The Jungle Beat

January 29, 2016

Our mission is to create a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create.

News and Notes

Hey Parents- *Date Change* Group Picture Day is Friday, February 5. Please make note of the date change for group pictures. Thank you parents for sending in supplies for our 100th day of school celebration. The following video is a sample of the day in the K Community. I am so excited that we have made it 100 days together. My heart is 100 days fuller because of you, your children, and the K Lead Learners!

K Community Celebrates 100 Days!

100th Day of School

I have to give a "shout-out" to our amazing intern Caroline Clark. She made a 100th day t-shirt out of different size "balls" (pompoms) to go along with our ball project. Ms. Clark will continue to take over portions of our day, leading to a full 2 weeks where she will be the Lead Learner the entire day. The 2 weeks will begin next Monday, February 8th. When most interns get to this point, they are handed a teacher's manual, told to familiarize themselves with the content, and rewrite the plans which are already in the manual. Ms. Clark is being handed a group of hungry for knowledge actively engaged kindergarteners, told to go familiarize herself with standards, and write plans based on the learners. Her knowledge of pedagogy is growing daily and she is working hard to practice following the lead of the learners. I am already dreading the day she leaves our family!
100th Day of School-Allen

Ball Project Update

We are having such a great time with this project. Olivia's dad loaned us a bowling ball. We spent time working on "The bowling ball is heavier than...." Coach Klinger loaned us an adult basketball and Bailey Dees brought in her youth size ball for us to compare as well. We are still looking for an expert on basketballs and footballs. I am so excited that Olivia's dad has agreed to be our bowling ball expert. We will brainstorm questions for him that the learners would like answered about the bowling ball .
Ball Project Update


The think portion of our project has exploded! A big "thank you" to Coach Hines for connecting us with Nicolas Stinson from Huntingdon College to be our soccer ball expert. Mr. Stinson will be coming back in the near future to answer questions our learners have about soccer balls. I am looking forward to Mr. Stinson joining us on this project.

The Learners Questions:

  1. How are soccer balls made?
  2. Who made soccer balls?
  3. How do you kick a soccer ball?
  4. How do different colors get on a soccer ball?
  5. How do soccer balls get air into it?
  6. What shape is on a soccer ball?
  7. How do you bounce a soccer ball on your knee?
  8. What is inside a soccer ball?


Olivia's dad loaned us a bowling ball. We all cut string the length that we thought would go around the bowling ball. The bowling ball group actually measured the circumference and recorded it on their web.


Create has a simple definition; Create- bring something into existence. Our groups are doing this in a form of a book. Each ball group is using the app Book Creator to bring a book of what they are learning into existence for others to read. The picture is of the bowling ball group picking out the layout for their book.

3D Shape helps us make ice Cream

Ice Cream in a Ball

Ball as a Tool

We kicked and rolled our way to ice cream! This activity helped us with the 3D shape sphere and the use of a ball as a tool. This took a great deal of perseverance from all of us. It was a great deal of work!

Learning Areas - Support Project Learning and Standards

Ball Pump Station

I love the ball pump station!!! We have only broken one needle this week! On Friday, we had a 6th grade student get to come and visit in our room. She spent time with the learners cutting open a ball. The ball was flat because the valve had become detached and fallen into the ball. They located the valve and then preceded to try to cut open the very tiny valve. At one point the k learners had convinced the older learner that wetting it would help. So they went to the sink only to discover that wetting it had nothing to do with being able to cut it open. I just happened to see them heading to the sink and over heard the thinking. When I catch these moments my heart almost pops out of my chest. Then it sinks because I know it is probably happening all over my room and for every one moment I catch there are probably 19 I didn't get to hear.

Dramatic Play-Wrecking Ball Construction Site

This is such a popular learning area. Every learner insist that I come watch them knock over their structure. They are all learning to use the ball in a new way. They all want to "throw" the ball. They are learning about force and motion by dropping the ball from various heights.

Block Area

The block area is amazing. The learners are so engaged in building ramps and pathways. Many are very close to constructing the knowledge needed to make turns. It was amazing to watch them this week as they figured out how to make a "stop" at the end of the pathway. In the picture you see that many explored using tunnels. This adds a new dimension to the pathway.
Ramps and Pathways-Learning Continues

What's Coming up?

Friday, February 5th-GROUP PICTURE DAY!

Feb 1-5
This is our last week working on persuasive writing. The following books are the mentor text we will use. Also this week, writers will choose a piece they have written to share with others. We will not be having a big "Publishing Party" this time. I hope to have one at the end of February. Our next writing will focus on the genre of Informational Text. This will also go well with our project work. Each ball group is using the Book Creator app to produce an informational book of their work.
During a mini lesson this past week, Ms. Clark discussed using spaces. She gave the learners a "spaceman" for them to use during their writing time to help them with this skill. We will be looking to see this used during writing this week and putting this in Fresh Grade. We will continue working on the math standard "Writes numbers 0-20 and Quantities." Ms. Clark will be finishing the standard of "Flat and 3D shapes."

High Frequency Words

We will spend some time focusing on High Frequency words this week. I have included a link to a game that we will be doing in the classroom. It is very easy to replicate at home. When doing this activity, make sure the child is saying and pointing to the cup they want lifted up. That way you will ensure that when they say "am" they are actually reading the word "am." Remember that High Frequency words accumulate. So, those that were not already mastered will be reassessed.

High Frequency Words.

This is an ongoing standard. The words accumulate. Consider looking at the link for ideas of ways to work with High Frequency words during the two week break. We will begin a new set of words when we return in January.

Already introduced: a, am, can, go, I, me, my, play, the, to, you, and,

blue, for, went, is, it in, little, red, yellow, look

Words Currently Working On:

-big, help, come, make, not, one, two, three, we, see, said

Words remaining:

-where, jump, they, what, up, down, here, he, she, have, like

Ideas for High Frequency Word games to play with your learner at home.

Scholastic Book Order

Parents we will be using online ordering for Scholastic Book Orders for all future orders. Book orders for February are due by February 26th.


Class Activation Code: PC3NF

Scholastic Reading Club Link

Link to Scholastic Reading Club Link

Below is the link to the pre-approved absence form.