Kindergarten with Miss Morrison

Week 22- President of the USA

This week, we have a Social Studies focus on the President of the United States. We will read a nonfiction text that describes the roles and responsibilities of the position. We will also get to know Duck as a character who runs for office. We will be practicing the skills of sharing information, retelling, and comparing and contrasting. The students will be placing votes in a class ballot box to determine a fun activity for the following week. Our shape unit continues in math this week...

February 18, 2019 Read more

Week 21- Desert Adaptations (and some Valentine fun!)

This week, we continue to study the desert habitat with more of a focus on adaptations. We have great nonfiction books to help us do this! We will continue to practice sharing facts from our reading. We will also be making comparisons and connections between texts about the same topic. We will be starting our shape unit in math this week. Our unit will begin with an exploration of 2D, flat shapes. We will discuss their characteristics as well as where we see them in real life. We will also...

February 11, 2019 Read more

Week 20- Desert Habitat

This week, we kick off our Desert Animal and Habitat Project! Yippee! Students will be choosing their focus animals and forming small groups on Monday.  It is difficult to predict the exact pace a project will progress at, but it is possible that we may begin building our dioramas as early as next week. At last count, we had 10 shoe boxes, so we still need a fair amount more! If you do not think you will be able to supply one for your child please let me know ASAP so I can reach out to other...

February 4, 2019 Read more

Week 19- Dassies

Our learning this week will center around dassies. We will read both a nonfiction text and the story The Three Little Dassies by Jan Brett. You may be wondering what dassies are. They are small mammals, also known as rock hyrax. They are interesting and adorable and they will be helping your child strengthen their comprehension and discussion skills. We will be writing reports about dassies this week. Our pages will include information about their habitat, diet, adaptations, and fun...

January 28, 2019 Read more

Week 18 – Making the World a Better Place

This week, in honor of the esteemed Martin Luther King Jr, we will be focusing on ways that we can make the world around us an even better place. We have several read alouds that will help us explore this social studies topic as we practice our important comprehension skills of predicting, making connections, picturing (identifying strong words), and retelling. In writing, we will be thinking about ways we can improve our school, our homes, and our community. In math, we really dive...

January 22, 2019 Read more

Week 17- Polar Bears

Our class will be taking the MAPS assessment on Tuesday morning. We want the students to do their best, but this is not something I want to create stress about. Standardized assessments provide valuable information for driving instruction, but we also have to keep in mind the mode of assessment and that this is only one source of information about how your child is growing and learning. Tuesday volunteers- our schedule will be a bit different because of testing, but you are absolutely welcome...

January 14, 2019 Read more

Week 16- Jan Brett (The Mitten and The Hat)

Happy New Year, families! I hope you had a pleasant holiday season. This week we officially begin an author study of Jan Brett. We read her delightful book The Gingerbread Baby last school week, but we get to learn more about her as an author and illustrator this week. We will be reading The Mitten.  It is a wonderful book for practicing sequencing/retelling. It is also a fabulous book for exploring strong word choice and shades of meaning. We use these skills when deciding how we want...

January 7, 2019 Read more

Week 15- Gingerbread Stories

Our theme this week is Gingerbread Stories. It is an enjoyable and rich way to practice comparing and contrasting stories.  We will be finding similarities and differences between stories in regards to characters, settings, and events. We will also continue to practice retelling the important parts of fiction stories.  You can help with this skill by asking about the stories that they hear and read at school and with you at home. In phonemic awareness, we are continuing to work on...

December 17, 2018 Read more

Week 14- Reindeer

This week our theme will be reindeer.  Often, children’s only exposure to reindeer will have been Santa’s flying reindeer.  To be able to engage in an informational study of reindeer without lessening the magic of Christmas, I will differentiate between MOST reindeer and Santa’s special reindeer. During this nonfiction study, we will introduce many nonfiction text features such as maps, diagrams, and headings. We will also be reading a funny story called The Great Reindeer Rebellion....

December 10, 2018 Read more

Week 13- Pigs

We will be having a Parent Reading Night at school on January 15th, This is an opportunity for me to share more detailed tips, tricks, and grade level guidelines with you. This will be an event for parents only as I have a ton of useful information to share with you that won’t be exactly riveting for children. I hope you will be able to join us! A few reminders and an upcoming event: Non-perishable food drive: High school and middle school student council is collecting non-perishable food...

December 3, 2018 Read more