School is Closed

Thursday, December 14th, and Friday, December 15th, ALL White Oak ISD campuses will be CLOSED due to sickness. This decision was made in the best interest of all students, faculty, and staff.

There will be NO outside activities (i.e. no practices, no Boys and Girls Club, etc.).

The Second Grade Christmas performance has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 19th, at 8:45 a.m. Second Grade parents are invited to attend.

Next week’s schedule WILL remain the same.
-Monday is a regularly-scheduled day.
-Tuesday will be Pajama Day for Primary School and early release at 11:45 a.m.
-Christmas parties will be Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and early release at 11:45 a.m.

Week 16 Learning

Hello!

Last week was great, and we have A LOT of fun things planned for this week too!

Here is a peek into what we are learning:

Sight Words: Review Week

Morning Message:

Monday: COGAT Testing (all kindergarten)

Tuesday: Mystery Name-make as many words as possible with the letters in that person’s name!

Wednesday: COGAt Testing (all kindergarten)

Thursday: Beginning Sounds Secret Message

Friday: Phoneme Manipulating/Rhyming Practice

*Other morning activities:

-Sight Word making w/play-doh

-Journals

-Sight Word Memory/Bingo

-Sight Word Tic-Tac-Toe

Reading Skills: Inferencing, Retelling, Story Elements

Reading Anchors: Reviewing all inferencing/story element anchors Introducing: Retelling anchor

Big Books/Shared Reading: Olive the Other Reindeer, Friends (sight word based), An Elf for Christmas, The Littlest Elf

Literacy Centers: See Week 16 Literacy Stations Blog Post

Interactive Writing: Daily News

-focus: capitalization, punctuation, stretching out words, spacing Anchor: meatball and spaghetti spacing

*Writing: Labeling an Elf/Labeling a Tree, Christmas Sticker Stories, Students will continue to create their book of choice with partner/share.

*Writing Anchors: Review: What Gets a Capital?, Writer’s Don’t Say….

New: Writing Checklist/Review Writing Goal Posters, Punctuation

Poems: Peppermint Stick, Way Up High on the Christmas Tree, and I Like Christmas

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: Reading, Writing, and Representing Numbers up to 20 with and without objects.

Number Talks:

-Number Strings

-Dot Cards

-Ways to Make 10

Problem Solving/Journals:

-Creating Gingerbread Men/Women using Gingerbread Play-Doh and creating a Math Problem with it!

Example: I have ___ gingerbread boys and ___ gingerbread girls. How many do I have in all?

Math Anchors: Review: More, Fewer, Same/How Many More? How Many Less?

Math Activities/Centers:

-Comparing Towers

-Comparing and Ordering Numbers-MIMIO

-Marshmallow Addition

-Christmas Counting

-Spin and Graph

-Roll and Write Numbers

-Tenzy Dice Game

-Pipe Cleaner/Bell Shape STEM Activity

-Any Math Game Introduced

Science/Social Studies:

-candy cane science experiment

-Mystery Doug-Where Does Chocolate Come From?

-Paint Bread Ornaments

That’s it, Guys! Thank you for taking the time to read about what your child will be learning each week! Also, thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to donate the items I requested. I am so, very thankful for you. Your kiddos will be too! I hope you all have a WONDERFUL week! 8 days until CHRISTMAS Break!

P.S. Don’t forget that our class is doing a Penny Christmas this year. Each child needs to bring 19 items to school to put in everyone’s Christmas Bag! Try and get those to school this week, if possible! Thanks for all you do!

Mellissa Stagner

Christmas!!!

Hey Everyone!

Our class is going to be doing/creating lots of fun things over the next week. We need your help to make it happen! If you are able to donate any of the items below, please write a note in your child’s planner to me. Thank you so, very much in advance! Here are the items we will need contributed:

-A Tub of Hot Cocoa Mix

-A Bag of Mini Marshmallows

-2 Canisters of  Oatmeal to Make Reindeer Food

-19 White, Green, or Red Bags with Handles for our Penny Christmas

Thanks for all you do,

Mellissa Stagner

Week 15

Hey Everyone!

I can not believe Christmas Break is so close! This first semester is flying by! If you haven’t already, please look in your child’s folder for notes regarding our class Christmas party! It will be Wednesday, December the 20th from 9:00-10:00. The details are in the letter I sent home.

We had a super, fun time making gingerbread play-doh on Friday! I know the kiddos are excited to play with it again!

I have lots of fun, learning activities planned for this week!

Let’s take a look:

Sight Words: a, it

Morning Message:

Monday: Read it RIGHT

Tuesday: Digraph sh

Wednesday: Beginning Sounds

Thursday: Deleting Final Phonemes to Create a New Word Example: Hammer becomes Ham

Friday: Draw a Rhyme!

*Other morning activities:

-Journals

-Sight Word Book: I See Christmas!

-Word Family Houses

-Reader’s Theaters

-Building Words w/Water Bottle Lids

-Alphabet Carpet Game

-Sight Word Tic-Tac-Toe

Reading Skills: Inferencing, Retelling, Story Elements

Reading Anchors: Inferencing/When a Teacher Asks You to Retell/All Story Element Anchors

Big Books/Shared Reading: The Gingerbread Man, Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear, An Elf for Christmas, Rock Star Santa, A Christmas Carol

Literacy Centers: See Week 15 Literacy Stations Blog Post

Interactive Writing: My Five Senses at Christmas (finish)

*Writing: Anchors: Labeling a Reindeer/Illusration, Punctuation, Writing Checklist, A Good Writer….

Continue:

-Independently, the students will come up with a topic of interest, check out a book over that topic, and create a book over it. They will include a title, author/illustrator etc…

Poems: Peppermint Stick, Way Up High on the Christmas Tree, and I Like Christmas

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: Comparing sets of objects up to 20 using comparative language/all previously taught math skills

Number Talks:

-Number Strings

-Dot Cards

-Rekenreks

Problem Solving/Journals:

-Cookie Problem

-Class related Problem

-Counting Snowballs

-Ways to Make 7

Math Anchors: More, Fewer, Same/How Many More? How Many Less?

Math Activities/Centers:

-Ways to Make Numbers

-Pass the Plate

-Gingerbread Cookie Graphing (First Bite)

-Comparing Towers

-Comparing Numbers

-Marshmallow Addition

-Christmas Counting

-Spin and Graph

Science/Social Studies:

-candy sink or float activity

-candy cane science experiment

-needs/wants activity

-Mystery Doug

-make a bread ornament

That’s all FOLKS! I am so thankful for each and every one of you and your kiddos. They are so sweet and always put a smile on my face. I hope everyone has a MERRY week!

Mellissa Stagner

Week 14 Learning:

Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a nice, relaxing break! I enjoyed seeing my family that I don’t get to see very often and eating LOTS of yummy food. We have a tradition of going to see the pretty lights in Marshall too. That was a great time!

I sure am excited to see my precious Kinderpillars tomorrow! Oh, how I have missed them! 🙂 I have lots of surprises for them and fun activities planned for this week.

This is a sneak peek at what we will be learning:

Sight Words: he/she

Morning Message:

Monday: Discuss Christmas Tree Graph Results/Read it Right Practice

Tuesday: Difference between b, p, & q

Wednesday: CVC Word Scramble

Thursday: Match Number Words to Dot Patterns/Deleting Final Phonemes Practice

Friday: Rhyme Away! #3

*Other morning activities:

-Journals

-Sight Word Book: Ready for Christmas?

-Word Family Houses

-Reader’s Theaters (Introducing this WEEK!)

Reading Skills: Inferencing, Retelling

Reading Anchors: Inferencing/When a Teacher Asks You to Retell…

Big Books/Shared Reading: The Gingerbread Man, Too Much Stuff, Olive the Other Reindeer, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, An Elf for Christmas

Literacy Centers: See Week 14 Literacy Stations Blog Post

Interactive Writing: How to Decorate a Christmas Tree/My Five Senses at Christmas

*Writing: Modeling a Santa Letter/Modeling how to make a book

-The kids will write santa letters with the teacher in small group

-Independently, the students will come up with a topic of interest, check out a book over that topic, and create a book over it. They will include a title, author/illustrator etc…

Poem: Gingerbread Man, The Little Pine Tree

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: Comparing sets of objects up to 20 using comparative language/all previously taught math skills

Number Talks:

-Number Strings

-Dot Cards

Problem Solving/Journals:

-Gingerbread Problem

-Class related Problem

-Counting Snowballs

Classroom Routines:

-Comparing Numbers

-Comparing Sets Anchor Chart (interactive)

-Count Around the Circle

-Ways I Can Do Math Anchor

-Do You Like Math? Yes/No Discuss Observations

Math Activities/Centers:

-Favorite Christmas Song Interactive Activity/Graph

-Greater Than/Less Than Chant

-Counting Backwards using the Counting Jar

-Measurement Towers (Comparing)

-Comparing using sentence strips/cards

-Adding w/marshmallows

-Christmas Tree Number Order Craft (11-20)

-Counting with Christmas Trees and Poof Balls

-Count Around the Room

-Christmas Spin and Graph

Science/Social Studies:

-matter (creating snowman ornament from glue)

-candy cane science experiment

-needs/wants activity

-Mystery Doug

-Make Gingerbread Play-Doh!!!

I hope everyone has a JOLLY-ful week!

Mellissa Stagner