The Week in Review
Unit of Inquiry photos
Our unit of inquiry is really taking off. Take a look as the students presented their thinking behind their sorting activity. They are natural speakers! For more pictures see the photos page. If you do not see your child presenting, my apologies. I only remembered to take pictures on the second day. Don’t worry though, there will be many more opportunities for the students to make presentations as the year progresses.
What We Are Learning This Week…
Unit of Inquiry: How the World Works
We have begun our new Unit of Inquiry which is ‘How the World Works.’ In this unit we will discuss living and non-living things, classification of living things, and natural resources. We will complete a pre-assessment to see what we already know. (And we know a lot!) We will look at videos that will discuss living and nonliving things. We will also sort pictures into living and nonliving things. We will discuss questions such as:
What are living things?
What makes something living?
What do living things need to survive?
Why do living things depend on natural resources? (food, water, air, sun, soil)
We will develop our research skills by observing, formulating questions, planning experiments and collecting data. Many of these skills will be practiced through our very own miniature, classroom garden.
We will be looking at seeds as we germinate lima bean seeds and plant them in our garden.
Inquiry into Literacy
- Exploring letters Ee, and Kk and their sounds
- Creating 2 letter sight words (like). Remember sight words only need to be read.
- Letter recognition: Learning the Upper and Lower case letters of the alphabet by playing different alphabet games.
- Guided reading: We are beginning to do all sorts of guided reading, whole group and small group. Some guided reading is designed to help us with our sight words. These books will be sent home. Please encourage your child to read them to you.
- Literature Study: The Tiny Seed –We are finishing our experience with a book called The Tiny Seed. This books teaches us many things including the seasons and what happens to seeds during each season.
- Ipad applications for reading and phonemic awareness:
- Teach Me – Kindergarten
- Read Me – Stories
- Reader (with a picture of a monster)
- Hooked on Phonics
We are inquiring into the basic formation of letters. We’re working on writing our names with only the first letter written as a capital letter. We are also writing the alphabet and writing left to right. We are working on details when we speak, draw, and color.
Writing: Students have begun their Writers Workshop. They have focused on “What good writers do….” This week we will write about seeds.
- Add Details
- Write Words (Label)
- Add Color
What You Can Do to Help Your Child
- Encourage writing, all forms of it! Writing can look like letters all over the page, drawing, or words. Regardless of what form encourage them to continue writing. We’re focusing on building confidence with printing and letter sounds. Also encourage your child to write their name with only the first letter written in upper case, the remaining letters must be in lower case.
- Have your child practice writing their name with play dough, in sand, or with letter tiles.
- Encourage the students to speak in full sentences when they are at home.
- Read with your child for about ten minutes each night.
- Practice sight words with your child. Remember they only need to read them. So far we have practiced the following words: we, at, is, the, it, to, I, am, a, play, an, in, go, like, can, and in, see so, do, go, you. Have fun with them by playing word games.
- Talking about types of books, responding to questions about authors and illustrators.
Inquiry into Math
- We will discuss and explore numbers 0-30.
- Practice counting objects up to 20.
- Inquire into 2D Shapes (square, circle, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, and octagon).
- Inquire into the attributes of shapes such as the number of sides or the number of vertices.
- Locating shapes in our classroom.
- Many of the skills are learned and practiced by playing various number and shape exploration games.
What You Can Do to Help Your Child
Practice counting with your child at home. For example, have them help count money, different foods or snacks in the kitchen or items you are buying at the grocery store. Make sure that they point to each object when they are counting.
Help them keep track while counting. They can either touch each item or move it to another pile. Ask them ways to keep track while counting!
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