The Jungle Beat

Mrs. Allen's K-Learners / February 19, 2016

Our mission is to create a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create.

News and Notes

Parents-I regret that I have not been able to attend any basketball games for our learners. Sickness really hit the Allen family (mainly me) hard this season. However, baseball/softball season is right around the corner. Send me a schedule and I will do my best to be there. Thank you for extending invitations to me for sport events, birthday parties and baptisms. I am humbled and honored that you would allow me to share in these moments. Make sure you take a look at the What's Coming Up section. There are dress-up dates that may take some preparation for Read Across America in March that your learner may want to participate in.

Importance of an Internship

I have enjoyed having Miss Clark in our family. The deliberate collaboration has been helpful to not only Miss Clark, but myself as well. This week, Miss. Clark will begin returning some of our day back to me as Lead Learner.
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Education students learn so many different aspects of pedagogy: the art or science of teaching and teaching methods. Learning to use this knowledge to follow and respond appropriately in teaching learners is what I often call "honing our craft." If we want the future of education to be strong, we need to help those entering our profession be strong in "honing our craft." While this is not easy, EVERY child is worth EVERY minute we invest in learning how to be a better educator EVERY day.

Ball Project Update

Think + Innovate + Create = Two Confident Learners

Bowling Ball Book Reading
I am learning daily about authentic projects. This week, I learned the value of ownership of work. I followed two learners around as they shared the Bowling Ball book their group worked on. They walked the halls with such confidence and authority. I did not have to say "Ok, now which one is going to read and which one is going to turn the pages?" Some how they worked this out. Don't misunderstand me. They have memorized quite a bit of this information. However, there is more to reading than word recognition. Part of reading is finding value in reading. You want to walk the halls with confidence and authority? Put a book in your hand that you helped create and READ!

Samples of Project Work

The first two videos are of learners reading books they have been working on. The last video includes a learner watching a video about how the World Cup soccer ball was made. He was absent when his group watched it. It is precious watching his face. I know it is blurry but it is worth watching. Also, there is no music with the last video.
Bowling Balls
Soccer Ball
Project Update Photos

Learning Areas Support our Projects and Standards

What's Coming up?

Feb. 22-26 We will continue our work on Informational Writing. We will continue reading about our favorite penguin Tacky. We have a special speaker coming February 26th in honor of Black History Month. We will also be reading the book Rosa.
Focus Standards for this week: During small groups this week Miss Clark will be starting some simple addition/subtraction within 5, standard CC.K.OA.5. Below are resources I will load with the standard. I need to finish working on counting skills standard C.K.CC.4a. We will begin taking an intentional look at writing alphabet letters for sounds while we are writing-standard K.L.2c.

Resources for Addition/Subtraction within 5/Standard CC.K.OA.5

Article about Math

  • February 26th Baseball Expert-Mr. Crane
  • February 25th at 6:00 P.M.: PTSA General Membership Meeting/Multicultural Event (PRS Cafeteria)

Parents- Please read the flyer below. Consider contacting Jessica Hussey at and joining in this time together.

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  • February 26th-Black History Month Speaker from Tuskegee
March-Read Across America 2016
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High Frequency Words.

This is an ongoing standard. The words accumulate. Consider looking at the link for ideas of ways to work with High Frequency words during the two week break. We will begin a new set of words when we return in January.

Already introduced: a, am, can, go, I, me, my, play, the, to, you, and,

blue, for, went, is, it in, little, red, yellow, look

Words Currently Working On:

-big, help, come, make, not, one, two, three, we, see, said

Words remaining:

-where, jump, they, what, up, down, here, he, she, have, like

Scholastic Book Order

Parents we will be using online ordering for Scholastic Book Orders for all future orders. Book orders for February are due by February 26th.


Class Activation Code: PC3NF

Scholastic Reading Club Link

Link to Scholastic Reading Club Link

Below is the link to the pre-approved absence form.