Fun in Kindergarten

We learned about 2 new calming strategies on GoNoodle, so the kiddos made posters for them and we hung them up on the wall. One was The Bee Breath and the other was The Snake Breath.

Number Bots are really cool!

We have some really, awesome number talks in our classroom. During this one, the kiddos had to figure out and agree on how many magnet chips were in each circle. Then, I made them prove or justify to me how there could be 7 in each circle if both arrangements looked differently. I am amazed at their math vocabulary daily!

Fun in the Clouds Outside

Ladybugs are AWESOME

Poetry Time

Sight Word Bingo

Good Readers Think with Post-its

Addition is FUN!

We read the book, Domino Addition, then created our own domino adding problems!

We read Animals on Board and then created our own animal addition situations/problems using storyboards!

We read 1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Afterwards, we used colored goldfish snacks to create our own fish addition problems!

Our New Favorite Game: Fluency Find It!

Fluency Find It is, by far, our new FAVORITE game! This past week, we played with numbers and letters! The slideshow flashes a number or a letter and the kiddos have to color it in as quickly as possible. There are 4 teams. When the slides start playing music it will tell them to SWITCH SPOTS and they give the game board to the next person in line! They all had an absolute blast playing and were so engaged!

Week 22

Here is what we are learning this week:

Sight Words: because (a nice to know word, not a kinder word), are, yes

Morning Message:

Monday: 100th Day FUN!

Tuesday: missing letters in words, rhyming, counting from 30-60, Filling in ten frames, what can keep you warm

Wednesday: blends, subtraction practice, what things are shorter than your pencil

Thursday: missing letters in words, matching words to picture, filling in appropriate words that are missing from a sentence, number families, what things are longer than your arm

Friday: CHAMPS Assembly

*Other morning activities:

-Sight word memory

-Reader’s Theaters

-Handwriting Practice

-Word Work Games

-Journal Writing

Reading Skills: retelling, inferencing

Phonics Skill: CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words usiing magnetic letters, elkonin boxes, driving the sounds using mini cars, etc…

Reading Anchors: Review: Retelling, Punctuation: My Voice, Readers can take notes with post-its

Big Books/Shared Reading: 100th Day Worries, From One to One Hundred, 100th Day of School, Go to Sleep, Groundhog, Groundhog Gets a Say

Literacy Centers: See Week 22 Literacy Stations Blog Post

Interactive Writing: 100th Day Writing, Introduction to Letter Writing

*WEE Deliver starts this week. All of the primary students and teachers will have fun writing letters to one another. They even get delivered to our mailboxes outside of our classroom! It is so much fun!

Writng Anchors: Review: meatball and spaghetti spacing, What Gets a Capital?, Writer’s Don’t Say….

New Writing Anchors: Parts of a Friendly Letter, Work on Writing, Writing Checklist

***Important from last week’s post***

Here is our writing rubric that we have started to use:

 

We are encouraging students to not only write at school, but to write at home as well. Please encourage your child also. You can make it fun by allowing them to write anything! Some examples could be: a card to a friend, a thank you letter, an illustration with an explanation about it underneath, a recipe, the list goes on!!! We always share our writing at school and when the kiddos bring things from home we all LOVE to see and hear as well. This past week SEVERAL students brought things they had written at home. The kinderpillars LOVED sharing their writing! Some even asked for journals to take home on Friday, which really excited me!

Poems: 100th Day

Things we focus on with our weekly poems:

-Rhyming Words

-Capital Letters

-Punctuation

-Sight Words

-Fluency (reading smoothly, not like a robot, and sounding like we talk)

-Word Chunks etc…

Math Focus: solving addition word problems and modeling joining to represent addition.

Number Talks:

-Number Strings PowerPoint

-Dot Cards

-Rekenrek

Problem Solving/Journals:

-Read it, Draw it, Solve it!

-Crayola Word Problems Mimio

Math Activities/Centers:

-Stacking 100 Dixie Cups

-Tracing our foot, predicting where we might be after 100 steps down the hall, then actually taking our footprint and finding out where we would be! This is going to be so much fun!!!

-Read Bennie’s Pennies and practice decomposing the number 5 by playing Penny Toss!

-Spill and Add using red/yellow chips

-Piggy Bank Addition after pretending to buy items from the classroom

-Read The Mission of Addition and creating addition situations using storyboards and manipulatives

-Fluency Find It!

-Addition Heart Flashcards

-Practicing Teen Numbers

-Quick Math

-Snowball Addition

-Spin and Cover Shape Game

-Geoboard Shape/Number Making

-Ways to Make 5

-Ways to make 6 with cheerios

-Adding using flashcards and unifix cubes

-Counting with Linking Chains

-Snowman Number Toss/Ten Frame

-Creating Shapes using Geoboards

-Composing Numbers

-Snowmen Number Mats

-Snowmen/Several Winter Number Order Games

-Adding with Cotton Balls

-Gumball Addition

Science/Social Studies:

-Brainpopjr: Groundhog Day

-Tracing Shadows with Chalk

-Snowstorm in a Jar Experiment

-Continue 100 Acts of Kindness

I hope everyone has a SUPERB week!

Mellissa Stagner

Week 21

Hello to my Sweet Kinderpillar Families,

**INFO** I wanted to let everyone know that the kindergarten team will be assessing students this week by completing the TPRI Reading Assessment. This test requires a lot of time per individual student, so we will not be able to meet with every reading group each day. Please understand that your child may bring home a book on their level that they have not read with the teacher. They may also bring home a book twice, in some cases. Please be patient with us and know that we are trying very hard to complete this testing as quickly and most efficiently as possible in order to get back to a normal routine.

Here is what we are learning this week:

Sight Words: with, they

Morning Message:

Monday: missing letters in words, counting backwards, filling in #s on a ten frame, heavy items

Tuesday: missing letters in words, blends with l (fl, gl, sl, etc.), how many words, writing number sentences, what can you see when you look up

Wednesday: missing letters in words, matching pictures to correct words, making a sentence make sense, number families, what do you see when you look down

Thursday: missing letters in words, missing chunks, subitizing practice

Friday: CHAMPS Assembly

*Other morning activities:

-Sight word memory

-Reader’s Theaters

-Handwriting Practice

-Word Work Games

Reading Skills: comparing stories, story elements (characters), rhyming

Reading Anchors: Retelling, Punctuation: My Voice, Readers can take notes with post-its, Rhyming

Big Books/Shared Reading: There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Snow, The Hat, Bear Snores On, All You Need for a Snowman

Literacy Centers: See Week 21 Literacy Stations Blog Post

Interactive Writing: Modeling Brainstorming for a Story-how to draw Beg/Middle/Ending, then writing about it. We will move our name pencils and set new writing goals Monday.

Writng Anchors: meatball and spaghetti spacing, Review: What Gets a Capital?, Writer’s Don’t Say….

New Anchors: B/M/E, Work on Writing, Writing Checklist

Here is our writing rubric that we have started to use:

 

We are encouraging students to not only write at school, but to write at home as well. Please encourage your child also. You can make it fun by allowing them to write anything! Some examples could be: a card to a friend, a thank you letter, an illustration with an explanation about it underneath, a recipe, the list goes on!!! We always share our writing at school and when the kiddos bring things from home we all LOVE to see and hear as well. It makes writing much more meaningful!

Poems: Winter Animals,

Things we focus on with our weekly poems:

-Rhyming Words

-Capital Letters

-Punctuation

-Sight Words

-Fluency (reading smoothly, not like a robot, and sounding like we talk)

-Word Chunks etc…

Math Focus: solving addition word problems and modeling joining to represent addition.

Number Talks:

-Number Strings PowerPoint

-Dot Cards

-Quick Images

-Simple Number Sentences

Problem Solving/Journals:

-Read it, Draw it, Solve it!

-Crayola Word Problems Mimio

Math Activities/Centers:

-Fluency Find It!

-Reading Animals on Board, and acting out addition problems

-Reading 1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and creating our own fish addition problems using goldfish

-Reading Five Little Ducks, and creating 5 ducks using pipe cleaner and yellow beads to create addition problems

-Reading Domino Addition, and creating number sentences using dominoes

-Practicing Teen Numbers

-Quick Math

-Snowball Addition

-Spin and Cover Shape Game

-Geoboard Shape/Number Making

-Ways to Make 5

-Ways to make 6 with cheerios

-Adding using flashcards and unifix cubes

-Counting with Linking Chains

-Snowman Number Toss/Ten Frame

-Creating Shapes using Geoboards

-Composing Numbers

-Snowmen Number Mats

-Snowmen/Several Winter Number Order Games

-Adding with Cotton Balls

-Gumball Addition

Science/Social Studies:

-Mystery Doug: What is Sign Language?

-Snowstorm in a Jar Experiment

-Begin 100 Acts of Kindness

I hope everyone has an OUTSTANDING week!

Mellissa Stagner

Pictures :)

I know last week was a super short week, but we were still able to squeeze some learning in! Enjoy!

I wasn’t at school Thursday, but our AWESOME sub sent me pictures of the kiddos and all of the coins they brought!

Journal Writing: We are working hard on our writing goals! We have started using a rubric to help us during writing as well. We really try to use a capital letter at the beginning of each sentence, good spacing, punctuation at the end, and we definitely want those sentences/thoughts to make sense!

Interactive Writing: How to Build a Snowman… After the kiddos came up with each step, they would illustrate it onto the chart paper.

Creating Letters with Geoboards and rubber bands. They also like to create numbers. This center is a FAVORITE!

We have been working on stretching out words. These kiddos were building CVC words and using a mini car to say each sound and then they would DRIVE the whole word together. They LOVE this activity and it truly helps them with reading!

Happy Birthday, sweet boy!

Ways to Make Ten

We ended our Friday by making snowmen using shaving cream and glue! The consistency when it dried was so fluffy! The kiddos really enjoyed this activity and will finish decorating them/writing about them on Monday!

 

Coins for Olivia

I just wanted to send out a quick reminder about our Coins for Olivia days! Also, Wednesday, January 24th, will no longer be a half day. It is now a FULL school day!

Monday

Jan. 22 * Coins for Olivia, continued / SOCK-IT TO MOEBIUS – wear crazy socks

Tuesday

Jan. 23 * THINKING ABOUT OLIVIA – wear hats

Wednesday

Jan. 24 * MOEBIUS Syndrome Awareness Day – Purple all over / wear purple