Saturday, April 30, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

This week, we worked extremely hard! I am so proud of how they are able to use resources this week to start to complete tasks independently.

We have been learning about insects. We read a book about ladybugs, and the students were able to use their own book to show the life cycle by themselves! We have been learning that good readers go back to a book to find answers. They did just that - I am so proud!

We just got some caterpillars and will be watching them grow and change over the next couple weeks.

We finished up working on measurement this week. We learned to use rulers. The trickiest part is learning to line the end of the ruler up with the end of the line or object. We of course had to practice measuring different objects from our boxes!

We have been working with our hunks and chunks to expand our reading skills. I am working on giving them more challenging books in small groups when they have support to use their new skills. I've been so impressed. We worked with groups to sort pictures by the two sounds of oo this week.

We are working on telling time to the hour and will be starting coins later this week. I have put some grades in the gradebook so you can check those out on the parent portal.
You will be seeing a schedule for the end of the year coming home this week - there's lots of extra things happening in May as we finish out the school year.
Have a wonderful weekend!
:) Miss McPheron

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

Our week was full of fun activities!

In Math, we have been working on measurement. We compared weight using a scale.

 We also used bears to figure out how heavy the objects were.

Then, we ordered the objects from lightest to heaviest.
We also learned about capacity. We compared containers to determine what held more or less.

 We worked with our tables to fill a snack sized bag and a sandwich bag and compare capacity.

 The tables presented their bags to the class and used our vocabulary "more capacity" and "less capacity." It was great!

We will continue working on measurement next week and will be learning to use rulers. We will also learn to tell time to the hour.
We learned about taking care of our earth. The crowns you've seen in some of the pictures are Earth Day crowns. Roxann Hufford from the Wyandot County Solid Waste Management District came to teach us about recycling. She did a wonderful job and the kids really enjoyed it.

We also spent some time this week learning about landforms. Next week, we are learning about insects. In Reading, we are doing a lot of activities to increase our reading skills. We have been working with our hunks and chunks, long vowels, and blends. We have just a few more sight words to learn this year. I'm so amazed at how far the kids have come this year!

The PTO is doing a Ram Gear fundraiser. Orders are due by next week.
On Thursday, please wear green to support Matthew! He has some tests this week and our school wants to show support!

Have a great weekend :)
Miss McPheron

Friday, April 15, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

Our week was a little different this week as I was at kindergarten screening on Thursday and Friday. We have worked on vowel pairs this week. We focused on ea and ee. You will see some books next week in the reading bags that use these chunks! I'm trying to challenge our class with more difficult texts, so if you see something hard come home, just help your child do their best!

We started working on measurement this week. We have compared the length and height of different objects and used words like "longer," "shorter," and "taller." Next week, we will do some work with weight and capacity.

In Science, we learned about living things. We learned that there are five characteristics of living things. We've read several books, did some writing, and created examples of living and nonliving things.

Next week, we will learn about taking care of our earth for Earth Day. We will use open vowels like in hi, be, and go.

Tuesday is the last time students can check out books from the library in kindergarten. Scholastic Book Orders are due on Wednesday if you're wanting to order!

Enjoy the beautiful weekend!
:) Miss McPheron

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

We had a busy week this week!

We took our i-Ready math and reading diagnostic assessments for the final time this week. I will send home scores this week. Please be sure to ask if you have any questions.

On Wednesday, illustrator Tim Bowers came to our school! We have had a great time the last few weeks reading many of the books he's illustrated. He talked about how he became an illustrator and read one of his books to us. He showed us how to draw using basic shapes. It was a great presentation!

On Thursday, a group from Mid-Ohio Energy came to teach us about being safe around electricity. They talked a little bit about how electricity works, and gave us great safety tips. They showed us what linemen wear to stay safe. It was really interesting!

 We learned about plants this week. We learned about their parts, their needs, and how they grow. The most exciting part was getting to plant seeds! My dad is a horticulturist, and came to help us plant marigold seeds. We will observe them for a few weeks, then I will send them home!
Before we planted, we made observations using magnifying glasses. We looked at the soil, and my dad told them the different things they were seeing in the soil. We also looked closely at the seeds before they got to plant 5 seeds in their cup.

In Math the last couple weeks, we have been working on decomposing teen numbers. We did some partner work this week matching base ten blocks to numbers. We took our test yesterday. I will have grades in by the end of the weekend.

Next week, we are going to learn about living and nonliving things. We will have another energy presentation, so we will talk a little bit about types of energy. We are starting measurement in math. We are going to work with vowel pairs ee and ea to read words with long vowels.

Have a great weekend!
Miss McPheron