Kindergarten with Miss Morrison

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

Week 17- Gingerbread Stories

I am so excited for this special week in Kindergarten!  The kids can hardly wait for Christmas to arrive. We will continue to read, write, and do math each day but we will do so with a special hum of happiness! 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...

December 16, 2019 Read more

Week 16- Hedgehogs

Our theme this week is Hedgehogs. We will be continuing our writing based on facts we learn from our nonfiction reading. Our fiction book will be Jan Brett’s The Snowy Nap. In math, we begin a new unit on measurement. This unit involves quite a bit of making comparisons. We will also be using nonstandard units of measurement such as using cubes to measure length- although that focus will be later in the unit. Several reading groups have been coming across occasions to use our helpful...

December 9, 2019 Read more

Week 15- 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 take note of many nonfiction text features such as maps, diagrams, and headings.  We will also be reading a funny story called...

December 2, 2019 Read more

Week 14- Gratitude and Turkeys

This is a week that we focus on being thankful for the amazing lives that we all live.  Fostering an attitude of thankfulness on a daily basis can make incredible benefits in each of our lives. Creating this attitude in our children can give them years of increased joy. In our read aloud, we will meet a fun pair of turkey brothers names Turk and Runt.  We will be adding another comprehension skill to our repertoire- retelling. This is a very important skill for students to...

November 18, 2019 Read more

Week 13 – Veterans Day

This week our theme will be Veterans Day.  If you have a veteran in your family, please send in a photocopied picture.  The kids love to see all of the men and women who are celebrated on this important patriotic holiday.  It’s extra great if you add who they are and what branch of the military they have served in on the back. We will be using nonfiction books about Veterans Day to learn about the topic and the key details that informational books use to help us...

November 12, 2019 Read more

Week 12- Pigs

This week we will be learning about pigs from a nonfiction text. We will use facts from this text to write a piece of informational writing. There are countless skills that go in to be a strong reader- one that can be difficult is “using text evidence”. We want readers to make connections and inferences based off of their own experiences, but we also need them to be able to refer to knowledge gained through others. We will also be reading an adaptation of the Three Little Pigs by Mark...

November 4, 2019 Read more

Week 11- Costumes

Our theme this week is Costumes. We will read the delightful book Harriet Gets Carried Away which features a girl who loves costumes. We will also be reading a nonfiction book about Halloween. We will be practicing our comprehension skills of making connections and predicting. We have two animal friends that help us remember to use these skills when reading- Text to Tiger reminds us to Make Connections. This includes connecting what we are currently reading to: * other...

October 27, 2019 Read more