Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Publishing Pattern Books

We had an awesome writing mini-unit with pattern books! Our writers created terrific pieces that had varying patterns from see-saw, question and answer, and surprise ending. We also focused on being sentence builders throughout the unit. We were focused on five main pillars of building a sentence:
1. Words that go together.
2. Uppercase letters start the sentence.
3. Spaces between words.
4. Ending punctuation
5. Letters going the right way.

We then shared our pattern books with each other. It was a great way to focus on grammar and mechanics at the kindergarten level.

April Calendar

Check out what is coming in April. Please note the early release dates for this month are Monday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 13th. My last day is scheduled for Thursday, April 13th!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ice Fishing Demo

We have a resident ice fisherman in our class! On Wednesday our friend Jed brought his ice fishing trap, display posters, and frozen togue that he caught while ice fishing at Moosehead Lake. This awesome display allowed us to observe a fish and the different parts. We also learned about this fresh water fish that lives in our own state. We were able to observe the different body parts of the fish including the lateral lines. It was an awesome science share!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Addition Strategies in Action

We have been hard at work on our math goal of "I can use different ways to solve addition" over the last couple of weeks. We have been focused on writing number sentences, using objects, and drawing pictures. On Monday we started to work on a tougher skill of counting on/up. Rather than count all the numbers again we are practicing counting on. We used big giant foam dice to practice by rolling one numeral die and one dot die. We made two lines in the hallway and the fun ensued! We then took it to to the classroom and practiced solving addition in three ways where students selected how they wanted to practice. I am so impressed with how well out mathematicians work together and independently to solve addition in differentiated ways.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Welcome Goldilocks!

Last week we had a new addition join our classroom; Goldilocks the Goldfish! The name was a team decision. We observed our goldfish and made detailed observations on the look of the fish, how it swims, the different parts and the differences of one goldfish to the next. This is a very exciting time in our classroom! We will use Goldilocks to help us learn about fish life and also a valuable lesson in owning a pet. We may even welcome another fish to compare later in the week!

How-To Writing Comes to an End

Last week we finished our latest writing unit "how-to" writing. In kindergarten students are expected to be able to write informative writing with guidance and support. Well... our students needed limited guidance and/or support! These super star writers flew through this unit impressing all that read their work. Students worked with mentor texts to learn about how to writing. We also worked through a writing checklist. At the end of the unit we shared our pieces and celebrated this huge accomplishment!

Our next unit will be a little shorter. We are going to focus on being a sentence builder and sentence structure. Taking a little break from a particular style of writing will be important for us to focus on the actual sentence structure. We will also start writing pattern books at the end of the week and into next.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Mr. & Mrs. Fish Visit

Mr. and Mrs. Fish came to kindergarten on Friday. It is always an awesome performance by these two marine scientists. During the presentations Mr. and Mrs. Fish teach us all about the parts of a fish, fish defenses, and the fish food chain. Their entertaining and engaging performances are beloved by all! A big thank you to the Pond Cove Parents Association for making this possible for kindergarten year after year!

For more information on Mr. and Mrs. Fish and their awesome programs please visit http://www.mrandmrsfish.com

We then labeled and painted our own fish to show our new learning.