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