May 20, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
Popcorn Words: We practiced the words “away,” “play,” and “today” this week. Keep practicing these popcorn words at home as often as possible!
Math Stations: This week, our math stations focused on comparing length, height, and weight of different objects. We used words like “longer, shorter, taller, heavier, and lighter” to classify different things. We will be finishing up Unit 5 and taking our last assessment this upcoming week!
Writing Workshop: We did lots more opinion writing this week! This week, kindergarteners wrote their opinions about the following topics: favorite pet, favorite sport, and why we like/don’t like Georgetown Elementary. Kindergarteners independently come up with two reasons to support their opinions and then restate their opinion at the end. They are doing INCREDIBLY with this unit! We will write our On-Demand opinion piece next week as we wrap up this last writing unit.
Reading Workshop: We’ve been spending the past few weeks reviewing the main reading strategies we’ve learned in kindergarten, especially our pointer power (pointing to words) and picture power (using pictures to help us figure out words). This week, we made it to 22 minutes of reading with stamina! We also had fun reading in the dark with our flashlights on Friday!
American Symbols: We are starting a new unit all about important American symbols. But first, we needed to learn what the word “symbol” even means! A symbol is anything that represents something else. We explored lots of popular symbols that we already knew about. Now we’re ready to dive into learning about our country’s most important symbols!
Top Frog: We had three final top frogs who filled up our estimation jar this week! Emerson brought in marbles, Georgie brought in toy dogs, and Anha brought in 19 seashells. Thank you so much for helping your child fill our estimation jar this year!!
Butterflies: Annie gifted our classroom her butterfly garden last week so we could watch the butterflies hatch and grow! We released these beautiful butterflies on Tuesday and Wednesday!
Bubble Party: Our outstanding kindergarteners earned another party last week….a bubble party! But because of the rain last Friday, we were only able to have half of our party. On Monday, we were able to get outside and blow more bubbles!!!
Mystery Reader: Andrew’s grandma visited our classroom this week to surprise us with another book about Mr. Peanuts (our favorite squirrel character!). Thank you for sharing your love of reading with our classroom!
First Grade Visit: On Thursday, we got to visit Mrs. Stadt’s first grade classroom! The first graders read us some pretty amazing realistic fiction stories that they wrote, and they answered some of our questions about what first grade is going to be like. Thank you for letting us come to your classroom!!
NOTES FOR PARENTS:
Spring Sports: Does your child play a spring sport? I’ve heard lots of our friends share their excitement about soccer, softball, and more! I’d LOVE to come cheer your kindergartener on at a game!!! If you have a free moment, please send me their game schedules so I can show them some support outside of school, too!
Kindergarten Olympics: Mark your calendars! Kindergarten Olympics will be held on Friday, June 1st. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please send me an email on Monday or send the slip back to school! Thank you for all of your help with this event!
May Book Orders: Our last book orders of the year are due by May 25!
Field Trip Pictures: Follow this link to check out a bunch of pictures from our field trip!
- Monday, May 14 – Art
- Tuesday, May 15 – STEAM, Library books due back
- Wednesday, May 16 – P.E., Last homework due
- Thursday, May 17 – Music
- Friday, May 18 – Art, Wear red, white, and blue!
- Monday, May 28 – No School, Memorial Day