Week of May 9
Some highlights from the week
- We took a field trip to the Hollenback Community Garden!
- The fertilized chicken eggs arrived!
Almost all students got a new set of sight words. If you don't see those in your child's book baggie this week, look for them on Monday.
During reading time, we talked about how patterns in a book can help you read. Kids also shared strategies they use to figure out tricky words when the pattern in a book breaks or when the book doesn't have a pattern.
At home: Read, read, read! We also encourage you to review students' sight word cards with them. If you come across a word that is especially tricky for a student to remember, you can try using this strategy that we practiced in class: look, read, spell, write, look, read.
At home: Read poetry! Ask students which words are especially interesting or beautiful to them.
This week we continued sorting objects. Guess My Rule is a popular game in our classroom right now. We also had a lot of chicken problems to think through and solve as a class:
- Chicken eggs take 21 days to hatch. We started incubating our eggs on May 11. On what day should the chicks start hatching?
- We know that about half of all fertilized chicken eggs in incubators hatch. We have 18 fertilized eggs. How many of our eggs should hatch?
- We have to increase the humidity and turn off the egg rotator three days before the chicken hatch day. On what day do we need to do those things?
- For the first 18 days of incubation, the humidity in the incubator should be between 45 and 55%. Our incubator is running at 61%. Is our humidity too high or too low?
We wrote a poem about the garden when we got back to the classroom.
On Wednesday, our fertilized chicken eggs arrived! We marked the calendar with some important dates to help use prepare for the chicks' arrival.
At home: Ask your children about hatching chicks. Encourage them to bring their questions and wonderings to school with them.
At home: Ask about the sounds and motions for A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, P, R, S, T, W, and Z. More letters coming soon.
Music News - From Sara
Kindergarteners began exploring graphic notation of melodies. Through vocal play and lots of drawing, students read music as illustrated by lines, dots, and spirals.