Saturday, December 19, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

We spent our last week before break doing Christmas activities!
We read the book Santa's Hat. Santa can't find his hat, and tries on a lot of different kinds of hats. The kids had to think creatively and create a hat for Santa to wear!

We had a day where we switched with first and second grade for some different activities in each room. We got to make reindeer in first grade, candy canes in second grade and Christmas trees with me! Hopefully you saw all those come home. We also made elf ornaments that were super cute!

I hope you have a wonderful break and a very merry Christmas! Thank you for all the gifts this week - you know how to make a teacher feel appreciated!

School resumes Tuesday, January 5th.

:) Miss McPheron

Friday, December 11, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

We spent this week working with two-dimensional shapes. We focused on making shapes and designs with smaller shapes. We used tangrams and had to use only the designated shapes to create a design. This was hard and the kids focused so hard to meet each challenge!

We used shapes to model objects from our world. Here is a building.
 Here is a rocket.

We used toothpicks and marshmallows to represent sides and vertices to create shapes. We made triangles, squares, rectangles, and hexagons.
Next week in math we will review different skills. Students will do an assessment with me one-on-one for two dimensional shapes early next week.

In Science, we learned about wild reindeer. We learned they have furry noses to help them dig in the snow for lichen. Our study wrapped up by writing a Reindeer Report. I asked the kids to try to write two pages, with one sentence on each page. I had students asking for third and fourth pages! They were so proud of themselves (and so am I!) I will send home the reports and our reindeer crafts at the end of next week.

We did an experiment to show how reindeer's hooves help them walk on the snow. We pressed our hands into sand flat, and then with just one finger. No one could push the sand down with their hand open, but everyone shoved their finger right in.

We started talking about Christmas traditions today. Next week, we will learn about Christmas in Mexico, Germany, and Italy.

Friday, we will be watching a movie in the afternoon. I will provide a snack, but we are not having a party, and any treats you send in will be sent home with the students in their backpacks.

Please return all library books on Tuesday. We will check out new books in January.

Have a wonderful weekend! The weather should be great for December!
:) Miss McPheron

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

This week we started studying geometry. In kindergarten, students need to be able to name flat (2-dimensional) shapes and describe them using vocabulary like sides and vertices. We have learned about circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, and hexagons. We have used smaller shapes to make bigger shapes - this takes a lot of thinking to manipulate the shapes to form a new shape!

We will be making shapes from components (sides and vertices) next week and continue to make shapes from smaller shapes.

In Social Studies, we have been learning about wants and needs. We learned that we have 4 basic needs: food, water, clothing, and shelter. We also talked about how families have to make choices to meet needs and wants. We wrote letters to Santa about a want. We read nonfiction books to learn about wants and needs.
I was so impressed by the kids using the resources in our room to help them remember the 4 basic needs - they would refer to these posters throughout the week.
 We did several sorts to solidify our knowledge of wants and needs.

Next week we are going to learn about wild reindeer and how they survive. We will be writing a report - but just one sentence at a time! I've been impressed this week with how far we have come with writing. Their sentences are becoming more complex and have more words. Keep up the good work!

If you have any questions, let me know!
:) Miss McPheron

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekly Wrap Up

We have had a full week.

In Math, we worked on counting by 10s. Most students can count by 10s to 100! We practiced by hopping over dimes and counting out loud.

We also practiced putting numbers in order from 11-20. We made pilgrim hats to make human number lines.
On Friday, we worked with second grade to make bracelets about the first Thanksgiving. We ended the day by watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! Looking forward to seeing you all at conferences. If you have any questions, let me know!

:) Miss McPheron

Friday, November 13, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

We had a great week this week. I'm seeing so much improvement - I'm so proud of how far we've come!
We have been working really hard on teen numbers. We ordered numbers on a clothesline with clothespins. Our goal for kindergarten is to know these number by sight.

We also need to be able to represent these numbers with objects. We used candy corn on tens frames this week to practice.

We also worked with partners to practice counting groups and writing numbers. We double checked our work after.

We have a college observer from Ohio State that has been with us this fall. This week, Miss Perdue taught our class about turkeys. We learned how turkeys survive and how their body parts are used for survival. We also learned how big turkeys are. We used cubes to measure the height of female and male turkeys.

We also used some weights to feel how heavy a turkey is - the average turkey is 15-17 pounds!

Next week, we will learn about the first Thanksgiving and talk about what it means to be thankful. We will continue working on our teen numbers. We have been adding more sounds and letters each week as we read - I'm was so impressed in small groups this week as they read to me.

If you have any questions, let me know!
:) Miss McPheron

Friday, November 6, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

Can you believe it's November? We had a short, busy week - so busy, I forgot to take pictures.

We learned about elections and got to vote a couple times - once for popcorn or chips as our favorite snack we tasted, and once for which book we liked better. We read Grace for President and Duck for President. Grace was the winner in our class!

We also learned about hibernation this week. We read the book Bear Snores On, which the kids thought was great! We read several nonfiction books as well to help us understand what kinds of animals may sleep through the winter.

We are working hard on reading and decoding words - I can't get over how much they're learning! When I think of where we started, it's hard not to notice their improvements.

In Math, we have been working on numbers bigger than 10. It made my teacher heart really happy today to hear them tell our volunteer that we are going to know our numbers all the way to 20! I love that they know our goals. We have been learning to recognize them and show them in different ways. Today we used different math tools to represent 15 on tens frames.

Next week, we will be talking about Veterans. I sent home a note encouraging you to send anything in from your family to celebrate veterans - I will be sharing photos of my family members who have served or are currently serving. We will also learn about turkeys to start thinking about Thanksgiving. If you have any questions, let me know!

:) Miss McPheron