Saturday, April 29, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

We have finished the month of April! This year has gone so fast!
I was at kindergarten screening at the end of this week, and somehow managed to not take any pictures at the beginning of the week.

This month, my students have begun to ask great questions and make requests for what we read and learn about. I have been so impressed with how interested they have been! We studied habitats this week as an extension from Earth Day. We learned about marshes, forests, and deserts. We will finish their habitat journals next week and I will send them home.

In math, we finished time to the hour. The students did very well with this skill! We are working on coins now. This week we focused on pennies, and next week we will work with nickels and dimes. Students need to recognize the coins and be able to tell how much each is worth.

We are watching painted lady caterpillars grow and change! Yesterday, some started going into their chrysalis. By the end of the weekend, I imagine they all will! Next week, we will be learning about insects.

I sent home some dates for activities in May on the back of your newsletter yesterday. If you are unsure about anything, please ask so I can clarify! There's so much going on this month, I don't want you to miss out on anything you want to be a part of!

The food drive ends on Wednesday. If you completed your Chipotle Reading calendar, please return Monday. I will send home the coupons as soon as I get them organized!

Have a great weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

I'm combining the last two short weeks into one post.
The PTO hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at East. Thanks to all of you who sent candy, and those of you that came to stuff eggs and help run the hunt! I was so impressed to see so many of the volunteers being from our class - thank you, we appreciate your time!

We spent last week learning about oviparous animals (animals that come from eggs). This week we talked about how to take care of our earth. We talked about the 3 R's - reduce, reuse and recycle - and they made posters to show a way to take care of the earth. I didn't get a picture of the completed posters, but they are hanging in the hallway to encourage both the students and visitors at our school to care for our earth!

Next week, we are going to look at different parts of the earth and spend some time learning about habitats.
We took an impromptu nature walk on Thursday to look for signs of spring. The kids found flowers and noticed new leaves coming out on the trees. We enjoyed an opportunity to be scientists in our environment!

We are also being scientists as we observe caterpillars in our classroom! We received some Painted Lady Caterpillars this week, and are going to learn about caterpillars and butterflies as we watch them grow and change. The kids have great questions, so we are going to do our best to find answers to them!
Arnold Family Eyecare came to our class on Thursday to talk to us about taking care of our eyes. They also gave every student a pair of sunglasses! It's great having community members come to our school.
In Math this week, we started working on telling time to the hour. The kids are rock stars! This has not been a challenge at all! We will take a test on Tuesday, then we will start working with coins. Students need to know the names and values of pennies, nickels and dimes. We will be putting our skip counting to work!
Have a great weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

This week was very busy! The author/illustrator David Catrow came to our school on Tuesday. We had been reading books he's worked on leading up to his visit, and we really enjoyed them! He drew several pictures during our assembly and read one of the books he illustrated to us.

In Science, we learned about plants all week. I totally enjoyed watching the students make observations and explore their curiosity!
On Monday, we identified the parts of plants. The students worked with a partner to look at a pansy plant. They had great questions! 

On Tuesday, we talked about the needs of a plant. We made a flip book and designed an experiment to test how light affects plants. One plant is in the closet, one is under a paper bag, and the third is in the sunlight.

On Wednesday, we learned how plants grow and drew a life cycle.

On Thursday, my dad, who is a horticulturist, came and helped us plant. We learned about the inside of seeds and even got to take them apart!

We planted marigold seeds and will watch them grow in our classroom for at least a month. The plants will come home with students sometime in May!

We were curious how long it would take the plants to germinate, so we looked at the seed packets for information.

By Easter, our seeds should have sprouted!
On Friday, we looked at different bean seeds, and students worked to classify them. I shared some resources with them with illustrations and pictures of each bean.

We are going to learn about oviparous animals (animals that come from eggs) next week. We are going to finish up our math chapter on decomposing teen numbers. After spring break, we will work on telling time to the hour.
We finished our i-Ready assessments this week, and I will send home scores hopefully before spring break. I am also working on monthly assessments, and a skills check sheet will come home soon.
The fundraiser packets came home yesterday. Students have until April 21st to sell, and money and orders will be due that day.
Have a wonderful weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

We spent time this week preparing for our visit from David Catrow next week! We read many of the books he has illustrated and did some activities to go with them. He will be visiting East School on Tuesday afternoon and then will be at the Upper Sandusky Community Library on Tuesday evening. The evening is always engaging for students and parents, so I encourage you to check it out!

In Social Studies this week, we learned about where our food comes from. They did a great job identifying different types of food, like bread, and explaining that we get it from wheat.

Next week, we are learning about plants! This is always a sign that spring has arrived in kindergarten! We will learn the parts of plants, what plants need, and how they grow. Later in the week, we will be planting seeds.

In Math, we finished our study on measurement. The group did great! We learned about capacity, and used cups to determine which container holds more cereal.

We also introduce rulers this week, and the kids were so excited! They were rockstars when it came to measuring to the nearest inch.

Their measurement tests came home yesterday, and I was very pleased with the results! The scores are in the grade book. We are working with base ten and place value for the next couple weeks. Students will be able to decompose teen numbers into tens and ones - 12 is a group of 10 and 2 extra ones.

This week, we are going to be taking our final i-Ready Diagnostic Assessments for Reading and Math. Students will be encouraged to do their best and take their time so that we get the most accurate picture of how much they've grown this year. I'm so proud of this group!

We have just a week and a half until spring break - I think the break will be nice for all of us! The end of the year is just around the corner, which is hard to believe! The Chipotle Reading Program is a fun, optional way to keep your student going through the month of April!

Have a great weekend, and always feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
:) Mrs. Steinman