Saturday, December 16, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

With Christmas approaching, we are still working hard in kindergarten! We spent this week learning about reindeer. We started the week out listing what we thought we knew about reindeer. We talked about the difference between wild reindeer and Santa's reindeer.
We analyzed the body of a reindeer and made a diagram.

We looked at a lot of different resources to gain information about reindeer. Students worked with a partner to look at informational books and websites. I loved hearing, "I didn't know that!"

We revisited what we thought we knew, and made a list of things we learned.
Students wrote their own informational book about reindeer. Many students wrote multiple pages! I am so proud. They were so engaged and worked so hard!
This week, we also read 5 different versions of The Gingerbread Man. Students made text-to-text connections while we read and made predictions throughout the books. They were able to compare the books. Those are important comprehension skills! At the end of the week, they chose one book that was their favorite and wrote their opinion using the word "because."
Next week, we have some fun things planned! Christmas break begins on Friday.
Have a great weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holidays Around the World Wrap Up

This week we learned about how people celebrate Christmas around the world. We started on Monday learning about Sinterklaas from Holland. We had a special guest, one of our classroom moms, who taught us all about their traditions! We made Sinterklaas masks.

We made travel "suitcases" and had passports to keep track of each country we "visited." We talked about traditions in the United States, Mexico, and Germany. Students seemed to enjoy making brochures with pictures to represent the different traditions of each country.

We had a travel map we used to mark each country we learned about.
In reading, we worked on cause and effect. We read several books by Laura Joffe Numeroff: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, and If You Give a Dog a Donut. We worked as a class to create our own book: If You Give Mrs. Steinman a Watermelon. Each student provided a sentence and illustrated their page. We put the pages together in a book, and the book is in our classroom library.
In Math, we finished our chapter on decomposing numbers. Students did very well with this chapter. I will grade tests and post grades by the end of the weekend. Next, we are going to us position words like above, next to, behind, and below to describe objects.
Next week in Reading, we will compare and contrast Gingerbread stories. In Science, we are going to learn about wild reindeer and do some informative writing.
I am working on grade card assessments, as the quarter ends before Christmas. 
Have a great weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

We had a busy, routine week! We were so focused on working that I didn't take any pictures!

In Reading, we learned about plot. We are working to identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story. The middle is hard to summarize! We will use the plot to help us retell a story. When we retell, we need to tell everything they remember from the story in order. Our book we read was Little Quack, so we read an informational book about ducks and did some informational writing. I graded these with the rubric and put the scores in the grade book. I saw a lot of improvement from the last time I used the rubric!

In Math, we are working on decomposing numbers. We have used objects to show a number in two groups, like 3 and 4 for 7. We have colored pictures using two colors and circled groups. We will continue working on this next week. We took a quiz on Friday, and it looks like we are doing well with this concept!

In Social Studies, we worked on needs and wants. Students helped make this chart.
We wrapped up our week writing letters to Santa. These will be published in the newspaper, but I will send home a copy once I have sent them in!
Next week, we are going to learn about how people celebrate Christmas around the world.
Scholastic Book Orders are due on Wednesday by the end of the school day. You can order online if you want by typing in the code LDH7X here.
Have a wonderful weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

This week was a Thanksgiving filled week!
We started the week off learning about turkeys. We learned about the parts of their bodies and their habits. Students did some writing to describe turkeys. Our writing skills have really improved! Most students are able to verbalize a sentence and are making connections to the sounds that they know.
I love the turkey disguises the students brought in! Looks like our class is ready for Christmas!
We learned about the first Thanksgiving, and made a flip book to help describe the first Thanksgiving. We read a book, watch a video, then students were able to tell the story with a partner. They did great!

We also discussed what "thankful" means and we wrote a sentence sharing what we are thankful for. I am grading these pieces with a rubric, and will send them home next week. Every student shared something they are thankful for, and I recorded them on our chart.

Next week, we have a short week, and will be doing a lot of activities with other classes. We will continue with Thanksgiving activities before the break!

We took our Chapter 3 Math tests on teen numbers this week. I sent them home on Friday. After Thanksgiving, we are going to start decomposing numbers. This means we are going to take numbers apart into two groups. 5 is made with 2 and 3. This will lay the foundation for addition and subtraction, that we will most likely start after Christmas.

The Pennies for Patients fundraiser ends this Tuesday. We have filled our classroom box that collects the coins twice. I'm so proud and impressed! Thank you for your support of this fundraiser. 

Have a wonderful weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

This week in math, we continued to work on teen numbers. We made a clothesline of shapes to help us practice counting.

We've been using objects to show numbers on tens frames. We used counters, bears, and pennies this week!

This week, we will be working on counting by ones and tens to 100, and reviewing numbers from 11-20. At this point, students should know numbers 0-20 and be able to count a group of these numbers. We took 2 quizzes this week, both grades have been posted on the parent portal.

We learned about voting this week, and read 3 books. We read Grace for President, Duck for President, and Splat the Cat for President. Students were asked to think about each character and vote for the one they thought would make the best president. They made campaign posters, and we talked about how sometimes the person you vote for doesn't win. We also talked about our responses when the person we vote for wins or loses. Students filled out a ballot to cast their votes.

 We tallied the results, and Grace won!
We also talked about veterans and soldiers this week. Students did some writing that I'm going to hang in the hallway. I was so proud of how hard they worked and how interested they were in this topic!
The fifth graders at East completed an assignment to make a diorama showing Native American life. They've been sitting in the hallway all week, and our class was very interested! We arranged a time for the fifth graders to share about their dioramas and we got to learn about Native American life!

Next week, we are starting Thanksgiving activities! We are going to learn about turkeys and the first Thanksgiving. The dioramas will tie in perfectly to our study of the Wampanoag tribe!
Our Pennies for Patients fundraiser continues this month. We have filled our classroom box 1 time with coins, and are so close to a second time! Pajama day will be on Friday.
Have a great weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman