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Kindergarten April 20 2017 Homeroom

Week of April 24

WELCOME BACK!

Tuesday, April 25 Students may bring $1 and dress down in Cardinal Red. Ice cream will be sold at lunch for an additional dollar

Please work with your child this week on knowing their address (house number, street name, city and state)

Religion

We will be celebrating Easter and Jesus' Resurrection.

Phonics

We will learn about the digraph oo and learn the two sounds that oo can make in words such as the sound in hook and the sound in tooth. We will review words with digraph th in the initial and final sound in words. Students will get a new decodable reader called "Look Who Can Cook" and we will review ending punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation mark) You can point out these ending punctuation marks when you read at home as well. Popcorn words: they, look, who

Writing

Students will use a quick sketch and quick note outline to plan a narrative writing piece. Students will be introduced to words that represent nouns. A noun is a word that names a person, animal, place, or thing.

Math

We will continue to count by 5's. Students will be introduced to fractional parts of whole and halves.

Science

Students will learn the characteristics of what makes things living or non-living. Students will identify living and non-living things outside the school and inside the school.

Kindergarten April 08 2017 Homeroom

Week of April 10

April 13- Holy Thursday, Noon dismissal. There will be aftercare

April 14- Good Friday, No School

April 17-21 Spring Break

Religion

We will learn about Holy Week and learn about the special parts of the Mass for Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday. We will attend Stations of the Cross on Monday at 8:30.

Phonics

This week we will work with words with digraph th and learn the sound of th. We will sort words with digraph ck, sh, and th.

Writing

Last week, we thought of reasons for why winter or spring is the better season. This week students will choose a position and write an opinion piece on which season is better and why. Students will use the steps of the writing process by starting with an outline, writing a draft, edit, revise, and share their final piece.

Math

We will continue to count by 5's and count nickels.

Science

We will look at the photographs we took on our nature walk and describe the plants we saw around the school. Students will make another scientific drawing of their sunflower plant and compare how it has grown and changed during the course of a week. Students will bring their sunflower plant home on Thursday.

 

 

Kindergarten April 01 2017 Homeroom

Week of April 3

Please return money for kindergarten cap and gown by Wednesday April 5.

Religion

Students will attend Stations of the Cross on Monday and adoration on Thursday. Students will be learning about the Stations of the Cross through stories, games, and dramatic play.

Phonics

Last week, students worked with words ending in digraph ck. This week students will work with words that have digraph sh, which can be at the beginning or end of words. Students will also practice omitting the initial sound in words, thinking of rhyming words, adding long vowel sounds to consonants, and recognizing words with ck and sh. We will work with the decodable reader called Will She Tell? Students have new popcorn words for the week and we will review the sight word when, which will be in the decodable reader.

Writing

For the next two weeks, students will work on opinion writing. A topic will be picked on giving an opinion about two different things. As a class, we will brainstorm ideas for key/star ideas for both positions. We will review the Traffic Light colors that are used for opinion writing. Green means go by starting with your topic sentence. Yellow means slow down and state your reason for your opinion. Red means stop and explain or elaborate. I will also introduce pronouns this week and how they are used in sentences to take the place of people's names.

Math

Students are doing a great job counting money! We will continue to work with dimes at the beginning of the week. Students will be introduced to counting by 5's and the nickel.

Science

Last week, each student planted a sunflower seed in a cup of soil. We have a grow light set up in the classroom so students can observe the growth of their seed. Students will take care of their plants by watering them. Students will observe their seeds throughout the week and make a scientific drawing of what they observe and notice. We will also observe the different types of plants around the school.

 

Kindergarten March 25 2017 Homeroom

Week of March 27th

Friday, March 31st is Grandparents Day!  Students will not need to bring anything to school with them other than a jacket or coat if needed. Friday will be a regular school uniform day.  12:00 dismissal on Friday

Religion

The theme for the week is The Holy Spirit is Our Helper and thinking about how the Holy Spirit can help us make good choices and live as a friend of Jesus. K-5 will attend Stations of the Cross on Monday morning at 8:30.

Phonics

This week in phonics we will be working with the digraph ck at the end of words. A digraph is two letters that come together to make one sound. We will learn that ck comes at the end of words after a short vowel as in black, duck, and lock. Children will code digraphs by underlining them. During the week, students will work with sounds by taking away the initial sound and making a new word and identify the vowel sound in words. Students now know three ways to spell the /k/ sound which is letter k, letter c, and digraph ck. Popcorn words for the week are: little, over, some

Reading

Last week, students enjoyed listening to a chapter book called March Mischief, a mystery about three leprechaun statues that are stolen in a town. They also listened to several examples of poems. This week they will hear a variety of books about seeds and spring.

Writing

Students will work on writing their own poem about their grandparents.

Math

We will review counting pennies on Monday. On Tuesday students will be introduced to dimes and observe what is on the heads and tails of dimes. Students will practice counting dime amounts and writing the amounts.

Science

Last week students learned the parts of plants such as roots, leaves, stems, and flowers. They learned that the roots help take in water for the plant and keep it anchored in the ground. Students learned that plants need light, water, and air to survive. They also observed and compared sunflower and marigold seeds. This week students will plant sunflower seeds and we will observe their growth thanks to Mrs. Neal and the use of her grow light.

Computer

Students will go to code.org and start basic coding activities where they pick directional arrows to move an object to another object and drag puzzle pieces in order to put them back together.

Kindergarten March 18 2017 Homeroom

Week of March 20th

Donuts with Dad on Wednesday. Students should come by the classroom with their dad or special guest to check in and then can go to Mass with their dad. Students who do not have a dad or special guest present will come to the classroom as usual and go to Mass with the classroom teacher.

Friday, March 24th Report cards will be sent home

Religion

We will be working with the parable of The Good Samaritan/Neighbor and talking about who our neighbor is and ways we can help our neighbor.

Phonics

This week students will learn a new spelling rule, a new coding mark, and be introduced to long vowel sounds. The long vowel rule is that a vowel not followed by a consonant makes the long vowel sound. Examples include words such as flu, hi, me, and so. The new coding mark is called a macron and is a straight horizontal line that goes over the vowel. Students will be introduced to the picture cards for the long vowel sounds (acorn, equal, icicle, overalls, unicorn). We will also read a new decodable reader, My Pal Bo. We will get new sight words this week that make long vowel sounds in them: play, day, gray

Writing

This week students will be introduced to poetry and we will work as a class to create a poem.

Math

We are starting a unit on money so break out your piggy banks and get our your coins! We will start with the penny, learning the name of the penny, looking at pennies with magnifying lens to notice details on the front and back, and learning the value of a penny. We will watch educational videos to learn how money is made in the United States.

Science

With the first day of spring right around the corner, we will start a unit on the life cycle of plants. Students will have the opportunity to plant seeds and observe them sprouting in the classroom. Students will learn what plants need to grow and survive.

Computer

Students will write a sentence for each sight word for this week and then type the words and/or sentences in Microsoft Word.

Kindergarten March 16 2017

Jan,Feb,Mar,April,May

 

 

Jan PE Unit-

Basketball Unit- rules, skills, passing,shooting and dribbing drills

Small court games, passing games, shooting drills, and full court games, knock-out and 11's game.

Feb PE Unit-

Hockey Unit- Skills, Passing, Shooting and saftey use of the Hockey sticks

Small cout games, passing games, shooting games and full court Hockey games.

Mar PE Unit-

Badmiton and Tennis Unit- Rules, court sizes, volley and serving

Small court games, passing games, serving games, and full court games.

April PE Unit-

Golf Unit- Skills, rules, basic grip with driver, irons and putter

Driving range off mats, chipping into buckets, and putting into practice holes and basic skills to play golf.

May PE Unit-

All school Field Day Event: Thank you all Parent's and Teacher's for your help and support on this special day!

Kindergarten March 11 2017 Homeroom

Week of March13th

SPPTO Meeting Tuesday evening at 7:00 NOW IN THE SCHOOL GYM. Come hear from classroom teachers about technology use in the classroom and school!

Spirit Wear Sale open until March 16th

Donuts with Dad morning of March 22nd

Religion

We are learning about the life of St. Patrick and the shamrock as a symbol of the Holy Trinity.

Phonics

We will continue to make and discover words with the consonant letter Q. Students learned that q and u always go together and it's called a combination. We will also review short vowel sounds.

Writing

This week we will take a pause from our Step Up To Writing Program and respond to various writing prompts around the theme of St. Patrick's Day.

Math

This week we will be working with visual models such as ten frames and number cubes to help build the skill of subitizing. Subitizing is the ability to 'see' a small amount of objects and know how many there are without counting. For example, adults can count the number of dots on a number cube without needing to count them. Subitizing helps build number sense, the foundation of mathematics.

Science

We will continue to observe and explore properties of liquids by experimenting with mixtures. We will add vegetable oil, food coloring, and sand to water and observe which of these materials mixes with water or does not mix with water and separates.

STEM activity

Students will build leprechaun traps.

Computer

All of the students successfully typed the whole alphabet. This week students will play a game to practice subtraction facts.

 

Kindergarten March 04 2017 Homeroom

Week of March 6

Spirit Wear Sales begin today and run through March 16th.  Go to the school website, scroll down the Parent section to the Uniforms and Spirit Wear tab.  Click there and follow the link.

End of 3rd quarter is March 15 and March 15 is the Feast of St. Joseph

March 17th and 20th- No School, mid Winter break

March 22nd- Donuts with Dad starting at 7:00 am and families are welcome to attend Mass

Religion

Students will experience many types of liturgical prayer and faith formation opportunities this week. On Monday we will have a visit from Fr. Blessing to help us learn more about Lent and why we sacrifice during Lent. We will also attend Stations of the Cross on Monday. On Wednesday we will celebrate Mass and on Thursday we will spend time in God's presence during Adoration. Throughout the week, we will be talking about how we can listen to God in our lives.

Phonics

This week students will be introduced to the consonant letter W and the consonant letter Q. The letter Q is taught as a combination with u since q and u go together. Students will identify words with the /w/ sound and we will get a new reader this week called Spin to Win. Our sight words for the week: where, why, how

Writing

We will continue working with informational texts on Arctic Foxes by having students create their own Facts Books. Students collected facts through drawing and writing last week. This week they will put them together in a fact book and follow the writing process.

Math

Students will create animal subtractions books. We will model strategies to solve subtraction number sentences such as using your fingers, usinag manipulatives, or drawing a picture. Students will solve and practice subtraction facts throughout the week using the strategies we have practiced. Students will be exposed to subtraction story problems.

Science

Last week students made predictions and tested objects to see which objects sink or float. This week we are going to observe and describe liquids and observe the effect of low temperatures on liquids.

Kindergarten February 25 2017 Homeroom

Week of February 27th-March 3rd

Wednesday March 1st is Ash Wednesday

Friday March 3rd is a FULL day of school. Sunday March 5th is the St. Paul Parish Breakfast

Please bring in toilet paper and paper towels over the next two weeks for the 7th grade service drive benefiting the Turning Point shelter

Religion

This week we will be learning about Lent and Ash Wednesday through the parable of the farmer and the seed.

Phonics and Reading

This week we will work with the consonant letter X and its sound. We will practice identifying the beginning, middle, and ending sound in words. We will separate compound words and identify the /x/ sound in words. On Friday, the consonant letter W will be introduced. Popcorn words: what, when, was. We will be reading non-fiction books about foxes this week. If anyone has an informational book about foxes, your child can bring it in.

Writing

Last week, students worked on writing their own narrative stories and I was so impressed!! We used the steps of the writing process throughout. They used a graphic organizer to plan a beginning, middle, and end. They wrote rough drafts and made revisions. On Friday they added pictures to their stories. I am excited for students to share their stories with other students before they bring them home to share with you! This week we will start a two week unit on writing and responding to informational texts. Students will be introduced to question words such as who, what, where, when, and why. I will read informational texts about foxes and stop to ask questions. As a class and independently, students will collect facts about foxes. Students will then take those facts and identify key ideas about foxes.

Math

We will continue to work with the concept of subtraction and writing subtraction number sentences. Students will learn the minus sign and the equals sign.

Science

This week we will study the concept of buoyancy and test objects to see if they sink or float.

Computer

Last week students worked on becoming familiar with the keyboard by using Microsoft Word to start typing the alphabet, both capital and lowercase letters. Students are not only learning the letter keys of the keyboard but are also learning to use the Shift key and the space bar. Students will continue to progress on typing the alphabet.

Kindergarten February 19 2017 Homeroom

Week of February 20th

Monday February 20th- No school, President's Day

Religion

Our theme for the week is the Bible story of Zacchaeus and listening to Jesus in our lives.

Phonics

Our letter we are working with is the consonant letter J. Students will practice identifying words with j in them. Students will also work with the decodable reader Pig's Jet. We will review sight words that students already have for the week.

Writing

Last week, students used a quick sketch and notes to plan their narrative story. They learned that events in a story need to be in a logical sequence in order for the story to make sense. This week students will write a rough draft of their story, edit and revise their story, and write a final draft of their story.

Math

We will finish the chapter on addition and start learning about subtraction through modeling subtraction stories with concrete objects.

Science

Students will use a magnifying lens to observe and describe characteristics of objects.

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