Monday, April 22, 2013

Taken over and more...

HELP! My class is being taken over by these BOK CHOY toys. At first it was cute and wasn't a big deal, but now it's OUT OF CONTROL. Please help me by not letting your child bring these or  any toys in the classroom unless we have discussed it. It is a huge distraction and takes away from class time. Thanks.
A big thanks to all who came to YOUNG author's night. It is such a fun way to celebrate all the great writers and illustrators we have at our school. A big WAHOO for Madison who took first place writer, Bjorn who took first place illustrator and this year for our two finalists: Gus and Avery.

I am so very proud of all my writers. I hope you enjoy the books. I will send home the rest tonight.

Students are working hard during reading time inferring and bringing it all together!

We take our Unit 4 test this week.

During Writing students have been involved in a variety of different projects. You should check out our sense poems hanging outside our class.
We are publishing small moment stories from Spring Break.
We are independently working on a HOW to BOOK for our MID YEAR writing prompt!!! 

We are working hard on our TEEN's. Click on the word to watch the video and sing with your child. During the month of May we will be taking on a school-wide MATH FACTS challenge.
Kindergarten goals will include:
1. I can count to 100
2. I can count backwards from 20
3. I can count by 2's
4. I can count by 5's
5. I can count by 10's 
6. I know and can write all my teen numbers

Each goal will earn them a LEAF on our BIG ALTA tree. Stay tuned for more. I am going to try and have Math night in May as well.

We are learning about Puerto Rico this week and next. We will be listening to music from there, watching a video about life there and reading "On the Beautiful Island". This storybook is a lyrical and beautifully illustrated account of a day in the life of a Taíno boy living 500 years ago on the island of Puerto Rico. It gives a child's-eye account of the strong bonds that these ancient people had with the natural world and one another. From poetic descriptions of the morning gathering of the crops to the magic of storytelling by the evening fire with Mother and Father, young readers will discover the rewards of a life lived close to the earth. Children will find additional pleasure in the antics of Tahite, a colorful pet parrot, and in vivid illustrations of the island's inhabitants, from the smallest coqui frog to the mightiest ceiba tree. As readers become enthralled with the workings of the ancient Taíno culture, a philosophy of strength of community, respect for resources, and the value of friendship will inspire them to enjoy and protect the natural world that surrounds them. THIS IS A PERFECT READ for "EARTH DAY" week. 

THINGS TO STOP and JOT down!!!
Please pack the big 5 if snow is on the ground!!!!!!

April 29-30 Basho and friends are here!!!

May 3rd Trip to the Wilson Farm

May 6th -10th TEACHER appreciation week! :)

May 27th - No school for Memorial Day

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