Week 20- Desert Habitat

February 4, 2019 by Miss Morrison


This week, we kick off our Desert Animal and Habitat Project! Yippee! 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 had 10 shoe boxes, so we still need a fair amount more! 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 families have sent in additional materials (HUGE thank you!), but we could still really use more sandpaper, fake plants (preferably with tiny leaves), and rocks. Thank you for your help with our project! As a Project Based Learning school, it is very important that we introduce our little ones to this concept.  It will expand each year and is an important part of how we learn at Oasis Academy.

Our theme this week will be desert. Since we are moving into our research project, writing will look a bit different for the duration of this unit. We will be reading, writing, and building their dioramas with different focuses related to the animal they chose to study. This project will last for several weeks. As we get further into this project, and can make some timelines for finishing, please watch for an email about project presentations. This will be several weeks away.

We will be reading A Desert Habitat and will practice pulling facts out of the text to share with others. This book is rich with information and will help us learn about common desert weather, plants, and animals. This information will add to what students learn about their focus animal during our project.

We will also be reading The Three Javelinas, which is a southwestern retelling of the three little pigs. This allows us another great opportunity for comparing and contrasting fiction and nonfiction texts, as well as contrasting between two similar fiction texts.

In math, we will be wrapping up our unit focus on teen numbers. Developing the understanding of these numbers as “10 and some more” is foundational to strong number sense and can be a bit tricky (also some of the names are just weird so continued reinforcement can be very beneficial for our Kindergartners). The more comfortable students become with these numbers, the better!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Please plan to purchase or make valentines cards for your child to share. We have 24 students in our class.  There is no need to address the Valentine to any child, just have your child sign the from section and they can pass them out without trying to match names. If they want to write something in the “To:” spot, please have them write friend, pal, or buddy. Thank you for your help- this helps things go so much smoother for us.  Keep an eye out for the link to the Sign Up Genius for our party if you are interested in joining us. Our party will be in the morning and students will pass out their Valentines in the afternoon.

HOMEWORK

The School adopted a new homework sheet so those will be put in their binders today and will be the new sheet you will need to sign, showing they did their homework.  Our homework sheet is grouped together with 1st and second grade (K-2) but some of the things on there only pertain to 1st and second so there was a couple things I wanted to note on that.

  1. it says have your child complete their assigned math homework. The assigned math homework is just going to be the IXL assignments on this blog post. (For this week just do any of the lessons in section D). Each day your child should be working on math for 10 minutes. ) There is no where to sign for doing math homework on the sheet but I will be checking IXL to see that the students have been working on their assignments.
  2. The reading section at the top says that they will have assigned reading. Again this is more for 1st and 2nd. You guys can continue to just read books at home, either having them read with you or you read to them. I do strongly encourage having them read those paper books they bring home though. It also says recommended 20 minutes of reading, it is only 10 minutes for us, in kindergarten.
  3. Also, please make sure to take some of the 10 minutes of reading time each night to spend on sight words!!
  4. Then just sign your initials for each day saying they have read for 10 minutes.

Reading:

10 minutes each night. Reading can include reading stories, the poems in the binder, and sight words.

Math:

Remember, math should be done for 10 minutes each night.

Your child may work on any of the objectives in the D skill set. Some of them have a format your child may not be as familiar/comfortable with so based on how they are doing use your judgement to switch to a different one if needed. D 1-5 and 14-17 are some of the best ones to develop the fluency we are hoping for.