Weekly Updates!

Mrs. Reynolds' Class, January 11-15

Important Dates

*NWEA Math testing, Tuesday Jan. 12 & Wednesday Jan. 13, 12:15pm

*Trimester 2 Mid-Term reports, sent home with students Thursday Jan. 14

*Teacher Record Day (No school for students), Friday Jan. 15

*Martin Luther King Day (no school), Monday Jan. 18

Cold Weather Dressing

It looks like winter is finally here! I love winter weather, so this makes me excited. Please keep in mind that it is best to dress your child in layers when coming to school. Even inside the cozy walls of our classroom the temperature can vary greatly. Sending students with a cardigan or sweater each day can help them feel comfortable while we focus on our work. Please remember that EVERY layer students wear should be uniform colors (hunter green, black, grey, navy blue, light blue, white, or red). Sweatshirts and sweaters should be free of hoods as well.

Please keep in mind that students should bring uniform appropriate shoes to change into if they are wearing snow or rain boots to school. School shoes should not have lights or wheels on them and should be easy for the student to take on and off by themselves. We know that kindergarten is a time when many students are learning to zip their coat or tie their shoes, however, we ask that you think of the book What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick. When one student needs help tying their shoes it is manageable but if 24 students need help tying their shoes it makes it impossible to get everything completed in a timely manner. We really appreciate your thought about this prior to sending your child to school.

Sight Words

Each word listed in the "words we know" column a student should be able to read, write, spell, and say with ease and automaticity. These are words that students can help read if you are exploring books at night. Each week we will add two more sight words to our "Words we know" list.

Words We Know:



























Words We Are Learning This Week:



YOU Sight Word Song (password: fishback)

Reading Workshop

Students will learn to use a variety of reading strategies in order to decode and comprehend text more efficiently.

Students will be encouraged to:

*identify story "ingredients" (characters, setting, events)

*compare two or more characters in a story

*use evidence from the text to support their retelling

*recognize the problem in a story & identify it's solution

*describe the beginning, middle, and end of a story

*retell details of a story using appropriate sequence

*determine when they have made an error decoding ("Does it look right?", "Does it sound right?", "Does it make sense?")

Writing Workshop

Students will learn the key features of how-to writing in order to create writing pieces that teach others.

Students will be encouraged to:

*number the steps/directions in their story

*use headings or titles when creating how-to steps

*number the pages of a book

*add labels to illustrations

*create realistic illustrations

*create an entire story on a cohesive topic

*make pages with pictures and words that match

*write down as many sounds as they hear in a word (it doesn't need to be perfect)

*use correct letter formation

*use punctuation at the end of each sentence

*put spaces between each word

Math Workshop

Students will learn to identify, describe, and create various 2D and 3D shapes in order to recognize the difference between these shapes.

Students will be encouraged to:

*use appropriate names for 2D and 3D shapes (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, trapezoid, oval, cube, sphere, cone, cylinder, pyramid, etc.)

*identify parts of each shape

*use mathematically appropriate language when talking about shapes (vertex/vertices, edges, corners, faces, sides, etc.)

*verbalize their math ideas to a partner or group

*record their thinking in a math journal using pictures AND words