Kindergarten

Lots of Ladybugs!

by shobbs on April 24, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about a butterfly. They also completed an addition story problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on finding ‘chunks’ in words, filled in the blanks in the sentences in our Morning Message, and we read and discussed “The Grouchy Ladybug.” The children helped me identify the main character, all of the other characters, the setting, and the Author’s Purpose in this story.

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: We read the sight word book “Can You Get It?” to focus on the word ‘get,’ which is our new sight word.

Computers: Compass: Language Arts

Literacy: The children put together a life cycle ladybug.

Math: The children made a ladybug, and they used its spots to write out a greater than, less than, or equal math problem.

Math: The children made their own ladybug family, and they added the amount of wings, heads, and antennas in their families.

Literacy: The children put together and read “Smug the Ladybug.” They also looked for sight words in the sensory table.

The children also took the first part of the Math test for the NWEA spring test portion. They did a wonderful job giving their best effort! They will take the second part of the math portion today, and they will take the Language Arts portion on May 15 and 16. Due to this testing the facts that we had 2 Specials today, the children only completed 2 of their Learning Center rotations. They will finish these Centers today, and all of the children will have their sight word to take hoe by tomorrow.

Daily News: “Can you get the book off of the shelf?”
Have a great day!

More Caterpillars!

by shobbs on April 22, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about a caterpillar in a cocoon. They also completed a subtraction problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on finding ‘chunks’ in words to sound them out, and we reviewed our ‘chunk’ songs. We also read and discussed ‘Caterpillar Spring, Butterfly Summer.’

Learning Centers: We worked in our new groups today. We now have 6 groups in our center rotations.
Small group with me: We worked on A to Z books, and we focused on comprehension.

Computers: Compass: Math

Literacy: The children observed the caterpillars, and they wrote about them.

Literacy: The children completed a ‘so’ sight word book, and they played a sight word dice game.

Math: The children completed a place value room walk. Some of the children focused on numbers 1-20, and some of the children worked on numbers up to 100.

Literacy/Math: The children made their own butterfly, measured its wingspan with cube blocks and a ruler, and they wrote about it.

Daily News: “I like sunny days so I can play outside!”

Caterpillar Time!

by shobbs on April 21, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about a caterpillar on a leaf. They also completed an addition story problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we continued to focus on finding the missing number when adding to 10. We continued working on math facts and with words that have the ‘magic E.’ We read and discussed the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. I also showed the children our temporary ‘class pets.’ We have caterpillars in our room that we will be observing, documenting their changes through our writing, and we will watch them turn into butterflies before releasing them outside. The children are very excited about this adventure!

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: We read the book ‘Why?’ to focus on the word ‘so,’ which is our new sight word.

Computers: Compass: Language Arts

Literacy: Some of the children put together the following sentence: “The caterpillar is on a green leaf.” Some of the children put together this sentence: “The caterpillar is climbing a tree to make a cocoon.”

Math: The children made their own ‘hexagon’ person, and they worked on a butterfly life cycle book.

Literacy/Comprehension: The children made a caterpillar full of sight words, and they labeled the parts of the life cycle of a caterpillar.

Daily News: “I like to go the park so that I can swing!”

Tomorrow night is Movie Night! Your child can stay after school with their pillow and blanket to watch ‘Frozen,’ eat popcorn, and enjoy time with their friends for only $1.00!

Have a great day!

Have a great day!

Happy Easter!

by shobbs on April 20, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about what would happen if they went on an egg hunt. They also completed a subtraction story problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on finding the missing number that will lead to the sum of 10. We also worked on other math facts, and we continued working with the ‘magic e.’

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: The children completed their differentiated spelling and math tests, and they filled out a job application to be the Easter bunny.

Computers: Starfall

Literacy: The children put together a silly sentence about jelly beans.

Literacy: The children completed a room word walk to try to write out words on the bunny pictures.

Math: The children found a number on an egg, and they wrote this number along with the next two numbers in order sequence.

This afternoon, we had our Spring Fling! We completed an Easter egg hunt outside, and the children also had fun with the following activities:
Egg Decorating
Egg Gallon Bunny Craft
Jellybean graphing
Bunny Craft (to go with their bunny application)
Bunny bowling
Put the tail on the bunny

We also celebrated Skiler’s birthday! Thank you so much to everyone that helped today! Have a wonderful and Happy Easter!

Time For Chicks!

by shobbs on April 17, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about what would come out of a spotted egg. They also completed an addition story problem in their Math Journal.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on ten frames, fill in a missing number in addition problems, and we completed a sight word poetry chart for ‘what,’ which is our new sight word. We also watched a video about chicks, and we completed a chart about what chicks can do, what they have, and what they are together.

Learning Centers: (I completed Report Card Assessments during this time).

Literacy: The children completed their own sight word poetry page, and they fixed a silly sentence to this sentence: “I see the new baby chick.”

Computers: Compass: Math

Math: The children completed a craft with eggs to make a subtraction story problem about eggs falling out of their basket. They also wrote about the eggs.

Literacy: The children made their own chick, and they wrote about chicks.

Literacy/Comprehension: The children put the life cycle of a chick egg in correct sequence order.

Tomorrow is our Spring Fling! Have a great day!

Eggs Everywhere!

by shobbs on April 15, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about how they would rescue an egg that is falling to the ground. They also completed a subtraction word problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on sounding out ‘magic E’ words, and we reviewed punctuation, pronouns, and place value. We also read and discussed the book “Marley and the Great Easter Egg Hunt.”

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: We read the sight word book “I Did It!” together, and the children wrote about what they did today.

Computers: Compass: Language Arts

Literacy: The children fixed a silly sentence to this sentence: “Where is my Easter basket?” Some of the children also wrote their own sentence. After they finished this task, they looked for sight words in eggs in the sensory table.

Math: The children used beans to show place value. They found numbers in bags, according to their groups, and they showed this numbers in tens and ones with the beans.

Literacy: The children walked around the room to find words in eggs, according to their groups. They also drew a picture to match the words.

Daily News: “Did you see the eggs in that basket?”

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about their favorite type of weather. They also completed an addition story problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we continued to focus on finding ‘chunks,’ magic ‘e,’ and other tips to help us sound out long sentences. We also conducted a wind experiment, which allowed the children to hypothesize if certain items would blow in the wind. Then, we tested these items with the wind, and they recorded the results. We also focused on rhyming, and we read and discussed books about the wind. They also finished our ‘KWL’ chart by telling me what they learned about the weather. We talked about different types of clouds.

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: The children completed their first spelling and math test. All of the children did a wonderful job! Your child’s time is written on their math test. Our goal is to lower their time and to have more correct answers each week. If your child passed this test today, they will receive a subtraction test next week. They also used verbs to write about flowers.

Computers: Starfall

Literacy/Comprehension: The children completed their own cloud book with cotton balls to form the different types of clouds.

Craft: The children used glue, shaving cream, and food coloring to make their own colorful flower with their face in the middle.

Literacy: The children used picture cards to match the correct beginning sound and tried to write as much of the word as they could on their own.

They made their own ‘tornado in a bottle’ this afternoon!

Have a great day!

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about a thunderstorm. They also completed a subtraction story problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on sounding out words with the ‘magic e,’ worked on pronouns, and we reviewed the ‘ou’ and ‘ee’ sound. We also clapped out syllables in words.

Learning Centers: (I completed Benchmark Assessments during this time.)
Computers: Compass: Language Arts

Literacy: The children put together the following sentence: “The cloud is white.” Some of the children also wrote anothe sentence about clouds.

Math: The children walked around the room to finish ten frames to add to 10 or five frames to add to 5, depending on their group.

Literacy: The children worked on filling in sight words in a weather book, or they made their own sentences to match the pictures, according to their group.

Literacy: Some of the children use pins to clip the correct final sounds on picture cards. Some of the children used sound switch cards to switch a specific sound in words to make new words.

Daily News: “Can you count how many times you hear thunder?”

(My computer has been challenging today. I will try to upload the pictures from today again tomorrow!)

If you are planning to help with our ‘Spring Fling,’ I am changing the time to 1:30, due to our extended school day. We will have our egg hunt at this time, and then we will come back into our classroom to complete our fun, spring Centers. Have a great day!

We Know How It Rains and Thunders!

by shobbs on April 8, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

When the children came into the classroom this morning, they ‘dropped everything and read.’ Then, we had Community Circle.

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about how a rainbow is formed. They also completed an addition story problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we reviewed greater than, less than, and equal numbers. We also reviewed segmented words, and we continued to work on punctuation. We read and discussed the book ‘Why Does It Thunder and Lightning?” Please ask your child about this and about how it rains.

Learning Centers:
I completed Benchmark Assessments during our Learning Center time.
Literacy: The children put together the following sentence correctly: “The snow is cold.” Some of the children also wrote another sentence about snow.

Computers: Compass: Math

Literacy: The children completed a ‘Weather Room’ walk. Some of the children matched pictures with the correct words, and some of the children used pictures to sound out the words.

Math: The children measured weather items with blocks, counted the blocks, and recorded the answers.

Literacy/Craft: The children made a picture that shows what they like to do in the rain, and they wrote about it.

This afternoon, we worked on writing CVC words and sentences using more lowercase letters, capitalizing the first word, and using the correct form of punctuation.

Daily News:

“The weather today is sunny and cold.”

Have a great day!

Time for Weather!

by shobbs on April 7, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about what they did over Spring Break. They also completed an addition story problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we reviewed prounouns, changing the middle vowel sound to make a new word, puncutation, and sight words. We also started a ‘KWL’ chart for weather. We read and discussed a book about how a rainbow is formed. We talked about the job of a meteorologist.

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: The children completed a craft with them as a meteorologist and wrote about the weather forecast.

Computers: Compass

Literacy: The children put together the following sentence in the correct order: “The sun is hot.” Some of the children also wrote another sentence about the sun.

Literacy/Math: Some of the children filled in the beginning sounds of weather words, and they counted weather items to match these with numbers, number words, and tally marks. Some of the children matched weather items and numbers.

Math: The children made a craft with shaving cream, glue, and food coloring to make a math problem that showed sun + rain=rainbow.

Daily News: “I love to see a rainbow after the rain!”

Have a great day!