Class News 1-12-24

Miss Murray’s Class News 1/12/24

We had a nice week together in kindergarten, reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr. and his teachings.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: by and words. Next week we will learn not and what.

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was word families –ad and –an. Students cut out their sort cards (that now have pictures and words), played digraph memory match, glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with –ad and –an. Can you brainstorm words at home that end in –ad and –an? 

Literacy Centers: Students were busy practicing their literacy skills during literacy centers this week. At the library center, students enjoyed reading chapter books/picture books and tallying sight words they saw. At the phonics center, students read played a game called, “Secret Sight Word.” They worked to identify the beginning sounds of pictures, when put together, made a sight word. They then kept track of all the words they built using a fancy check off sheet. In our reading groups, we are working on fluency and comprehension. We are asking questions while we read stories. Do we have a home/story connection? Can we retell the beginning, middle, and end? What sight words can we spot? We continue to sound out words slowly like “Stretchy Snake” to hear every letter in the word.

Writer’s Workshop: This week we read one of my favorite winter books, “Snowmen at Night” and wrote our own version of what we would do if we were a snowman at night. We ripped up paper to create a mosaic snowman to go with our writing. Then, we read a different version, “Snowmen at Christmas” and used a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two stories.

We continue to focus on including 4 things in our sentences, using our “Fab 4 checklist.”

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 explore taking apart and putting together (composing and decomposing) numbers 0-20 with the use of many types of math tools – dominos, dice, white boards, bingo markers, and more! We are also practicing how to skip count by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Social Studies: We read books about Martin Luther King Jr. and took time to notice and celebrate the differences in our own classroom! In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., we created a dove “peace” necklace! We discussed as a class the idea that skin color or what people look like on the outside does not determine what is inside of our hearts.

Second Step: In this week’s lesson, we learned to use body language and context clues to figure out when someone feels mad. We practiced looking at a person’s face and body, as well as thinking about what’s going on in the situation to determine if or why they may be feeling mad. 

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can count forward beginning with a given number within the known sequence (instead of starting at 1)
  • Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
  • 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 read the words in a book in the right order.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can say the most common sound for each consonant in the alphabet.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 15th – No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 28th – February 3rd – Catholic Schools Week. Please see school website for more details on this week!
  • Wednesday, February 7th – Dress Uniform, Primary Mass, 9am. Join us if you can!
  • Friday, February 9th – No School, Teacher In-Service
  • Wednesday February 14th – Dress Uniform, Ash Wednesday Mass, 9am
  • Friday February 16th – Noon Dismissal – Winter Holiday
  • Monday February 19th – Tuesday February 20th – No School, Winter Holiday
  • Friday, March 8th – No School, Staff Retreat