Mrs. Birkland's Kindergarten Class

Room 108



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

Ss , Nn, Tt, Mm, Aa, Rr, Ii, Ff, Hh, Uu, Dd, Cc, Kk, Oo, Bb, Yy, Pp, Gg, Ll, Ww, Ee, Vv, Xx, Jj, Zz

Sight Words We have practiced-PLEASE PRACTICE AT HOME!!!

Quarter 1 Words: I, see, the, you, me, my, can, a, in, is, and, we, an, on, am, yes, no, if, said

Quarter 2 Words: are, as, like, by, he, she, will, go, all

Reader's Workshop

We had a full agenda this week in Reader's Workshop. We learned another new word-schema. Schema is "what you know!" We use it differently depending on the types of text we are reading. Before reading an informational book, we "ACTIVATE OUR SCHEMA. That means, to get to thinking what we already know about a topic. Our brains act like a file cabinet keeping files on everything we know. Some of the files are thicker than others. Some topics we know a LOT about; others, not so much. When reading, each sentence of the text, our brains are thinking, "I already knew that", "I didn't know that!", or "that isn't what I had thought. Hmmm, interesting." So, through reading, our schema can grow or even change if we had misconceptions about something. When reading a fiction book, story book, we use our schema a bit differently. We comprehend or understand the story better when we make connections with the character or storyline. If we experienced something like that before, it draws us in and helps us understand what is going on.

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!

We LOVE sharing our opinions! Each day we were asked a question and had to give our opinions in writing. This weeks questions were:

  • 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!


We had so much funning adding in math this week. We practiced addition through number stories and wrote and told our own. You can find them on Seesaw. We also practiced solving addition problems through acting them out. That was a lot of fun! Lastly, we solved addition problems on dominoes. We learned that you can add the dots on both sides and write them like addition sentences. What fun!

thanksgiving feast

Next week we will be studying Thanksgiving. We will be reading poems, informational texts, and storybooks. We are getting ready to have our own Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, Nov. 24th. We will be joining Ms. Walls class to celebrate like they did on the first Thanksgiving. On that day, we will have turkey (donated from HyVee), green beans, corn, fruit salad, trail mix, and a fun little dessert. We are in need of donations to make this possible. Please click on the link here to sign up to bring an item on Monday, Nov. 23rd. Thank you so much for making this a special day for us.

Some Discovery Fun! We enjoyed new things like UNO, "teacher", and dominoes

IPad Help

Some of us are missing some apps. Can you check here and here to see if your child has all of the ones requested and they are in folders? That makes it so much easier to find. Thanks!

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?
pig-wig, car-house, cat-bat, mop-top, hand-foot, tree-bee

Snack and Share

Our snack and share students next week are:

Emma K





*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





Friday-Music Enrichment

Dates to Remember


18th - Picture Retakes

20th - PTA Movie Night Doors open @ 6:30. Movie @ 7:00

24th - Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

25th-27th - NO SCHOOL