Week of March 7, 2016


1. Thank you so much to all our parents who attended Parent-Teacher Conferences last week. It was truly a pleasure speaking with each of you, and I very much look forward to working with you all to help our little ones meet their end-of-year goals for Kindergarten! As discussed with a few families, an e-mail will be sent out this week containing a cumulative list of all our target sounds/blends from the start of the year until now. Anyone wishing to do so may utilize this list as a guide for creating flashcards or other methods of Phonics/Spelling review with your child at home.
2. If you have not yet done so, please return your child’s report card with attached G&T extension by Wednesday, March 9th.
3. During our trip to the Brooklyn Music Playhouse on February 25th, the Toy Museum presented our class with an adorable toy as a parting gift: a small stuffed penguin named Polly the Penguin. Beginning this weekend, students will volunteer to take Polly the Penguin home for the weekend to join them on all their weekend travels. Students will be asked to take and paste pictures with Polly the Penguin and/or write a few sentences about their adventures with Polly in a journal, which will be given to the selected student each Friday and should be returned the following Monday. The students will have an opportunity to share their journal entries with the class during morning meeting on the Monday following their weekend with Polly. This is not a mandatory assignment; it is simply a fun way for students to get excited about writing and have an opportunity to explore the art of journaling. Only students who wish to volunteer will be selected to participate. Every Friday, names of all student volunteers will go into a hat, and one student will be randomly selected to take Polly that weekend. Please note that, in an effort to give all our students a chance to participate, Polly will be sent home with a different student each weekend until all student volunteers have had a chance to take her home.
4. Due to a recent change in our schedule, our class will now have Performing Arts on Fridays from 12:10-12:55 p.m., instead of Thursdays at this same time. As a result of this change, “Share Time” will now be held on Thursdays beginning this week.
5. This is a gentle reminder to please kindly ensure all homework is completed using a regular pencil. In an effort to help prepare our students for first grade and instill good work habits at an early age, markers, colored pencils, and pens should be avoided if at all possible when doing homework, and crayons should be used for coloring pictures only. As always, your support is so very much appreciated.

THIS WEEK IN K-103. . .
Unit 4: Persuasive Literature
Class text: I Wanna New Room by Karen Kaufman Orloff
Individual student texts: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett, Red is Best by Kathy Stinson, and A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black
Skills to be covered in this unit are: Classifying persuasive texts as fiction or nonfiction, identifying author’s purpose of persuasive texts, Understanding fact vs. opinion, Identifying elements of good persuasive texts, Understanding, identifying, and evaluating argument and counterargument, Comparing and Contrasting effective arguments, Making inferences in persuasive texts, and Drawing conclusions.
Sight Words/Unit Vocabulary: fact, opinion, persuade, persuasive, argument, counterargument, reason, example Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: suffixes and prefixes (-ly, -able)

This week, students will launch their study of Unit 4: Persuasive Letters. Students will be introduced to various examples of persuasive literature and will work to identify common elements among them. Then, students will begin brainstorming ideas for things they’d like to persuade others to do or think. By the end of the week, students will select one topic to serve as the basis for their first persuasive letter.

Social Studies:
Unit 3: Families
Focus: Families in different places bond differently.

This week, students will continue working with the first grade Math curriculum, as they continue exploring Chapter 3: Addition Facts to 10. Topics to be included this week are: creating and solving addition stories, interpreting and solving addition word problems, and identifying multiple approaches for solutions.

Unit 3: All About Energy
Focus: How does energy move?

March 8 – Cookshop for Families