# The Kindergarten Times

## Week at a Glance

Morning Meeting

During our Morning Meeting, we used an elbow shake to greet each other. We are really working on being attentive listeners while other friends are greeted. We have really been focusing on making eye contact during our greeting. This week during share, we worked on talking about things that we did over the weekend, things we did after school, or things we were looking forward to using a complete sentence.

We played four corners this week with new sight words. We worked on that, then, with, and when. Can your child identify these words easily?

Overall, we just worked on being good friends to each other. The last couple of weeks, we have not always shown kindness during our time in the classroom and on the playground. We are working on finishing strong and being kind, compassionate, thoughtful (almost) first graders!

Literacy

We grew as readers and writers this week as we explored weather! We listened to non-fiction books related to different kinds of weather as well as talked about the types of weather we might see in different seasons.

We listened to Tornadoes and Storms, both non-fiction books and made a thinking map about tornadoes. As we have listened to stories, we have made lots of comparisons about tornadoes and hurricanes. What is the difference? Why do we not experience hurricanes in Oklahoma?

We listened to What Will The Weather Be Like?, Weather, and Rain and kept a weather journal about what the weather was like outside.

During our independent time, we worked on our independence in our writing folders. We are working on writing complete sentences and staying on topic when we write. We are also working on spelling sight words correctly and using our resources to be independent writers! We also worked on notes to Dr. Connery about what we think she should do next year when she isn't at school with us.

Math

In math this week, we talked about the names and attributes of 3D shapes. We learned about their edges, vertices, and faces, and how the number of each can help us remember what shape it is. We played a game where one student would describe a shape they drew from a bag, and the rest of the class would try to guess what it was. We also worked in pairs to build 3D shapes with toothpicks and marshmallows. Before doing this, we talked about how spheres, cylinders, and cones can't be built using these materials because they do not have edges. We talked about different ways to measure time, and focused on counting to measure time. We counted to see how long it took to do a variety of things inside of our classroom, and then worked in pairs to count how long it took our partners to do things on the playground.

## Sight Words

We worked on our sight word with this week. You can practice these at home! You can also work on your child's fluency by combining sight words to make sentences to read such as I can see a ________________.

Words We Have Learned:

• a
• I
• see
• can
• the
• we
• to
• like
• and
• you
• go
• my
• said
• little
• is
• my
• it
• are
• have
• here
• went
• be
• she
• he
• up
• this
• what

• My favorite book we read this week. Can your child identify the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book?
• Make a connection in a story you read - can they tell you about something the character did or had happen to them and how it made them think of something that they have done or has happened to them?
• Can they use their schema (what they know) to make a prediction when you are reading a story at home? What can your child infer when they look at pictures of the book?
• Skip count by 5's or 10's to 100! Use nickels or dimes to practice.
• Skip count by 2's to 20.
• Give your child a number. Is it even or odd? We are working on understanding the difference.
• Count backwards from 20 to 0.
• Sort loose coins - can I identify the different coins? What's their value?
• Sort items by length - either from longest to shortest or vice versa.

## Dates to Remember

Monday, May 21: Pancakes and Pajamas

Tuesday, May 22: Lettuce “Taco” About A Great Year

Wednesday, May 23: One Smart Cookie!

Thursday, May 24: Thunder Thursday

Friday, May 25: Oh! The Places You’ll Go! - Kindergarten Recognition

Tuesday, May 29: Arr Matey! Treasure Hunt Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 30: Popsicles in the Park

Thursday, May 31: Last Day! Hooray!