Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

I am happy to say we are settling more into our routines in our classroom!

This week, we started focusing on one letter a week. We started with Mm, and have listened for beginning sounds and reading books with Mm words. This week, we sorted letters and words. The kids each wrote a letter or a word, then each student sorted them into categories.

We have 9 sight words now, and the kids are doing great learning them and reading them in books. I try to check sight words weekly, and we do interventions for extra practice for the students who need it. I have seen great results already this week! We practiced spelling our sight words by playing Whack a Word. I showed the word on the screen, then the kids used their hammers to spell it on a mat.

Next week, we will focus on letter Tt and add the sight word "this."

In Math, we have been working on numbers 6-10. We have been making groups, using tens frames, and writing the numbers.We have been focusing a lot on the tens frames - we have used objects, colored them in, and even used an app on the Smart Board. We fill the tens frame left to right, top to the bottom. It's been a little tricky for the kids to fill completely across if the group they're counting is laid out differently than that, but they do better every day.

In Social Studies, we learned about the US Constitution. We talked about our rules and why they are important. We categorized them into rules for Safety, Respect, and Rights.
In Science, we learned about weather and seasons. We read a nonfiction book about weather, then the kids gave me great weather words.

We talked about how daily weather can be similar during each season. We described each season, and the kids helped write the words for this chart!

Next week, we are going to learn about apples. I wanted to know what the class was interested in for apples, and they have some really great questions we are going to answer next week! We will be tasting some apples and even making applesauce.
Looking forward to another great week!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

We had a hot week, but we worked hard! I realized after school Friday, I failed to take any pictures last week! I'm going to blame the heat.

In Reading, we are working on reading simple books, and pointing to each work while we read. We are using picture clues and sight words to help us read right now. The kids did some partner reading this week to practice reading a book and also learn to work with their friends! This week, we will finish our overview of each letter, and after the fair, we will start working on a letter a week.

In Math, we have been working with numbers 0-5. We compared groups to determine groups that are greater than, less than, or equal. We will review this coming week, and take a test over our first chapter. After the fair, we will start working with numbers up to 10.

In Science this week, we learned about living things. I showed them pictures at the beginning of the week, and they had to tell me what was living and nonliving. We learned 5 characteristics of living things, then at the end of the week they saw the same pictures again. It was amazing how confident they were the second time with identify living things!

We continue to work on learning routines and expectations in kindergarten. The kids are eager to be at school each day and are really enjoying each other! We will be taking our i-Ready diagnostic tests on the chromebooks this week. The assessment asks students questions that get increasingly more challenging with correct answers. It gives me a level that they are working on to help inform my teaching, interventions, and extensions. They will take a diagnostic in reading and another one in math.

Enjoy the weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

Most of the pictures I have to share with you this week are from science. We have learned what scientists do, and are working on being scientists ourselves!
This week, we learned that scientists make observations about objects and can use the properties of an object to put them in groups.

We learned to sort by color. We sorted buttons as a class, then each student sorted fruit loops.

We sorted by texture, and the kids helped come up with the categories.

We also sorted by size - you should have seen some pasta sorting sheets come home.

Have a great week!
:) Mrs. Steinman