Living and Non Living

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We began our living and non living unit last week with a read aloud to introduce the topic and a walk to search for living and non living things around our school grounds. We also used our class iPads to document our findings. The kids took turns being photographers and when we came back to the classroom we used AirPlay to project the images from the iPads to the SMARTboard screen.

This week we used AirPlay again to look at the images of the living and non living things we found on our walk and refresh our memories about what living and non living means. We had an interesting discussion about the difference between dead and non living.

This week begins an interdisciplinary living and non living project. We will incorporate writing, nonfiction reading skills, research skills, and technology skills to research and create living and non living posters. We will also gain experience with social and presentation skills to share our work at the end of the week.

Today we made a class poster with each student contributing a sentence and picture. As the week progresses, the kids will begin researching and creating their own posters. More info to come!

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Socks Needed!

Socks make great erasers for the white boards we use to practice letter formation, spelling, and number formation. You can even store your dry erase marker inside.
If you would like to donate clean old socks that are missing their mate to our classroom it would much appreciated! Please only send socks that are large enough for a dry erase marker to fit inside. We would also appreciate a pair or package of new socks. Whatever works for you! Thanks so much!

Reminders

Monthly Learning Updates
Your monthly update on literacy will be coming home this Friday. Overall the class is showing growth with letter sounds! Most students have mastered their letter sounds so next month I will send home information about your child’s progress with sight words. If your child is struggling with identifying letter sounds I will continue to send those updates home.

Celebration of the Arts
Please join us this Friday, March 14, from 6:30-8:30 for our Celebration of the Arts. There will be art activities for your child to create as well as performances and auction items. Your child’s artwork will also be on display in the hallway.

Summer School
Please enroll in summer school as soon as you can. This is a great opportunity for learning!

Punctuation Investigation

Kindergarteners learn so much about writing. They go from scribbles and simple drawings to detailed drawings with words and sentences. Our focus lately has been sentences. Right now we are investigating punctuation in real books to learn how we can use punctuation in our own writing. Here are some of the kids first attempts.

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Racing Bears: Number Sense, Problem Solving and Social Skills at Work

The kids think playing Racing Bears is great…What’s not to love? You get to play with a friend and work together to race all your bears to the end. And then you get to play again!?

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The teacher loves Racing Bears too! While they play the students develop counting and number sense skills. They problem solve and strategize to decide which bear to move when. They develop social and friendship skills as they interact with another child(problem solving often comes up again).
What’s not to love?

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Learning about Nonfiction

We are right in the middle of our nonfiction exploration. It is a nice place to be because things are starting to make sense for the kids yet we still have new things left to discover.
Our nonfiction unit has been very kid focused with the students spending lots of time exploring nonfiction texts and making their own discoveries.

We are learning:
Nonfiction books tell us facts and information.
We learn by reading nonfiction.
Nonfiction books have special parts like photographs, a table of contents, types of print, headings, and diagrams.
The special parts of nonfiction books help us learn even more.

Here are some pictures of our work thus far.

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Kid’s Choice Writing

At writing today the children chose their own genres for writing. Some chose to write a true story, others a teaching book. Some chose fairy tales or a simple “I like” book. The only rule was each child’s writing had to include words and pictures.

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Writing Celebration!

Today we celebrated our hard work writing our “how to” books. The children had the opportunity to read their books to other children as well as give and receive compliments about their writing.

Then we learned how to make a fruit pizza. The kids followed the steps to make their own. Yum!

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