Weekly Newsletter (Week of Jan. 8th – Jan. 12th)

 

What We Are Learning

Unit of Inquiry: Sharing the Planet

We will inquire into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things. The central idea of this unit is that conservation protects the environment.

Students will inquire into the following questions:

  • How is our Earth healthy? (Function)
  • What do humans do to harm/protect the environment? (Causation)
  • Why is it important (for you) to protect the Earth? (Reflection)

 

Unit summary:

  1. Explore healthy environments and the living things that live there
  2. Explore the ways in which humans harm healthy environments (deforestation, land, air, and water pollution)
  3. Explore how humans can protect/conserve the environment: reduce, reuse, recycle

 

Summative assessment task:

  • Students will create an All About book/poster/video about ways to conserve and protect the environment (ocean, marine life, trees, air quality, etc.).

 

Inquiry into Literacy

Literacy
Phonics focus and handwriting practice:

Review letter sounds – s, a, t, I, p, n, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, g

Writer’s workshop:

Topic: Our Winter Break

Literature Study:

“The Mitten”

Guided Reading:

Various books according to reading level

CVC Word Practice:

Introduction to word families. Example: -at family cat, sat, fat, hat, mat, bat, rat

Literacy Centers:

Various centers will include the following: phonics work, CVC word practice, quiet reading, writing practice

Sight word study:

Review previous words

Writing

We are inquiring into the basic formation of letters. We are also writing the alphabet and writing left to right. We are working on details when we speak, draw, and color. Students have begun Writers Workshop. They have focused on “What good writers do.” This week the topics will include: writing about their weekend. In math we will be measuring and recording our measurements.

    • Think
    • Draw
    • Add Details
    • Label and/or write a sentence
    • Color
    • We are also modeling simple sentences such as: “I went to Hawally Park.” We are practicing the following with our sentence writing:
  1. Begin each sentence with a capital letter.
  2. Put finger spaces between our words.
  3. Put a period at the end of each sentence.

What You Can Do to Help Your Child

RAZ Kids!

We have recently started an at-home reading program for our KG2 kids. It is called RAZ kids. It is an excellent reading program for all levels of our readers. Please make sure your child is reading for about 10 minutes each night. Start reading with books on the “aa” reading level. Some books they may be able to read on their own, others they may need your help. These books reinforce what we are doing in the class and will greatly assist in your child’s reading progress. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Writing Journals

This is excellent writing practice, as well as a good outlet for venting feelings. Encourage your child to write about things that happen at home and school. This reflective journal can be used to develop the “senses” of writing. Have your child write about what he saw, heard or felt on a trip or adventure. Provide experiences in your community that will interest your child and spark her/his writing. Especially encourage your child to write about personal feelings — pleasures as well as disappointments. When reading your child’s journal (only if your child invites you to, of course), share your own feelings and ideas paired with positive feedback about your child’s writing. The most important thing is that they are WRITING!

Sight Words

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, no, me, you, she, he, went, this, are, have, my, big, goes. Play a game with them. For example, put each word on a card or paper. Hold up each card one word at a time. If they can read it, they keep the card. If they cannot read it, you keep the card. The person with the most cards wins the game. (This is a game I don’t mind losing!)

CVC Word Practice

Practice CVC Words also known as ‘word families’: such as, cat, sat, mat, rat, hat, fat, pat.

Inquiry into Math

  • Discuss and explore numbers 0-100.
  • Practice measuring using blocks and other objects for a unit of measure. Using measurement vocabulary such as: longer, shorter, taller, shorter, heavier, and lighter.
  • Practice counting the days of the week and the number of days we have been in school.
  • Many of the skills are learned and practiced by playing various number and shape exploration games.

 

What You Can Do to Help Your Child

At-Home Writing Journals – Please begin having your child write at home for a few minutes each night. It can be just a plain notebook. A math journal, or problem solving notebook as they are sometimes referred to, is a book in which students record their math work and thinking. They can be used to:

  • Record the solutions to math problems, along with the strategy and thought processes used to arrive at the solution.
  • Write about learning: At times students may be asked to reflect on their math learning. For example, students may be asked to write about “what you already know about ……” at the beginning of a unit or “what you did today, what your learned, and any questions you have”, or “the three most important things you learned in this measurement unit.”

Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Thank you all for following our blog! 

 

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