This Week's News

In Reading This Week:

 Focus this week: vowel combos

 Trick work: of

  • This week we learned that vowels can work together to make different sounds.  The boys and girls are not expected to have these sound combinations memorized, but we want them exposed to these sounds since many books they read have words with these combinations in them!
  • We learned about ew.  We practiced writing words with ew in it on a dice game and wrote about gum we have tried chewing.
  • We discussed the oo sound.  We used Froot Loops to spell oo words, look for this in the Friday Folder!
  • We talked about ee and ea making the long e sound.  We played Connect 4 and Slap It games to help us practice this.
  • We discussed the ou/ow sound.  We played I Have, Who Has and sorted words into ou or ow spelling on a worksheet.  We also designed bandaids for an ouch.
In Math This Week:
  • We did our BUILD centers
  • We played Molly Adds Up To 10 on the computer.  Find it to play at home!
  • We practiced counting to 20 and made sure we had a strategy to keep track of how many using gumballs and gumball machines.
  • We practiced writing our numbers to 100!  If your child completed this challenge, they earned a special sticker!
  • We sorted real world items into the 3-D shape they resemble.
  • We worked in our math book on partners of 10 and made groups of ten and extra ones to show teen numbers, along with writing their equations.

In Writing This Week: 

  • We practiced our new trick words: of on a handwriting worksheet
  • We wrote cards to the front office staff to tell them why we appreciate them!
  • We wrote about the worst ouch we ever had and how we got it.

In Science This Week:

  • We continued our science unit: Observing Patterns: Organisms.
  • We read a Scholastic magazine about plants and how they grow
  • We had CU Boulder visit with a presentation about Fur, Fins, and Feathers.  We learned about different living creatures and their characteristics.  There were many hands on centers; ask your child about the centers they did!

Second Step:

  • Lesson 11: Caring and Helping
  • Compassion means caring about how someone else feels
  • When you feel empathy for someone, compassion is a good way to show it
  • You can show you care by saying or doing something kind
  • Please keep up with practicing:

*Letter formation and sounds: t, b, f, m, n, i, u, c, o, a, g, d, s, e, r, p, j, h, l, k, v, w, x, y, qu, z

*Read nightly to develop a love for reading. Read to your child, listen to him/her read, and make it a fun, family affair!

*Trick words: the, a, and, are, to, is, his, as, has, was, he, she, we, be, me, I, you, they, for, or, of

  • After we learn the trick word of the week, your child should be able to write and read that word. Help your child succeed at this by making flash cards for all of our sight words. Review these often so your child feels confident when these words appear in reading and writing!

*Homework will be an extension of what is learned in class, and will be communicated by the teacher via the class website. The homework assignments will be meaningful, purposeful, and aligned to classwork. We believe homework should be flexible in order to respond to the needs of the students. Therefore, you will not see the exact same assignments on a weekly basis. Some homework may be more skill based, where children are practicing the things they have learned to become more fluent in them (letter sounds, reading, sight words, counting) or to refine skills (letter formation, correcting errors noticed in class.) Other assignments are project based and involve taking our class learning to a place we couldn't in the classroom (individual timeline projects). If classwork is unfinished, that will be homework as well and you will see it in the child's Friday Folder. Thanks for helping your child set up routines for completing and valuing school assignments.



5/1 Math homework due

       Book bags due

5/5 Last Scholastic Order due- get books for summer!

5/8 Time Capsule Parent Letter Due

5/11 All library books due

5/12 Mother's Day Muffins 9:00-9:30     

Wish List

Thank you so much, Liam, for getting us a new math game for centers!

Quote of the Week

"I'll stay in kindergarten until I'm 600."  -Liam

Froot Loop Spelling!

Fur, Feathers, and Fins presentation

Making a human knot on Day Without Hate