Crittenden's Critters

Weekly Updates from Room F7

Dates to Remember

Thursday, May 12 - Whole Class Field Trip to the San Diego Zoo

Friday, May 13 - Spring Carnival!

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day - No School

Friday, June 3- First Grade Patriotic Performance- 8:30 AM in the MPR

Monday, June 6 - End of Year Party! More info to come.

Monday, June 6 - Dad's and Donuts Father's Day Celebration- 9:00 AM

Thursday, June 9 - Last Day of School - 12:45 PM Dismissal

Upcoming Birthdays!

June 11 - Roman

June 18 - Aiden

June 27 - Raul

San Diego Zoo Field Trip This Thursday!

To expand our learning and connections about habitats around the world, we will be taking a whole class field trip this Thursday to the San Diego Zoo. At the zoo, we will be using what we have learned about habitats of animals to help us understand what certain animals need in their habitat to live.

Please make sure that your child has a bagged lunch that is disposable. This helps tremendously with clean up after our lunch time. Please ensure that your child is wearing comfortable shoes, and a jacket for the brisk morning air. If you are one of the lovely parent volunteers that will join us, please return the slip of paper to me by Tuesday of this week so that I can finalize groups for the trip.

We aim to leave Creekside by 9:15 in the morning. Make sure that your child is on time that morning so that we can load the buses and be on our way promptly! We will be returning to the school at 2:00 PM. The kids and I are very excited about this trip! I know it will be a fun time for all.

Chaperones for Field Trip - If you haven't already, please turn in your form that was in Friday Folders to let me know if you are able to attend on Thursday! This will help me organize our class into groups for the trip! Thank you :)

Spring Carnival This Friday!

Please join us THIS Friday, May 13th from 5:00-8:00 PM for our annual Carnival! It is a guaranteed good time! Please fill out the ticket order form, or you can purchase tickets here: Order your tickets now and save! Ticket prices will be $.75 per ticket the day of.

Bring the entire family and enjoy a fun-filled night of games, crafts, prizes, cakewalk, food, treats, a library book sale, and an inflatable obstacle course!

I hope to see you all there!

Weekly Curriculum Update

May Themes: During the month of May, we will be continuing to focus on animal habitats and needs.This will intertwine with our study of informational writing when we write a research paper about an animal of our choice. We will also be studying continents, and global travel to learn about different countries and cultures.


Foundational: For the remainder of the school year, we will be reviewing what we have learned about in phonics. We will be reviewing the following concepts: CVC words, digraphs, blends, glued sounds, the bonus letter rule, suffixes -s, -ed, and -ing, and the three syllable types. Thank you for your ongoing support and help with phonics homework. Your dedication is evident in the students' understanding of these concepts!
Literature: Throughout the year, our kiddos have learned various strategies to help them with three major areas of literacy skills: decoding, fluency, and comprehension. In the remaining days that we have in school, I will be focusing on the review of these strategies and concepts. We will be focusing heavily on comprehension.

WRITING- We will be continuing to work on our informational writing unit. In addition to mastery of the informational writing standard (students name a topic of their choice in an introductory way, provide 2-3 facts about that given topic, and then provide a sense of closure at the end), we will be weaving key ideas from non-fiction reading into our writing study. Students will include key text features in their research report that reflect what we find in non-fiction books. This will help students to better understand the relationship between non-fiction books and informational writing.


Cubs: Cubs will continue to build a strong foundational understanding of place value and how it works in our number system. Mastery of place value skills is a key indicator of the understanding of place value not only in kindergarten, but for years to come.

Bears: Bears will be learning about non-standard measurement this week. Non-standard measurement covers concepts such as: ordering and sorting objects and their length by comparing and understanding that an object's length is measured in units, which can change depending on the size of the unit used.

SCIENCE-We will be continuing our study of animal habitats and needs. Students will be using their background knowledge to determine whether or not certain animals can survive in a different habitat. We will also be discussing our amazing Earth and how special it is that we have so many unique habitats on our planet. Students will learn about ways to keep these habitats thriving and clean for our Earth's animals.

SOCIAL STUDIES-We will be continuing to explore our vast Earth and the many different cultures through our study of diversity, culture, and change. My goal is for us to travel to at least three more countries before the year is over. Students will be using what they have learned about informational writing to write in their travel journals on our trips.