KA Classroom Update
December 4, 2015
What's Happening in KA?
In an effort to become Super Awesome Readers and Super Awesome Writers, we have been working hard during Literacy times. The skills we are developing now are going to propel us forward towards our goal. Check out our pictures below to see more of what is happening in our classroom!
One of the social-emotional skills we have been working on in our classroom is understanding that we are all in the process of learning how to be a productive member of our classroom community. A way to support at home is to talk with your child about any problems they bring up after school, and walking them through what they felt at the time and what they think anyone involved at the time may have felt. This will allow your child to begin to understand the feeling of empathy. It's a big feeling, but a helpful one!
Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up!
Dates: Wednesday, December 16th – Friday, December 18th
- Remember, there is no school on Friday, December 18th!
Location: BPCS Downtown
Deadline: End of day before the requested appointment date
To reserve a time slot with us, enter the following link into your web browser: www.ptcfast.com/reg1
You will then be asked for an entry code, where you should enter: XNZ191105
In Writer's Workshop we are working on writing Pattern Books. We read books with a variety of patterns ranging from simple to complex to generate a list of patterns we could try in our writing.
Some of the patterns we have used so far are based off of The Family Book by Todd Parr and This Car by Paul Collicultt. As we work towards wrapping up the unit, we will challenge ourselves to write more complicated pattern books.
We are Super Readers who use our Reading Super Powers! We: Think about the story; Connect the pictures to the words; Make movies in our minds; Point under each word while reading.....
Super Readers also: Find and read sight words, and Get our mouths ready to read!
Today we worked on creating a community out of card stock that we could play with during choice centers time. We loved coloring and cutting out the people, vehicles, and building.
Creative Play POD
Our block building skills and cooperative group work has grown so much since the beginning of the year. During this session of PODS we build places in communities.
During our Phonics POD we worked on the proper formation of upper and lower case A, D, C and E. We are working on making our writing readable to readers.
Independent Writing POD
During our Independent Writing POD, we continued to work on our pattern books. We are working on stretching out words to hear as many sounds as possible. We are SUPER WRITERS!
During math POD, we explored 3D shapes through making the shapes with play dough. We talked about flat faces and vertices of cubes, cones, cylinders and spheres.
Independent Writing POD
Math Block is a time for us to deepen our understanding of concepts. Here are some of us playing Shape Bingo with Ms. Raccio
Here we are working with play dough to make 3D shapes. These sure are tricky, but it really helps us to understand the characteristics of 3D shapes.
Here we are sorting shapes into 2D (rectangle, circle, square) and 3D (pyramid, sphere, cylinder). We are working towards becoming shape pros!
Shapes and Spaces
Part of our math unit is using positional language, such as between, below, and next to. We practiced with monsters and with our bodies!
Shapes and Spaces
We really like math that includes monsters...
Rainy Day Art
Sometimes a rainy day calls for some rainy day art. We used oil pastels and tempera paint cakes to capture the mood of a rainy day.
Shapes and Spaces
We Want YOU...to come visit our class!
¡KA explora en español!
It has been a pleasure seeing KA grow and learn so fast in Español. We know our day of the weeks perfectly, we know our body parts and respond quickly to the Simón dice (Simon says) command. (¡Sí! We love that game.) Now we continue exploring the language through the five sense, - but specifically through sight (vista) and hearing (oir). In our exploration of sight we use our ojos to identify colors and animals. Veo ,veo ¿Qué ves? With our hearing we explore los oídos and sounds that travel around us. We used a big cardboard tube to explore the sounds in Spanish and shared some secrets. We also played a blindfold game to explore hearing carefully and guessing who was saying hola, ¿cómo estas? It was so fun to guess ¿Quién es?
A big thanks to all the students that worked hard on the GRACIAS installation. It was a total hit! You can take a look at your student picture in the lobby display.
KA ARTISTS ROCK THE STUDIO LAB!
WOW, K artists worked really hard in November. They painted beautiful autumn papers and spent days observing, drawing, and cutting out leaves for their tree — located in the school lobby. I hope you saw the tree in all it’s glory as it is very difficult to photograph. Your K artists are strengthening their hands and developing good habits with scissors.
Matisse would be proud! Additionally, they love to staple and are quite good with our new staplers. We celebrated our Fall project by making crowns. Please check out photos below to see how focused K artists are in the studio! Happy Holidays from the Studio Lab!
We are the Dinosaurs!
- Families are invited to our Fall Curriculum Share on December 11th from 9-12pm. Students will share what they have been working on through our first inquiry unit on Community.
- Please clearly label all of your child's belongings. If you child is missing something, check out the Lost and Found on the 10th floor!
- We will send home student work every Friday. Students should place their folder in their mailbox each Monday. Families can empty the folders and finish any incomplete work together at home.
- Park days to Fort Greene Park are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as long as weather permits. Please pack a bagged lunch on those days and send your child to school with rubber-soled shoes.
- As long as weather permits we will have recess at MetroTech. Please send your child with a warm jacket. There is limited sun and it is cold.
- Our specials schedule is: Spanish (Mon-Thurs), Dance (Tues), Science (Wed), Art (Mon, Thurs), PE (Thurs), Music (Fri).
- December 11th- Fall Curriculum Share
- December 16-18- Parent Teacher Conferences
- December 18th- No School
- December 23rd- Early Dismissal @ 1:30, half day bus service provided
- December 24- Jan 4th- Winter Break
KA visits Ft. Greene Park every Wednesday, weather permitting.
KA visits MetroTech on Monday, Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.