April 20, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
Popcorn Words: We practiced the words “they” and “these” this week. Keep practicing these popcorn words at home as often as possible!
Math Stations: We dove right into Unit 5, our last math unit, this week. We’ve been working hard at decomposing teen numbers (any teen number has 10 “hidden” inside), writing equations for number partners (4+6=10), and counting large numbers of objects by finding a group of 10 and counting on. Your kindergartener is becoming a math whiz!
Writing Workshop: We continued our How-To writing unit this week! We organized and wrote step-by-step directions for “How to Make a Pizza” and “How to Build a Snowman” (in honor of this April weather!). We also practiced making pizzas as a class by starting with the crust and adding sauce, cheese, and toppings. The students loved having this hands-on practice before writing our books. Yum!
Reading Workshop: In reading this week, we continued learning more about characters! We specifically talked about making connections to the characters we read in books. We can make character connections by sharing similar feelings and experiences with characters. We’ve also been building up our independent reading stamina – this week, we made it up to 16 minutes of quiet reading from our book boxes!! Incredible!!!
Earth Day: In honor of earth day this Sunday, we learned about what it means to “be green” and REDUSE, REUSE, & RECYCLE. We made a craft/writing activity sharing ways we can help our earth. We also read the book “What if everybody did that?” Our class also took a walk to find our school’s Paper Gator recycling center in this beautiful weather!
Soil: We wrapped up our mini-unit on soil this week by finishing our soil journals, doing a “soil sort” of things we find in soil, and enjoying a soil snack on Friday! For our snack, we started with layers of soil (pudding) and added some rocks (Oreo crumbles), living things (gummy worm), and silt (graham cracker crumbs). We will start learning about rocks next week!
Top Frog: We had three top frogs who filled up our estimation jar this week! Andrew brought in 56 stickers, Katherine brought 100 “warm fuzzies,” and Stuart brought 85 chocolate coins. What objects will we estimate next week??
Outstanding Kindergartener: Mrs. Reagan delivered another “Outstanding” to our classroom on behalf of one of our kindergarteners. Georgie was recognized for making green choices, following directions, and staying safe at school. We have so many amazing kindergarteners in our classroom, and I’m so glad they get recognized for their hard work!!
Mystery Reader: Kyle’s mom surprised our class as this week’s mystery reader. She read us some farm books! Thanks for visiting our classroom.
NOTES FOR PARENTS:
Culver’s Night: Come eat at Culver’s on Tuesday, April 24 to support our school AND be served by Georgetown teachers! (Miss Hutchison will be there from 5-6pm.)
Rock Collections: Don’t forget to send in a rock collection of 10-12 different rocks with your child as soon as possible! We will be using them all week during our “rock” unit.
Field Trip: Thank you to all who volunteered to chaperone our field trip on Wednesday, May 9 to Hemlock Crossing! If you would still like to join us at Hager Park for lunch and play, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will add you to this FIELD TRIP PARENTS list.
- Monday, April 23 – STEAM
- Tuesday, April 24 – P.E., Library, Culver’s Night, GES Art Reception
- Wednesday, April 25 – Music, Homework due
- Thursday, April 26 – Art
- Friday, April 27 – STEAM