Coyote Courier ~11/17

:Courier Link for week of 11/17-12/1/2017 ( we will not have a Courier for next week– the next issues will be on Friday, Dec. 1st) :  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ER-zoS7THeFrfaISOKn40nbxh_VhBrwWQaOzjZukU3A/edit?usp=sharing

 

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KG Update- 11/17

We have officially made it to the second quarter! Time is flying by!  We had another productive week in room 135 and enjoyed learning about Thanksgiving.  I hope everyone has a wonderful few days off next week and can enjoy some time with family and friends.  I am thankful to work with your sweet kiddos every day!

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, our focus was on the letter L and C.  We also had some fun Thanksgiving activities. One story we read was called Turkey Trouble. It was a fun story about how one turkey had many disguises so the farmer wouldn’t find him.  The students then had to come up with a disguise and reward for their captured turkey.  I loved hearing the rewards…there are many creative little minds in here. We also read a book called, Quick as a Cricket which had great examples of figurative language. Students then had to write how they would describe themselves. In our literacy centers, we dove into our leveled reading groups. All students will have a bag of books that we have been working on in our group. Students are keeping the books in their desk, but can also take them home.  If they bring them home, just make sure it makes its way back into the backpack.

~In math, we started our unit on graphs and collecting data. We learned about the different parts of a graph, watched a Brainpop Jr. about pictographs, and learned about tally marks. We also made lots of different types pf graphs from types of shoes to Thanksgiving items.  When the graphs are complete we had a fun time analyzing the data to see what has the most and least. We will continue our unit on graphs for the next couple weeks.

In social studies and science, we learned about the first Thanksgiving and why we celebrate it today. We also discussed our own Thanksgiving traditions. The class was nice enough to tell me how to cook a turkey. Wow! I never know there were so many different ways to cook a turkey. Please enjoy your child’s directions coming home in the orange folder.

Have a great weekend!

~Meredith

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Coyote Courier- 11/13-17

:Courier Link for week of 11/13-11/17/2017: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BrE6HhVOzx80Q64xahqELyZSoyTV4Ns_dwz_78kiJpc/edit?usp=sharing

 

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KG Update- 11/10

What a great week at KES!  Our Veteran’ s Day assembly today was truly moving and a great show of our appreciation for all that have served our country. We even had some Veterans who were here with our classmates! Our class was lucky to have a front row seat during the assembly.  Thank you to everyone who sent in items for our care packages.

We had an amazing technology lesson from Mr. C yesterday.  He taught the class how to log in to Clever and explored an app called Seesaw.  The students had to try and draw pictures of past and present.

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, our focus was on the short Ii sound and short Ii word families. We generated lists of different short Ii word families like ~ip and ~it.   We also “wrote the room” looking for short Ii words, made an I Spy book, and made thank you cards for our solders! Next week our focus will be on the letters L and C.  We will also be having writing activities centered around Thanksgiving.

~In math, we finished up our unit on patterns.  Students did an excellent job naming the core and extending patterns on their own.  During our math centers students and to make their own “challenge” pattern and see if their partner could extend it.  Some of them were really hard!  Next week, start our unit on graphing.

In social studies and science, we learned about past and present.  We read books and compared pictures about different items form the past and how they look today.  We also learned about a website called Pebblego where we can do research!  We researched the different between things from long ago and today. This unit always makes me feel so old when they tell how in the olden days they didn’t have smart phones and had chalkboards in their classrooms! J

 

Have a great weekend!
~Meredith

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Coyote Courier- 11/6

:Courier Link for week of 11/6-11/10/2017: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DrX6Mp0zhPFOrxSOsrnLQEKnO5UBehSxa2PkIZal8UI/edit?usp=sharing

 

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KG Update- 11/3

We made it to November and through Halloween….on a Tuesday!  It is hard to believe we have come to the end of the 1st quarter.  The students have grown so much in the past nine weeks. This is a great group of kids and I am looking forward to a successful 2nd quarter as well!

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, our focus was on the letter Dd.  We made a “guess who was behind the door”, acted out the book The Doorbell Rang, and made our sight words with playdoh. We also wrote and drew about what I should be for Halloween, there were some very creative costumes! Next week our focus will be on the short Ii sound and the word families that we can make with that sound.

~In math, our focus was on learning to skip count by 5’s and 10’s. We sang a Macarena Math song to help us with this skill.  We also worked with a 100’s board to look for patterns when we count by 5’s and 10’s.  Today we worked in pairs to order numbers by 5’s. They went home in a ziplock bag if they want to try at home! The class is doing a great job with this skill! Next week, we will review patterns and how to extend them when pieces are missing.

In social studies and science, we learned about our 5 senses!  We had a blast sharing what we brought in today and describing our object.   We also had our first Young Scientist lesson!! The focus of the lesson was on 5 senses and it was a fun, fantastic way to end our unit.  Next week we will be learning about long ago and today.

 

Have a great weekend! I’ll be in Raleigh all weekend for soccer!
~Meredith

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KG Update- 10/27

We had a blast this morning with our Fall Stations! We made apple patterns, counted how many seeds were in a pumpkin, tasted different color apples, did a pumpkin investigation, and tried to stack apples with only playdough! Thank you to all the volunteers that came to help out.  I couldn’t have done it without you!

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, we focused on the letters T and N. We also discussed what describing words were and how they make our writing sound “juicier.”  In our literacy centers we designed and described “T” shirts, sorted T and N pictures, and wrote the room with the letter T. We also made our amazing book titled, The Haunted House! Each student has their own page and we worked together to make all our pages make sense in a story. Be on the lookout for it coming home today!  The original copy of the book is in the library for the whole school to enjoy!  Next week our focus will be on the letter Dd and writing sentences.

~In math, our focus was on counting backwards and skip counting. We have learned a few songs to help us remember. We also had to work together to put number cards in the correct order. The cards were in order by 10’s and 5’s.  Yesterday read a story called, Ten Black Dots. Then in pairs, students had to come up with a picture with their own black dots and write about it. We will continue this skill next week and finish up the math screener.

In social studies and science, we learned about the pumpkin life cycle and participated in our Fall Stations.  See if your child can name all the stages!  Next week we jump into learning about the 5 senses!

:Courier Link for week of 10/23-27: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16Q6knUUr7ddqMjXra2Lu5gQCtDUXY7AYqEg5Mm0wYkw/edit?usp=sharing

Have a great weekend!
~Meredith

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KG Update-10/20

TGIF!  We had a very productive week in room 135.  We have done many of the PALs assessments this week and are looking forward to finishing up next week. We had an exciting activity this afternoon that only our class participated in. We Skyped with Mrs. Grant’s (former KES teacher)  4th grade class at South Anna Elementary!  We read a book together titled Whoever You Are by Mem Fox.  It was a sweet book about diversity and how we are more alike than different.  Some of our friends asked questions and we also answered some of theirs!  It was a very cool way to end our week!

Next Friday we will have our Fall Stations where we will do fun activities with apples and pumpkins!  Thank you to those who have volunteered to help out!

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, we reviewed the sounds we have already introduced. To help us review we played a class game called, “I Have, Who Has.”  We also had literacy centers focusing on many of the letter sounds and sight words we have learned this year.  We also made our illustration for our poem, “P” is for Pumpkin. Next week our focus will be on the letters Tt and Nn as well as some fun Halloween writing activities!

~In math, our focus was on the numbers 1-5.  To explore these numbers, we had math stations where we did many hands on activities. Students had story mats where they created their own number problem, used play-doh to make numbers, built structures out of linking cubes, and worked on number sense activities with me in small groups.  Next week we will begin skip counting by 5’s and 10’s, as well as, counting backwards.

~In social studies, we learned about community helpers.  We read many books about the important jobs in our community and even wrote about one that we liked.  I loved all the projects!  The students all presented their poster to the class.  They were super creative and we discussed how some of their jobs could help other jobs! Please check out our future teachers, doctors, rock stars, rappers, and more under the photos tab!

Have a great weekend!
~Meredith

 

:Courier Link for week of 10/23-27: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kEIT777jGfxo5alorsF4l0C1azSHUZ8V16Gjw-3_cEo/edit?usp=sharing

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KG Update- 10/13

Happy Friday the 13th!  It was a fun week in room 135!  We started with the Mud Bowl of 2017 (field trip), pajama day, and the Fall Festival today!  We can’t get much more exciting than that!

I hope to see many of you at the fall festival tonight!  I will be working the cake walk from 4:40-5:00 along with the other Kindergarten teachers.

A HUGE thank you to everyone that bought a book for our class at the book fair.  The kids (and me) get so excited to have new books for our classroom library!

Next week we will be learning about careers and community helpers.  We have assigned an at home project for the students to complete about what they want to be when they grow up.  All the information was sent home today in orange folders.  This will be their only homework assignment for the week.

Highlights from the week:

~In language arts, we focused on the Pp and Gg sound.  We read, If You Give a Pig a Pancake and If You Give a Pig a Party.  We also made some very cute pink pigs, practiced writing Pp’s and Gg’s in our handwriting notebook, completed a sound sort, and went through our literacy centers.  Today we read Giraffes Can’t Dance.  We discussed things we can do and some things we can’t do…YET. Then we made our own dancing giraffes!  Next week, we will be reviewing all the letters we have taught thus far.  I will begin administering the PALs assessment to each student. This will take about 2 weeks to complete.  This screening will give us a better picture of where your child is performing in terms of literacy skills and help us individualize their instruction.  We will share your child’s results during Fall conferences.

~In math, our focus was location and orientation.  Specifically, we talked about the words: above, below, next to, and between.  We had fun moving things around the room to explain these different locations. We also made a cute book with Wiggle the Worm that the class enjoyed reading. Next week we our target will be to read, write, and represent numbers to 5.

In social studies and science, we learned about Christopher Columbus and finished up the season of Fall. Next week we will focus on careers and community helpers. Students will also present their project to the class.

:Courier Link for week of 10/16-10/20: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ac4dmVlsZWxybd_ONs4UOU0G5kp0awqVsPxfQDnU1Ic/edit?usp=sharing

Have a great weekend!
~Meredith

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Coyote Courier link for 10/9

:Courier Link for week of 10/9-13/17: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xht3CmRJx-NklPddEPZHMuLGH5ZTL4S-brcuVdrUwXE/edit?usp=sharing

 

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