with Mrs.Chermak

Hello Owlets! Welcome to online learning!

May is the month of sunshine and flowers. Birds in their nests, and one or two showers. Games to play and kites to fly or just looking at the sky. We could spend a year this way, if the year were made of May.

Monday, May 25th

Memorial Day~No School!

Tuesday, May 26th HAT DAY!

Reading: Let’s Celebrate Being Avid Readers by Reading Poetry Avidly!

Materials: device to see poems and go to Seesaw activity

Avid poetry readers read poems over and over again to get the rhythm and feeling just right.

Avid Poetry Readers do these three things:

  1. Read the Words

  2. THINK about the poem.

  3. Match the BEAT of the poem.

“How to Read a Poem” printable chart (click link)

First let’s practice with a poem you probably already know very well. Remember to use your POETRY VOICE. :-)

“The Itsy Bitsy Spider!” (click link) How did that go? Did you think it was easy? I thought you would!

Let’s try a new poem:

“Weekly Poem - Spring” on Seesaw.

  1. Ask your grownup to read and you can join in if possible.

  2. Talk about new words you heard.

  3. Talk about what the poem says AND the picture in your mind that you got while listening/reading.

  4. Reread a few times together. Do you hear/feel the beat?

  5. Try it alone a few times too. When you record the reading, you can do it alone OR with your grownup.

  6. Have fun!

Optional: Go to Epic. Search “poems.” A few fun poetry books come up. (Though not any “Read to Me” poetry books.)

Writing: Making your writing stronger.

Another way to make your writing stronger is to include important information. You can get that information by researching, which means looking closely, talking to people, asking questions, and reading. Then you can include those details in your writing. That’s another way to be really convincing. We Can Be Really Convincing (click link)

I know that when you leave food out for a while it can attract something that I don’t want in the house...bugs! So, this is important information for me to include in my letter.

Dear Will,

Please put the dishes in the dishwasher

because it looks messy and it stinks. Last

week it was really stinky because a lot of

dishes were piled up in the sink. Maybe you

can rinse off your dishes and put them in the

dishwasher right away instead. Did you know

that dishes with food on them will attract bugs?

If you can help out I will be so excited because

the counter will be nice and clean. Thank you!



Word Work: Writing Poetry is a Fun Way to Play With Sounds!

When writers write poetry, writers use all they know about words and word parts to write poems that sound right and make sense. We used our word and word part knowledge when we wrote our magic spells too! Did you know that sometimes poems rhyme and sometimes they don’t? It’s true. A rhyme is a word that has the same ending sound.

This week we are going to listen to and write poems that rhyme.

1. Watch: Rocco the Rhyming Rhino (click link). Listen for the words that rhyme.

2. Let’s write a poem together. First, writers think of a character. Then think, “What does my person, or my cat, my pal, have to do?” Today our character is Jack.

2a. Think of words that rhyme with Jack?

2b. Write words that rhyme with Jack in your notebook. I’ll get you started…sack rhymes with Jack. Now, see how many words you can write that rhyme with Jack.

3. Read the poem I started about Jack:

My cat Jack

Has a pack

He likes to quack

4. Add a line (or two) to the poem. You can write your line in your notebook.

You are off to a great start with writing a poem!

Snap Words to practice: go, so, no, and by

Math: Play the Left and Right Game (click link). I would adapt it in this way...I would not use the spinner. I would use a die. If you roll an odd number (1, 3, 5), put your counter (object such as penny, dime, lego, pasta, etc.) on the left hand side, covering a circle. If you roll an even number (2, 4, 6), put your counter on the right hand side. Here is the one problem...your child does NOT know what odd and even are yet! You could teach this along the way OR play in this fashion= 1, 2, 3 is left and 4, 5, 6 is right.

Go to SplashLearn and play for 10 minutes OR practice more left and right here (click link). Except, color the object instead of circle the object. A bit more fun.

Second Step: Handling Being Knocked Down

  1. Watch: Handling Being Knocked Down (click link) with Miss Casey.

  2. Think of a time you were accidentally knocked down or pushed. Did you use your calming strategies before you reacted? Remember the steps to calm yourself are: stop, name your feeling, and then calm yourself down by taking some belly breaths. It is also important to look at the person who pushed you before reacting. Looking closely at their face will help you understand how they are feeling. They might be surprised or sad that the accident happened. Understanding how someone else feels is called empathy.

Seesaw Activity (optional): A Calm Body - Robbin Riddick

Art with Mrs. Serway (click link)

Happy Tuesday, Owlets!

Wednesday, May 27th

Team Day~Favorite Team or Longfellow Gear


“How to Read a Poem” printable chart (click link)

Let’s get ready to be Avid Poetry Readers! Pick a poem from yesterday to reread using all your Poem Reading skills. Pay attention to rhythm and word emphasis. “The Itsy Bitsy Spider!” (click link) or “Spring” on Seesaw.

Now let’s get ready to try a NEW poem. This poem has 3 parts, or stanzas. We are going to do 1 part at a time.

It’s called “The Swing” (click link)

Guess what it is about! Get a picture in your head of what you see.

  1. Ask your adult to read the first stanza to you. (Join in where you can.)

  2. Explain the picture you have in your head now.

  3. Talk about any new words you heard

  4. Now get ready to read the first stanza with your grownup. . There are MANY Snap Words in this poem. I bet that if you keep thinking about the idea of the poem AND get any new words started with Sound Powers, that you will be able to read the word many of the words. Just try your best and listen to your grownup too.

  5. Reread JUST the first stanza a few times with your grownup. (Adults can phase their voice out as your student gets stronger, more confident.) Remember to use the punctuation and feel the beat of the poem.

See how it is different from reading Fiction and Nonfiction books?

Read the second stanza like you did first. (Then the third stanza if the student's stamina is up for it. If not, then do it later in the day or tomorrow.)

  1. Adult reads with kiddo joining if possible

  2. Explain the picture in your mind

  3. Talk about what’s happening in this part of the poem. Does it remind you of swinging?

  4. Talk about any new words (till? wide? cattle? countryside?)

  5. Reread a few times. Do you hear/feel the beat?

  6. Repeat with the third stanza.

Writing: You have completed all three Writing Genres! Yay!!

For the next two days you get to choose what you’d like to write about. I’ve written down several ideas for you to choose from:

  1. Tell what you liked/did not like about Remote Learning.

  2. What are your memories from Kindergarten?

  3. Write a Thank You note to your parents. Tell them thank you for all they did during Remote Learning.

  4. What do you hope and dream to do during Summer?


  1. Start your letters at the top.

  2. Write in your best handwriting.

  3. Sound your words out the best you can.

  4. Write the letters for the sounds you hear.

  5. Every word has at least one vowel.

  6. To use punctuation.

  7. Try to get those snap words spelled correctly. :)

  8. You will be writing this in your black and white notebook. Please put the date (5/27/20) at the top.

  9. Have fun writing!

Brain Break: Land of 1000 Dances Boogie (click link)

Word Work: Writers Use a lot of Rhyming Words to Write Fun Poems.

One way to make rhyming words is to change the first part of a word but keep the last part. Yesterday, I had a lot of fun writing a poem about Jack with you.

1. Read Mabel’s poem: Ice Cream Shop(click link)

2. Come up with a character you want to write about or use one of the poem starters and characters I’ve provided below. The character name you’ll be rhyming with is in bold print.

I know a duck

My pal the cow

I know a chick

I love my dog

The little duck

3. Come up with a list of words that rhyme with your character. For example: My character is duck. Duck rhymes with muck, luck, stuck, and yuck. List the words that rhyme with your character in your notebook.

*Hint: You can walk your fingers along the ABC Chart to find words that rhyme with your character. Just remove the first letter of your word and replace it with a letter from the ABC Chart (click link).

4. Tomorrow, we’ll use the rhyming words you generated to write the poem.

Seesaw Activity (optional): Rhyming Words in Poetry by Maddie Benness

Science: SpaceX~A spaceship is being launched into space tomorrow afternoon. Maybe you might want to catch it on tv or online at

Today you might even want to make your own rocket (click link and look on the 2nd page) by following these directions (click link).

Math: Play hands and feet hopscotch by tracing your child’s hands and feet or you can use the patterns on this here. There is a bit of information about this on the website as well. When you hop on the hand/foot, you say which hand/foot it is...left/right.

Virtual Field Trip (optional): Cool Chickens at Pineland Farm

Music with Mr. Sutor (click link)

I hope your day is full of fun!

Thursday, May 28th

Dress Up Fancy or in a Costume


“How to Read a Poem” printable chart (click link)

Talk to your grownup about our newest poem: The Swing? (click link)

Did you like reading it? Why/why not?

How did it go reading it?

What was tricky about it?

What was easy?

Today please review “How to Read a Poem.”

Open “The Swing.” Finish reading/learning it if you did not yesterday. (See yesterday’s plans for those instructions.)

If you did finish the poem yesterday then move to the next steps:

  1. Reread the entire poem together with your partner.

  2. Pick one stanza that you like the most. And practice reading the poem AVIDLY by yourself. (Reading the words, thinking about what they are saying, making voice match the rhythm/beat of the poem.)

  3. Listen to your partner read it too. Then it’s your turn. Does it seem easier with practice? Do you feel the rhythm/beat?

  4. Try a second stanza and then a third.

  5. Read the entire poem together with your partner.


You have learned how to read poems Avidly!!!

Writing: Finish up your writing from yesterday OR start a new piece of writing by choosing another topic from the list. You could come up with your own idea if you’d like too!

Reminder: Please email me the "kindergarten" word you came up with using the letter you were assigned. If you are unsure of your assigned letter you can look at the email I sent on Tuesday, May 26th. Please try to put the word into a sentence.

Thank you for sharing your All About Writing on Animals. Check out the work that was shared! All About Writers Showcase Their Work (click link). Thank you for sharing Elliott, George, Osa, Thea, Shoshana and Miss Parker.

Brain Break: Boom Chicka Boom Summer Dance Song (click link)

Word Work: Poets are Rhymers, Chanters, and Rappers!

Yesterday, you wrote down words that rhyme with your character. You’ll need these words today. Yesterday, I wrote down words that rhyme with duck: muck, luck, stuck, and yuck. Now that you have a whole list of words that rhyme with your character, you can say a poem. You can even write it down later!

1. Look at the poem I wrote about duck: The Little Duck (click link). You can also look at these poems to give you ideas. My Dog Poem, and My Small Cow Poem (click links to read poems).

2. Now it’s your turn. Say your poem. Putting your thumb up every time you use one of your rhyming words.

3. Write your poem in your notebook.

4. Find a partner to read your poem to. You can rap it, chant it, or put actions to it (using gestures or putting faces to it, as you read). Make it fun!

Good job! You are a poet!

Miss Parkers nasturtiums have sprouted! Did you plant your seeds yet? This poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow may inspire you to plant your seeds or it may inspire you to plant more seeds:

"Kinds hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds at the fruits, Take care of your garden and keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words, and kind deeds."


Cha Cha Slide Kids Dance

(I like this version because it has a live person modeling...she does face the audience and moves to mirror the audience so it’s easier for kiddos to follow along. If your kiddo REALLY understands right/left you can talk about this.)

Ask your child to do these Left and Right actions (click link). You could turn it into a Simon Says game even!

Try doing these activities with the opposite hand:

  • Combing your hair

  • Eating

  • Brushing your teeth

  • Writing your name

  • And any other activities you can think of!

  • Each time you do these activities tell the hand you are using.

Handwriting: Complete two pages in your Handwriting Book.

You can complete all the pages in your book over the summer, if you’d like!

Olive and the Rhyme Rescue Crew (click link) Go up to the search bar and put in one of the letters you practiced.

Virtual Field Trip (optional): Pond Life (click link)

I hope this virtual trip inspires you to visit a nearby pond this summer!

*Suggestion: Evergreen Cemetery is full of wildlife this time of year!

Library (click link) with Mrs. Genre from Riverton Elementary


You are an awesome learner!

Friday, May 29th

Hawaiian Day~Floral and Sunglasses