a "p".

A accuracy strategy that we worked on this week was recognizing beginning sounds in words. We practiced this a variety of ways. One day we rolled a dice with pictures and had to produce the beginning sound of the picture the dice landed on. (Pictures included a dog /d/, sun /s/, pot /p/, etc.)

We also used an app, ABC Magic 4 to work on beginning sounds in words. There are variety of ways we practiced within the app including matching the beginning sound to the picture, clicking the thumbs up if it was correct, and much more! Students will work on this app next week during Daily 5 Reading.

We also used picture cards to help us with beginning sounds. Students were encouraged to say the picture and the sound the word started with. They did great!

Writing: This week we continued writing letters. We learned how to write the letters Hh, Vv, Yy, and Ww. Look at the cool things we did with our letters!

Math: This week in math we introduced the 2D shapes. In kindergarten we focus on rectangle, square, circle, hexagon, and triangle. We showed a 2D shape video and then went on a shape hunt around the room. We also practiced making shapes with math tools, playdoh, and geoboards!
We also started using calendar journals to keep us engaged during calendar. They did great this week learning the procedures along with this and are doing great at recognizing/writing days of the week and the month!

Content: This week we did our first author study. We learned about Mo Willems who is the author and illustrator of many books of which include the Elephant and Piggie books and the Pigeon books. On Monday we started by watching a video of Mo Willems to learn about him. Then we completed a chart using the app Popplet. On Tuesday we read, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" and completed a predictable chart for something we don't want the pigeon to drive. On Wednesday we completed our predictable chart by recording our answers in an app called Chatterpix. This showed the pigeon's mouth moving as the student was talking. They thought it was so funny!

This week had a lot of new apps that we were introduced and added into our independent rounds. One that we practiced to do independently to do next week was Recap. Recap is an app that students watch a video from the teacher to know a question, then they record their answer. This week we practiced by answering the question, "What was your favorite Mo Willems book?" Here were some responses!

We also used the app, Chatterpix to show the pigeon talking and tell our version of what the pigeon would want to drive. This was inspired by the book, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" Here were some of those creations!

The other apps that we included in this week's learning included RAZ-Kids, ABC magic 3 Phonics where students are working on beginning sounds, Writing Wizard where students are working on writing letters of the alphabet, and 123 Ninja where students are working at recognizing numbers 1-9. We also learned how to scan QR codes to listen to Mo Willems' stories!

We also went on our very first field trip! We went to Exploration Acres to explore the pumpkin patch. This will prepare kiddos as they now have background knowledge of pumpkins when we begin our pumpkin unit. Students were able to ride back to the patch and pick a pumpkin, explore fall inspired play areas, and use their knowledge of a map to make their way through a corn maze. We got lost, but talked about how we used teamwork to find our way out!


Reading: Students will...
-identify beginning sounds in words.
-learn the difference between reality and fantasy.
-listen and determine if words rhyme.

Writing: Students will...
-finish up writing letters of the alphabet!

Math: Students will...
-continue to learn and explore with 2D shapes.

Content: Students will be learning all about apples! Hopefully we'll be able to end our week with some yummy apple treats! Please be sure to send an apple with your child on Monday for an activity! The apple should be in a zip-loc bag with their name on the bag. If you would like to send 2 to help with any kiddo who cannot bring one- it would be appreciated!