Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Coming up!!!!

A big "thanks" to all the parents out there doing a GREAT job with their kindergartners. Thanks for meeting with me. I am looking forward to catching up with a few more of you this week or next.  It was great to share all the learning and growing that your little one is doing. I am so excited about this group and where they are at. 

Monday ended our AWESOME ski program AND...
Tuesday concluded our last CROSS COUNTRY ski day with PE. A big thanks for Mr. Hoffman for heading this up.

Coming up:
Thursday, March 10th Joe and Dondi (2 community members) will be at our school doing an Introduction powerpoint and presentation after lunch about our big project coming up. You may be wondering about this BIG project. Well, the Alta school is doing a  3-D Wild Wyoming Spring project. Each grade is covering parts of their science, social studies, writing and reading curriculums and incorporating an ART project that will be made 3-D for our LIVE gallery coming in May. Until then, we will be researching our Wyoming animal and writing an EXPERT flip book about it. Our WYOMING ANIMAL masks are up in our classroom already for your viewing pleasure. In April during Poetry month we will be writing poems about our animals...and not to mention the ANIMAL MOVEMENT study we are doing with Mrs. Tebay on Wednesdays. Stay tuned!!!

Menu change: Wednesday is meatball sub and Thursday is Trout treasures...from the kitchen of Ms. Rose

This week in Reading:
We are back in our Scott Foresman Reading program onto Unit 4: Let's Explore!
Where will our adventures take us?
Reading One Little Mouse by Dori Chaconas and discussing SEQUENCING. This week while you listen to your child read. Stop and have them tell you what happened first, next and then last. This is an important comprehension skill that we should master.
PHONICS: consonant blends
Check your child's folder Tuesday - Thursday for nightly reading. Always send the books back to school the following day. 
This week all kindergartners will practice their book talks. Everyone brought a book from home or chose a book our of their book box. I will be looking for the following:
Correct sounds
good voice
eye contact
telling and not reading 
A book talk includes: 
Say your name
Say the title of the book
Say the Author of the book
Tell about the characters in your book
Tell about why it is a book that others should read
Book and practice sheet will come home Thursday for you TO PRACTICE AT HOME and Friday I will test the kids for their SPEAKING/LISTENING goals. Thanks for your help with this.

This week in Math:
Tools for measuring length (ruler, feet, tape measurer, blocks, cubes)
Practicing EXCHANGE (exchanging five pennies for a nickel in a math game called exchange)
Reviewing graphs
Attribute trains/sorting
Tally marks
Intro to the Number Grid

Writing this week includes the BIG PROJECT from above and a BIG HANDWRITING FOCUS!!!

Have a wonderful week. 
:) Mrs. Griffin

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