January 14th-18th

We had a great week back! I loved hearing about all of the fun the kiddos had over the break!

The kiddos are learning how to write a story with a beginning, middle and end, and they are proving to do a great job adding those details! I couldn’t be more proud.

We made SNOW on Friday, and the JOY I saw all over their faces was PRICELESS!

The kinders also enjoyed going to our first CHAMPS Assembly of the year about respect! We will have one every Friday! Pictures to come soon!

Here is a look into our upcoming week:

Morning Activities:

-Journal Writing: incorporating the sight word they

-Fluency Folder Readers Theaters

-Sight Word Booklet: What Can We Do in the Snow? (word: said)

-Sight Word Booklet: The Mitten (word: was)

-Sight Word/Teen Number Bingo

Sight Words:

-they, was review: said, here

-Letters: Review: Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll

-Numbers: Teen Numbers 11-20

I Love You Ritual: Song Selector’s Choice

Morning Messages:

  • Digraphs (ch, sh, th, wh), middle vowels, 1 more/1 less/same
  • Stretch out words, count to 70, make quantities in a ten frame
  • Blends, match picture to correct word, subtraction
  • Stretch out CVC words, rhyming practice
  • Lighter/Heavier, Number Bonds

Phonics Skills: Review: -ay, -ing, digraphs, and blends

Poems:

Snow, Snow, Fly Away

*locate _ay/-ow

Come up with other words that have -ay and -ow

Long E

*locate long e sounds (ee, ea, cvce)

Review: I’m a Little Snowman and The Bumblebee

*We locate capital letters, punctuation, rhyming words, sight words, digraphs, blends, long/short vowels and match sight words/letters, change words to different/similar words, etc…

Centers:

Busy Bee Center Rotations (See literacy stations blog post for more details of the centers that we will be doing this week)

 

Interactive Writing:

-How to build a Snowman Procedural Writing

(incorporating transition words)

-Continue modeling Beginning, Middle End Story, share pen with students

-Brainpopjr: Writing Process

Reading Skills: retelling, story elements

-Reading Activities:

Read Sneezy the Snowman

*Discuss Sneezy’s actions and what happened as a result.

-Read The Mitten

-Use post-its to jot thinking

-Retell the story with retelling strips

-Retelling Headbands and white sheet, call on students to wear character headbands from the mitten, use a white sheet for the mitten, have class retell the story while students act it out

 

-Draw a big mitten on the floor using tape. Have students make popsicle characters and act out the story.

-Chart Story Elements

-Sequence what animals went into the mitten

 

Reading Anchor:

Math Skills: solve word problems using objects and drawings to find sums up to 10 and modeling the action of joining to represent addition. Explain strategies used to solve word problems

 

Number Corner:

-Calendar, months of the year, days of the week, counting forward/backwards and by tens, 1 more/1 less, days in school, Ways to Show a Number:

 

Number Talks:

-Quick Images (students make what they think they saw)

-Addition Number Sentence

-Dot Cards

-Rekenreks

 

-Math by Myself Options:

-Create Quick Images on Inch Grid Paper and come up with an addition sentence to justify the image total.

-After reading, If You Were a Plus Sign, have the students create their own picture story problem.

 

-Math with Someone Options:

-Flash Card Addition with unifix cubes (each # is a diff. color)

-Number Line with link chains (2 colors to make number)

-Put snowmen numbers in order 1-20

-snowman number toss/ten frame

 

-Snowman hat/button match up

-Make shapes using geoboards

-comparing/contrasting shapes 2d/3d

-comparing numbers using unifix cards

-winter playdoh mats

-gumball addition

-Use magnetic shapes or pattern blocks to create new shapes

-Tenzy

 

-Math in Writing:

-Different ways to make 5 (composing 5):

 

-Continue Class Game:

  • Math Activity: MIMIO: Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers:

Writer’s Workshop Activities:

-Review Writing Time Expectations

-Leaving Spaces (spaghetti and meatballs)

-Continue writing stories with B/M/E

-Review What do writer’s Do?

-Review I can tell a story!

-Continue using writing goals and discussing writing commitments

-Writing using clues to describe an animal

-Reference these Charts:

-Continue using writing reference folders as a resource

Feeling Buddies:

Feeling Buddies

Flipping our Feelings

To understand we can manage and change our feelings by keeping them safe.

Sing #10 Helping My Buddy

Review Steps From Previous lesson

Step 1 (your body signals you need to go to the safe place)

Step 2 (calm down using a breathing strategy)

Step 3 (pick a buddy that matches how you feel)

Use Feeling Faces to teach flipping feelings

Step 1: I am angry.

Step 2, I Calm down by choosing one of our four skills

Step 3: I feel by picking the feeling buddy that matches how i feel.

Now I can flip to calm/happy.

Sing Helping My Buddy #10.

 

Social Studies/Science: Animal Research

-Animals in Winter

-Review how to research animals using Pebblego.com

-Research: What animals hibernate in the winter?

(make a chart to go with it)

-Mystery Doug: Why is snow white?

-Social Studies Magazine: Weather

 

FUN FRIDAY: Snowman art using glue and shaving cream:

 

This week is going to be OUTSTANDING!

 

What We’re Learning January 7th-11th

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a FANTASTIC Holiday Break! I have missed my sweet kiddos so much and am so EXCITED to see them bright and early in the morning!

Below is an outline of what we have planned for the upcoming week:

Morning Activities:

-Journal: Word Family Houses

-Fluency Folder Partner Readers

-Journal: Free Writing (incorporating all learned sight words)

-Class Graph (Did you have cereal for breakfast?)

-Penmanship Practice with letters and #s

-Self Portrait (What I look like in 2019)

Sight Words:

-said, here

Sight Word Songs:

*Here song to Adam’s Family Tune

-H-e-r-e snap, snap

H-e-r-e snap, snap

I can spell here,

I can spell here,

H-e-r-e snap, snap

Said song to BINGO

There is a sight word I just learned and said was it’s name-o

s-a-i-d, s-a-i-d, s-a-i-d

and said was it’s name-o!

-Letters: Review: Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll

-Numbers: Teen Numbers 11-20

I Love You Ritual: Song Selector’s Choice

Morning Message:

-Mystery Person: making new words using magnetic letters out of someone’s name.

-Digraph (sh, th, ch), Medial sounds, 1 more/1 less

-Stretch out words, Count to 60, draw quantity to match a #, What are some things associated with a snowman?

-Beginning blends, How many words?, Subtraction practice

Reading Skills: retelling, comparing/contrasting, making predictions

-Reading Activities:

-Predict what snowmen do at night before reading the book Snowmen at Night.

Then, use post-its to jot what they actually do at night.

-Retell the story, There was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow.

-Compare/Contrast 2 different snow stories.

-Read The Snowy Day.

Then, retell the story using retelling

prompts. Reference retelling anchor:

-Retell The Snowy Day story again. Create anchor of how they would spend a snowy day:

Poems:

I’m a Little Snowman and The Bumblebee

*We locate capital letters, punctuation, rhyming words, sight words, digraphs, blends, long/short vowels and match sight words/letters, change words to different/similar words, etc…

Centers:

Busy Bee Center Rotations (See literacy stations blog post for more details of the centers that we will be doing this week)

 

Interactive Writing: Draw and label a snowman. Write sentences to describe the snowman:

Writer’s Workshop Activities:

-Review Rules of Kindergarten

-Review Writing Time Expectations

-Begin writing stories with B/M/E

-Review What do writer’s Do?

-Review I can tell a story!

-Begin using writing goals and discussing writing commitments

-Reference these Charts:

-Continue using writing reference folders as a resource

Feeling Buddies:

Feeling Buddies

4.4 Using the Feeling Buddies in the Safe Place

Read Sophie is a STAR or Shubert is a STAR, hold up feeling buddies throughout the book that match the feelings on Sophie’s face

Discuss name of that feeling.

Ask, “Why do you think it is important to have a safe place in our classroom.
Review 1st three steps. Step 1 (your body signals you need to go to the safe place)

Step 2 (calm down using a breathing strategy)

Step 3 (pick a buddy that matches how you feel)

Sing #29 Yes I Can

Math Skills: solve word problems using objects and drawings to find sums up to 10 and modeling the action of joining to represent addition.

 

Number Corner:

-Calendar, months of the year, days of the week, counting forward/backwards and by tens, 1 more/1 less, days in school

 

Number Talks:

-What Does Not Belong?

-Ways to Make Ten

-Dot Cards

-Rekenreks

-Math by Myself Options:

First, Before and After Math Number Work Page or Count the Room:

 

-Math with Someone Options:

-Flash Card Addition with unifix cubes (each # is a diff. color)

-Number Line with link chains (2 colors to make number)

-Put snowmen numbers in order 1-20

-snowman number toss/ten frame

 

-Snowman hat/button match up

-Make shapes using geoboards

-comparing/contrasting shapes 2d/3d

-comparing numbers using unifix cards

-winter playdoh mats

-gumball addition

-any math center you have introduced

 

-Math in Writing:
Roll a die or dice. Make a web with that number. Use cheerios or object of choice to compose different number sentences for that sum. If that is too tricky, just have them compose the number in different ways and draw it.

 

-Class Game:

  • Math Activity: MIMIO: Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers:

Social Studies/Science: Animal Research

-Animals in Winter

-Introduce how to research animals using Pebblego.com

-Research: What animals hibernate in the winter?

(make a chart to go with it)

 

FUN FRIDAY: Make SNOW!!!!!

 

I know this week is going to be AWESOME!

 

Christmas Break

I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL Christmas! I enjoyed getting to spend time with lots of family! Christmas Break is winding down and I am very excited to see my sweethearts soon. Don’t forget to have your child complete their Winter Break Homework Challenge in order to get a prize when we return! Also, please return all readers that were sent home in their book bag on Monday! I appreciate you all so much! Enjoy these last 4 days off! See you soon!

The kiddos were beyond excited when Santa came to visit our school!

 

Using magnetic shapes to create new shapes. This is a tough skill for kindergarten. We learned that if you put 2 squares together, it forms a rectangle and two triangles can make a diamond/rhombus.

Twinning! The girls get SO excited when they are dressed the same as one of their friends! They always ask me to take a picture! I LOVE IT!

sight word practice

On Pajama Day, we all watched The Polar Express and drank yummy hot chocolate from the crockpot! It was DELICIOUS if I say so myself!

The kiddos were SO THRILLED when we came back from lunch and noticed that Santa had left them all a sweet, little note and a bell necklace! I love seeing the excitement through their eyes! Being a kindergarten teacher truly is so, very special.

I hope you all had a very Happy Holiday!

 

 

Pictures :)

Last week was so much fun! We enjoyed learning by making a Gingerbread Man Story Map, adding with marshmallows, and making fun snowmen ornaments to name a few things!

Please be sure to send in your  Penny Christmas gifts for our class by Tuesday!

Enjoy the pictures!

The kiddos used magnetic letters to create some of their friends names. They then rearranged the letters to create different words out of the child’s name.

Hot Cocoa addition game with marshmallows. Of course, the kiddos to eat their marshmallows when their game was over!

Math Time

We learned a new game called Tenzi this week in math! It is so much fun, even for me!

We read the book An Elf for Christmas. Then, made elf ornaments with our faces on them!

Sometimes, we practice reading using whisper phones. It helps the kiddos listen to themselves and track if they are reading like a robot or reading like we talk!

 

We made B/M/E foldables after read Olive the Other Reindeer

morning message

Directed Elf Drawing…The kiddos labeled their elves and wrote about it afterwards.

Our class Gingerbread Man Story Map

In our Technology Station this week, the kiddos got to work with the app called chatterpix. They draw a picture, then draw a mouth on their illustration. From there, they can record a story about their picture. It was a lot of fun for them.

Sight Word Memory Game

Fishing for Sight Words

 

 

Lesson Plans:

We had a great time, last week! Our Kindness Elf came to scope out all of the sweet gestures going on in our classroom. We voted on a name, and Candy the Elf won! We learned many new things, but something that stands out is when I taught them about solids, liquids and gases. Afterwards, we made glue snowmen ornaments. We watched as the glue came out of the bottle as a liquid and then turned into a solid over night. The ornaments are pretty adorable. Another fun activity we did was create Christmas trees using shapes! This week promises to be just as fun!

Here is a look into what we will be learning:

Morning Activities:

-Sight Word Booklet: Christmas Trimmings (locate we and have)

-Sight Word Tic Tac Toe with a partner/Playdough sight word review

-Journal: (incorporate all of the sight words we have learned and the new ones: for, it, and)

-Sight Word Memory

-Sight Word/Teen Number Bingo

Sight Words:

-Review: and, for, it and all previously learned

-Letters: Review: A-D

-Numbers: Teen Numbers 11-20

I Love You Ritual: Snuggle Up

Morning Message:

-Missing chunks/digraphs in message

-Ending sounds/th digraph

-Rhyme Away!

-Chit Chat Secret Message

-Phoneme Manipulating

Reading Anchors:

-What is an inference/inferring song?

-What’s in Mrs. Stagner’s Bag (inferencing game)

-Review: Story Elements and Let’s Retell

-Would you rather be and elf or a reindeer?:

Read Alouds:

Olive the Other Reindeer , An Elf for Christmas , Click, Clack, Moo Christmas, Santa, Santa, What Do You See?

*Reading Skill: Inferencing, B/M/E (createing a foldable) , Story Elements/Retelling

Activities:

-What’s in the Bag? Game

-Create a B/M/E foldable over Olive the Other Reindeer

-Create an elf ornament with child’s face

Poems:

I Like Christmas and Little Pine Tree

*We locate capital letters, punctuation, rhyming words, sight words, and match sight words/letters, change words such as look to other words etc…

Centers:

Busy Bee Center Rotations (See literacy stations blog post for more details of the centers that we will be doing this week)

Interactive Writing:

-Creating story maps in groups over The Gingerbread Man. Give each group a character and label them. Have kids write: Run, Run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!

-Begin Star Student/Daily News: pick a few students each day and have them help them write a sentence they would like to share about themselves. Focus on capitalization, spacing, punctuation and sentence structure.

Writer’s Workshop Activities:

-Finish books (title page, think, draw, label, write…add pages, the end page)/Author’s Chair/Share

-Labeling an Elf-focus on adding details to their pictures also.

-Sticker Story

-Review: anchor Charts:

-Continue using writing reference folders as a resource

Feeling Buddies:

Feeling Buddies

Helping My Buddies

To practice offering empathy to our Feeling Buddy and, in turn, learn self-regulatory self-talk

Sing – Helping My Buddy #10

Today we will practice how to help our Feeling Buddies

Review 5 Steps of Self Regulation

Practice talking to Angry:

Pg. 87

Practice (Scared) with a partner, one partner will be the Feeling Buddy and the other partner will be the child

Sing bye bye buddies #4

Practice language on pg 89

Read Helping My Feeling Buddies book

Make Class Book – I Help Keep My School Family Safe

Each child will name one thing she does to keep it safe.

Math Skills: comparing numbers, number order, read/write/represent #s from 0-20

Number Corner:

-Calendar, months of the year, days of the week, counting forward/backwards and by tens, 1 more/1 less, days in school

Number Talks:

-Ways to Make Ten using post-its.

-Dot Cards

-Rekenreks

-Number Strings

Problem Solving (math in writing):

-Creating individual math story problems using Christmas Stickers and Storyboards

-Use Gingerbread playdough to create gingerbread men and act out a math problem. Glue the problem in math journals.


-Math by Myself Options:

Finish: Inventory Bags: Come up with quantity and show how you counted it on paper. Show it in different ways.

-Hot Cocoa Addition using dice and Marshmallows

-Math with Someone Options:

New:

-Jingle Bell Shapes using pipe cleaners and bells. Count sides and name shape.

-Christmas Spin and Graph

-Christmas Tree Counting with M&Ms

-Use pattern blocks to create new shapes. Example: 2 triangles makes a diamond.

Review:

-Number Line Partner Game (What Number is Missing?)

-sort 2D and 3D shapes by shape, color, etc…

-make shapes with geoboards

-any number sense games taught

-Any Shape Games

-Counting w/Play Doh

-Large #line game

-Magnetic Number Game

-Subitizing puzzles

-any measurement game taught

-race to 10 or 20

-Roll and Record

-Race to Ten/Twenty

-Bump

-Class Games:

  • Pass the Plate Game (comparing numbers)
  • Math Activity: MIMIO: Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers:

-Math Anchors:

Social Studies/Science: Wants/Needs and Experiments

-Finish glue ornaments

-Candycane Experiment:

:

  • Discuss needs and wants. Sing song. Needs/Wants interactive magazines.
  • Begin creating bread ornaments
  • Share Christmas Trees and tradition cards

FUN FRIDAY: make Reindeer Dust or Salt Dough Ornaments

I hope you all have a very, MERRY week!