Friday, May 12, 2017

Week in Review--Zoo


Our CAFE strategy this week was focused on Retell a Story in Order or Sequencing. Sequencing is one of many skills that contributes to students' ability to comprehend what they read. Sequencing refers to the identification of the components of a story — the beginning, middle, and end — and also to the ability to retell the events within a given text in the order in which they occurred. The ability to sequence events in a text is a key comprehension strategy, especially for narrative texts. Sequencing is also an important component of problem-solving across subjects. We use sequencing in everyday life and introducing this skill to students helps aid in their comprehension and analyzing of a book.
This week our word family focus was on word endings. We talked about the endings “-ed, -s and -ing”. We talked about how it doesn’t change the meaning of the word completely. It sometimes just changes the past, present or future tense of the word. .  

Our new sight words: over, new
**We have learned all of our sight words for the school year! Woo Hoo!

**Be sure to keep the white sight word cards from week to week and continue to practice all of them as new ones are sent home every week.

Our Poem of the Week:

iPad Fun:

  • Pebble Go/Pic Collage/Popplet: We watched a video about an animal of our choice this week on Pebble Go. We saved an image and wrote three facts we learned about that animal using either Pic Collage or Popplet. Students chose which one they wanted to use.
  • Switch Zoo/ChatterKid:: We tested out a new and super silly app this week called Switch Zoo. The app has a picture of an animal and allows the user to change various body parts to different animals. Students created their own fictional animal and screenshotted the image. After doing that, they opened the image into ChatterKid and zoomed in so they saw just the image of the animal. They recorded their own silly name and facts about the animal they created.
  • Reading Eggs/QR Books: Third round all students completed lessons in Reading Eggs and/or listened to stories on “tape” using QR codes inside picture books.

  • Book Creator: This week students used the app Book Creator on their own by adding a journal entry of the activity number of the day! We have been doing number of the day as a whole class since the first week of school and they are now experts and are able to do this on their own! They rolled a dice to find their number, wrote the number, the number word, drew the dice, tally marks, number of shapes and number line! They finished the activity by recording their voice explaining their thinking and what they did with the number of the day.
  • Number Fight: We learned a new game this week that helped review our addition and subtraction facts. Number Fight is a game where you play against a partner and the first player to 10 points wins. If you get a problem incorrect, you lose a point!


Writer’s Workshop this week, was all about continuing to learn about list and letters. We learned how sometimes you might not have paper and something to write with, but you might have a phone or a tablet. We learned how to create a list using the Notes app on the iPad. This app allows for typing, writing with a pen, adding photos and more. It was great to see the students transfer their list making from paper/pencil to digital list making!


Math this week was focused on telling time. We learned a few new vocabulary words hour, minute, analog clock and digital clock. We practiced telling time to the hour and to the half hour this week with little clocks and discussing how long an actual minute lasts compared to other increments of time. Telling time is not a kindergarten standard, but it was a lot fun to get our toes wet on a first grade skill!


This week was all about Zoo Animals and Mother’s Day!
  • Monday--We worked on one part of a special gift for our Mothers.
  • Tuesday--We went on a field trip to the Indianapolis Zoo!
  • Wednesday--We read and learned about several zoo animals!
  • Thursday--We rolled a dice that had various animals on it and we acted out and discussed how each of these animals move. Some move similar and others move very differently!
  • Friday--We finished our Mother’s Day gifts :).

ABC Countdown to Summer Highlights:
M-Music Day
N-Name Your Favorite Zoo Animal Day
O-Oreo Day
P-Purple Day
Q-Quiet Day

Have your child show you different ways animals move and discuss the similarities and differences between them.

Next Week:
  • In reading we will focus on “Sequencing”
  • In writing we will continue learning about writing a letter and learn to write a card and respond to a picture.
  • In math we will learn MONEY!
  • Our theme next week is all about the Ocean and Graduation!.

Important Dates/Information:
**Go to our classroom webpage if you want to see important dates on a calendar! I will update this classroom calendar as dates and events come about.

  • 4/19 ABC Countdown to Summer Begins! Be sure to keep your calendar handy and/or check our classroom calendar on our school website to be in the “know” of what letter and celebration is each day. You do not need to bring or send anything in unless it is stated on the text message
  • 5/17-Talent Show
  • 5/22--Kindergarten Graduation 10AM
  • 5/23-Movie Matinee AM
  • 5/23-Field Day