Kindergarten with Mrs. Vaughn

Week 30- Bees

Building off of last week’s science focus of taking care of the world around us, this week we will be learning about bees. We will read a nonfiction text that shows how they are helpful, interesting animals. We will use this text to further explore how authors support their points. We will also read a story called The Greedy Bee. We will be using this book to help us build a habit of collecting interesting words We will be exploring Shades of Meaning this week. This is a very fun...

April 20, 2019 Read more

Week 29- Earth Care

This week, we explore a new science topic. We will be learning about different ways to help care for our planet. We will be reading several books about taking care of nature as we continue to practice our comprehension skills. We will be focusing on new, interesting words this week. We will also begin to investigate how an author supports his point. We will be looking for what they want us to learn and think. We will then be figuring out how they use their words and illustrations to convince...

April 14, 2019 Read more

Week 28- Sharks

This week, we start to explore a new writing focus: narratives. Not only will we be writing our own narratives- we will also be exploring what makes a story great. What makes a book become a favorite? To help us explore this question, your child may bring in a book or two from home that they really enjoy. Please make sure your child’s/family’s name is clearly labeled so we can help ensure that it comes home with your child when we are done exploring. These are books that we will be sharing...

April 6, 2019 Read more

Week 27- Hermit Crabs

This week, we focus in on hermit crabs with a nonfiction text and two stories with main characters that are hermit crabs (including an Eric Carle book).  At the end of the week, we take a look at coral reefs. These books will provide us with opportunities to strengthen our questioning skills along with our retelling and comparing and contrasting skills. Last week, we learned about when strong readers ask questions- before, during, and after reading- as well as some types of questions...

March 23, 2019 Read more

Week 26- Ocean Habitat

This week, we will be widening our exploration of habitats by diving into a study of the ocean! We will begin with a look at the different ocean zones. Eric Carle will then lead us in a closer look at seahorses with his book Mister Seahorse. Next, we will be learning interesting things about Weird Sea Creatures using a nonfiction text. Asking thoughtful questions before, during, and after our reading takes on a bigger focus this week with a helpful animal friend Wondering Walrus. Asking...

March 16, 2019 Read more

Week 25- Snakes and Rainforest

This week, we continue to add to our knowledge about rainforests. Reading a variety of nonfiction and fiction books about a similar topic gives us several opportunities for making connections and comparisons. We will also zoom in a bit on snakes with a nonfiction book about snakes and an Eric Carle (and Richard Buckley) book about a Greedy Python. We continue our PBL work on our desert animal as well. This week’s focus is on our animal’s adaptations. Students have done a great job...

March 8, 2019 Read more

Week 24- Sloths

Our exploration of the rainforest habitat continues this week. We will be reading a nonfiction book about sloths as well as two fiction stories that star sloths.  We will also be beginning an author study on the wonderful Eric Carle. I’m super excited about sharing not only his stories, but his artwork and ways of cultivating his ideas with the kindergartners! We continue our PBL work on our animals. We have written our pages about our animal’s diet and are working on adding this...

March 1, 2019 Read more

Week 23- Rainforest Habitat

This week, we are learning about the rainforest habitat. We will be reading a nonfiction text to learn interesting facts and visiting the rainforest in another Jan Brett book, The Umbrella. This will allow us to compare and contrast the two texts from this week as well as make connections to other texts we have previously read. We have begun focusing on our animal’s diet. This includes whether they are a herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore- as well as other interesting details about how or...

February 25, 2019 Read more

Week 22- President of the USA

Thank you for the outpouring of love and goodies this week- they were definite rays of sunshine on our stormy weather days! No school on Monday in observance of President’s Day. 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...

February 16, 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 9, 2019 Read more