Mrs. Grant's Kindergarten

February 11th-15th

Upcoming Field Trip Information

We will be going on our field trip to Clowe's Hall Tuesday, February 26th from 11-2. A more detailed letter will be coming home this week but I just wanted to give you a heads up!

Non-fiction animal project

Our animal project will be due back to school on Monday, February 25th. Your child will be graded on including their animal facts and our listening and speaking standards. Their checklist will come home next week. I hope it's going well!!

Baby pictures

So sorry for the emails on Tuesday and the confusion. If you can, please send in baby pictures of your child by the 26th during different stages in their life. The pictures will be displayed and then returned to you in a couple weeks. 1st - newborn, 2nd - 1 to 2 years old, 3rd - 3 to 4 years old, 4th - 5 to 6 years old

Valentine's Day

On Thursday we had a heart filled day in Kindergarten! We read books, played valentine bingo, passed out valentines to friends, and worked on candy heart math activities! It was great to hear comments like, "your valentine was awesome" and "thank you for the valentine". So sweet!

K.RL210 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

Writing Workshop: Animals and non-fiction writing

With the help from their fourth grade book buddies, the students researched an animal on the computer by using approved sites on the Brooks School Library catalog website. They always love working with their book buddies and the 4th graders were a big help.

At home, ask your child about these non-fiction text features - bold words, table of contents, glossary, diagram with labels, and captions! Fun!

W. K. 6 With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
K.3.2. Describe and compare living animals in terms of shape, texture of body coverings, size, weight, color, and the way they move.
RI.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).

Addition Application Activities

This week we practiced applying our addition learning with the game, bears in a cave. The goal of the game is to start thinking about addition in different ways. The bears in a cave game had them use reverse addition to figure out how many bears are in the cave (under the cup). This could be played at home! We also stopped for some candy heart fun on Thursday where we reviewed our sorting, graphing, and tallying math skills with candy hearts. Too sweet!

K.OA.A.1 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
K.OA.A.2 Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.

Science: More Animals!

We are continuing our learning about animals. This week we focused on body coverings, movements, and size of animals this week. Throughout the week we have discussed why different animals have different body coverings. Have you seen our cute animals with their coverings? We even made a chart of body coverings that graphs our favorite animals.

We will start learning about habitats this week.

K.3.2. Describe and compare living animals in terms of shape, texture of body coverings, size, weight, color, and the way they move.

Reader's Workshop: Partner Reading

The students are still practicing reading with their elbow partner. This has turned out to be a great way for them to share their reading experience. They have enjoyed reading aloud together and discussing their books.

K.RL210 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
K.RF.4 Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.

Coming up for next week

Star Words - help, have
Phonics - double vowels 'two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking'
Reading - character
Writing - non-fiction animal books
Math - place value and coins
Science - animal life cycles and habitats

Miss Root

I have really enjoyed my first five weeks here at Brooks School Elementary. My favorite part is watching the students get excited when they make new discoveries. I also love hearing the facts they learn about their favorite animals.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions for me.