Monday, March 19, 2012

5 days...til some possible SUN!

Wow. Carson shaved his head this weekend for kids' cancer. St. Baldrick's head shaving events are the fastest growing volunteer driven fundraising opportunity benefitting childhood cancer research.   

This week in Kindergarten we will be trying to survive the last few school days before a 2 week break. The kids are excited. Some are flying to see grandparents...some are driving to see grandparents...some driving to visit friends and other family...some staying put and some that don't know where they are going. I am very much looking forward to camping and some glitz in Vegas.
During reading we are reviewing non fiction text features through text mapping. Kids will be working as a team to hunt and find features in non fiction texts that are copied and glued onto huge strips of paper. So our book is in scroll form. This will give the kids an opportunity to move and work together. Students will also begin to hone in on FACT and OPINIONS.
Our letters this week are /E/ and /G/.
Snap words include: here, go and from

This week in math we will wrap up Unit 4 this week.
1. Two digit numbers
2. Review
3. Cooking (reviewing measurement, counting and adding)
4. Order of daily events (increase awareness of the passage of time and order of events)

Writer's workshop includes
wrapping up our non fiction ALL about book.
Students will be celebrating on Friday. (That is...the kids who come to school)

Other news:
I am sure by now with our small community you have heard the news about Mrs. Griffin! If's a hint!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

more guest readers...and a favorite.

Mrs. Blackbird


Sheriff Lifford

Perhaps he was our favorite!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

this week...9 SCHOOL days til break!

Well, we began our COUNTDOWN until break on Monday. Can you believe that we have only 9 school days until students and teachers get 2 weeks off. What are you going to do? I am heading to Sedona and Vegas with the Stitt family. We are very excited for some R and R and some time out on the town.

This week during reading it's so nice because WRITING and READING workshops align perfectly! Yea! They are both covering NON fiction. WE are studying nonfiction TEXT features such as: labels, titles, table of contents, bold words, glossary...etc. We are working on an INTERACTIVE bulletin board where the kids find and cut out the listed things and glue them in the designated spot on the board. Kids will work on this Friday while I am not here. Ms. Dolman will be the substitute.
Skills this week include consonant blends. Click here to watch the MOVIE!
Snap words include: one, two, three, four, and five
Kids took a break from regular WORD work to work on a Clover "consonant blends" matching game. Students are working on playing concentration with the clover word cards, writing them, reading them and matching them. You will see the game come home on Friday. You should play CONCENTRATION with your child.

Writer's workshop this week includes working on our All About book. Students did a nice job of researching their Wyoming animal. If you would like to see the website we here! If you would like to LOGIN..let me know.
Students just finished today drafting a second page in their books. We look to publish by next Wednesday. Stay tuned for more information.
With that being said, please let me know if you plan to take off early on Spring break. :)

Math includes:
1. Slate activities
2. Subtraction review
3. Practice with Attribute blocks
4. What's my rule?
5. Number stories "Stage 2"
6. Two digit number review

We will work on WEAVING and dying fabrics!

I promise to upload pictures of more guest readers soon....things are busy around here!

Alta Kindergarten Screening date has been set!
April 24th
Please stop by before then to pick up your packet.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hey...we have 5 days this week!

Last week was full of guest readers and fun activities. Pictured below are some of our SURPRISE guest readers.

Molly Goodrich (Kindergarten teacher before me)

Lisa Johnson (PTO)

Ms. Stitt

Becky Mitchell

Green EGGS and ham...yum!

Dana Wilson

Char O'Brian

Crista Pentz

Wacky Hat day!

Kurt Mitchell

Rob Moeller

Tracy Poduska

Keep checking back this week for more pictures of last week. I have so many! YIKES!

This week in Kindergarten we will be wrapping up our unit on DRAWING conclusions by revisiting charades...Mystery bag and using text to practice drawing conclusion using the clues the author gives us.
Letter of the week: Ll
Snap words: REVIEW: do, they, are, you, that
Guided reading books coming home Tuesday - Thursday (please make sure to read them and send them back to school as it helps me teach my reading groups)

During Math we will be
1. Playing Roll and Record (practicing counting up from a given number and adding)
2. Feeling shapes
3. Body and Rope shapes
4. Shape comparisons
5. The subtraction symbol

During writing we will be kicking off yet another ALL about book (non fiction)
Students will be choosing a Wyoming animal to research and write about. This will be the last of this type of book and we will close our Kindergarten year with Letter writing and personal narratives.

During Science we will be still discovering, exploring and learning more about Fabric (possibly dying and weaving this week).

Things to know:
3rd graders will be in our classroom all afternoon on Friday due to the 4th graders taking the PAWS test. I am excited to have my first class at Alta back in my classroom. Yea! Kindergartners will love the company as well. Things will to schedule.

Tracy is here on Wednesday.

15 days until Spring Break! *But who's counting?