Friday, May 25 -- May and Summer Birthdays Celebration, and Fun Friday = Picnic Day! (more details to come!)
Monday, May 28 -- NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday
Friday, June 1--Share Day!
Monday, June 4--Fun Daze (8:30-10:00)--please dress your child for active play!
Wednesday, June 6--Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony (1:00--begins in individual classrooms).
Friday, June 8--Last Day of School (half-day--dismissal @ 12:30)
Please make sure that your child is dressed for the weather and is wearing appropriate shoes for the playground and PE.
Please let us know (phone call or email) if your child is going to be absent or late to school, or if you will be picking your child up early. Please contact your child's classroom directly (see individual teacher pages for contact information).
Please be reminded that we take every precaution to ensure that children do not share germs and spread sickness. You can help us in this effort by keeping your child home if he/she is not feeling well. Please refer to the district wellness policy or contact Nurse Patti or your child's teacher if you have questions.
This week, we will continue Writing Unit 5. We will examine fiction literature and ask ourselves this: How are characters' adventures and experiences the same or different in different books? We will also use the books we read in conjunction with our new writing unit.
This week, we will continue Writing Unit 5: Opinion Writing. We will look at opinion writing in a different light this time. First we will look at animals we have learned about and write our opinions on them. Then we will move to writing our opinions about books we read as a class. Finally, we will read two books and compare them, stating our opinion about which one we like better and why.
We are encouraging students to sound out words in order to add more writing. However, drawing and invented spelling are still developmentally appropriate ways to communicate in writing. Our aim is to get them excited about writing! We are beginning to place more of an emphasis on some early writing conventions, such as spaces between words; capital letter to start a sentence, and punctuation at the end of a sentence.
These are the high frequency words that are on our word wall as of this week: I, like, the, to, went, he, she, we, because, do, not, me, see, go, is, it, in they, have, my, and, play, can, up, with, at, am, are, had, you, that, said, come, look, here, will, day, of, will out, from big, little, him, down, for, his, one, this, her, where, saw, put, make, want, some, very, get, good, would, could, should. We are learning to read and write words by sight. These are great words to practice at home if you are looking for some activities to do! Some fun ideas are: write these words using a variety of writing tools (pencil, pen, crayon, marker, chalk, etc.), use magnetic letters to spell them, make word puzzles (write the word on an index card and then cut into pieces with one letter on each piece), look for them in print around your home. We have talked about digraphs (ch, th, sh, wh) and are looking for them when we read and write. We are also learning about consonant blends, including l-blends (bl, sl, pl, etc.) s-blends (st, sn, sl, etc.), and r-blends (br, cr, dr, fr, etc.). We will begin to learn about word families, such as "-an" (can, man, fan, ran, etc.); "-at" (cat, rat, sat, mat, etc.); "-en" (hen, pen, men); "-et" (pet, met, set); "-in" (pin, fin, tin, bin); "-et" (pet, get, net, met); "-op" (hop, mop, stop); and "-ot" (cot, dot, got).
This week, we will continue our final series of math units - Units 9, 10, and 11. These are the standards we will be addressing:
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.1 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.2 Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem (problem solving opportunities are found throughout the unit). CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.3 Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 5 = 2 + 3 and 5 = 4 + 1). CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.5 Fluently add and subtract within 5.
We will use math tubs, which contain a variety of math manipulatives and activities, designed to engage students in play while using and developing math reasoning skills.
In Science, we are working on our new unit, Living and Non-Living things. In this unit, we will compare characteristics of living and non-living things (structure, growth, changes, movement, and basic needs), and identify a living an non-living thing and explain and show how we know it is living or non-living.
In Social Studies, we are learning about wants vs. needs through reading, discussion, and sorting activities.