Hi Families,

 

We had a great week in kindergarten! We had our last Science-to-Go which focused on ecosystems. The students were able to act as engineers to build and design their own wetland to show what plants and animals need to survive. It was by far my favorite science lesson of the year. Each student worked in a team of 3 to complete their wetland. The Science-to-Go program is only one example of why we should continue raising money for the Color Run, which is next Friday! It is sponsored by the PTA and provides a great hands on learning opportunity for our student to meet the science standards.

 

I have attached photos of each group and their finished ecosystem! J

 

Phonics/Daily 5:

  • Reviewed short and long vowels
  • Reviewed digprahs
  • Reviewed L blends: sl, fl, pl, gl, cl
  • Reviewed R blends: cr, dr, fr
  • Learned new blends: tr, br
  • Reveiwed –ar controlled words
  • Reviwed–ing endings  
  • Practiced hearing the difference in long vowel a, e, i and u
  • Continued to practice sight words
  • We have been working HARD to only use lowercase letters on our work. You will notice that some work may be coming home with marks on it from me. I have been helping the kiddos correct some of their work by changing capital to lowercase letters. Please note more about the skill in the writing portion of this update.

 

Reading Comprehension

  • Theme: The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Main Text: The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone 
  • Essential Questions:
    • What kind of text is this? How do you know? Can we retell fairy tales more than one way?
    • How can you convince the troll to let you cross?
  • Vocabulary Words
    • Valley
    • Fine
    • Rushing
    • Roared
    • Trampled
  • Story Elements: Characters, Retell, Setting 
  • We continued to practice retelling the story using retell pieces & character puppets. The kids will be bringing these home today. I encourage you to have them practice retelling the story to your family over the weekend.

 

Math:

  • We wrapped up module 4 in math. I was impressed with the assessments taken earlier this week. I have sent them home in your child’s BEE folder for you to see what areas your child still needs to work on. If you have questions about the assessment, please reach out to me.
    • Students can:
      • Decompose the numbers 9 and 10 using 5-group drawings, and record each decomposition with a subtraction equation.
      • Add and subtract 0 to get the same number and relate to work problems wherein the same quantity that joins a set, separates.
    • We began module 5 in math. This module focuses on numbers 10-20 and counting to 100. Please see the attached parent tip sheet for more information on this module. The module overview is:
      • Count 10 ones and some ones
      • Compose numbers 11-20 from 10 ones and some ones; represent and write teen numbers
      • Decompose numbers 11-20, and count to answer “how many?” questions in varied configurations
      • Extend the say ten and regular count sequence to 100
      • Represent and apply compositions and decompositions of teen numbers
    • Students can:
      • Count sticks into piles of ten, count the pikes as 10 ones
      • Count 10 objects within counts of 10-20 objects, and describe as 10 ones and ____ ones.
      • Count and circle 10 objects within images of 10 to 20 objects, and describe as 10 ones and ____ ones.
    • This week we continued working on math fluency! This is a standard in kindergarten and the kids have been loving it! Each day we start math with a 90 second fluency practice. When a student masters one sheet, they move on to the next. Right now, these focus on addition and subtraction to 5.

 

Writing:

  • We wrapped up our How-To unit in writing! I had the students write one final book as an assessment of their writing growth. We will begin a new unit in writing next week!
  • When grading the assessments, the biggest concern area of concern for most of the students was language conventions. There are two categories that are including, spelling and punctuation. Most of the students are not consistency using lowercase letters or starting sentences with a capital letter. This is something we will be working hard on for the rest of the year. On the final report card in June, students must do the following in their writing to be on grade level in this area:
    • Spelling
      • Read their own writing
      • Write a letter for the sounds they heard
      • Use the word wall to help them spell (correctly write sight words)
    • Punctuation
      • Put spaces between words
      • Used lowercase letters unless capitals are needed
      • Write a capital letter to start ever sentence

 

How can I help at home?

  • Read with your child each night!
  • Review phonics with your child:
    • Short vowels
    • Long vowels (magic e)
    • Digraphs
    • Blends
      • L blends
      • R blends
  • Practice addition and subtraction to 10 (using pictures, number bonds and equations)
  • Practice finding groups of 10-20 and using the phrasing “I have 10 ones and ____ ones”
    • This will help the transition to teen numbers
  • Go over your child’s STAR reflection sheet. Talk about each day and the area they were most proud of.
  • Work on fact fluency with your child. If you notice they are coming home with the same practice sheet each day, then reviewing addition problems to 5 would be helpful!
  • Practice addition and subtraction problems to 10. These can have unknown or known parts.
    • Example of unknown: There are 7 balls. Some are green and some are red. Draw the balls and write an equation.
    • Example of known parts: There were 7 balls. 3 balls rolled away. Draw the balls and write an equation.
  • Have your child practice retelling the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff using characters & setting. They brought home character pieces, a setting mat, and retell pieces to help!
  • Continue to practice writing at home. This can be reviewing how-to books, writing true stories, or writing about their day. Any type of writing will be helpful. J Make sure students are writing using lowercase letters unless capitals are needed!

 

Important Information:

  • The Challenger Color Run is May 3rd. I hope to see you all there! Today is the last day for fundraising! Our class has raised over $1400! Yay! To celebrate the fundraiser, we will be having a spirit day each day next week as a school!
    • Monday: PJ Day
    • Tuesday: Comet Spirit Day
    • Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday (mismatch day)
    • Thursday: Crazy Hair Day
    • Friday: Comet Color Run T-Shirt Day
  • The Toy Maker is coming to kindergarten on May 1st. I sent out an email last week asking for volunteers. As of now, I have 4 parents interested. Please email me if you would like to help out as well! Volunteering parents, please plan to arrive at the beginning of the school day to help set up!
  • Classroom Needs! As we are approaching the end of the school year, there are few items we are in need of to last us through June 27th! Below are the items with links to Amazon. Thank you to families that are willing to contribute! J

 

Have a great weekend!

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