Monday, September 30, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up

Last week we finished up our apple study. We wrapped up the unit by making applesauce in our classroom! The best step, of course, was tasting it!

We also learned about Johnny Appleseed. We made Johnny and unscrambled a sentence. They are decorating our hallway right now. 

In Reading, we worked on the letter Mm. This week, we are working on the letter T. Our sight words are a, to, be, and this. 

We are working with numbers up to 10 in math. We are representing them on tens frames and by drawing sets. This week we will be comparing numbers up to 10. 

In Science, we are studying weather and seasons. 

Interim reports have been posted on your parent portal. Please check your child's grades. If you would like a paper copy, just let me know! 

Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, October 1: PTO Meeting, 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, October 8: 3rd Grade Guarantee Meeting, 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, October 9: Early Release, 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, October 16: Book Orders Due
  • Monday, October 21: Scholastic Book Fair Week
  • Wednesday, October 23: School Pictures
  • Thursday, October 24: Halloween Party 7 PM
  • Friday, October 25: Quarter Ends
  • Wednesday, October 30: Grade Cards come home
Thanks for reading!
:) Miss McPheron

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up: Apples!

We started our study on apples this week. A lot of our centers were apple themed and we used our senses to describe and share our opinions about apples.

We tasted 3 different colors of apples and graphed our favorite apples on the Smart Board.

They wrote a simple sentence to tell the color of the apple they liked best. They were so proud of their work, and I was too!

This week, we will be learning about the life cycle of an apple so we figure out where that pie actually comes from. We will also learn about Johnny Appleseed and end the week by making applesauce in our room!

Next week in Reading, we are working with the letter Mm and our sight words are a, to, and be. You should hopefully see the Reading Bags come home on Tuesday night. Please read 1 book and practice all the sight words and return the bag the next day.

In Math, we just finished chapter 1, which worked with numbers 0-5. We can write the numbers, count sets of objects, compare them, and use good math words like more, greater than, less, and equal. I was very impressed with the scores on the assessment we took Thursday. Grades are posted on your parent portal, and you will also see those tests come home Monday or Tuesday. We are moving on to numbers up to 10 and doing similar activities. You will see worksheets with tens frames come home. These are boxes with 10 spaces in them that we use to show numbers up to 10.

Thanks for reading! As always, please contact me with any questions!
:) Miss McPheron

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fair Week Wrap Up

We only had 3 days of school this week due to fair. A good portion of our week was spent completing the i-Ready assessments on the Chrome Books in Math and Reading. This a computer based assessment that give us information about areas that your child is doing well in and areas we need to focus more instruction on. The scores from this week serve as a starting point and the goal for the year is to see growth on both the winter and spring assessments.

We completed our Kindergarten Readiness Assessment - Literacy (KRA-L) last week, and I will be sending home scores in your child's orange folder. I'm pleased to say that is the last of the state mandated assessments we will be doing for awhile!

On Tuesday, you will see a reading bag come home in your child's backpack. There is a bag with some flashcards of all of our sight words so far. For your child to read fluently, they need to be able to read the word within 3 seconds for us to say they know the word. There will also be some short books in the bag. I ask that your child read at least 1 book to you. There is a colored sheet for you to sign. Please return the reading bag on Wednesday.

Next week, our sight words are the, little and his. We will finish with letter recognition this week, so the week after we will begin having one letter a week. We are going to be learning about the Constitution on Monday and Tuesday and then begin our Apple unit for Science and Social Studies. Please wear red, white, and blue again on Tuesday for Constitution Day. In math, we are still working on numbers 1-5 and the words greater than, less than, and equal. 

Thank you for your book orders! When you order, I get points for our classroom that I can spend, and I am excited for the books and resources that all the students in our classroom will benefit from! I will send home the books as soon as I'm able to get them all sorted out correctly. I am hopeful they will arrive early next week.

No pictures this week due to the short week and trying to use the time we were not testing most effectively. Thank you for reading! I am enjoying your kids and watching them grow as learners!

:) Miss McPheron

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Week 3 Wrap Up

This week, we worked on learning about our nation and the symbols that represent it. Our story from our reading series was called We Are So Proud, and we worked on learning the pledge. I am so impressed with how fast they picked it up, or the ones that already knew it!

We created brace maps for the flag. We drew each part of the flag, then showed all the parts together. These are hanging in the hallway at school and will come home in a couple weeks.

In reading, our comprehension skill this week was setting. We learned that setting is when and where a story happens. Good readers need to be able to identify settings as they read along with characters, like we worked on last week. We read Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems this week, and the kids drew a setting for the pigeon. 

In Math, we are working on comparing numbers 0-5. Kindergarteners need to be able to use the words greater than, less than, and equal. We used color tiles and Fruit Loops to show equal numbers this week by matching each tile or piece of cereal up with a partner. This week, we will introduce greater than and less than.

On Monday and Wednesday this week, we will be giving the i-Ready Assessments for Reading and Math. These assessments are computer based and will be given 3 times a year. All students in Upper Sandusky K-5 are using this assessment. This assessment will give us a base line to know where your child is starting. We are hoping to see growth by the end of the year.

Our sight words next week are the, little, and and

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, September 11 - Book Orders Due (Please send in folder or order using the link on the right side of the blog)
  • Wednesday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 17 - Wear red, white, and blue for Patriot's Day (September 11) and Constitution Day (September 17)
  • Thursday, September 12 - No School, Teacher Inservice
  • Friday, September 13 - No School, Fair Day
  • Please send in a pair of headphones or earbuds that your child is comfortable wearing for use with Chrome Books and iPads
  • Any notes you send in for me need to be in your child's folder. I check the folders every morning, so I will see them. 
  • Please let me know if there are transportation changes for how your child goes home.
  • Your child may have brought home a prize coupon this week. Thank you for sending the coupon back in the next day with the item. I have 10 different prizes they will choose from throughout the year for good behavior. Each day, they get points for the color they end on, and when they get 35 points, they choose a prize.
Thanks for reading! As always, please contact me with any questions you have!
:) Miss McPheron

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Flag Projects

This week, we are learning the Pledge of Allegiance and talking about the American flag.

Please help your child create his own flag at home to represent him. Have your child think of symbols that represent him. You may want to use traced hands, photos, drawings, favorite colors, sports symbols or pictures of family and pets.

You will see a small half sheet come home in the folders today to use to create the flag. We will display the flags in our classroom for about a week, then I will send them home.

Here is a sample of what a flag about me would look like. The yarn is because I knit and crochet, the pie is because I love to bake, and the penguin is my favorite animal. I also used the colors I like to create the M for my name and included a picture of my family as well as an apple for teaching.
Please return this project by Friday. You may send it in sooner and I will hang on to it. Thanks!

:) Miss McPheron