Class News 1-19-24

Miss Murray’s Class News 1/19/24

We had a wonderful week in Room 6! We are excited and preparing for Catholic School’s Week. Take a look at what we have been up to.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: not and what. Next week we will learn all and were. Are you practicing sight words at home? You can make simple flash cards out of our words and practice them with your child! 

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was word families –ap and –ag. Students cut out their sort cards (pictures and words), played partner memory match, glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with –ap and –ag. We are discovering words in books and around the campus that are a part of our weekly word families. Can you help your child spot words around your house or in the neighborhood that end in –ap and –ag?

Literacy Centers: We worked hard in literacy centers this week! At the library center, students enjoyed reading picture books independently from their book boxes and tallying sight words they found. At the sight word center, students worked on writing sentences using picture prompts. At the iPad center, students worked on reading stories and following along to the words. At the phonics centers, students “wrote the room” writing different themed sentences. At our guided reading center, we continue to read out of our decodables and work in our Explode the Code.

Writer’s Workshop: This week, we started preparing for Catholic Schools Week by talking about why we love our school. Students completed the prompt: “I love St. John School because…” Students love to learn, love their teachers, and love being with their friends! Ask your child why they love our amazing school!

We continue to focus on including 4 things in our writing:

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.

We will continue to master these writing requirements throughout kindergarten.

Math: We continue to work on Chapter 4: Composing and Decomposing numbers. We are showing our work by using tens frames, dominoes, dice, and drawing pictures in our math journals!  

Science: We are continuing to learn about engineering! This week we continue to learn what a STEM lesson consists of (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and completed our own STEM lesson! Students are given a problem, design and plan, create and test that plan, and see if there is any improvement needed. This week, students were given a problem: The children are having a snowball fight. They need a place to hide! The challenge: Build an igloo. Using toothpicks and mini marshmallows students designed and built an igloo! They drew a picture of their idea and then at the end discussed if it worked and what improvements could be made. We enjoyed sharing our results with each other and discussing our project like true engineers!

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:

  • Wednesday, January 24th – All School Mass, Dress Uniform
  • 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