Class News 3/5/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 3/5/21

We had another terrific week learning together in the magical land of kindergarten! One highlight was a tour of the Church! Take a peek at what we have been up to.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: she and do. Next week we will learn how and their. Can you use these words in sentences or spot them in books with your child?

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was word families –op and –ot and –og. Students cut out their sort cards (that now have pictures and words), played memory match, glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly spelled our own words within these word families.

Literacy Centers: This week at the phonics center, students practiced matching sight words, were sight word detectives, and brainstormed different word families. At the iPad center, students listened to audio books and the stories of the Bible. At the sight word center, students worked to write sight words in sentences and practice words on their word rings. During the reading center, students read sentences and had to match the sentence with their picture. We also worked on reading our decodable books and simple sentences.


Writer’s Workshop: This week, we began writing “How-to” stories. We read the story Charlie Needs a Cloak and noticed the author added new pictures and words to show the different steps he took to make a cloak. We decided we could write just like the author, Tomie dePaola! We wrote a “how-to” story as a class, and then students wrote their own how-to stories (in three steps) using pictures and words. We also learned transition words for our “how-to” stories, such as first, next, then, and last! Then we wrote our own by following these steps:

  1. Writing what you are teaching (title).
  2. Drawing pictures of the steps
  3. Adding words to the steps.

Ask your child what their “how-to” story was about! We will be adding on to our “how-to” stories in the coming weeks.

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: This week we began Chapter 7: Composing and decomposing numbers 11-20. Students began this chapter by using tens frames to decompose numbers into groups of tens and ones, for example, we know that 10 and 2 more is 12! We also  learned “Addition/Subtraction Math War” and were busy adding and subtracting problems! We continue to work on addition and subtraction within 10 as well as counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.


Science: We have been noticing signs of upcoming Spring by using our five senses. We have heard birds, felt sunshine (once or twice) and seen green flower buds to name a few! One sign of spring we have seen is big fluffy clouds! We were very excited to learn about and observe clouds this week! We see so many different shapes in the sky, from rocket ships to puppies! After reading the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk, students painted their own cloud shapes and finished the writing prompt, “Sometimes it looked like a _____, but it wasn’t a _______. It was just a cloud in the sky.” Ask your child what their “spilt milk” cloud looked like!


Religion: We were so excited to go on a tour of our Church this week! We looked at the beautiful stained glass windows, learned where the Stations of the Cross are, where the Tabernacle is kept, and said a prayer for Jesus. Ask your child something they learned in the Church!

Ms. Shaw joined our class for our next Kelso’s Choice lesson! This week students learned about how to take a break. We may need to take a break when something someone has done makes us really upset. Students learned how they know when they need to take a break, they check how their body is feeling. Does my head hurt? Is your face hot? Are your hands in fists? Maybe your muscles feel tight? Students can take deep breaths, count to 10, think about something that makes them happy or relax their body if they are feeling any of these things. Ask your child to share an example of a situation in which they may need to take a break!

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • 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 tell who the author and illustrator are in stories.
  • I can tell the characters, setting, and what happens in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can add numbers within 5.

 Important Dates:

  • Friday, March 12th – Teacher In-Service, No School
  • Wednesday, March 17th – All School Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Friday, April 2nd – Good Friday, Noon Dismissal
  • April 5th – 9th – Easter Break, No School

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Murray