week March 11-15

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The students patiently waited the arrival of the Leprechaun today! We made leprechaun traps and set them up in the room. He stopped by while we were at recess. He played his usual tricks of messing up our room. He also left little leprechaun hats, gold coins, and Cool Whip for our green jello. When we stirred the cool whip it turned GREEN! Also the toilet was green! This was the funniest part of the day to the kids!

The students made a Dr. Seuss character out of clay and decorated it. They also named their silly characters and wrote about them in their journals.

This week we enjoyed reading Fairy Tales. We discussed the characters, setting, problems, & solutions! We continued counting objects to 20 and writing numbers. We also began our unit on Maps & Globes.

Language Arts:  Retelling (Leprechaun Stories)

Use story elements of characters, setting, and events to retell stories sequentially using beginning, middle and ending.

Poem: Leprechaun

Words: but, where

Phonics:  ENDING digraphs /ch/ /sh/ /th/ /wh/

Essential Questions:

Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

Math:  Part-Part-Whole Within 4

Social Studies:  Maps and Globes (Land and Water)

The student will use simple maps and globes to develop an awareness that locate land and water features.

Essential Questions
How are land and water features shown on a map or globe?

Upcoming events:

March 18-22- Spring Book Fair

March 21- spaghetti dinner-5:30

March 25- Spring popcorn fundraiser

March 26- PTO meeting- 2nd grade performance

March 29- STEAM Day- HALF DAY of SCHOOL

April 1-April 5- SPRING BREAK

Happy weekend!

Mrs. Haskins

 

Week March 4-8

Happy weekend to you all!

We have enjoyed reading Kevin Henkes books this week. He is one of our favorite authors. We have discussed the characters” feeling and compared them to ours and written about it in our journals. 

We continue to practice counting and recognizing numbers to 20. 

Also we have had lots of fun seeing what things sink and float. And playing in the water! 🙂

The school enjoyed a concert by the Richmond Symphony’s Brass Quintet this week!

Agenda Next Week:

Language Arts:  Retelling (Fairy Tales)

Use story elements of characters, setting, and events to retell stories sequentially using beginning, middle and ending.

Poem: Funny Bunny

Words: she, with, her

Phonics:  ENDING digraphs /ch/ /sh/ /th/ /wh/

Essential Questions:

Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

Math:  Numbers to 20- The student will read, write, and represent numbers from 0 through 20.

Social Studies:  Maps and Globes

The student will use simple maps and globes to develop an awareness that a map is a drawing of a place to show where things are located and that a globe is a round model of the earth.
Vocabulary:

  • globe: a round model of the Earth
  • map: a flat drawing that shows what a place looks like from above
  • model: something that stands for something else

 Dates to Remember:

March 18-22- Spring Book Fair

March 21- spaghetti dinner

March 25- Spring popcorn fundraiser

March 26- PTO meeting- 2nd grade performance

March 29- STEAM Day- HALF DAY of SCHOOL

April 1-April 5- SPRING BREAK

Enjoy some warm weather this weekend! Spring is on the way!

Mrs. Haskins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

week Feb. 25- Mar. 1

Happy Read Across America week and Dr. Seuss Week! We have had a wonderful week celebrating Dr. Seuss! Each day we read Dr. Seuss books and had special dress up days to participate in. We really enjoyed Wacky Wednesday where we mixed our day up by doing Math first and Reading last. They also had surprised faces as I told them “Good afternoon” when they came in in the morning They loved our Wacky day!  Friday we had a special guest reader and the entire school dropped everything to read for DEAR!

We have been counting backwards from 10 and continue to practice counting by 1’s to 100! In Science we have been learning about solids, liquids, and gases. We’ve done some fun experiments such as freezing ice pops,eating them, and watching them melt some in our hands! Also we made Sprite floats and observe the 3 phases of water. YUM!

Our class enjoyed visiting our 4th grader’s African American Museum held in the cafeteria. See the pictures below!

 

Language Arts:  Questioning (Kevin Henkes books)

Ask and answer questions about what is read.

Identify text features specific to topic, such as titles, headings, and pictures.

Poem: Five Little Ducks

Words: over, away

Phonics:  compare digraph /ch/ /sh/ /th/ /wh/

Essential Questions:

Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

Math:  Numbers to 20

The student will read, write, and represent numbers from 0 through 20.

Vocabulary:count, number, how many, identify, match, numeral, set, order

Science: Sink or Float

The student will investigate and understand that water flows and has properties that can be observed and tested. Key concepts include c) some materials float in water, while others sink.

Enjoy your weekend and keep reading!

Mrs. Haskins

 

 

Week Feb. 18-22

Friday was 100th day of school!

We had so much fun! We started the day out with my little old ladies and gentlemen coming in with their glasses, canes, mustaches, pearls,and gray hair! We had STEAM rotations with the other 4 Kg classes where they did art, experiments, movement, and building! In the afternoon we made necklaces with 100 fruit loops (and ate it!) and made silly hats with 100 items on them from stickers, stamps, words, hole punches, and drawings! We also brainstormed items we would like 100 of and things we would NOT like 100 of. Just so you know-they did not want 100 parents or 100 Mrs. Haskins! 🙂

Thanks so much to the parents who came out to help run the stations! 

Language Arts:  Questioning (Dr.Seuss)

Ask and answer questions about what is read.

Identify text features specific to topic, such as titles, headings, and pictures.

Poem: It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Words: got, into

Phonics:  compare digraph /ch/ /sh/ /th/ /wh/

Essential Questions:

Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

Math:  Count backwards from 10 to 0

The student will count backward orally by ones when given any number between 1 and 10;

Vocabulary:count, forward, backward, before, after, amount, order

Science: Phases of Water

The student will investigate and understand that water flows and has properties that can be observed and tested. Key concepts include water occurs in different phases

Essential Questions

What are the three phases of water?

How can water change?

What can we do to water to make it change to another phase?

What changes did you observe when the ice cube was sitting on the desk? What caused the changes?

What can you do to a glass of ice cubes to make the ice cubes melt faster? Slower?

Where do you think water in an open cup will go if the cup is left out in the sun?

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Next week is Read Across America Week! We will be doing the following as a school to celebrate:

  • Monday
  • My Many Colored Day
  • Wear as many colors as you can!
  • Tuesday
  • The Places You’ll Go!
  • Wear a college/career t-shirt, or vacation shirt
  • Wednesday
  • Wacky Wednesday
  • Dress as wacky as you can!
  • Thursday
  • Cat in the Hat
  • Wear a hat 

Also I sent home a note if you would like to come in to our room to read next week any day from 10-10:30 or 1:25-1:55. Please let me know if you are interested in reading to us!

Enjoy your weekend!

Mrs. Haskins

 

Week Feb. 11-15

We have had a busy Valentine’s week in Room 18! We had a great party on Thursday! Thank you for all of you that sent in items. We couldn’t do it without our parents! We made a cute craft, ate, and opened our valentines. The students enjoyed opening their valentines and candy from their friends!

Our books this week have been Valentine books. We have been connecting text to text, text to myself, text to my world.

We have been practicing counting all the way to 100! We are also counting by 10’s to 100. Please help your child practice. You can count together in the car or while cooking dinner!

In Social Studies, we are learning about President’s Day. Ask your child some facts they learned about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln!

Language Arts: Non-fiction Texts: Questioning

 Ask and answer questions about what is read.

 Identify text features specific to topic, such as titles, headings, and pictures.

Poem: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Words: down, went, out

Phonics:  compare digraph /ch/ /sh/, intro /th/

Math:  Count objects by 10’s to 100

The student will  count forward by tens to determine the total number of objects to 100.     

Vocabulary: count, forward, backward, before, after, amount, order

Social Studies: African American/Community History

The student will recognize that history describes events and people from other times and places by

  1. a) identifying examples of historical events, stories, and legends that describe the development of the local community; and
  2. b) identifying the people who helped establish and lead the local community over time.

Upcoming dates:

February 18- Full day of school

February 22- 100th day of school! 100 collections due! Dress as a 100 year old!

February 26-PTO meeting and the 4th grade African American Living Museum 6:00

Happy weekend!

Mrs. Haskins

 

 

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Week Feb. 4-8

This week we have been reading about polar bears in Language Arts. We finished the week up Friday with a frosty treat! Polar bear ice cream!

In Science, it has been another fun week learning about shadows. We even did a shadow experiment below where we drew the shadow of the basketball hoop every couple hours to see how it changed sizes and moved! The shadow was the smallest at noon when the sun was high in the sky!

 

 

Next Week’s Agenda:

Language Arts: Relate previous experiences

Poem: Hibernation Song

Words: come, when

Phonics:  compare digraph /ch/ /sh/

Essential Questions:

How can I connect this story with myself?  How can I connect this story with another book? How can I connect this story with the world?

Math:  Count objects by 10’s to 100

SOL : The student will count forward by tens to determine the total number of objects to 100.     

Vocabulary: count, forward, backward, before, after, amount, order

Social Studies: Lincoln/Washington/President’s Day

The student will develop an understanding of how communities express patriotism through events and symbols by  
d)  recognizing the holidays and people associated with George Washington Day (Presidents’ Day).

Dates to remember:

Feb. 11- Awards Assembly in classroom- 1:00       Report cards go home

Feb. 14- Valentine’s Day Party-1:00

Feb. 22- 100th Day of Kindergarten!!! Collections are due of 100 things! Dress like you are 100 yrs.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Mrs. Haskins

week Jan. 28-Feb. 1

What a great week we’ve had! We are looking forward to having a full 5 day week coming up! This week we have been busy learning about shadows and the groundhog. Everyone is so excited about February 2nd and anxious to see if the groundhog will see his shadow on Saturday. We learned about Punxsutawney Phil in PA! We have graphed our predictions and most of us believe he will NOT see his shadow! We will see. The students also enjoyed using flashlights at a station and making their own shadows with their hands.

In reading we read fiction books about groundhogs and talked about how we could relate to the books. How can I connect this story with myself?  How can I connect this story with another book? How can I connect this story with the world?

We practiced measuring with nonstandard units this week to see how tall, short, or long an object was. We measured with turtles, dog bones, and candy!

NEXT WEEK’S AGENDA:

Language Arts:Relate previous experiences

Poem: It’s a Very Special Day

Words: day, we, happy

Phonics:  intro digraph /sh/

Essential Questions:

How can I connect this story with myself?  How can I connect this story with another book? How can I connect this story with the world?

Math:  Measurement Comparisons

SOL : The student will compare two objects or events, using direct comparisons, according to one or more of the following attributes: length (longer, shorter), height (taller, shorter), weight (heavier, lighter), temperature (hotter, colder), volume (more, less), and time (longer, shorter).

Vocabulary: length, longer, shorter, height, taller, shorter, weight, heavier, lighter, temperature, hotter, colder, volume, more, less, time, compare

Science: Shadows

The student will investigate and understand that shadows occur when light is blocked by an object. Key concepts include a) shadows occur in nature when sunlight is blocked by an object; and b) shadows can be produced by blocking artificial light sources.

Essential Questions
• What is a shadow?

  • How is a shadow produced (made)?
  • Who or what produces shadows?
  • How can shadows change?
  • Select an object, and create the shadow of that object.

  

Reminders and upcoming dates:

Parent Teacher Conferences- Feb. 7

Awards in classroom for Quarter 2- Feb. 11

Report Cards- Feb. 11

Valentines Day- Feb. 14-please send Valentines to school!

PTO meeting- Feb. 26 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Haskins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Jan. 22-25

We have had a great week! The students enjoyed Spirit Week and dressing up. A lot of money was raised for Children’s Hospital (over $500)!  Thank you for donating!

This week we celebrated our Paw Achievement with an activity on Thursday! The students went to the cafeteria and had a lesson on Coding on the computers by Mr. Clough. They also enjoyed a snack.

We are continuing listening for the middle vowel sounds in CVC (consonant vowel consonant). We are working hard spelling our sight words and working on our rainbow words.

We are practicing counting and writing numbers and counting to 50.

The students have enjoyed learning about animals that hibernate. We were able to research animals that hibernate this week in the library. Our class picked BATS.  Ask your child to tell you some facts that we learned about bats! We also made a special snack with graham crackers and teddy grahams to represent a bear hibernating in a cave!

Next week’s Agenda:

Language Arts: Relate previous experiences

Poem: Little Groundhog

Words: will, they, out

Phonics:  intro digraph /ch/

Essential Questions:

How can I connect this story with myself?  How can I connect this story with another book? How can I connect this story with the world?

Math:  Measurement Comparisons

 The student will compare two objects or events, using direct comparisons, according to one or more of the following attributes: length (longer, shorter), height (taller, shorter), weight (heavier, lighter), temperature (hotter, colder), volume (more, less), and time (longer, shorter).

Vocabulary: length, longer, shorter, height, taller, shorter, weight, heavier, lighter, temperature, hotter, colder, volume, more, less, time, compare

Science: Shadows

The student will investigate and understand that shadows occur when light is blocked by an object. Key concepts include a) shadows occur in nature when sunlight is blocked by an object; and b) shadows can be produced by blocking artificial light sources.

  • How is a shadow produced (made)?
  • Who or what produces shadows?
  • How can shadows change?
  • Select an object, and create the shadow of that object.

How are the object and its shadow alike? How are they different? What will happen to the shadow if the light is moved?

(Move the light; students make observations.)

  • Predict what kind of shadow a clear cup of water will make. How might that shadow be different from the shadow of a clear cup filled with sand?
  • How can you change the size of the shadow of an object?
  • Why do shadows outside change during the day from morning to afternoon

Dates to remember:

Jan. 28-No SCHOOL

Jan. 31-Zaxby’s PTO Spirit night 

Feb. 1- 6pm Family Honor Roll dinner

Feb. 7- Parent Teacher Conferences- please fill out the green form that was sent home this week!

Next week there is a special homework sheet due in the daily folders. Please help your child to decorate the heart sent home and write sentences about it. These will be displayed in the hall for February!

Enjoy the weekend!

Mrs. Haskins

 

Week January 7-11

We’ve had a busy 5 day week! We have started our Pals test, which is our reading test that we do 3 times a year. It’s hard to believe we are already midyear! I am so proud of their improvement. 

Jan Brett books have been read this week and we have made predictions about the books. We read The Snowy Nap, The Mitten, and The Hat. These are favorite books in kindergarten!

In math, we are continuing learning Part/Part/Whole. For example, how many ways can you make 3? 1 & 2, 3 & 0, 2 & 1, 0 & 3 etc. We have used manipulative games to show the possibilities!

Magnets are so much fun! Ask you child what things magnets attract. We will finish up next week with making Magnet Man!

NEXT WEEK:

Language Arts:Use pictures to make predictions.

Poem: Snowflakes, Snowflakes

Words: have, fun, do

Phonics:  short a/o/i/u medial sounds, blending

Essential Questions:

What do you predict will happen next?  What clues helped you? Did it happen?

Math:  Part-Part-Whole

SOL : The student will recognize and describe with fluency part-whole relationships for numbers up to 3

Vocabulary: part, whole, five frame, ten frame, combine, separate

Social Studies: Martin Luther King

Essential Questions
.Why and when is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemorated?

  • What are some ways that communities commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?
  • Which actions were taken by Martin Luther King, Jr. so that African Americans and others would be treated fairly?

DATES TO REMEMBER:

January 21- Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday-No school

January 28th- Student Holiday

January 29th- PTO Meeting 

Remember to do your homework that is due on Mondays! They should do the January choice board each week and read the book each night! Also read those RAINBOW WORDS! I your child can read the ones you have, then you can practice spelling and writing them. New words will be coming home next week!

Stay warm and enjoy the snow that’s coming!

Mrs. Haskins