Week 16: Community Helpers

Hi Families of Room 104,

Welcome back! I hope your winter break was restful, safe, and healthy. There is a lot happening in our world and district this month. I will always share with you what I know, and do my best to help you prepare and to support you and your student. Things seem to be changing rapidly and I will do my best to keep you informed. If you have any questions regarding CPS’s plan on bringing students into the building please reach out directly.

Sight Words: said, there, use, an, each

This is what we will be learning about this week

Reading: How can we be Super Readers?

  • I can sing out pattern words to help read smoothly
  • I can use punctuation to read with expression
  • I can use my voice in different ways as I read to show I understand the book

Phonics: How do letters and their sounds help us read?

  • I can connect words that sound the same at the end
  • I can match sounds and letters at the end of a word

Writing: How can we show and tell what we want with words?

  • I can write two sentences on each page of my book
  • I can add ending pages to my book
  • I can fix up spelling and capitalization, adding sentences, and adding pages for endings
  • I can celebrate my writing by reading it to the class

Math: How can we sort, categorize, and graph sets?

  • I can learn and practice skip counting by 10s.
  • I can play a game with number cards to practice comparing written numerals
  • I can explore the Number Grid and use it as a counting tool
  • I can find, record, and analyze sums of dice rolls

Social Studies: What makes a community?

  • I canexplain different kinds of neighborhoods and different kinds of homes
  • I can explain that our neighborhood is made up of different kinds of families
  • I can describe different places in a community 

Science: What makes an object start to move?

  • I can explain that an object starts to move when somebody pushes or pulls it
  • I can explain that an object starts to move when another object exerts a force on it

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Week 12: Holidays Around the World

Sight Words: words, but, not, what, all

Hi Parents of Room 104,

I hope your fall break was relaxing and safe! This month we will be focusing on studying different holidays celebrated around the world. We will be focusing on Las Posadas in Mexico, St. Nicholas Day in Germany, Christmas in Italy, Saint Lucia Day in Sweden, Diwali in India, Hanukkah in Israel, Christmas in Australia, Eid al-Fitr in parts of Africa and the Middle East, and Kwanzaa and Christmas in the United States and Canada. If you have a holiday you celebrate in your family that you would like to see represented in the classroom let me know via email and we can work together. Also if you would like to share a family tradition of a holiday you celebrate let me know 🙂

Check out all the great stuff we are learning this week:

Reading: How can we be Super Readers?

  • I can use sight words to help me fix my pointer power when I get lost
  • I can partner read with my reading buddy, giving reminders to use pointer power and to check that each word gets one tap
  • I can use pictures to help them predict and read unfamiliar words

Phonics: How do letters and their sounds help us read?

  • I can say a word and hear, and say the ending sound
  • I can match the words that end the same way with the same sounds

Writing: How can we show and tell what we want with words?

  • I can add 2-3 words to my labels to add more detail
  • I can add sentences in my book. I can add capital letters, sight words, and punctuation at the end
  • I can continue to draft and revise my books
  • I can write books and topics that matter to me across many pages.

Math: How can we describe, sort, and graph objects?

  • I can sort attribute blocks by shape and size and then count and compare the blocks in each group
  • I can explore, recognize, and describe shapes and their attributes by touch
  • I can group themselves according to my favorite color and create a graph to represent them
  • I can use calculators to practice reading and recording numbers to represent objects

Social Studies: How do people celebrate holidays around the world?

  • I can explain what customs and traditions are
  • I can tell about Los Posadas in Mexico
  • I can tell about Christmas in Germany

Science: What do plants and animals need to live and grow?

  • I can tell that animals need to stay safe to live
  • I can tell that monarch caterpillars grow into monarch butterflies. They have different habitats 

Week 11: North East Native Americans & Thanksgiving

Hello Families of Room 104,

This week is a short week, we will be in school only Monday and Tuesday to accommodate the fall break. I will not be assigning any new sight words and encourage all of you to review the previous words we have learned thus far.

I am happy to say Ms. Moore (Lonnie’s Mom) will be presenting on her work with the American Indian Center of Chicago.

Check out what we will be learning this week:

Reading: How can we be Super Readers?

  • I can point to both short and long words with just one tap

Phonics: How do letters and their sounds help us read?

  • I can explain that there are capital and lowercase letters

Writing: How can we show and tell what we want with words?

  • I can add at least 3 labels to each of my pages

Math: How can we represent numbers?

  • I can play a game to practice number recognition and explore number relationships

Social Studies: Who are the Native Americans?

  • I can explain who the Native Americans are today
  • I can explain how people celebrate Thanksgiving

Week 10: Lakota Native Americans

Hello!

This week we will be holding Parent Teacher conferences on Wednesday. Please see the email to sign up for a time to meet. If you have not yet, you can pick up a physical copy of your report card at the school on Monday and Tuesday from 9:00-4:30pm.

This week we will be continuing our celebration of Native American Heritage Month by focusing on the Lakota tribe. We will have a sight word review of all our previously tested sight words to see how the students are progressing.

Make sure to log your student in every day, every session, on time. Our attendance went up this week because of your hard work. Keep it up!

We will be starting a new Reading unit this week. This unit will focus on student’s reading strategies. Students will meet Reader Man, and learn all about his Reading Super Powers. Students will learn each power or skill to help them read new and more challenging books. Check out what we are learning this week:

Reading: How can we be Super Readers?

  • I can use my superpowers to help me read, starting with pointer power
  • I can make sure the number of words I read matches the number of times I point to the page

Phonics: How do letters and their sounds help us read?

  • I can match sounds and letters at the beginning of a word
  • I can match sounds and letters at the beginning of a word

Writing: How can we show and tell what we want with words?

  • I can make a book showing my favorite places
  • I can add to my books, taking time to make my books how I want
  • I can place the pictures and the words on the page

Math: How can we represent numbers?

  • I can represent how successive numbers refer to quantities that are one larger in various ways
  • I can use number cards to practice numeral recognition, sequencing numbers, and matching sets and numerals
  • I can roll dice and record  rolls to practice counting and number writing and to explore probability informally

Social Studies: Who are the Native Americans?

  • I can explain who the Lakota are

Science: What do plants and animals need to live and grow?

  • I can explain that plants get the light they need using their leaves
  • I can explain that animals need to stay safe to live

Week 9: Northwest Native Americans

Sight Words: from, or, one, had, by

Hello Parents! This week we will be studying the Northwest Native Americans. For this unit, we will be doing a lot of crafts and there are a few materials you might want to keep an eye out. They are: paper towel tube, construction paper, markers, and glue.

It is very important that you allow your student to complete assignments as they assigned directly after the lesson. The reason is that it gives your student an opportunity to independently practice the skills taught, and they won’t fall behind.

If your student finishes their assignment early please have them do the following activities: Raz-Kidz Headsprout, Epic Reading, IXL, or Everyday Math Games.

Check out what we are learning below:

Reading: How can we become readers?

  • I can use what I know about my favorite stories and my finger to point to the words I know
  • I can use checklists to help my read my favorite storybook
  • I can celebrate being a reader

Phonics: How can we read new words?

  • I can use the first letters to connect names to other words
  • I can read a word quickly when I know it

Writing: How can we show and tell with our writing?

  • I can add details to my drawings and words
  • I can continue to draw and write pages about my object
  • I can return to a previous writing sample to add more
  • I can write books about places that are important 

Math: How can we show numbers in different ways?

  • I can use positional language to follow and give directions for an obstacle course
  • I can create matching representations for a number between 5 and 10
  • I can discuss and analyze different representations of numbers I created
  • I can practice numeral recognition, counting, and one-to-one correspondence as I play a game

Social Studies: Who were the Native Americans?

  • I can tell who the Chinook and Tillamook tribes are

Science: What do plants and animals need to live and grow?

  • I can explain that plants need light to grow
  • I can explain that plants get the light they need from the leaves

Week 8: Voting and Elections

Hello Parents of Room 104,

Sight Words: no new words this week due to the short week. Please practice your old words 🙂

Welcome to Election Week! This week is a bit different, we do not have school on Tuesday to observe Election Day. Students will not be in attendance on Friday as it is a School Improvement Day and the end of the first quarter.

CPS will be distributing report cards and on November 18th. I will be sending out a Google Doc for you to sign up for a time for Parent Teacher Conferences.

We will be starting a new unit in Math, Writing, and Social Studies. In Social Studies we will be learning about the first Thanksgiving, the Wampanoag people and other native tribes, and the Pilgrims. In Math we will be focusing on numerals and quantities. Children will learn how to represent numbers in many different ways, they will practice writing numerals, and sequencing numbers in order. They will also learn more about graphing and organizing data. In Writing we will be learning how to label objects, drawing more details, adding more to our pages, and adding more sounds to our words.

This is what we will be studying this week:

Reading: How can we become readers?

  • I can use words to connect one page to the next page to make my favorite books sound better
  • I can read books over and over, the more I read the more I will sound exactly like the book

Phonics: How do letters and their sounds help us read?

  • I can look at the shape of a letter and say its name

Writing: How can we become writers? How can we show and tell what we want with words?

  • I can share my published writing to an audience
  • I can think and talk about what I’ll be drawing and writing about
  • I can draw my objects, thinking about the parts I see. I can label my drawings by saying the words, listening for the sounds, and writing what I hear

Math: How can we represent numbers?

  • I can participate in a cooperative movement activity to deepen my understanding of shapes
  • I can write and represent numbers as they begin to make individual number books
  • I can compare and describe objects of varying lengths

Social Studies: How do we elect our leaders? Who are the Native Americans? Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?

  • I can explain what an election is
  • I can share what I know about Native Americans

Science: What do plants and animals need to live and grow?

  • I can use the results of one investigation to plan other investigations

Week 6: Then and Now

Welcome to another week in Kindergarten Room 104!

This week’s sight words: as, with, his, they, I

We are starting a new Soical Studies unit called Then and Now where we will learn how people lived long ago. This unit will be our background knowledge to our Native American unit coming in November. We will be studying how people made food, clothing, their homes, and their jobs. We will be making butter as our culminating activity as well!

Many of our caterpillars are turning into chrysalis! When this happens, you will need to glue/tape/adhire the top of the cup where the chrysalis is attached and attach it to the underside of a lid of a glass jar. If you want to go the extra mile, you can purchase a butterfly net from amazon or a pet store. If you go this route all you will need to do is use a paper clip and hang the lid to the side of the netting.

Your caterpillar will be in the chrysalis for some time (up to 10 days). When it emerges DO NOT move the butterfly, it will need to flap its wings to push blood into the wings. Your butterflies will be very hungry so make sure to have orange slices and apples ready for them.

Week 4: Apple Study

Welcome to another week of Kindergarten! This week’s sight words are: in, is, you, that, it

Our next packet pick up is this Friday. Please bring your students two homework packets (Week 1 and Week 2) as well as any work samples (writing, drawing, handwriting).

We will begin small groups this week. Your student was sent a calendar invite to their email with their small group time. Please accept this calendar invite and join the small group on your small group day. Small groups will be held from 10:00-10:30, at this time I will be unavailable to help, but Ms. Williams will be monitoring our Google Meets if you need anything.

Don’t forget to check out Murray’s Learning Hub to see all the lessons we will be working on this week.

Week 3: Plants and Animals

Hello Families of Room 104,

We will be starting our homework packets this week as well as our sight word study. Your homework packets can be found in your new material bags. If you have not picked up your bag please contact me to set up a time to pick it up. Please do one homework sheet a day as well as a handwriting sheet to support your students fine motor skills.

On Friday we will be doing a quick sight word check. Our sight words this week are: the, of, and, a, to.

We will also be starting small groups this week! YAY! I will be sending calendar invites for your small group time so keep an eye out.

I will also be beginning to assess your students reading levels. Giving any assessment virtually is new for everyone. The most important thing is that I see how your child can read and interact with words. This will help me be the best teacher I can be for them. I’ll be giving calendar invites for this as well.

Last! We will be doing a Murray tradition, a Gingerbread Man hunt! This is an activity that gives the students a chance to meet our administrative team and take a tour of the school. They search for the Gingerbread Man that stole our cookies. You will need to provide your child a cookie that they can decorate with icing and sprinkles.

Learning Objectives:

Reading: How can we become readers?

  • I can read words around the world
  • I can read books to learn about the world
  • I can read by myself or with a partner

Phonics: How can we become readers?

  • I can listen for and connect words that rhyme
  • I can put letter together to make words

Writing: How can we become writers?

  • I can say words slowly and then write down the sounds I hear to spell words
  • I can keep trying to spell words that are hard

Math: Early counting skills

  • I can count, compare, and represent data about birthdays in my class
  • I can create concrete and paper graphs showing my ages, and use them to answer questions
  • I can count out objects to represent 5 in multiple ways, and informally explore addition and subtraction within 5
  • I can compose and decompose numbers and explore addition by looking quickly at dots in different arrangements 

Science: What do plants and animals need to live and grow?

  • I can share that animals need food to eat and live
  • I can share that animals need different places to live to meet their needs

Social Studies: How can we become good citizens?

  • I can explain good and bad choices
  • I can explain what it means to be a good friend
  • I can share things about me that make me special 

Week 2: Getting to Know You

Hello Families of Room 104,

Thank you for such an amazing first week of Kindergarten. I was so impressed with how much your students have shown me and how well they are adapting to remote learning in Kindergarten. A few reminders, we will be having our second materials pick up this Thursday from 10:00am-1:00pm. Please come to our door to receive your new materials, for this pick up you do not need to bring old materials for exchange.

I would highly encourage you to buy a set of magnetic letters for your student to use in their word work and phonics lesson. I will be sending home an article which includes several ways to use magnetic letters to aid in your students letter knowledge and study.

Our curriculum night will be held on the 15th. Please join us as I will be outlining Kindergarten learning goals, curriculum, and how best you can support your student this year. If you can not make it, I will be sending out a recording and the slides for your review.

Please take a look at our learning objectives for this coming week. You can find all classroom assignments in your student’s Seesaw and the Murray’s Learning Hub

Reading: How can we become readers?

  • I can practice reading by myself with my book bin
  • I can read independently in new reading spots
  • I can read independently following classroom routines
  • I can pick just right books

Phonics: How can we become readers?

  •  I can hear words that end the same way as rhymes
  • I can identify the letter and its sound and write the letter correctly

Writing: How can we become writers?

  • I can look back at my writing and see if I can add more to it
  • I can come up with solutions to my problems and carry on writing
  • I can picture what I want to write about first and then put all of the details onto the page

Math: Everyday Math Unit 1

  • I can take a walk to look for numbers and explore the many uses of numbers in my world
  • I can explore the numbers 0-9 to practice and reinforce early counting and numeration skills and principals 
  • I can play an active counting game to develop my oral counting skills, including counting on

Social Studies: How can we be good citizens?

  • I can tell why why have laws
  • I can work with my classmates to create our Classroom Mission Statement

Science: What do plans and animals need to live and grow?

  • I can sort things into groups to help me understand what I observe
  • I can explain that different kinds of plants and animals live in different places