Room 18 Newsletter

Aril 25, 2013

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Happy Spring!

As we celebrated our 143rd day of school this morning, I couldn't believe where the time has gone... It has been a fun filled year with many smiles and laughs in room 18. I've seen amazing growth socially, emotionally, and academically with each of your children. It was great to see you all at Open House and share the evening with your families. Here's a sneak peek into the final stretch of Kindergarten.

Language Arts

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Amazing Creatures: We are learning about insects, ocean animals, and dinosaurs over the next six weeks. We will spend two weeks looking at each group in depth.

Essential Questions:

Insects: What do you know about insects? How many legs do they have? What are the names of their three body parts?

Ocean animals: What kind of animals live in the ocean? Which ocean animals have fins or claws? How do different ocean animals move?

Dinosaurs: If a dinosaur were here, what would it look like? Which scientist study dinosaurs and how do they study an extinct animal? How did dinosaurs move and what did they eat?

High-frequency words: has, look, he, she, here, was, little, said, and, what

Letters: Ks, Xx, Vv, Gg, Ww, Kk, Hh, Dd, Rr

Vowels: A, E, I, O, U (long vs. short) We have introduced the idea that a word must have a vowel. We are working on silent -e, where the first vowel does the "talking" and the last does the "walking." Long vowels say their name, which is different than their short vowel friend.

Word Families: -est, -et, -ed, -en, -ot, -ox, -ix

Snap Words/Fluency Folders

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Thank you for continuing to make the Snap Words a part of your weekly routine. Congratulations to those who have finished all twenty reading lists and have moved on to writing their snap words! Keep up the great work :)


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Numbers and Operations

We are working on addition and subtraction to five. Thank you for practicing the facts that come home in your Green Folder.

We are exploring place value and dissecting numbers by the hundreds, tens, and ones place. Using a 100's chart we are making the connection between columns (count by 10's) and rows (count by 1's).

We are decomposing numbers in a variety of ways. For example, take 67...

1) 10+10+10+10+10+10+7

2) 50+10+7

3) 20+20+20+7

4) 60+5+2

This way we can show larger numbers without 67 separate representations or 1+1+1... Here is where skip counting by: 2's, 5's, 10's and place value (described above) build on themselves.


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Room 18 and Science Lab

We have been learning about the importance of Earth Day and coming up with ways to keep our Earth clean.

Our amazing creatures unit has many non-fiction text, which will allow our scientist to learn facts about their favorite animals. We are learning about adaptation, habitat and animals. You will have homework on the five animal kingdoms to research some of their interests. You are welcome to use PebbleGo login. They all love using it in class.


Username: solana

Password: vista

Social Studies

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We have become experts on Los Angeles, Yosemite, San Diego, and San Francisco. In a small group of five students, each child learned a fact about their place. Using a Keynote projected on the Apple TV, each student spoke in front of the class. With their brave voice, they presented specific details from their photo, along with their fact. SO CUTE!

Extra, Extra! Read All About It!

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Thank you for those who continue to support the Foundation for Learning by attending the Beach Ball. I look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you to those families who have returned their walk-a-thon donations. If you signed up for a per lap donation you should have received a form in the Green Folder a couple of weeks ago. If you need more details on the amount owed please let Valerie or I know.

In a conceited effort to support our almost first graders, we are continuing to work on no baby voices in the classroom. If you can provide positive reinforcement at home it will help foster independence. Thank you!

Please continue to:

1) Read to your children 20 minutes per evening focusing on reading comprehension

2) Have your child read to you with books at their level and support fluency through the folder sent home weekly

3) Practice Snap Words

4) Compass Learning or Dreambox, when available

5) Count: 2's (1-30), 5's (1-100) 10's (1-100)

6) Practice addition/subtraction (1-5)

Thank you,

Mr. Lynch

Pyramid of Success

Team Spirit: Be eager to help your team

Poise: Just be yourself

Confidence: You must believe in yourself if you expect others to believe in you

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Upcoming dates

5/22 - 5/26: Earth Week

5/3: Pancake Breakfast

5/6 - 5/31: Map Testing

5/17: School Sing

5/27: Memorial Day (No School)

5/31: Fitness Friday

5/13: Last Day of School (Minimum Day)

Room 18

An active group of inquiring minds taking on Kindergarten's biggest challenges, one day at a time!