Monday, December 14, 2015

December 14-18

My apologize for the tardiness of this update.

Reading
We are hearing, reading, and watching the Polar Express as I introduce the comprehension strategy of visualizing. Students are taught to make a movie in their head and use the adjectives of the book to create images in their head. This is a great strategy to practice when going to bed. Read aloud a story and have your child close their eyes and make a movie in their head.

Phonics
We are finishing up the rest of the sounds in the alphabet in preparation for spelling tests in the new year. This week we are briefly going over the sounds for Q, V, W, X, Y, and Z. I know this is a lot of sounds for a week but we are also reviewing sounds at the end of each day. The majority of students already know these sounds and those that don't will be given extra time with me to learn them. Please make sure your child is making the correct sounds for W and Y. These are two tricky sounds. The W sounds is the sound a ghost makes and the Y sound is phonetically /yee/.

Math
We are working through chapter five this week which focuses on size, order, and directional words (next to, behind, under, etc.)

Social Studies
We are discussing Winter holidays.

Writing
We are doing a brief author study on Jan Brett.

Science
Hibernation and migration (family projects)

Mr. E

Monday, December 7, 2015

December 7-11

Reading
We are reading an assortment of hibernation and migration books this week. We are continuing to make predictions before and during reading. The students are also learning about what makes a non-fiction book different from a fiction book. We are focusing on the structure of the text like headings, captions, table of contents, etc.

Math
We are learning the difficult math skill of finding how many more and less. The students can easily identify which has more given multiple towers or numbers. Deciphering how many MORE is the difficult part. New vocabulary is fewer, greater, and in all.

Writing
This week students will write about what they like/love about winter. Students are expected to start writing their own sentences with a capital and ending mark in the second quarter. Only a couple weeks in and many kids are already there!

Phonics
Letter Gg, Jj, Ee, and Uu are our letters we are learning this week. The reason we are doing four is to finish the alphabet by winter break. Students are continuing to blend and segment sounds.

Science
Hibernation and migration.

Social Studies
Cultures and holidays around the world.


Mr. E

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving week

We will use this short week (2 days) to do some review of skills and individual assessing.

We will be discussing needs and wants too. Always lots of fun!

No school Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

I am looking for a battery donation to get our listening center going. If possible I could use rechargeable POWEREX batteries (I have a charger specific for this brand only). We could use about 8 AAA and 8 AA. I think Batteries Plus has this brand or online.

Thank you,
Mr. E

Monday, November 16, 2015

Nov. 16-20

Reading
Our book of the week is Max Takes the Train. We will be focusing on the skill of sequencing a story and our comprehension strategy will be introducing predictions.

Writing
We will read Freight Train and write about things that are interesting to us. Students will begin writing sentences on their own this quarter using sight words and sounding out words.

Math
We are learning how to compose and decompose numbers to 5 (3 and 2 is 5.) as well as understanding the concept of "one more".

Phonics
Letter Oo and blending phonemes.

Social Studies
Transportation.


Mr. E

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Nov. 9-13

New two week unit entitled Transportation

Reading
Our book of the week will be On the Move. We will focus on the non-fiction genre.

Phonics
We will learn the sound and how to write letters Kk and Ff. We will continue to work on blending sounds to read words.

Math
We will be learning about length and weight. SHAPES!

Social Studies
We will focus on how people go/move different ways.

Writing
Last week we did some non-fiction writing about colors and this week we will write about things that are different shapes. You will get a chance to see all our classroom books next Wednesday at conferences.

Check out my Youtube channel to see the community helper family project videos.
https://www.youtube.com/user/Blees2

Mr. E

Sunday, October 25, 2015

October 26-30

We have an extremely busy week in kindergarten this week. Some major events/activities we have this week are:

  • Community Helper family project sharing (Tuesday-Friday) *If your child is scheduled to present their October family project on Monday it will be changed to Tuesday because I will not be in class tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience. 
  • ClassDojo Kindergarten monthly prize: On Wednesday, all students that have received their 40 point certificate for the month of October will be participating in the popcorn and pajama day. Those students are allowed to wear pajamas to school on Wednesday and students must bring their own popcorn to eat during a short movie at the end of the day.  
  • Field Trip to the Farm- Thursday is our field trip to the farm. Please dress warm as the high is only low 50s. Chaperones should be at school by 9am. We will leave shortly after that. Chaperones, do not plan to take your child home when we return around 1:30-2. You may pick them up at dismissal like normal.
  • Halloween party- On Friday we will have a Halloween party in the afternoon. Students may wear costumes but NO MASKS ARE ALLOWED. Do not send candy/food with your child to pass out. This is not allowed. Thanks.
Due to all these activities we will be using this week as a review/assessment week for skills covered thus far. We will also be doing some fun Fall and Halloween themed activities and stories. 

Mr. E


Whip and nae nae (part 3)

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Whip and nae nae (part 1)

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Fight song (part 2)

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Fight song (part 1)

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Kitchen free play (part 2)

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Kitchen free play (part 1)

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

October 19-23

Reading
Our book of the week is Abuela. We will be focusing on setting and making connections. We will also read other books about family members and families.

Phonics
We are learning letters Bb and Nn this week.

Writing
We are learning to label our illustrations this week. We will read a book about signs and discuss why signs/labels are important.

Math
We are learning all about number 9 and pairing items. Also, the students will be introduced to math vocab "one more" and "one less".

Social Studies
Community, community, community!!!

We have a walking field trip on Wednesday so please dress your child accordingly. Let me know if you can chaperone (chaperones should be at school by 10:15 on Wednesday).

This week is Healthy Week at LaSalle II! Thursday is a special breast cancer awareness $1 jeans day and Friday is the Track-a-thon. Friday after school is also the Healthy Family Fest on the playground.

Mr. E

Monday, October 12, 2015

October 13-16

Reading
Our book of the week is Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip with Kindergarten. This will give the kids an idea of what our community field trip will look like next week. Our focus will be connecting illustrations to the text. We will also reading books about other community helpers. Students will characterize and classify and continue to work on the comprehension strategy of making connections to their life as well as connecting to other texts.

Phonics
Letter Ii is the focus this week. We will continue to do rhyming, initial sounds, and blending CVC words.

Writing
Student will hear the book When I Get Bigger and we will make a classroom book about what we want to do when we get bigger.

Math
All about numbers 8 and 9, sorting, calendar, and patterns.

Social Studies
Students will get to meet and hear from real community helpers and learn about what a community is.

Check out classdojo and this blog for pictures, videos, and updates during the week.

Mr. Edwards

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 5-9

Reading
We are reading stories about how children around the world get to school. Our reading skill this week will be to identify illustrations and tell how they support the text. We will be discussing author vs. illustrator too. Our comprehension strategies this week are drawing conclusions and making connections.

Math
We will continue to master numbers to ten as we focus on numbers six and seven this week. We will also continue using math vocab such as same, different, color words, and shape words.

Writing
Students will write about what they like to do with their family this week. The students will each publish a page and we will make another classroom book (that is why you aren't seeing their focus writing every week).

Phonics
Letters Ss and Cc is our focus this week. We will learn the sounds and do some sorting of items with their beginning sound. We will also continue to learn about rhymes and start blending sounds to read CVC words.

Science
Five senses and feeling fabrics. Pumpkins.

Social Studies
School around the world. Introducing talking and sharing during Second Step.

Mr. E

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sept. 28-Oct. 2

Reading
We are reading It's Okay to be Different. We will be learning the about comparing and contrasting. Our comprehension skill this week is making connections. We will learn how to make connections to our the story.

Math
We will be learning numbers to five as well as continuing to explore the concept of same and different.

Writing
Students will continue to write in their journal. We will write about things we like about school and also make a class book entitled "It's okay to be different".

Phonics
Our letters of the week are A and P.

Social Studies
We will focus on how we are all individually different but all make up a classroom community.

Science
Five senses and Apples.

Mr. E

Same and different

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Finding same attributes

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Match me

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

September 21-25

Hello parents and guardians,

This week is jammed packed full of great stuff in room 110. We have learned the rules most routines and procedures so this week we will start with our Unit 1 entitled "Connecting with Ourselves". Within this unit are three themes we will be focusing on. This week we will start the theme "From Me to We". This theme is designed to learn how each student is individual but that we all come together to form our own community. Here are some specifics of what we are learning about this week. FYI, your child may or may not bring home papers or worksheets displaying some of this weeks material. However, this blog is to inform you what your child is learning at school so you can continue the learning at home.

Reading
Our book of the week is The Little School Bus. It is a fictional, rhyming book about animals that take the school bus to school. I will be introducing "character" to the students as well as focusing on the features of text and reading (left to right, top to bottom, spaces between words, title, author, and illustrator, etc.). Students will continue to read to themselves for five plus minutes each day.

Phonics
All about letters Mm and Tt. Students will learn the name of the letters, sounds, and words that start with the sound. We will also discuss rhyming.

Writing
Students will be introduced to how our writing community works. They will all get journals this week and have 10-15 minutes of writing and sharing time.

Social Studies
We are starting our social emotional curriculum with the counselor Miss Sapieka on Tuesday!

Science
Introduction to the five senses and Apples!

Math
All about numbers 1-3. Finding matches. Same and not the same (different). Students will learn to work with a math partner.

P.S. I will be attending professional developments with some colleagues this year and will be absent from the class. Mrs. Blackwell will be the sub each time so the students are in good hands. This Friday I will be out so please give your child a heads up and go over expectations for the day. Thanks.

Mr. E


Sunday, September 13, 2015

September 14-18

The second week of school will look a lot like the first. Reviewing rules, procedures, and expectations. Being introduced to new things in the classroom. Assessing. Learning names and making friends. After this week we will start some of our normal curriculum. Please continue to have your child do their homework on IXL and Raz-kids.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fun first day!

Watch this fun story/song with your child. They'll love it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC7SWvxge30

Monday, September 7, 2015

Sept. 8-11

Welcome to room 110 and Mr. Edwards' blog. I will be updating this blog before each week to let you all know what's happening during our school days. Also, check in periodically during the week to see some videos and pics from the classroom.
The first couple weeks of school are different than the rest of the year because the students are spending the majority of the time learning routines, procedures, and expectations. So the blog will look a little different in a couple weeks.
This week we will be learning:

  • the classroom/school rules
  • each others names and playing "The Name Game"
  • how to clean up properly
  • lining up properly
  • where everything is in the classroom and school
  • etc. 
Along with all this learning we will be having some fun through songs, books, videos, and play. Your child will bring home papers of activities we do in school (completed or not completed). Please ask your child about the papers and have them finish them if necessary (please do not return finished work to school).

Please remember to send these things to school with your child:

  • completed locker tag
  • completed walking field trip form
  • completed media consent form
  • completed student interest worksheet
  • any school supplies 
Thanks for checking in and I look forward to working alongside you to make this an amazing year for your child.

Mr. Edwards  

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June 8-12

Reading
We are reading a variety of award winning and fun books that I have not gotten to this year. We are also still reading some non-fiction texts on habitats and animals. 

Writing
We wrapped up writer's wrokshop last week. Over the next couple weeks I will be introducing poetry to the kids and they will bring home a poetry book next week. 

Math
We will continue to reveiw math skills the rest of the year as well as finish up our math curriculum learning about coins and adding coins. Students started learning about coins last week as they have been earning coins instead of Dojo points. They have a chance to spend their coins at the end of each day at the classroom store. Please have your child practice counting coins at home. I am teaching them to add up the highest values first. Adding up quarters, dimes, and nickels is not a kindergarten skill but great practice for first grade. 

Science
We are putting all our focus and energy into habitats and animals as we turn our room into a miniature zoo. 

Mr. E 

Monday, May 25, 2015

May 26-29

Reading
We are reading Animal Babies in the Grassland this week. Students will continue to learn how to read non-fiction text and be introduced to new vocabulary.

Writing
Writers' workshop will continue as students continue to become better authors by learning to add detail using adjectives and how to make their illustrations more interesting.

Math
We will do some review games this week with the couple days of math we have. Students will take the end of the year math assessment on the computer Tuesday morning.

Science
Habitats and animals! The kids are really getting into this.

Social Studies
Still working on social and emotional skills with the Second Step curriculum and some fun read alouds.

We have our field trip to the zoo on Friday. More details to come mid-week!

Mr. E

Saturday, May 9, 2015

May 11-15

Reading
We are reading Hide Clyde this week. It is a rhyming book about a chameleon. We will be going over plot and retelling a story. We will also read a non-fiction book about chameleons.

Writing
In writers workshop this week I will be using Mo Willems books to give students ideas for when they are making their own books. My teaching points will be focused on getting students to be creative with their words, illustrations, and covers when they publish their own book. The end goal is for their voice to come out in their writing.

Math
Comparing sets. Using subtraction to find the difference. Subtraction facts to AT LEAST 5.

Science
Chameleons. Camouflage. Jungle habitat.

Social Studies
Manners.

Mr. E

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May 4-8

Reading
We are reading Marcel and Farfallina this week. This book is about a goose and butterfly that are friends and both go through changes but remain friends in the end. We will focus on the problem/resolution and also the changes that animals go through.
We will also be reading Diary of a Worm. We have two worm compost bins in our room so the students are interested in worms.

Writing
Students will continue making books during writers' workshop. Most students should be finishing their first book this week and bringing it home. Students are receiving specific instruction to work on writing skills they need to develop during writers' workshop.
Students will be making their own "diary of a worm" during literacy centers.

Math
We will be wrapping up sorting and classifying on Monday. Students should be able to sort random items by one or two attributes. The rest of the week we will be doing addition and subtraction word problems. By Friday students should be able to answer, solve and write math problems up to 10.

Science
We will be discussing animal changes, continuing our plant observations, and continuing to learn about the environment.

Mr. E

Sunday, April 26, 2015

April 27 - May 1

Reading
This week I will be reading The Lorax by: Dr. Seuss. This book goes along with our
caring for the environment" unit. We will be discussing main idea a bit and learning what a main idea of a book is. The students will also watch the Lorax and we will compare and contrast of the two. Students are also continuing to read to self and to someone for 10 minutes each daily. I can really see the growth in the reading during this time. Check out the video below to see read to self time in the classroom. Students are getting instructional small group reading instruction with me weekly too. They are learning to read fluent, attack difficult words, and monitor their comprehension.

Please help students learn to monitor and clarify at home. This is the most important early comprehension skill a child can learn (according to my DePaul professor). Students should monitor and clarify as they read to make sure they are comprehending what they are reading. When a child reads a sentence incorrectly and it makes no sense the child should stop (monitor) and realize that what they read didn't make sense. They should then go back and reread (clarify) and figure out what they missed and fix it for understanding. This can be done when listening to stories too. Have your child stop you when they don't understand something (a word, an idea, the plot) and clarify it's meaning.

Phonics
Students will be doing some word sorts at their level during language time.

Math
We will continue with (measurement) length and height. Then move to sorting and classifying. Please review (with your child) the math book that was sent home. Your child should be able to explain what we learned/did on each page and finish any undone pages. Keep the book at home.

Science
We are continuing to make observations on our growing plants. We are learning about the environment and how we can take care of it. Students will also be introduced to decomposition this week.

Social Studies
We will continue to talk about being caring friends and preparing to be first graders in general. As the weather (and classroom) heats up and we get closer to summer break students behavior can get a bit rambunctious. Please continue to encourage your child to earn the class dojo points by following all the school and classroom rules.

Class Dojo
This Thursday students that receive their class dojo certificate for April (40 points) will enjoy a picnic lunch outside!

Mr. E

Monday, April 13, 2015

April 13-17

Reading
Over the next couple weeks the students will be learning about reading fluency. This knowledge will help them prepare for their read aloud over the next couple months (see assignment sent home today). Our new book for the week is Seeds.

Writing
Students will be introduced to writer's workshop where they will get to make their own books. We will be doing this for the rest of the year. Please complete the family project "writing ideas page" for writer's workshop. 

Math
This week we are learning number facts to ten. Students will learn to use the language of "10 is 7 and 3." and "7 and 3 makes 10."

Science
It is the start of our final unit entitled Connecting with our Environment. Students will be learning about seeds, plants, life cycles, and caring for our environment.

Social Studies
Students will be sharing their Flat Stanley adventures during Spring break.

Mr. E