Kindergarteners have began their new unit. Students will compare and analyze length, weight, volume, and, finally, number to ten. The module supports students’ understanding of amounts and their developing number sense. They will compare length and height of Linking Cube sticks within 10. Comparison of weight and comparison of volume. Comparison of Volume. We will be reinforcing numbers to 10 and comparing numbers within 10. We will do comparison of sets within 10 and comparison of numerals. Example: this book is heavier than this ribbon, this ribbon is longer than this book, this book takes up more space than this ribbon when it is all squished together, compare the number of things, like the number of books and ribbons, we can compare things in different ways! compare by thinking about longer than, taller than, or shorter than. This unit help’s students understanding of amounts and their developing number sense. For example, counting how many small cups of rice are contained within a larger quantity provides a foundational concept of place value: Within a larger amount are smaller equal units, which together make up the whole. “4 cups of rice is the same as 1 mug of rice.” Compare that statement to “10 ones is the same as 1 ten”
As many of you know, a couple of weeks ago our Kindergarteners became proud Jolly Phonics Graduates! They were very proud of their hard work learning the 42 Jolly Phonics sounds.
Over the past week or so both Kindergarten classes have started our Literacy and Word Work Centers work during second period, which we used to devote to Jolly Phonics. With our 42 sounds under our belt, we spend the time at the Literacy Centers (different table set up across the room) practicing various reading and writing skills through games and other types of fun activities. Some of the literacy skills we work on during center time are: blending, de-coding, phonemic awareness, letter recognition, reading stamina and more…
Ipads (Jolly Phonics app)
Centers time is also a time for the teachers to meet with groups of students who are all working on the same skill at the same time. We call these are Guided Reading Groups. This part of the morning is fun and dynamic and also allows the students to have more personalized time with their teachers.
Our Kindergarten classes have been so fortunate to have special visitors come into our classrooms to read to us. The kids (and we teachers) have been absolutely loving it! Here are some photos from our most recent Guest Readers. Thanks to all of you have expressed interest and have signed up to come in. We can’t wait to see you soon!
This week we also had a special visit from two Middle Schoolers who, as part of their Wellness Class, came into Kindergarten to read stories, play games, and talk about what it means to be a good friend. This was a very special opportunities for both the Middle Schoolers and the Kindergarteners to connect across age levels and build community. The Middle Schoolers read the books You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang and Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreaes.
Today, students from the 8th grade Wellness class came to teach our elementary students about friendship and bullying. The students created their own projects and presentations and did a fantastic job of reinforcing some of the main ideas and important concepts that we have been working with this year. Thank you to Ms. Kleijn and to all of the students who participated!
We Are Readers
We have finished Unit 1: We Are Readers and have just begun Unit 2: Super Powers
Students read to each other and their stuffed animals during Reading Workshop
For many of our students, one of the most exciting things about Kindergarten is learning to read. Reading Workshop is a great time for the kids to put their Jolly Phonics phonetic knowledge to work for sounding out words, but mostly importantly it is a time to learn and apply key reading skills and techniques like using the pictures to understand and retell what is happening in a story, reading a book from cover to cover, reading independently and with partners, pointing to words as we sound them out and read them, using connecting words, speaking like the characters in a book, etc. We practice all these skills with storybooks that we read and reread with the children so that they are very familiar with the story by the end. The kids get a chance to read by themselves after the mini lesson and then to read with their partners before coming back together as a whole class. In this newly begun unit, we are focusing on Super Powers for readers (how to point to words as we read, how to put words together, how to face longer words, how to use punctuation when we read, etc.) We can’t wait to see our Kindergarteners become Super Readers!
We Are Writers
Put on your writing hats, put on your writing gloves and POOF…we are Writers!
Students from both Kindergarten classes share their stories at one of our “publishing parties.”
We have already finished Unit 1: Launching Writing Workshop and Unit 2: Writing for Readers
During the first and second units of Writing Workshop we focus on getting our ideas out on to paper through both drawing pictures and starting to write words. In the first two units, we focus on narrative writing, in which the kids work on telling stories about real life events, or “small moments,” that have happened in their lives–a Halloween party, going camping with family, playing on the patio at school with friends, anything that they are excited to tell a story about. Within the guidelines we give them, students have the freedom to choose their own topic, which really helps keep them engaged and interested. It’s great to see all the elaborate and creative memories ideas that the kids come up with for their stories! We use these “small moments” to learn about story structure (i.e. beginning, middle, and end), transition words (i.e. first, next, then, finally). We have also been practicing adding details to our drawings, making sure our drawings match with our storyline, adding written labels and speech bubbles for dialogue, and working on starting to write sentences for our text. Our Kindergarteners stories have come a long way since the beginning of the year and we are looking forward to watching them continue develop.