# Mrs. Grant's Kindergarten

## Reading and Phonics

This week we read Nan and Nat, a phonics skill book from our reading series. Although dry, this reader allows the students to practice reading words that they are learning to write and decode during our phonics time. On Friday, the students who received this reader read it to me along with their words and sentences. Please practice anything noted at home.

Foundational Skills 3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words

Foundational Skills 4. read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding

## Little Panda

This week our shared reading book was Little Panda. This informational text showed the students how the baby panda grew and changed during her first year at the San Diego Zoo. Our reading strategy was compare and contrast and we compared and contrasted our lives' and how we have changed.

Informational Text 3. With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

Informational Text 10. Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

## Math

This week we worked on numbers to 20, focusing on counting using base ten blocks. Each day, the students worked with cubes and their own number line to create the number, count to the number by ones and with the base ten blocks. We made number lines on Friday to show how we can apply our learning and will be taking the test on Monday. Next week, we will start Topic 6, Numbers to 100. Can your child count to 100 yet?? If not, please practice at home.

K.CC.1 Count to 100 by ones and by tens

K.CC.5 Count to answer "how many?" questions about as many as 20 things arranged different ways.

Math tubs this week

Ordering numbers to 30 on the magnetic board

War card game with a friend

Missing numbers in number line games

Stamping a pattern

Reviewing numbers sets by building with legos

Dice race (review writing numbers)

More or less game

## Writers Workshop

"How To books are HARD!" I am hearing this every day this week but each student is trying so hard to work through their plan and book. This week I will be sending home a hot chocolate permission slip for our How To book celebration next week.

K.W.1 Text Types and Purposes

## Social Studies

We would like to help our students learn about the differences amongst their classmates and neighbors.  December is a time when people are celebrating many different traditions and holidays.  Over the next two weeks we will talk about some winter traditions from places in different parts of the world.  We will compare and contrast these traditions.  Thank you for sending back the paper about your family’s traditions.  We will also learn a lot about maps and globes and how people travel to different parts of the world.  We will be very careful during this unit to not put emphasis on any specific tradition as I know we all have different beliefs. Our intention is not to offend anyone but simply to learn about others. I appreciate your open-mindedness and support as your child learns new things :).

## Our new interactive board!

Check out our new board! Since everyone loves post its, each week we answer questions about our learning. Today we had to use our new star words in a sentence.

## This week

Star Words - in it

Phonics - /r/

Reading - Plot

Writing - How To books

Math - Numbers to 100

Library - Checkout on Tuesday and Library on Friday

Student teacher - Katie Root, an IU student, will be coming in to meet our class on Monday!