Kindergarten with Miss Morrison

Week 27- 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 nonfiction books 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 adaptations of our animals. We will also have our 8th grade...

March 9, 2020 Read more

Week 26 – Sloths

Our exploration of the rainforest habitat continues this week. We will be reading nonfiction books about sloths as well as 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 will be focusing on writing about our animals diet this week. We begin a new math...

March 2, 2020 Read more

Week 25 – Rainforests

This week, we are learning about the rainforest habitat. We will be reading nonfiction texts 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. Learning about another habitat also gives us a lot of opportunities to compare and contrast with a nonfiction focus. We begin constructing our animal dioramas this...

February 24, 2020 Read more

Week 24- Presidents

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. We continue our PBL work on our desert animal...

February 18, 2020 Read more

Week 23 Desert Adaptations

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. In math, we continue to firm up the important concept of teen numbers as 10 and some more. Our Research Project continues with us diving deeper into our group texts. This week will begin with a focus on...

February 10, 2020 Read more

Week 22- Desert Habitat

This week, we kick off our Desert Animal and Habitat Project! 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 still need 7 shoe boxes. 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 community members for assistance. A few...

February 3, 2020 Read more

Week 21- 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, that live mostly in Africa. 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,...

January 27, 2020 Read more

Week 20- MLK (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 21, 2020 Read more

Week 19- Polar Bears

Our class will be taking the Math MAPS assessment on Monday afternoon and the English Language Arts MAPS 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. As a school, we are working to encourage all of...

January 13, 2020 Read more

Week 18 – Jan Brett (The Mitten and The Hat)

Happy New Year, families! I hope you had a pleasant holiday season. Breaks are nice, but I am excited to see my kinders tomorrow, I’ve missed them! This week we officially begin an author study of Jan Brett. We have read a couple of her delightful books already- A Snowy Nap and The Gingerbread Baby- but we get to learn more about her as an author and illustrator this week. We will be reading The Mitten this week, a loved story that most of the students are probably already familiar...

January 5, 2020 Read more