Latest Event Updates
This week in Room 1 we will be continuing to work on our books in Writer’s workshop. The kids have been so excited about writing and sharing their stories with the group. I am loving hearing their creative ideas and to see the amazing growth they have made over the year. Wow! I have been beginning to do some 3rd quarter assessments through observation, and data gathering to prepare for 3rd quarter report cards in April. I am so pleased to see the tremendous growth all the kids are making in reading, writing and math. I have really noticed a big difference just this month in the detail the kids are adding to their illustrations. When we return from Spring break, we will be doing some partnering with The Cooley Gallery at Reed College. Gregory McNaughter, the Education outreach coordinator will be coming to our classroom on April 6th to do a lesson to prepare the kids for visiting the Art Gallery on April 8th. We will be taking a walking field trip that day to Reed to see the art exhibit. More info to follow. Also, when we return from Spring Break, we will be getting back into the garden with Kathleen. So many exciting things to look forward to.
This week in Room 1 we are all excited about writing and sharing books in Writer’s Workshop. We have been learning about giving a story a title, having a beginning, middle and end of a story, and sharing our stories with an audience. Our stories choices have been both fiction and non-fiction. It’s been so fun to see how enthusiastic the class has been about writing. In math, we are beginning to learn the concept of estimation. We are beginning to do story problems using pictures and number sentences, and continuing to practice counting money. This week we will get to see some kids from the upper grades perform for their drama artist residency. It’s always fun to see our schoolmates perform.
Just one more full week before we have our Spring Break. This week we took a walk around the school to look for signs of Spring.
We have yet another fun week of learning planned in Room 1. Dr. Seuss’ birthday and guest readers on Monday along with some fun art activities based on the work of Dr. Seuss. We will be doing fun things all week around the work of Dr. Seuss. Our worktime centers this week are based on our lead story Hide Clyde. It is a fiction story about a chameleon who can’t figure out how to change color like his other family members. We then also read an informational book called Chameleons are Cool. We compared and contrasted the fiction and non-fiction stories. In worktime we are painting chameleons, writing facts about chameleons, observing a bird nest and responding, sequencing a sentence about chameleons and many other activities.
In writing we are going to be doing a piece of writing about the cycle of a seed using words, first, then, next and last. This will be an introduction to using bridging words in writing.
In math, we are continuing to learn about 3 dimensional shapes and really getting into learning about coins and the value on a penny, nickel, dime and quarter. We will be comparing quantities and adding coins together. Fun!
This week, our lead story for Language Arts in called Seeds. It is an informational text so there is a strong science connection. We will be learning about what seeds need to grow, observing different type of seeds, learning how seeds travel, and how like all living things seeds grow and change. Our comprehension focus is on sequencing, and drawing conclusions. This is a great time to be learning about plant growth as Spring emerges all around us. We will be looking around our environment for signs of Spring.
The 100th day of school was Monday. We will had a fun filled day of 100’s activities. We rotated through the other kindergarten classrooms and did fun activities.
Monday, March 2nd is Read Across America Day. In the past, we have done Grandparents and special Friends day on the same day. We have decided as a school to continue to invite folks, but the focus has shifted to focus on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America. We have noticed over the years that the children who do not have a grandparent or special friend are very sad. It is very difficult for some families to have a person available to come for their child. This way, people can still come, but if a child doesn’t have someone it eliminates the stress.
From 2-2:45 We will be inviting guest readers to the room (grandparents are great). I will be sending out an email asking if you are expecting someone so I can get an idea if 45 min. is enough. The whole day will be a number of fun activities in our room related to Dr. Seuss. Anyone can come to any part of our fun day, however the guest reader portion will be 2-2:45.
This week, we are continuing with our story Farfallina and Marcel. We are learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, and continuing with the theme of growing and changing. We are going to be sequencing the story, doing water color butterflies, predicting the next event, and assembling a mixed up sentence using our new vocabulary and word wall words. In writing, we are beginning to use the transitional words, first, then, next and last. We are using them in writing about the life cycle of a butterfly, and then will transition into independently writing a “how to” piece using those words.
In math, we are learning the 3 dimensional shapes, (sphere, cylinder, cube and cone) We have learned a fun song to help us remember the words for those shapes, and how to use mathematical vocabulary to describe them.
We are all so excited to go on our field trip to The Northwest Children’s Theater to see Jungle Book this Wednesday February 11th. Once again, please pack some extra snack, or an extra large lunch on that day because we will be eating early and finishing our food when we return.
Several kids and myself have been sick in Room 1 . I am going to reinforce washing hands, eating healthy, getting lots of sleep and other heathy habits during this time. Please remind your kids to used tissues rather than sleeves for runny noses, sneezing into elbow rather than hand, and frequent hand washing. Thanks so much.