A Note From Kindergarten
Hi Kindergarten Eagles,
We miss you all so much! This week is going to be a great week with so much fun learning! We have enjoyed receiving pictures and videos of all the great work you are doing at home. We are so proud of you ! Please continue to send your work digitally to your teachers and refer to the checklist on what is due each week. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your child's teacher. We are here to help! Be on the lookout for information on parent conferences from your teacher. We are looking forward to conferencing with you about your child’s progress this year in kindergarten and what the last grading period will look like. Anything you need please message your child’s teacher and they will be happy to help.
Fun Fact: Elephants have special fingers on their trunk to help them grab things. Asian Elephants have 1 special finger and African Elephants have 2 special fingers.
For this week pick a book the student has not read before to complete each activity.
Before Reading- Look at the title and the pictures to help you make predictions.
During Reading-Stop every few pages to make a prediction about what will happen next.
After Reading- Think: “Did I make accurate predictions?” What clues helped me predict what would happen next?”
For this activity you will need the, “Make a Prediction” sheet. Discuss the book cover and title of the book. Have student make a prediction about what the book may be about. Have student fill out the, “My Prediction” part on the sheet. When finished reading the book, go back and fill out the “What happened” and discuss if the student’s prediction matched what really happened in the book.
Please make sure your child is reading everyday for 20 minutes. Review the Avid Readers anchor chart they have previously learned in class. Reading can be online books or books you have at home.
- Practice sight words
Play Snakes and Ladders (there are 2 versions)
While reading a book play, “Show me the words you know on this page.”
This week students will pick a piece of writing they have completed, and will begin the revising process. Your student will be focusing on adding details in pictures or words.
Step 1: Discuss: Writers reread their stories, thinking about what they can do from everything they know about good writing to make their piece the best it can be.
Step 2: Plan: Read one event in your story. Ask yourself, “What else happened? What did I leave out that i’m assuming my reader would know but really doesn’t?”
Step 3: Write: Now students are ready to revise their story by adding detail to the events in the order they happened.
Have your student choose a piece of writing that they want to revise. Explain that revising means that we are going to be adding more to our writing. This week you’ll be adding detail to your pictures or words.
Math this week will be working with part part whole problems. EX: I have 4 red trucks and 3 blue trucks. How many trucks do I have?
Activity #1 Part Part whole story problems:
There are 2 Story problems (attached) that your student can work on. Make sure they read the problem carefully and use the correct math operation (+/-) to solve the problem. They can also use the part part whole mat (attached) to help them.
Activity #2: Make your own story problem:
Have your student make their own story problem on the blank story problem sheet. They can use the part part whole mat to help them. Make sure their story problem makes since for the operation (+/-) they are trying to use.
Activity #3: Addition bingo (practice math facts)
You will need two dice and “bingo” chips to play. Once you determine the player order.
- Have one person roll two dice, add the numbers on each dice together, (6+2=8) Cover the sum of the two numbers on your bingo card.. If the numbers of the dice add up higher then 10 have the player roll again. Keep playing until someone gets bingo!
Part Part Whole TIps:
- Read the problem slowly
- Use simple language
- Use any counters you have to help your student if they’re struggling.
Mrs. Murphy had 8 apples. She gave 4 of her apples to Mrs. Wieghat. How many apples did Mrs. Murphy have left? Use the part part whole mat to help solve this problem.
Students will learn to identify the basic parts of animals.
Students will create an animal using materials found around home or students can complete the activity on the next page.
Students will match the body part to the correct animal.
Students will complete the activity to match the parts of the giraffe (see attached, page 15). This will be the page that you will turn in. Keep created animal at home- send an optional picture to your teacher!
Students can explain the differences between needs and wants.
- Students will look around their home to find 1 need and 1 want.
- Draw the object and write to explain why it is a need or a want.
Example: A soccer ball is a want because we like it but do not need it to live.
Social Emotional Learning Weekly Theme: Resilience
In physics, resilience is the ability of an elastic material to absorb energy and release that energy as it springs back to its original shape. Resilience in people can be viewed in the same way. When hit with tough situations, if we are resilient, we too can bounce back.
Watch the video A Very Happy Brain: https://youtu.be/GZZ0zpUQhBQ
Ways to Improve Resilience
Get Connected - Build relationships with loved ones.
Make Everyday Meaningful-Do something that gives you purpose.
Learn from Experiences- Thinking about how you deal with things.
Remain Hopeful- You can't change the past, but change the future.
Take Care of Yourself- Make sure to get enough sleep and eat healthy.
Be Proactive - Don't ignore problems figure out a way to solve them.
Have your child color the strong brain and review ways to improve resilience.