## We Have Been Working On...

This week Ms. Ellwood continued Morning Meeting with the little ones as well as transitions and math. She has also begun the Habitat Research Project to prepare the students for the zoo next week.

During our literacy and writing time, we have wrapped up our drafts to our Mo Willems inspired stories and begun transferring it to the publishing stages. We have worked really hard on providing lots of detail and doing our best work to publish our books. Next week the children will have the opportunity to share their books with their kindergarten book buddies and then their books will be displayed outside our hallway. Come check them out!

During our math time, Ms. Ellwood has begun teaching Unit 8 Geometry. The children have learned about polygons, halves and fourths. Ask your little one about these vocabulary words. They have split a cookie in half, discussed math vocabulary for halves, fourths and whole as well as completed sorting work that differentiates between halves and fourths. She will continue teaching Unit 8 into next week.

In the afternoon, Mrs. Ellwood has been taking over our science unit with our Habitat Research Projects. Next week, once the projects have been completed, you will receive a newsletter from Ms. Ellwood explaining her teaching week and what the children have been working on.

We had a library lesson with Mrs. Hutcherson this week as we continued our discussion about non fiction text features. The children looked through books as they identified the table of contents, headings, bold print, captions, labels, glossary and index.

• What habitat are you studying?
• What are some animals that live in your habitat? What are some adjectives you would use to describe your habitat?
• What are some other ways to describe half?
• What are some other ways to describe fourths?
• Get a deck of cards, take out the cards with numbers and play Salute!
• Get on Xtra Math and Smarty Ants!
• Practice adding two digit numbers using a number grid.
• Practice simple addition facts between 1-10.

## Week of April 30th - May 4th

Thematic Unit: Habitats Project

Writing

• Writers Workshop Routines
• Publishing Mo Willems Inspired Books

Literacy

• Phonics: -aw, -au
Math
• Combining 2-Dimensional Shapes
• 3-Dimensional Shapes
• Time to the Half Hour

Extracurricular

• Tuesday: Art with Mrs. Miller
• Wednesday: Oklahoma City Zoo Field Trip
• Thursday: Author Visit with Mrs. Hutcherson
• Friday: Super Kids Day!

## Upcoming Events...

Wednesday, May 2nd

Friday, May 4th

Hat Day

Friday, May 4th

Super Kids Day!

Friday, May 4th

Sonic Night

Tuesday, May 15th

Memorial Day - No School!

Monday, May 28th

Last Day of First Grade :(

Thursday, May 31st

## Katheryn Le

Office Hours

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After Hours - 3:00 - 4:00 PM (M,T,W,TH)