### Welcome to Kindergarten!

Classroom News

May-June 2019

#### Literacy

Children’s decoding strategies are getting stronger and stronger as they read more and more each day. Making meaning of the written word is the ultimate goal of reading, so children are also learning early comprehension strategies, such as retelling story events and finding text evidence to support answers to inferential questions.

We are researching reptiles and creating informational texts. Everyone is writing a “chapter book” about snakes, lizards, or turtles. These young writers are really working hard! Our final writing unit will be persuasive writing. Students will write to persuade others to help fix problems they see. They will also write their opinions about books they’ve read.

#### Math

Here’s what we’re doing:

• learning combinations equal to 5 and 10

• writing equations

• counting to 100

• counting objects by 10’s and 1’s

• comparing the weights of objects

• estimating and counting capacity in non-standard units

• comparing quantities to determine more than, less than, or equal to

• understanding teen numbers as “ten and some more”

• developing multiple strategies to solve addition & subtraction story problems

#### Theme Study

Plant Needs: Students will conduct investigations to observe the effect on plant growth of varying amounts of light and water.

Kindergartners are also growing sunflower plants that we’ll transplant in the GSB garden!

Animal Needs: Students will learn that animals get energy from food and water in order to live and grow. They’ll learn that animals can be carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. We will incubate chicken eggs!

Reducing Human Impact: We’ll learn about land, water, and air pollution, the importance of conserving natural resources, and the 3R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle.

#### Special Events

We learned a lot about animal adaptations from a great presentation by Chewonki.

We had a wonderful field trip to the Maine Coast Botanical Gardens on May 1st. We had a tour of the Five Senses Garden and had so much fun exploring the Children’s Garden and making fairy houses down by the river.

We had a presentation by the Lincoln County 911 Communication Center about how to get help in an emergency.

Our bus drivers will teach us important things about bike safety and we’ll have a bike rodeo!

#### Coming Up . . .

Windsor Fair Livestock Expo Kids’ Day

May 16

Four Winds Presentation:

Stream Life

May 20

Bike Rodeo

May 22

GSB Drama Club Performance:

Folktale Fun

May 23

Outdoor Education

May 30

Northern Stars Planetarium Presentation:

Day & Night Skies

May 31

Cooking at FARMS Kitchen

June 6

Field Day

June 7

DRA: Birds & Basic Needs

June 10

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

June 18

11:30 Dismissal

#### You Can Help

• Practice reading daily.

• Write with lowercase letters. Remember to capitalize sentence beginnings and use end punctuation!

• Learn addition and subtraction facts up to 5 automatically.

• Identify objects by 3D shape names: sphere, cube, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism

• Learn your address and phone number to be prepared in an emergency.

Children may have a range of mixed emotions, questions, and concerns about leaving Kindergarten and going to first grade. We will be talking about them in school, but it might also be good to check in with your child at home too.  Keep the discussion low-key, ask open-ended questions, and just let your child express his/her feelings. Of course, be positive!