5/28/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 5/28/21

We had a wonderful week in Kindergarten! Take a look at what we were up to.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: time and has.

Phonics: We continue studying consonant blends – groups of two or three consonants in words that make a sound. This week we introduced r blends: ‘pr’ ‘dr’ ‘tr’ and ‘br’ blends. We identified these words in poems, read them in decodable books, spelled them with “secret codes”, wrote them like a rainbow, and connected math by playing scrabble spelling.

Literacy Centers: This week at the library center, students read decodables and picture books by themselves. At the iPad center, students worked on sounding out CVC words, spelling, letter formation, and some listened to and followed along with stories from the Bible. At the phonics center, students continue to work on sight words, and making words and writing complete sentences. At the guided reading center, students worked on reading comprehension by highlighting answers to questions and then writing the answers in a complete sentence. Some of us read the book Glenda the Lion and identified sight words and words with our new consonant blends. We wrote a list of consonant blend words we read in the story.

Writer’s Workshop: This week we worked on sentence structure and adding detail to our stories! We are asking ourselves the “W” questions when we write: Where did you go? Who were you with? What did you do? When did you go? These are helping students add detail and write more than one sentence when writing a story!

Math: This week we worked on Chapter 10: Positions. The essential question is: how do I identify positions? We explored this by using manipulatives to show above, below, next to, in front of, and behind. We continue to work on mastery of addition and subtraction within 10. Keep practicing math facts at home!

Science: This week we began our unit on forces and motion! We are learning about push and pull. In order for an object to move or change direction, it needs a force!

We continue to observe our zinnia plants and record our observations in our plant observation journal! We also planted our lima beans and read a mini-book on the lifecycle of lima beans!

         

             Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers 0 to 20.
  • I can write a number to tell about a group of 0 to 20 things.
  • I can understand that words have spaces between them.
  • I can find and say the beginning, middle and last sound of simple words.
  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write complete sentences.
  • I can identify ending punctuation marks.
  • I can sort words into categories.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images and drawings.
  • I can describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight.

 Important Dates:

  • Monday, May 31st – No School, Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, June 9th – Kindergarten Graduation drive by celebration, 4:30pm. More details to come!
  • Friday, June 11th – Last Day of School. 10:30am dismissal

Class News 5/21/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 5/21/21

We are nearing the end of the year and are preparing to become first graders! Check out what we were up to this week in kindergarten.

Sight Words: him and into

Phonics: This week we focused on consonant blends cr, cl, fr, gl, and gr. Can you find objects in your house that begin with these blends?

Literacy Centers: This week at the phonics center, students played various word building and sight word games! We are practicing sight words through our “rainbow writing,” “scrabble spelling,” and being sight word detectives! During reading center, we continue to read our “decodable” and “just fit” books and retell stories to our group. We continue to work on sight words, sequencing stories, and reading comprehension.

        

Writer’s Workshop: This week students wrote an opinion piece about the weather! They had to decide which season they liked the best, summer or winter. To continue our weather discussion, students wrote about summer using their five senses! In the summer we see sunshine, we taste ice cream, feel the warm breeze, hear splashing, and touch sand! Ask your child what season is their favorite!

           

            

We continue to focus on including 4 things to make our sentences complete-

  1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
  2. Spaces between words.
  3. Period at the end of a sentence.
  4. Mostly lowercase letters.

Math: We continue to work on 3-D shapes. We are learning that some shapes roll, some slide, some stack, and some can do all three! Students went on a three-dimensional “shape walk” around the classroom and identified objects that are shaped like cylinders, cones, cubes, and spheres. Students also created a “pizza” using as many shapes as they could! We continue to master our addition and subtraction facts to 10 and skip counted by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

Science: This week we reviewed the lifecycle of a plant. We continue to observe our zinnia seeds and lima beans and record our observations in our plant journals. This week, both are sprouting and have roots!

Common Core Standards we are working on:

  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers 0 to 20.
  • I can write a number to tell about a group of 0 to 20 things.
  • I can understand that words have spaces between them.
  • I can find and say the beginning, middle and last sound of simple words.
  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write complete sentences.
  • I can identify ending punctuation marks.
  • I can sort words into categories.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images and drawings.
  • I can use objects or drawings to show that I can solve addition/subtraction word problems up to 10
  • I can add numbers within 5
  • I can subtract numbers within 5

 Important Dates:

  • Monday, May 31st – No School, Memorial Day
  • June 9th – Kindergarten Graduation drive by celebration. More details to come.
  • June 11th – Dress Uniform, Last day of school. Dismissal 10:30am.

 

 

 

 

 

Class News 5/14/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 5/14/21

We had a fun and productive week in Kindergarten! Check out what we have been up to!

Sight Words: make and like

Phonics: This week we focused on consonant blends pl, sl, bl, and fl. We identified these words in poems, read them in decodable books, spelled them with “secret codes,” wrote them like a rainbow, and connected math by playing scrabble spelling.

         

Literacy Centers: This week at the library center, students read books by themselves and wrote sight words out of their books! At the phonics center, students played various word and sight word games! During reading center, we continue to read our “decodable” books, sounding out words and retelling what the story was about. Students are learning to go back and reread parts of a story to answer comprehension questions if they are unsure of an answer.

         

Writer’s Workshop: This week we wrote about gardens! Students wrote, “If I could plant anything in my garden, I would plant…” We would love to plant flowers to smell and vegetables to eat! We continue to write their own stories in their writing journals, making sure every sentence has a capital letter, finger spaces, mostly lowercase letters, and punctuation at the end! We also are reviewing different punctuation that can go at the end of a sentence: period, question mark, and exclamation point! We are getting ready for first grade!

          

We continue to focus on including 4 things to make our sentences complete-

  1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
  2. Spaces between words.
  3. Period at the end of a sentence.
  4. Mostly lowercase letters.

Math: We began Chapter 12: 3-Dimensional Shapes. We are learning about spheres, cubes, cylinders, and cones! We connected these shapes to real life objects, like a baseball, dice, a can of soup, and an ice cream cone!

Science: We continue to learn and write all about plants! We planted lima beans and zinnias in our classroom and will observe and record what we see throughout the next couple of weeks in our observation journals. We learned all about the plant’s lifecycle and students made a flip-book to show their understanding. We also learned about plants we can eat! We know that certain vegetables grow underground and others grow above ground.

       

Religion: This week we talked about how we can show other people God’s love. We can do this by sharing, being kind and fair to people, and helping out at home! Ask your child how they show God’s love at home and at school!

 Common Core Standards we are working on:

  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers 0 to 20.
  • I can write a number to tell about a group of 0 to 20 things.
  • I can understand that words have spaces between them.
  • I can find and say the beginning, middle and last sound of simple words.
  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write complete sentences.
  • I can identify ending punctuation marks.
  • I can sort words into categories.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images and drawings.
  • I can use objects or drawings to show that I can solve addition/subtraction word problems up to 10
  • I can add numbers within 5
  • I can subtract numbers within 5

 Important Dates:

  • Monday, May 31st – No School, Memorial Day
  • June 9th – Kindergarten Graduation drive by celebration. More details to come.
  • June 11th – Dress Uniform, Last day of school. Dismissal 10:30am.

Class News 5/7/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 5/7/21

We had a very exciting week! Our chrysalises finally hatched into butterflies! We welcomed 4 beautiful painted lady butterflies to our classroom family. The kids were SO patient and were ecstatic to finally watch them hatch. Take a look at what else we did this week.

Sight Words: her and would

Phonics: This week we focused on consonant blends sc, sn, and sw.

Literacy Centers: This week we continued with iPads, sight word center, independent reading, reading groups, and phonics center. At our phonics center, students played Zingo, a word building game, sorted vowels, wrote sight words, and played sight word JENGA! Students continue to read along with stories on the iPads and read books independently in the library center. We continue to work hard during reading groups. Students are doing an amazing job sounding out words, comprehending what they’ve read, and choosing “just right” books!

          

Writer’s Workshop: This week we wrote a story, “If I were a butterfly…” and created our own decorative butterflies to go with our stories. Some students wrote they would fly from flower to flower to sip nectar and others would fly to Mexico during the winter to stay warm! We continue to observe the amazing cycle of a butterfly’s life in our classroom and record our observations.

           

We continue to focus on including 4 things to make our sentences complete-

  1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
  2. Spaces between words.
  3. Period at the end of a sentence.
  4. Mostly lowercase letters.

Math: This week, we finished up Chapter 11 on 2-D objects! Next week we will begin Chapter 12, 3-D objects. We continue to master addition and subtraction facts to 10 and show our thinking using manipulatives in the classroom!

Science: On Wednesday, we began our study of plants! We learned the basic parts of a plant – root, stem, leaves and petals. We then conducted an experiment using celery, water, and food coloring. Students drew and wrote a hypothesis about what would happen, observed it for a day, and then recorded our observations. They noticed that the leaves on the celery turned the color of the water they were in. The celery showed us how plants take in nutrients!

         

Our chrysalises finally hatched into butterflies! The kids got to observe our butterflies right up close and make connections about all the facts we’ve learned about their life cycle, body parts and functions, eating habits, symmetry, defense mechanisms and witness the miracle of God’s gift to us. On Tuesday, we set them free and completed our butterfly observation science journal.

           

Religion: We are learning about different miracles Jesus has performed! This week we read one story in particular, about Jesus helping a blind man see. We learned that Jesus is “The Light of the World.” Light allows us to see!

To honor Mother Mary, students placed a flower beside Mary in the Church!

           

Common Core Standards we are working on:

  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers 0 to 20.
  • I can write a number to tell about a group of 0 to 20 things.
  • I can understand that words have spaces between them.
  • I can find and say the beginning, middle and last sound of simple words.
  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write complete sentences.
  • I can identify ending punctuation marks.
  • I can sort words into categories.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images and drawings.
  • I can use objects or drawings to show that I can solve addition/subtraction word problems up to 10
  • I can add numbers within 5
  • I can subtract numbers within 5

 Important Dates:

  • Monday, May 31st – No School, Memorial Day
  • June 9th – Kindergarten Graduation drive by celebration. More details to come.
  • June 11th – Last day of school. Dismissal 10:30am.

 

Class News 4/30/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 4/30/21

We were excited to see our caterpillars form into chrysalises and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our butterflies! Take a look at what we were up to this week in Kindergarten!

Sight Words: so and some

Phonics: We began studying consonant blends last week – groups of two or three consonants in a word that make a sound. With a consonant blend, you can still hear the sounds of each letter, just blended together! Unlike a digraph (sh, ch) where two letters go together to make a whole new sound. This week we focused on consonant blends sp, sk, and sm.

           

Literacy Centers: This week we continued with iPads, sight word center, independent reading, reading groups, and phonics center. At our phonics center, students played memory match. They had to match the blend to the word, for example BL matched with blocks. Students continue to read along with stories on the iPads and read books independently in the library center. Students love getting new decodable books during reading groups! They are making such great progress!

        

Writer’s Workshop: This week we wrote all about butterflies! We used our sequencing skills and wrote the lifecycle of a butterfly. First, the butterfly lays eggs. Next, the caterpillars eat their way out of the egg shells. Then, the caterpillars form a chrysalis. Last, they turn into butterflies! Ask your child if they can tell you the lifecycle of a butterfly! We also wrote about what we would say if we got to interview a butterfly! Some students would ask where they fly to during migration. Others asked what their favorite flowers were. Ask your child what they would ask if they were interviewing a butterfly!

           

           

We continue to focus on including 4 things to make our sentences complete-

  1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
  2. Spaces between words.
  3. Period at the end of a sentence.
  4. Mostly lowercase letters.

Math: This week we reviewed our addition and subtraction facts to 10! Through story problems, various manipulatives, number lines, and drawing pictures, students showed their thinking to the class. Continue to practice addition and subtraction facts to 10 at home!

Science: We continued to observe our class caterpillars in our butterfly journals! Over the weekend they turned into chrysalises. They are hanging from the lid of the cup and we are anxiously awaiting our butterflies!

Religion: In honor of the Crowning of Mary, we joined the school to say the Rosary together. We then colored a picture of Mary and decorated it with our own tissue paper crowns! Check them out in your child’s Friday folder.

           

 Common Core Standards we are working on:

  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers 0 to 20.
  • I can write a number to tell about a group of 0 to 20 things.
  • I can understand that words have spaces between them.
  • I can find and say the beginning, middle and last sound of simple words.
  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write complete sentences.
  • I can identify ending punctuation marks.
  • I can sort words into categories.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images and drawings.
  • I can use objects or drawings to show that I can solve addition/subtraction word problems up to 10
  • I can add numbers within 5
  • I can subtract numbers within 5

 Important Dates:

  • Monday, May 3rd– Please bring one flower for the Crowing of Mary. Dress Uniform
  • Monday, May 31st – No School, Memorial Day
  • June 9th – Kindergarten Graduation drive by celebration. More details to come.
  • June 11th – Last day of school. Dismissal 10:30am.

 

Class News 4/23/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 4/23/21

We had a wonderful week in kindergarten! We were so excited for the arrival of our caterpillars and loved talking about ways to take care of our Earth on Earth Day! Take a look at what else we were up to.

Sight Words: so and some

Phonics: We began studying consonant blends – groups of two or three consonants in a word that make a sound. With a consonant blend, you can still hear the sounds of each letter, just blended together! Unlike a digraph (sh, ch) where two letters go together to make a whole new sound. This week we introduced the ‘st’ blend. Ask your child if they can tell you a word that begins with “st.”

            

Literacy Centers: This week we continued with iPads, sight word center, independent reading, reading groups, and phonics center. At our phonics center, students played Zingo, a word building game. Students continue to read along with stories on the iPads and read books independently in the library center. We continue to work hard during reading groups. Students are doing an amazing job sounding out words, comprehending what they’ve read, and choosing “just right” books!

             

Writer’s Workshop: We continue to write fiction and nonfiction stories in our writing journals! Some of us are making our own comics, while others are writing about sports they like to play. Keep up the hard work, kindergarten!

We continue to focus on including 4 things to make our sentences complete-

  1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
  2. Spaces between words.
  3. Period at the end of a sentence.
  4. Mostly lowercase letters.

Math: This week we continued to create objects with 2-D shapes. We also spent some time on making AB, AAB and ABC patterns. We are continuing to practice using complete sentences to explain our math thinking, as well as master addition and subtraction to 10.

              

Science: We continued to observe the amazing cycle of a butterfly’s life in our classroom. We are scientists and keeping an observation journal, drawing realistic pictures of our caterpillars, and writing what they observe! We also wrote about what butterflies can do, have, and need! Ask your child what butterflies can do, what they have, and what they need! We continue to look at the life cycle of a butterfly. Students cut and pasted the lifecycle on a sentence strip. They also used different types of pasta to re-tell the life cycle. Look for this in your child’s Friday folder!

Religion: In honor of our upcoming Crowning of Mary liturgy, we talked about Mother Mary! We know that Mary loves us like a mother and we can always pray to her when we need to. We prayed the Hail Mary and filled out the prayer so we can read it all on our own!

Common Core Standards we are working on:

  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers 0 to 20.
  • I can write a number to tell about a group of 0 to 20 things.
  • I can understand that words have spaces between them.
  • I can find and say the beginning, middle and last sound of simple words.
  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write complete sentences.
  • I can identify ending punctuation marks.
  • I can sort words into categories.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images and drawings.
  • I can use objects or drawings to show that I can solve addition/subtraction word problems up to 10
  • I can add numbers within 5
  • I can subtract numbers within 5

 Important Dates:

  • Monday, May 31st – No School, Memorial Day
  • June 9th – Kindergarten Graduation drive by celebration, more information to come!
  • June 11th – Last day of school. Dismissal 10:30am.

 

 

 

 

Class News 4/16/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 4/16/21

We were delighted to be back at school with all of our friends! The kids were excited to share about their Easter break adventures and seemed very happy to get back into the swing of school. Take a look at what else we were up to:

Sight Words: many and then

Phonics: Review of digraphs /sh/ /ch/ /th/ /wh/ (two letters that when are together, make one sound). Next week we will focus on /s/ /t/ and the consonant blend /st/ (two letters that when together, you hear both of the letters sounds, just blended together!)

Literacy Centers: This week at the phonics center, students continued to write sentences with objects and re-wrote their silly sentence in their writing journals. At the sight word center, students are working hard writing stories using a writing prompt and key words. At the guided reading center, we worked on reading in our decodables and answering comprehension questions by finding evidence within the text with highlighters.

             

             

Writer’s Workshop: Students wrote in their journals all about their Easter break adventures. Wow has their writing improved since September! Their progress is absolutely phenomenal. They are writing whole stories using complete sentences – this is huge! It has been so fun seeing their progress and gain the love for writing stories. Way to go room Kindergarten!

              

In honor of Earth Day, we wrote a letter to Mother Earth about what we can do to help our planet. Recycling, picking up litter, turning off lights, and planting trees are all ways we can help our Earth be a better place to live! We practiced editing sentences to make sure they have a capital letter, finger spaces, and punctuation at the end. Students also water colored their own version of Earth!

             

Math: We began Chapter 11 this week: dimensional shapes! We are having fun creating pictures using different shapes. For example, what objects can we create only using triangles and circles? Squares and Rectangles? Ask your child what objects they created! We continued to master our addition and subtraction facts to 10.

Science: This week we began our unit on butterflies! We first created a KWL chart and wrote on sticky notes what we already know and want to know about butterflies. We read both fiction and non-fiction books to learn about caterpillars (and discovered that sometimes fiction stories are inspired by nonfiction facts). We learned the parts of a caterpillar– the head, antennae, mandible, thorax, and abdomen, as well as the butterfly. We also began taking a look at the lifecycle of a butterfly. Students read a story about the stages of a butterfly (eggs, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult butterfly) and then put those pictures in order. Ask your child about the lifecycle of a butterfly! Our class caterpillars will be arriving soon…we can’t wait!

             

Religion: We completed the second lesson of our Safe Environment program! We talked about who a safe adult is and who a “kinda know” adult is. Ask your child who their safe adult is!

 Common Core Standards we are working on:

  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers 0 to 20.
  • I can write a number to tell about a group of 0 to 20 things.
  • I can understand that words have spaces between them.
  • I can find and say the beginning, middle and last sound of simple words.
  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write complete sentences.
  • I can identify ending punctuation marks.
  • I can sort words into categories.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images and drawings.

 Important Dates:

  • Monday, May 3rd – All School Mass, Crowning of Mary, Dress Uniform
  • Monday, May 31st – No School, Memorial Day

Class News 4/2/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 4/2/21

We had fun in Kindergarten this week! Students were busy creating poems, writing stories, and watching our school musical online! Check out what else we have been up to!

Sight Words: out and about

Phonics: Word families –ed, -et, -eg, and –ell. See if you can find these word families in stories you read at home!

Literacy Centers: This week at the phonics center, students enjoyed opening Easter eggs and creating words with different word families! At the sight word center, students put mixed up sentences back together. They also picked a writing prompt using a word bank to create a story. At the guided reading center, we worked on reading in our decodables and answering comprehension questions by finding evidence within the text with highlighters.

       

Writer’s Workshop: We are excited and preparing for Easter! On Monday, students colored an Easter egg. As a class, we brainstormed adjectives to describe our eggs, such as bright, oval, and striped! Using these adjectives students wrote a poem titled “My Egg.” Ask your child to describe their egg to you using adjectives!

           

We also read a book about the Easter bunny and wrote a story using the prompt, “If I were the Easter bunny…” Ask your child what they would do if they turned into the Easter bunny!

             

We continue to focus on including 4 things to make our sentences complete-

  1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
  2. Spaces between words.
  3. Period at the end of a sentence.
  4. Mostly lowercase letters.

Math: We continue our unit on Measurement! We use unifix cubes to help us compare and contrast different lengths of objects. We use our class scale to compare the weight of objects! We continue to master addition and subtraction to 10 using number lines, counters, and mental math!

STEM: In honor of our upcoming holiday, students were given the task of creating a tower using jelly beans and toothpicks! Ask your child how they made their tall tower stand up!

           

Religion: We continued to reflect on our Lenten journey. We finished learning about the Stations of the Cross in class. As a class, we discussed each station while we listen to how Jesus was feeling and doing during that time.

 Common Core Standards we are working on:

  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers 0 to 20.
  • I can write a number to tell about a group of 0 to 20 things.
  • I can understand that words have spaces between them.
  • I can find and say the beginning, middle and last sound of simple words.
  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write complete sentences.
  • I can identify ending punctuation marks.
  • I can sort words into categories.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images and drawings.

 Important Dates:

  • Friday, April 2nd – Good Friday, Noon Dismissal
  • April 5th – 9th – Easter Break, No School

Class News 3/26/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 3/26/21

We had a busy week in Kindergarten! Take a look at what we were up to this week.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: up and other.

Phonics:  Word families -eg –et –en.

Literacy Centers: This week at the library center, students read decodables and picture books. At the iPad center, students worked on sounding out CVC words, spelling, letter formation, and listened to and followed along with stories from the Bible. At the phonics center, students made real words and “alien words” using a word wheel, read word family books, and played various phonics games. At the guided reading center, students continued to work on comprehension checks, CVC word games, and reading stories.

             

Math: This week, we began chapter 8: Measurement. We learned about shorter and longer, taller and shorter, heavier and lighter, and “holds more” and “holds less.” We used our scales as well as objects with different capacities. We continue to master our addition and subtraction facts to 10 and skip counted by 2s, 5s and 10s.

Writer’s Workshop: In celebration of the first day of spring on Saturday, we wrote acrostic poems about spring! Every day, we have been using our five senses to make and share observations of signs of spring, so brainstorming words for this poem came quickly for our students! Since we have been experiencing first hand one sign up spring – rain, we wrote down what we like to do on a rainy day! Some students like to be cozy inside and some like to jump in puddles! Ask your child what they like to do on a rainy day!

             

             

Science: We extended the knowledge we learned last week about the water cycle and were very excited to learn about and observe clouds this week! We learned that a cloud is a form of condensation. We learned that scientists categorize clouds into three different types – cumulus, stratus and cirrus. We created each type of cloud using cotton balls to show our learning.

             

Religion: We continue to reflect on our Lenten journey. We continue learning about the Stations of the Cross in class. As a class, we discuss each station while we listen to how Jesus was feeling and doing during that time.

  • Here is the link to learn more about how you can bring the CRS Rice Bowl to life at home:

https://www.crsricebowl.org/about

 Common Core Standards we are working on:

  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers 0 to 20.
  • I can write a number to tell about a group of 0 to 20 things.
  • I can understand that words have spaces between them.
  • I can find and say the beginning, middle and last sound of simple words.
  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write complete sentences.
  • I can identify ending punctuation marks.
  • I can sort words into categories.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images and drawings.

 Important Dates:

  • Friday, April 2nd – Good Friday, Noon Dismissal
  • April 5th – 9th – Easter Break, No School

Class News 3/19/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 3/19/21

We had another fantastic week together full of discoveries and adventures in kindergarten! The highlights were learning all about the water cycle, talking about spring, and reflecting on Jesus’ journey to the Cross.

Sight Words: if and will. Next week will be up and other.

Phonics: During spelling this week, we focused on reading, spelling and brainstorming words in the –ut, -ug and –un word families. Students observed that our word families always have a vowel and words within each family always rhyme. Students cut out their sort picture and word cards, and then read the words to match each word to a picture. They sorted the pairs into word family categories. Students played partner memory match – trying to match words and picture cards with another in the same word family. Finally, students glued the sort cards into categories, and finally spelled our spelling words and thought of new –ut –ug and –un words to add to their list. Students also made an “un” ice cream cone! Take a look in your child’s Friday folder!

Literacy Centers: Students were busy in literacy centers this week! In the library center, students read their decodable books and books from the library. At the iPad center, students read along to and listened to stories of the Bible as well as other fiction and nonfiction stories. At the sight word center, some students wrote sentences with their sight words and put them in alphabetical order. Others read stories and answered comprehension questions! In the reading group, students continue to progress in their decodable books! Keep up the great work, kindergarten!

           

Writer’s Workshop: We have been learning all about the water cycle in kindergarten! We read the book, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and as a class created our own book based on the pattern of the original. Every student wrote a page for the class book.

We continue to focus on including 4 things to make our sentences complete-

  1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
  2. Spaces between words.
  3. Period at the end of a sentence.
  4. Mostly lowercase letters.

Math: This week we continued to work on addition and subtraction to 10! We wrote subtraction stories in our writing journals and shared them with the class. We are sure to use the words “are left” when writing a subtraction story!

        

        

Science: This week we began our unit on the water cycle! Through songs, motions, diagrams, videos, fiction and non-fiction books we learned the stages of the water cycle. Ask your child to sing our song about the water cycle! At home, you can ask your child to describe these scientific vocabulary words – evaporation, condensation, precipitation, transpiration and collection. We also “made it rain” in class! We used shaving cream and blue food coloring to represent clouds and rain droplets. We love being scientists in kindergarten!

Religion: We continue to reflect on our Lenten journey. We also continue learning about the Stations of the Cross in class. As a class, we discuss each station while we listen to how Jesus was feeling and doing during that time.

Here is the link to learn more about how you can bring the CRS Rice Bowl to life at home: https://www.crsricebowl.org/about

Ms. Shaw joined our class for the last Kelso’s Choice lesson! This week, students learned how to apologize. We apologize when we have made a mistake and may have hurt someone’s feeling so we need to make it better! Students learned that sometimes you can say a quick “I’m Sorry” if you accidentally bumped into someone or maybe you interrupted them. When you really hurt someone’s feelings, though, it is better to give a 3 part apology! First, tell them what you’re sorry for. Then, tell them what you’ll do differently in the future. Lastly, ask them what you can do to make it better. Ask your child to tell you the 3-part apology!

Common Core Standards we are working on:

  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers 0 to 20.
  • I can write a number to tell about a group of 0 to 20 things.
  • I can understand that words have spaces between them.
  • I can find and say the beginning, middle and last sound of simple words.
  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write complete sentences.
  • I can identify ending punctuation marks.
  • I can sort words into categories.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images and drawings.

 Important Dates:

  • Friday, April 2nd – Good Friday, Noon Dismissal
  • April 5th – 9th – Easter Break, No School

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Murray