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Week 20- MLK (making the world a better place)

January 21, 2020 by Miss Morrison

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 into Numbers 10-19. We have been laying the foundation for really having a strong number sense of these numbers. Getting kindergartners to understand that these numbers represent amounts that are “10 and some more” is HUGE. We are also working on being able to build combinations of numbers to 5 (ex: 1 and 4, 2 and 3, 5 and 0) and combinations of numbers to 10 (ex: 1 and 9, 2 and 8, 5 and 5). Being able to easily make groups of 5 and 10 helps students to be able to understand and manipulate amounts later on. This is a really important math unit! We are working towards being able to use these skills with ease and fluency.

I would like to thank you for reinforcing the use of Habits of Discussion and Formats Matters at home. These are important academic habits that are so beneficial for our young students to learn. When they practice skills in more than one setting, it makes them so much more likely to “stick” and to become part of the way they think and communicate with others.

A paper with your child’s MAP scores was sent home last week. I want to caution you to not invest a lot of emotion in these results. Whether the score seems high or low, it is just a snapshot from one day when your child took a standardized assessment on a chromebook. As educators, we can glean some information from such assessments, but I gain a fuller and more accurate picture of their abilities through daily classroom activities and this helps inform my instruction much more directly. If you have concerns about what you can do to help strengthen your child’s skill levels right now, the very best thing you can do with them is to read everyday together and talk about what is read (in fiction- what the characters are doing, thinking, and feeling; in nonfiction- interesting words and facts that they hear). Practicing sight words to help strengthen their word base is also very helpful. Fostering a genuine love of reading while helping them develop the skills needed to read independently are amazing gifts to give to your child. Playing math games and pointing out math in real world applications are the most enjoyable and meaningful ways to reinforce our math skills.  I was very pleased with the care and effort our class put into taking this assessment. We are all looking forward to our ice cream sundaes on Tuesday!

I put a page with all of our reading strategies that we use in class in each of your students binders in a sheet protector. Please have this sheet out or visible when doing your reading homework with your child. They should be familiar with most of the strategies. I always tell them to use “lips the fish” first when trying to figure out a word.

I am running low on sheet protectors. If anyone would be willing to purchase and donate some to the class that would be greatly appreciated! I am also still looking to start gathering materials for out animal research project. (the list of those materials can be found in week 19’s blog post.

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.

This week, any objectives in the D section would be great ones to spend time on.

Your child can explore any other objectives they are interested in. Reviewing and increasing fluency in any previous skill sections is also a good use of their time. Remember, real world practice of these skills is also great for building up their foundational skills.