Beech Class

Week of May 9

Some highlights from the week

  • We took a field trip to the Hollenback Community Garden!
  • The fertilized chicken eggs arrived!


This week we went book shopping! Every student now has a new set of books to read at home. We hope to move back into a weekly book shopping routine.

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.


We are in the second week of our poetry unit. Students used beautiful and interesting language to write about things they love. Some students started to incorporate repetition into their poetry to make their poems sound more song-like. We continued to write observational poems. Next week we will work with more types of poems.

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?
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Garden Study

This week we visited the Hollenback Community Garden. Sasha's family is a member of the garden. Vlada gave us a tour of the garden and told us about the composting toilet, the rainwater collections system (that looks like a caterpillar!), and the fire pit! We had time to explore, plant radish and pea seeds, and water the garden.

We wrote a poem about the garden when we got back to the classroom.

This week was a big week for learning about chicken eggs. We made observational drawings of the inside and outside of unfertilized chicken eggs (...and then we made scrambled eggs). We learned about the different parts of an egg. We used a model of a chicken to see how a chicken makes an egg. We talked about the differences between fertilized and unfertilized eggs.

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.

Chicken read alouds

We've been reading select pages from these books, but we hope to answer most of our chicken questions by candling the eggs and observing the chicks once they hatch.

Word Study

We learned the sound and motion for the letter Z and practiced the sounds and motions for the other letters that we already know.

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.

Sustainability - News from Kirstin!

Learn more about what students are doing in Sustainability on the Sustainability Studio blog--photos and notes from students' work in Sustainability!

classroom materials

We could still use any old t-shirts or hula hoops. We started one hula hoop loom this week, but would like to get a few more going so that kids can support each other as they work.