Friday, September 26, 2014

Apple Weekly Wrap Up

We finished our apple unit this week, with lots of fun activities.
We answered the question "How do apples taste?" We tried red, yellow, and green apples, then graphed our favorite variety. Sorry the pictures a little fuzzy - they weren't sitting still very long while they munched.

We made applesauce in the crock pot. We followed a recipe and then got to eat it!

In Math, we've been working on numbers 6-10. We have been using 10s frames and writing the numbers. We made some anchor charts with different representations of the numbers.

We are working on becoming expert readers. This week we got to start reading with partners.

Next week, we are working on the letter t and adding "this" as a sight word.

This week, I did a check of some basic skills. I sent home an orange half sheet with their information on it, but I've also put grades on the online parent portal.

On Monday and Tuesday, we will be taking an online diagnostic test called i-Ready. It asks lots of questions and gives a level they are performing at. It helps me better teach your children, and also helps us track growth. I will send home the scores in the next couple of weeks.

Please see your newsletter for upcoming dates. Please send library books back this Tuesday.

:) Miss McPheron

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up

Constitution Day was on Wednesday, so we spent a couple days learning about the Preamble and the Constitution. We read a book called We the Kids that has the words to the preamble with pictures to help us get an understanding of what the words mean. We then made a list of our rights and responsibilities we have in kindergarten, and then sorted them into 3 categories.
We started learning about apples this week as well. The kids came up with things they knew about apples. We sorted those words into categories and made questions for each one. Hopefully we answer all of those colors by the end of our unit!

We read the book Apple Pie Tree and learned about how an apple grows and sequenced the steps. We are making an Apple Science Journal that will come home as a complete unit when we are finished.
We did an experiment to see if an apple will float. We worked through the scientific process and made observations. (We found out an apple floats if you're curious.)

We also labeled the parts of an apple (which I apparently forgot to take pictures of.) Next week, we are going to taste red, green, and yellow apples, learn about Johnny Appleseed, and make applesauce!

We finished up chapter 1 for math, and you can find test grades on the Parent Portal. I will send them home on Monday or Tuesday with the quizzes we took this chapter as well. We are started chapter 2, which is numbers 6-10. I sent home the standards we are working on as well as some ways to work at home in the folders on Friday.

Please see your newsletter from Friday for any upcoming dates and reminders.
:) Miss McPheron

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Short Week

We had a short week but we worked hard! There's quite a bit of pictures to see and important info at the bottom of the post.
In Science, we finished up our study of physical properties. We sorted pasta by size.

We learned about texture by reading a nonfiction book and then sorted different things by textures. We made the groups based on words the kids said when they felt an object.

On Wednesday, we worked in groups to decide why groups were sorted together. Some were sorted by size, color, and shape. Others were things with legs, things with wheels, school supplies, and things with words.

In Math, we worked on comparing numbers. We started with groups, and today we just used numbers 0-5. They did a wonderful job with identifying the greater or smaller number out of a pair of numbers. They worked in groups earlier this week to compare cubes.
Next Week
  • Constitution Day: Why are rules important? What is the preamble of the Constitution?
  • Apples: What do you know about apples? Do apples sink or float? How do apples grow?
  • Math: Finishing up Chapter 1 on numbers 0-5, Test on Thursday (Chapter 2 will be numbers 0-10)
  • Reading: Sight Words - the, little, his; Letter Recognition and Handwriting Letters T-Z; Finishing sentences and drawing pictures to match
I took a grade on the math quiz we took today. We have taken a couple others, but I have not put them in the grade book. I'll send home all the quizzes attached the chapter test we will take next week. You can see quiz grades on the parent portal. I believe you can choose a setting to have it email grades to you regularly. Please remember we don't have regular grades in kindergarten. The grade cards you will get each quarter do not have an overall grade for most subjects, but rather a list of skills with a grade for each one.

Upcoming Dates
  • No School Thursday-Friday this week
  • Wednesday, September 17 - Scholastic Book Orders Due (I have received a couple online orders already, when I finalize the order, they will be placed with it)
  • Monday, September 22 - Fundraiser due (all money is due with orders, Checks should be made out to East PTO I believe - check front of fundraiser envelope for verify that)
Reading Bags will come home on Tuesday.
We will go to library on Tuesday - your child may keep the book for 2 weeks.

:) Miss McPheron