Kindergarten with Mrs. Vaughn

Week 35- Ladybugs

This week is our last student selected theme- ladybugs! Our read aloud texts will be the nonfiction text It’s a Good Thing There Are Ladybugs and Eric Carle’s The Very Grouchy Ladybug. In writing, we polish up our Mo Willems styled books and practice presenting. Our presentation at the library is this Friday at 4:30. I have created a Sign Up Genius that you may use to sign up for cookies, juice pouches, paper plates, or napkins. Thank you for your support and generosity! SignUp...

May 28, 2019 Read more

Week 34- Butterflies

Along with a great nonfiction text about butterflies, we have another of Eric Carle’s books for a read aloud this week- a classic- The Very Hungry Caterpillar. (Fun fact- Eric was inspired by a hole puncher to write this story.) We will be putting a lot of work into writing projects this week. It has been delightful to watch the students come up with story lines and pull in things we’ve noticed Mo do in his books. We hope you are able to join us at our upcoming presentations....

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Week 33- Spiders

This week, we not only take a closer look at spiders, but also one of our focus authors- Eric Carle. His book The Very Busy Spider and a great nonfiction text are in our reading line up. We will be continuing to strengthen our comprehension and discussion skills by sharing interesting facts, comparing and contrasting, discussing the author’s point, and retelling the story. Our class’s closer look into Mo Willem’s Piggie and Elephant books has laid the groundwork for them to start...

May 12, 2019 Read more

Week 32- Octopuses

This week’s topic is the first topic students voted for- octopuses! We have a couple of nonfiction texts and informative video clips that we will gather information from. We will also be reading the Kindergarten Classic- The Rainbow Fish and a Jan Brett book which features a family of octopuses and a Goldilocks-esque mermaid! In writing, we are delving deeper into our author study of Mo Willems as this work becomes foundationally tied to where our book study project has led. (If...

May 5, 2019 Read more

Week 31- Plants

This week, we will be learning about plants- their parts, cycle, and needs. We have a great nonfiction text and a couple of fiction texts, including an Eric Carle book. We have been spending some time thinking about what point authors are making in their books- what they want us to learn. This often applies to fiction as well as nonfiction. When a character learns a lesson it is often a lesson we can apply to our own lives as well. This is another aspect of books that you can touch on in your...

April 27, 2019 Read more

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