Week 14- Gratitude and Turkeys

November 18, 2019 by Miss Morrison

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 develop.  We have some traffic light cues that help us remember to talk about the three parts of a story.

     Green: Beginning- This is where we meet our character and get to know them a little bit. We also take note of the setting.

     Yellow: Middle- This is where we often discover the character’s problem. We slow down to think about the different ways the character tries to solve the problem and/or note how things may get worse before they get better. We are really thinking about the events that take place. (This is the meatiest part of the retell.)

     Red: Ending- This usually involves how the character’s problem gets solved. Sometimes, there may be a cliffhanger left to leave the characters open to another adventure (story).

     We note character’s feelings and actions throughout the story.

We will be exploring onset and rimes for phonemic awareness.

We are continuing to work on writing informational booklets to share facts. Our kinders did a fantastic job with this new genre of writing!

In math, our focus shifts to 3D, solid shapes. We will be discussing their attributes and exploring real life examples. These shapes can be a little tricky (especially when we are asking children to work with 2D renderings of 3D shapes) so it is extra helpful if they have additional practice at home discussing real life examples as they come across them in their own lives. Discussing such things as those below really helps solidify (fun intended) these skills for your child:

  • how many points (vertex/vertices), faces, and edges a shape has
  • what flat shape the faces are (ex: a cylinder has circle faces while a cube has square faces)
  • if the shape has flat or curved (or both) surfaces
  • the names of the shape (we focus on spheres, cubes, rectangular prisms, cylinders, and cones)

We will be doing an activity Thursday afternoon where students will be sharing a real life example of a solid shape. They are encouraged to bring in a 3D/solid item from home to use for our describing and comparing activities.

Please do not send in any items that are of high sentimental or monetary value. Items need to be able to easily fit in your child’s backpack.

Thank you to all the families that have provided extra snacks for the classroom. I could still use some more treasures for our treasure box if anyone is willing to bring some in this week.

HOMEWORK

Reading: 

10 minutes each night. 

Reading should include a variety of the following activities

– reading stories (your child should at times be the reader and at other times be the listener)

– reading the poems in the binder

– working on alphabet sounds and letter names (students have mastered sounds and names should be shifting this practice time to noticing these within their own reading and writing)

– sight word games/practice.

Math:

10 minutes each night.

Any objectives in the W section would be valuable reinforcement of our current focus. (Referring back to the term “face” may help students with objective 8- it would also be a fun and worthwhile activity to have them trace the faces of reasonable 3D objects from around your home.)

Once your child seems to be pretty fluent with those skills- they can explore any other objectives they are interested in for this section. Reviewing and increasing fluency in Section C skills is also a good use of their time. Remember, real world practice of these skills is also great for building up their foundational skills.

Shape names can be a little bit of a sticky skill for some students (especially now that we are into 3D/solid shapes) so noticing and discussing shapes in the world around us is very helpful for firming this up.