Mrs. Birkland's Kindergarten Class
WE HAD A GREAT WEEK! TAKE A LOOK BELOW TO SEE WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO.
This week’s letters were Jj, Jumprope and Zz, Zip the Zipper. Ask your child the sign for Jj and Zz. With Jj we did a beginning sound sort and with Zz, we made Zz hats with zippers. We also searched for our letters in poems. We read “Jack Be Nimble” and "In Winter When Its Zero." Make sure to read these poems at home as they come home in your child’s daily folder. During this time we also worked on our kindergarten high frequency words. This week we learned all.
Letters We have studied
Sight Words We have practiced-PLEASE PRACTICE AT HOME!!!
Quarter 2 Words: are, as, like, by, he, she, will, go, all
Frogs and Toads
This week we read an informational book, a fiction book, and a poem about frogs and toads. Before reading the informational book, we practiced activating our schema, too. We made a list of everything we already knew or believed about frogs and toads. As we read, we added a LOT to our schema. On Friday, we practiced drawing frogs and toads, and we added our drawings as a video with our voice telling something knew we added to our schema. Our story book was Frog and Toad are Friends. We used our schema to figure out what was going on in the story. We could figure out how characters were feeling based on their facial expressions (we have a lot of schema on body language and what people's faces can tell us about their feelings. so, we use that to help us understand characters.) We could also use our schema about frogs and toads, to understand what they were doing in the story.
In addition to schema, we are learning to distinguish between a fiction text (storybook), nonfiction or informational text, and poems. We are also studying the jobs of the author and illustrator of an informational text and storybook. Ask your child if they can tell what the job of an author and illustrator is for a fiction book (storybook) and also what the job of an author and illustrator is for informational texts.
writer's workshop, too!
- What is the best food?
- What is the worst food?
- What is the best specials class? Music-Art-PE-Library?
- What is your favorite candy?
We have worked specifically on making our illustrations stand out and look like what we are talking about. We have also talked about not adding too many extra details so the reader isn't able to tell what the sentence is about. We are also learning that their are important rules in writing like: capital letter at the beginning of the sentence, all other letters lowercase, punctuation at the end, and spaces in between.
We are writing these pieces for a very important audience. In December, we will be able to take our writing to a nursing home and read our opinion pieces to someone there. We will ask them their opinions, too. We can't wait! More details coming soon!
Some Discovery Fun! We enjoyed new things like UNO, "teacher", and dominoes
I wonder (things to ask your child at home)
- What does an author of an informational text do?
- What does an illustrator of an informational text do?
- What else did you learn about frogs and toads?
- What does this mean? +
- What about this? =
- Do these words rhyme?
Snack and Share
*Please remember that we are a peanut free classroom. Check out the peanut free snack list for acceptable snacks.
Just a Few Reminders
- As it is starting to get chilly outside, please dress your child in layers (jacket, short sleeves, etc.) Our rooms are warm and I don't want your child to be too hot inside and cold outside! DON'T FORGET A JACKET/COAT!
- Please go through your child's backpack every evening to see their accomplishments and charge their iPad!
Specials Schedule for next week
Mrs. Amy Birkland
Lunch Time 11:51-12:16