Weekly Updates!

Mrs. Reynolds' Class, February 16-19

Important Dates

*Parent-Teacher Conferences, Feb. 16-26 (contact Mrs. Reynolds if you would like to schedule a conference)

*Early Release Days, Feb. 25 & 26 (students dismissed at 3:20pm)

*Kindergarten Job Day, Friday March 4

Sight Words

Each word listed in the "words we know" column a student should be able to read, write, spell, and say with ease and automaticity. These are words that students can help read if you are exploring books at night. Each week we will add two more sight words to our "Words we know" list.

Words We Know:

*I

*a

*we

*it

*to

*the

*go

*are

*and

*to

*like

*you

*can

*he

*she

*said

*have

*was

*for

*here

*is

*of

*me

*my

*on

*play

*see

*that

*they

*with

*an

*at

*do

*has

*big

*small

Words We Are Learning This Week:

*in

*it

Reading Workshop

Students will learn to use a variety of reading strategies in order to decode and comprehend text more efficiently.


Students will be encouraged to:

*identify story "ingredients" (characters, setting, events)

*compare two or more characters in a story

*use evidence from the text to support their retelling

*recognize the problem in a story & identify it's solution

*describe the beginning, middle, and end of a story

*retell details of a story using appropriate sequence

*determine when they have made an error decoding ("Does it look right?", "Does it sound right?", "Does it make sense?")

Writing Workshop

Students will learn the key features of how-to writing in order to create writing pieces that teach others.



Students will be encouraged to:

*number the steps/directions in their story

*use headings or titles when creating how-to steps

*number the pages of a book

*add labels to illustrations

*create realistic illustrations

*create an entire story on a cohesive topic

*make pages with pictures and words that match

*write down as many sounds as they hear in a word (it doesn't need to be perfect)

*use correct letter formation

*use punctuation at the end of each sentence

*put spaces between each word

Watch a Student Explain Her Math Strategy...counting on (password: fishback)

Math Workshop

Students will learn to identify a whole number as a combination of two parts in order to understand the principles of addition and subtraction.


Students will be encouraged to:

*model addition equations using manipulatives

*represent one number in a variety of ways (e.g.: 5=1+4, 5=2+3, 5=0+5)

*appropriately use mathematical symbols (+ - =)

*use mathematically appropriate language when talking about addition and subtraction (digit, addend, sum, difference, equation, number sentence, etc.)

*verbalize their math ideas to a partner or group

*record their thinking in a math journal using pictures AND words