Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

We had a great week - it was so nice to be back into some sort of routine!

We started off the week studying dental health. We did a simple experiment with eggs that we soaked in coke and coffee. They had a blast.

We then started learning about the sky. We talked about objects we see in the sky in the day and night. We drew a picture of an example of each.

We learned about the sun and did some informative writing. We also painted suns.

Today we learned about the moon. We learned that sometimes we see the moon during the morning or evening, as well as at night.

 We used a venn diagram to talk about when we see objects.

We will finish our sky unit next week with stars. Next, we are going to learn about sound.

In Math, we wrapped up our study on subtraction. We are not done with addition and subtraction, as it is a major focus in kindergarten. We will be doing a lot of review and practice activities. Subtraction tests came home today and grades should be on the parent portal.

Next in math, we are decomposing teen numbers. We worked on showing a group of ten and some more for numbers 11-15 today. 12 is a group of 10 and 2 more.

Blizzard Bags: In order to make up for time lost in the classroom due to calamity days, if we cancel again, we will be using blizzard bags. The assignments have been placed in the back of your folder, but you do not need to complete these assignments until Mr. Eaglowski tells you to. You can find additional information here. Please contact me with any questions.

Have a great weekend!
Miss McPheron

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

I somehow made it through the week and forgot to take pictures, so here's an update on what we are working on!

Math: We are working on subtraction. We are using concrete objects to model it and practicing (a lot) writing equations. It is a little tricky switching from addition to subtraction, so we are doing a lot of repetition to show that subtraction makes the number gets smaller and we are taking away from the big number.
We are doing weekly timed math tests - so keep practicing those math facts! It's not for a grade, but I really want the kids to knows these facts fluently, so as they move on to higher grades, they have foundational skills. These tests are half sheets and they have 1 minute to complete 10 facts. If there is a smiley at the top, they move on to the next level.

Reading: Our books for our reading series for the next few weeks are all about transportation. We will be doing some informational writing about different transportation. That means they need to list the topic and write some facts about it. They should not include any opinion in it.
We are continuing to work on blends, and soon we are going to introduce some chunks (digraphs - sh, ch, th, etc).

Science: We are learning about dental health this week. We are going to do an experiment to see the effects of the food we eat on our teeth.

Social Studies: We learned about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington for President's Day this week. We looked at several resources to help us compose some facts as a class. We read nonfiction books and watched some informative videos on Brain Pop Jr. The students talked with each about what they learned, and then we wrote some sentences together about each president. I love kindergarteners - they were more interested in what the person liked, like horses or where we can find them, like on money. They were unimpressed by what it meant to be president of our country, since it is kind of abstract at this age. :)

Spring pictures should be rescheduled, and I will let you know when I know when that is.
The late start on March 10th has been canceled.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Miss McPheron

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Weekly Wrap Up

Can you believe we almost had a full week of school!

This week, we wrap up our study of addition, but we will continue to practice and do more activities with it. You should have found a math test in the folders on Friday that has been entered into the grade book. We are also going to be doing math fact fluency checks once a week in a written form. Students need to answer 10 facts correctly in 1 minute. When they pass a level, they will move on to the next level. If they don't pass, they will repeat the same one. The class as a whole is doing fabulously with addition!
We started subtraction this week. We used objects to model "taking away" and figuring out how many "are left." We used pennies one day, and some monkeys on the Smart Board another day. We will be working on writing subtraction number sentences this week.

In Science, we voted on polar animals we wanted to learn about. We researched arctic foxes and snowy owls and used the information we learned to write an informative piece about each animal.

In Reading, we are continuing to apply the skills we have learned to grow as readers. We are becoming more independent with the activities we do and students are meeting the challenges!

Friday was our 100th day of school! Students colored glasses shaped like a 100.
We also made posters with 100 objects on them. We created 10 groups of 10.

We also had our Valentine's Day Party on Friday. The boxes looked great! We had hot chocolate and colored our own game boards to use after we passed out cards.

Just a reminder there is no school on Monday. We have library Tuesday. Book Orders are due on Wednesday. Spring Pictures on Thursday.

Have a great weekend!
Miss McPheron

Friday, February 6, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

We had a couple normal days this week - I think the routine worked wonders for all of us! We had a fun day today, and hopefully we have more fun days ahead of us!

We have been working on addition. The class is doing beautifully understanding the concept of putting numbers together to make a bigger number. The flashcard are to help with fluency for facts up with answers up to 5. I will probably have them in the folders Wednesday-Friday since we don't have other homework that night. We should take a test on Tuesday and then we will begin subtraction. I'm hoping the transition between the two is smooth!

In Social Studies, we have been learning how maps are models of real places. We have looked at a globe and used Google Maps to check out Upper Sandusky. We read the book Me on the Map and talked about the different places we live (Ohio, USA, North America, Earth). We also learned a little about landforms and how a key shows us different things on a map. We used the globe to practice identifying land and water, then used a two-dimensional map of the earth to model land and water.

Next week, we will finish maps and start learning about polar animals. We are going to use multiple sources to help us research animals we choose as a class. The 100th Day of school should be next Friday as well as our Valentine's Party. Please remember to be making a box to collect cards and to be working on your cards if you want to send them in. It is easier to not label who they're for, but be sure to include the "from" part!

I'm hoping we are back into a normal routine! I've been impressed with what they are retaining even with all the breaks, so keep up the good work at home! If you have any questions, please let me know!

:) Miss McPheron