Tuesday, November 26, 2013

We did it!

Food donation!

The kindergarten food drive ends today. The kids raised above and beyond the 150 item goal. 300+ items!!! They will be rewarded with a pizza party today. Thanks again and have a great Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

November 18-22

We are reviewing skills we learned in unit 1 during the next seven school days. We will begin unit 2 after Thanksgiving break. We will be learning how to find key details (character, setting, problem, solution, main idea) in a story.

We are finishing our writings about things we are interested in and then we will be doing some partner writing about different topics. Students will be introduced to writing more as many of them are at the point where they can write more than one sentence about a topic.

We are composing and decomposing numbers up to five as well as counting and ordering up to ten. These would be skills like "3 and 2 make 5." or "I can make 5 with 1 and 4." These are early addition and subtraction skills that will help the student later in the year. Students will also be learning the vocabulary "one more" and be asked to identify a number that is one more than another (up to 10).

Social studies
We are still collecting food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The students have until next Tuesday to get 150 items. I think they are at about 100 right now! Keep it up! We will be learning about needs and wants this week and doing activities and reading books about it.

Sight word game of the week
"Hot or Cold"
Hide a word in a room. Tell your child what word they need to find and then give them directions using the vocabulary hot, warm, warmer, cool, colder, cold (this is a great chance to reinforce/introduce new vocabulary and what it means). When they find it have them read it and spell it with eyes open then closed. A way to make it more difficult is to not tell them the word but still give them directions on how to find it. Then they must read it when they find it. We will play this game in school so your child should be familiar with it. Encourage them to play with siblings or other family members and they can take turns being the hider/clue giver. Have fun learning those sight words!

Mr. E

Sunday, November 3, 2013

November 4-8

We will be reading Abuela this week. It is a story about an adventure a girl goes on with her grandmother in New York City. We will be learning the term character as well as continuing to talk about setting. I will be introducing the students to the phrase "active reading" and teaching them that reading isn't just hearing the words or saying the words but thinking about the story as we read/hear it.

Students will be writing about what they love about themselves as well as write letters to classmates about what they like about them. Students should be writing sentences now using the sight words they know and sound out words (turtle talking). For example, this week they will be expected to write a sentence like this: I love my hair. We will also we brainstorming new writing ideas.

Chapter three is all about size and measurement. Students will learn vocabulary such as: bigger, medium sized, smaller, taller than, shorter than and longer.

Social Studies
We will start making our kindergarten project that will be ongoing throughout the year. Students will learn about their world as we progress bigger and bigger. This week they will start with 'Me' and 'My family'.
You will also be getting more information later this week about a food drive we will be doing working up until Thanksgiving break.

My room parents will be sending out a google document where you can sign up for conferences next Tuesday, November 12th. Looking forward to seeing/talking to all of you.

Mr. E