Friday, November 18, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

Thanksgiving Break is here! We spent this week learning about the first Thanksgiving. We learned about the Pilgrims, the Mayflower and the Wampanoag tribe. We were able to do some activities with second grade on friday. We made bracelets that went with a story about the first Thanksgiving, and spent some fun time coloring Thanksgiving tablecloths. We also did some buddy reading as well - we read from our reading bag, and the second graders read some picture books.

In Math, we finished up our chapter on teen numbers. We made pilgrim hats to practice ordering numbers.

We also worked on counting by tens. Students got to jump over a number line on the floor to practice counting. They also made a number line counting by 10s.

We read some great Thanksgiving books this week, and wrote about where a turkey might hide. The students get to read the books we read as a class during centers.

We had a great week, and I'm looking forward to seeing you at Conference. These will take place in the kindergarten classroom. I have a pretty full schedule, so please make sure you are on time. You can wait in the hallway if you're a little early. Conferences will last around 15 minutes. Thanks so much!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Friday, November 11, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

Our week was short but full! I have started our monthly assessments, and am so proud of the progress our class is having with letters, sounds, and counting! I'll be sharing information with you at Parent Teacher Conferences, but also putting some scores in the grade book.

We finished learning about turkeys, and did some writing. I'm trying to challenge the kids to write complete sentences and to answer the question I've asked when they write. Some kids are starting to write a second sentence.
We spent time this week talking about Veterans, and my heart was so full to hear how the students in our class talk about soldiers. They are definitely heroes! A few kids brought some items to share with us about veterans in their lives. The stories were awesome to hear!

We practiced our writing again by writing about why we honor veterans.

As a school, we were able to celebrate Veterans Day by gathering around the flag pole for the pledge and national anthem.

In Math, we have worked on all the numbers from 11-20. The kids did an activity today where they had to read a number, draw a picture to represent that amount, then a partner counted, and wrote the number. There's so many parts of a representing amounts, and the kids are doing great! We will be counting to 100 by ones and tens this week. We will finish this chapter before the break.
Thanks for all your support and time you spend working with your child! I am so proud of this group and how far they've come! Enjoy your weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

We spent this week working on a variety of seasonal topics!
On Monday, we talked about traditions that our family has at Halloween. We found that our families all celebrate just a little bit differently!

We spent time talking about voting and what that means. We learned that voting is a way that groups pick or choose one option. We practice voting for our favorite snack and became informed voters by tasting chips and popcorn. We also read 3 books - Duck for President, Grace for President and Splat the Cat for President. We cast ballots for the book or character that we liked the best. We made a graph as we counted the ballots.
We started learning about turkeys this week as Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! We are going to be learning about how turkeys survive - what they eat, what they look like, and how they use their bodies everyday to survive. We started by learning about the parts of a turkey. We made a diagram in class together, and then the students labeled their own diagram.

In Math, we have been working on teen numbers. We have worked with 11-17 so far, and have used objects to show groups, pictures to represent groups, and numbers to write each number. We took a quiz Friday that I will have in the grade book this week. We also made posters with different ways to represent numbers, and the kids took a walk to look at each poster once we had them put together!

We will spend the next couple weeks before Thanksgiving finishing this chapter.

In reading, we are continuing to add letters to our knowledge base to help us sound out words. Our class is doing a fabulous job with our sight words - I am so proud! The books we are reading will begin to get a little longer, and I have been challenging them to spell simple words correctly. We have been practicing in small group to write words with 3 sounds. I started adding some words with 4 sounds this week for a few groups. They are really meeting the challenge!

Thank you for all the work you are doing with your children! I am seeing all the hard work in our classroom, and am looking forward to being able to share with you at Parent Teacher Conferences. Have a wonderful weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman