This is our last weekly wrap up of 2012! We spent our week doing Christmas activities. Thank you for the wonderful Christmas presents you sent for me! Also, thanks for sending a drink for our Christmas party. Right now, they are watching Frosty the Snowman and bouncing along with the song.
This week, we made number lines out of lights. We are working on numbers 1-20!
We also made observations with our candy canes. We use our 5 senses to help us observe.
Have a wonderful winter break! Remember, classes resume Monday, January 7th!
Well maybe not, but I'm ok not having a ton of snow yet!
Let me start by saying how thankful I am for each student in
our class! I’m so blessed to be able to spend every day with them and help them
be successful. With Christmas coming so soon, we have been doing lots of
We did a concept map for Santa Claus. The students provided
all of the words to help us describe what we know about Santa Claus.
We did the same thing after we read How the Grinch Stole
Christmas a few days later for the Grinch. They also wrote about how to make
the Grinch grin.
We also finished our Santa letters this week, they will be
in the Daily Chief Union soon, so keep an eye out for those!
Our biggest project this week was a gingerbread man project.
So far, we have read 4 different versions of the gingerbread man story. The
highlight, however, was when they all go to eat a gingerbread cookie! They had
to write about how they eat a cookie using sequence words like first, next,
then, and last. They did a rough draft and a final draft on pretty winter
paper. I will hang their final drafts and a picture of them in the hallway
early next week. The rough draft and the map they used to show what they ate
should have been in their folders on Friday.
We had a busy week in math. We finished up numbers 11-20 and
worked on addition quite a bit. By the end of kindergarten, they need to be
able to add and subtract within 10, and be fluent (that means they know the
answer without thinking about it – kind of like sight words) with addition and
subtraction up to 5. They used some dice this week to add them together and
graph their answers with a partner.
In Language Arts Last week, our comprehension skill was
Cause and Effect. We learned that the cause is what makes something else (the
effect) happens. We read Pete the Cat Loves His White Shoes and found some
cause and effect in the story. (My kids love the Pete the Cat – have they told
you about him?)
Next week is our last week before Christmas Break! Our
letter will be o, and we will be working on the short o sound, like in opera.
Our sight words are they, you, and of. In math, we are going to work on
addition and graphing.
On Monday, I will be sending home a paper for you to fill
out with your child. It asks about your family’s holiday traditions. Please
return this by Thursday to share with the class.
Friday we will be watching a Christmas movie with second
grade. The movie is Santa Buddies. We will provide popcorn, but I am asking you
to send one drink with your child on Friday for them to enjoy during the movie.
Friday is the last day of school until Monday, January 7.