Mrs. Grant's Kindergarten

December 10-14

New look in Kindergarten

Professional Development can be good and bad! The good part is that you learn new ways of teaching and cannot wait to implement them in your classroom. The bad part is that we are changing our day in Kindergarten. The students are being very patient with me as I explain our new look to our day. Here is our updated schedule and please let me know if you have questions.

9:00-10:30 - Literacy Block

Shared Message

phonics work, star word practice, and fluency through poems

Readers Workshop (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

mini lesson on reading strategy and independent reading practice in book boxes

Phonics (Tuesday, Thursday)

reading series phonics work with games, wipe boards, and 'test' on Friday

Shared Reading

big book and comprehension strategy

Learning Jobs (five jobs, one a day for 30 minutes)

differentiated literacy practice and guided reading time. Jobs include star word, listening and responding to story, book look, game, and abc

2:15-3:15 - Math Block

Math journals and snack

math stories and practice (will be coming home this Friday)

Math meeting

calendar and spiral review, mini lesson on topic, practice

Math stations (tubs) (ten tubs, two a day for 30-40 minutes)

Differentiated practice and small group instruction

Math paper if needed

Reading and Phonics

This week we read Rin the Rat, 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. Please practice at home if needed.

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 Quack

This week our shared reading book was Little Quack. This week we review story elements and focused on plot with our stories. Good readers look to see what happens in each part of the story in order to better understand what they are reading.

K.RL.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story

Link to the story..


This week we started our topic about numbers to 100. We learned patterns on a hundredths chart in addition to grouping and counting by tens. We also started new math tubs this week. In case your child hasn't filled you in, we are tweaking our sixty minute math block this week and next in order to fully implement Guided Math after the holidays. During our sixty minutes, we cover math journals/snack, math meeting with calendar and spiral review, mini lesson on the standard covered, guided practice, and then math stations with small group instruction. We will be working on the Envision papers as needed, yet will not be doing one each and every day. We will still be taking either the Envision test or a teacher created test. Please check the newsletter each week to learn about the standard and topic that is being covered.

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

Domino more/less game

Calendar (go through our calendar skills, practicing counting and tens frame work)

Magnets to 100

Base ten dice game (roll two dice, make the number, then draw the base ten form)

Ordering numbers dice (roll four # dice, write the numbers in order)

Rainbow write #'s 11-20

Number line puzzles

File folder games

Writers Workshop

This week we read through our books and picked out our top three How To books. Their books came home last Friday and we will be sipping on our hot chocolate and sharing our books this Thursday. Books and grading checklist will be coming home that same day.

K.W.1 Text Types and Purposes

Social Studies

This week we learned about Diwali and Hannukah. We learned about which country the holiday originates from in addition their important symbols. On Tuesday, we were lucky to have Arjun's mother, Mrs. Talwar, come in to our classroom to enrich us more on Diwali. She taught us special symbols such as a Diya, Rangoli mat, and Goddess Lakshmi. We also read books as a class and made our very own Rangoli mat which will be coming home next week.

We also read books and learned about Hannukah. We learned how to play the dreidel game in addition to learning when Passover begins and ends.

This week

Star Words - little be

Phonics - /d/ /k/

Reading - Cause and Effect

Writing - How To books

Math - Numbers to 100

Library - Checkout on Wednesday

Holiday Party - EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO COME IN! 2:00-2:45 this Friday