K103

Week of April 18, 2016

JUST A FEW NOTICES/REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK…
1. Our school’s spring book fair will be held tomorrow, April 19th and Wednesday, April 20th. We will visit the book fair as a class tomorrow during school hours. Anyone interested in having their child purchase books may send in book money in their child’s take-home folder. Please be sure to label your child’s money in a sealed envelope to avoid any mix-ups! If you have any special requests for your child’s selections, (such as specific titles or restrictions on purchases,) please specify using the book form sent home in student folders last week or by attaching a post-it note to your child’s book money.

2. As you may know, school will be closed next week, April 25th-29th, for Spring Recess. Students will return to school on Monday, May 2nd. If you know in advance that your child will be absent on the days before or after the break, please be sure to let me know via email or handwritten note, so we can be sure to document the absences properly and supply your child with all necessary schoolwork.

3. As you may know, last week marked the start of the last homework cycle for this school year. In an effort to infuse student choice and help students take an active role in their learning, students will now have the opportunity to choose their own word work activities for homework. Each student will be given a Homework Activity Menu, which should be kept in their take-home folders for the remaining 8 weeks of homework. They will choose one activity per night, as indicated on their weekly homework sheet. Students will continue to receive a homework packet every Monday, and homework will continue to be checked every Friday.

4. Please note that, as we continue our 8-week final Phonics unit on homophones, our Spelling tests will include an extra component that will require students to differentiate between homophones based on context. Students will be given a sentence for each word, and they will be asked to identify and write the corresponding homophone on their test papers. (For example, “I know the right answer.” vs. “I will write the word neatly.”) As always, given the advanced nature of our Phonics instruction, these Spelling tests will be used solely to inform instruction.

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. . .

Reading:
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: homophones

Writing:
This week, students will conclude their study of Unit 4: Persuasive Letters. Students will finish editing and publishing their persuasive letters. They will then share their persuasive letters with the class during our end-of-unit Publishing Party.

Social Studies:
Unit 4: The Neighborhood
Focus: Neighborhoods have important buildings.

Math:
This week, students will complete their study of Chapter 4: Subtraction Facts to 10. They will engage in a chapter review and complete a cumulative end-of-unit Math assessment.

Science:
Unit 5: Earth and Its Weather
Focus: How does weather affect our lives?

SPECIAL DATES:
April 18 – Bake Sale
April 19 – Book Fair

K103

Week of April 11, 2016

JUST A FEW NOTICES/REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK…
1. As you may know, our class will be taking a trip to the Prospect Zoo on Thursday, April 14th. PLEASE NOTE: Students will be eating lunch at the zoo, so we are asking that all lunches/drinks be packed in disposable bags/containers/bottles for students bringing in their own lunch. This accommodation will already be in place for students receiving school lunch tomorrow.
We are asking all chaperones to meet us at the school’s main entrance by 9:15 a.m., as we will be leaving promptly at 9:30 a.m. Anyone who has not yet sent in the $8 trip fee may do so tomorrow morning.

2. This week will mark the start of the last homework cycle for this school year. Beginning this week, in an effort to infuse student choice and help students take an active role in their learning, students will now have the opportunity to choose their own word work activities for homework. Each student will be given a Homework Activity Menu, which should be kept in their take-home folders for the remaining 8 weeks of homework. They will choose one activity per night, as indicated on their weekly homework sheet. Students will continue to receive a homework packet every Monday, and homework will continue to be checked every Friday.

3. Please note that, as we begin our 8-week final Phonics unit on homophones, our Spelling tests will include an extra component that will require students to differentiate between homophones based on context. Students will be given a sentence for each word, and they will be asked to identify and write the corresponding homophone on their test papers. (For example, “I know the right answer.” vs. “I will write the word neatly.”) As always, given the advanced nature of our Phonics instruction, these Spelling tests will be used solely to inform instruction.

4. 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. . .

Reading:
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: homophones

Writing:
This week, students will continue their study of Unit 4: Persuasive Letters. Students will begin conferencing for their persuasive letters. They will engage in self-editing and peer-editing with their writing partners.

Social Studies:
Unit 4: The Neighborhood
Focus: Who are neighborhood helpers, and why are they important?

Math:
This week, students will continue their study of Chapter 4: Subtraction Facts to 10. Topics to be included this week are: creating, understanding, and solving fact families and understanding reciprocal relationships between addition and subtraction.

Science:
Unit 4: Motion
Focus: How does force affect motion?

SPECIAL DATES:
April 14 – Class trip to Prospect Park Zoo

K103

Week of March 21, 2016

JUST A FEW NOTICES/REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK…
1. As outlined in the notice sent home in folders last week, this week is March Madness week at P.S. 132! Please encourage your child to participate in each of the fun and exciting themes for each day this week. A list of themes for each day can be found below in the “Special Dates” section.
*PLEASE NOTE: It has been brought to my attention that several students want to participate in Twin Day, but do not have a selected twin. Students who do not have a “twin” by tomorrow morning and who still wish to participate in the day may wear a red shirt with black bottoms to be MY twin (or triplet…or quadruplet…or…yikes!) 🙂
2. As you may know, our school’s annual Spring Gala will be held on April 1, 2016 at Villain. As part of this fundraiser, each teacher in our school volunteers to participate in a “Teacher Treat” raffle, which offers students the opportunity to spend some quality time with a teacher of their choice while engaging in one of many educational activities. Pamphlets were sent home in student folders today outlining the details for each Teacher Treat. Please return the completed pamphlet, along with the correct amount of money, in student folders at your earliest convenience, if applicable.
3. Due to ANOTHER change in our schedule, our class will once again have Performing Arts on Thursdays from 11:20 a.m.-12:55 p.m. As a result of this change, “Share Time” will once again be held on Fridays. (Sorry!)
4. 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. 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.
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. . .

Reading:
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: contractions: is (‘s)

Writing:
This week, students will continue their study of Unit 4: Persuasive Letters. Students will learn how to translate notes from their thinking maps into full sentences. Students will also learn how to organize their sentences by idea or topic to create paragraphs.

Social Studies:
Unit 4: The Neighborhood
Focus: Neighborhoods have many buildings.

Math:
This week, students will begin their study of Chapter 4: Subtraction Facts to 10. Topics to be included this week are: using various strategies to subtract numbers, writing and representing subtraction sentences, and understanding outcomes for changing subtraction order.

Science:
Unit 4: Motion
Focus: What factors affect motion?

SPECIAL DATES:
March 21 – Crazy Hair Day
March 22 – Twin Day/Look-alike Day
March 23 – Fashion Disaster Day
March 24 – Sports Day
March 25 – Good Friday. NO SCHOOL.

K103

Week of March 7, 2016

JUST A FEW NOTICES/REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK…

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. . .
Reading:
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)

Writing:
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.

Math:
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.

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

SPECIAL DATES:
March 8 – Cookshop for Families

K103

Week of February 22, 2016

JUST A FEW NOTICES/REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK…

1. As you may know, our class will be taking a trip this Thursday, February 25th to the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse to watch a show on the history of toys. Please send in your child’s permission slip and trip fee ($10) no later than Wednesday, February 24th, if you have not yet done so.

2. Our 100th Day of School is this Friday, February 26th. If you have not yet done so, please be sure to send in your 100th Day of School hat, as students will wear their hats for different activities throughout the day on Friday.

3. 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.

4. There are still a few slots available for anyone wishing to sign up to be a Star Reader or lead an art/craft activity in our class. Anyone interested in signing up may do so via the Google Docs link provided by our class mommies. If this link is not available to you, you may also e-mail me directly. We look forward to seeing you in our class! 🙂 THIS WEEK IN K-103. . .

Reading:

*Please note: This will be our final week working with this text, as we conclude our Biography unit.*

Abraham Lincoln: A Great President, a Great Man. Nonfiction text. Skills to be covered in this unit are: understanding elements of biographical texts, understanding author’s purpose of biographies, identifying and utilizing nonfiction text features to extract and expand information, identifying main idea vs. details, classifying and sorting information, using context clues, using illustrations to make and revise predictions, making and comparing text-to-self connections, and identifying physical and emotional character traits.
Sight Words: again, beginning, middle, end, sequence, biography, question, interview Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: suffixes and prefixes (-ful, -less)

Writing:
This week, students will conclude their study of Unit 3: Biographies. They will engage in peer and self reflections as they analyze their published writing pieces. Students will also have an opportunity to share their work with the class during our end-of-unit Publishing Party.

Social Studies:
Unit 3: Families
Focus: Making Choices; Prioritizing Wants and Needs

Math:
This week, students will continue working with the first grade Math curriculum, as they begin exploring Chapter 3: Addition Facts to 10. Topics to be included this week are: Utilizing various strategies to add, interpreting and representing sets, and counting on to complete addition sentences.

Science:
Unit 2: All About Energy
Focus: What are terrariums and aquariums, and how do they use energy systems?

SPECIAL DATES:

February 25 – Class trip to Brooklyn Music School Playhouse
February 26 – 100th Day of School
March 2 – Read Across America (details to follow)
March 3 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (details to follow)

K103

Week of January 18, 2016

JUST A FEW NOTICES/REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK…

1. Picture re-take day is tomorrow, January 20th. If you wish for your child to re-take his or her school photo, please send in the completed request form (sent home in student folders on Friday), along with your child’s entire photo packet. The photo packet must be returned to the photography company in order for them to issue replacements with the new photo.

2. I’d like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to our classroom mommies for putting together an art fund for our classroom and to everyone who contributed to the collection. We will certainly put your generous and thoughtful contributions to good use as we purchase new art materials for our classroom. Thank you!

3. As discussed, we have implemented a new homework schedule, effective as of January 4th. Homework will continue to be distributed on a weekly basis and checked every Friday. A weekly homework sheet will still be given at the start of each week. However, students will now be asked to write individual sentences for their Spelling words on Mondays and Tuesdays to encourage vocabulary growth and attention to context and syntax. On Wednesdays, students will now be given an opportunity to complete a free-write, where they can compose a short story (3-4 sentences) of their choice, using at least 4 of the week’s Spelling words. Students have routinely practiced each of these activities in class, so they should be able to complete their homework with minimal assistance. If you see your child struggling considerably with the homework beyond the first few weeks of this change, please let me know. Students will also receive a new format for completing Reading Responses on Thursday. (See below for details.)

4. Students will receive a newly-formatted Reading Response sheet for homework assignments on Thursdays. Instead of simply circling a happy or sad face, students will now be asked to evaluate their book or chapter by selecting a specific question to answer each week. Each student will receive a Reading Response Topic List sheet with 10 questions. This list should remain in your child’s folder for continued use throughout the duration of the school year. Each week, students may select one question, indicate the question number in the space provided on the RR worksheet, and answer that question using one or more complete sentences. Students may also choose to respond freely to their book for the RR assignments if they prefer to do that instead, though the use of the sheet is highly recommended to help them prepare for first grade reading skills. Students using the topic sheet should aim to select a different question each week.

THIS WEEK IN K-103. . .

Reading:
Abraham Lincoln: A Great President, a Great Man. Nonfiction text. Skills to be covered in this unit are: understanding elements of biographical texts, understanding author’s purpose of biographies, identifying and utilizing nonfiction text features to extract and expand information, identifying main idea vs. details, classifying and sorting information, using context clues, using illustrations to make and revise predictions, making and comparing text-to-self connections, and identifying physical and emotional character traits.
Sight Words: again, beginning, middle, end, sequence, biography, question, interview Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: alk, ed

Writing:
This week, students will continue their study of Unit 3: Biographies. They will learn how to utilize the information gathered in their research interviews to help them begin drafting their buddy biographies. They will focus on putting their research into full sentences and organizing their sentences by topic.

Social Studies:
Unit 3: Families
Focus: Families change.

Math:
This week, students will continue to work in (Book 1A’s) Chapter 1: Working with Numbers to 10. Topics to covered in this chapter are: Writing and comparing sets of objects and identifying and completing number patterns.

Science:
Unit 2: All About Energy
Focus: How does food give us energy?

SPECIAL DATES:

January 20 – Picture Re-take Day
January 22 – PTA Family Game Night (6 p.m.)

K103

Week of January 11, 2016

JUST A FEW NOTICES/REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK…

1. As discussed, we have implemented a new homework schedule, effective as of January 4th. Homework will continue to be distributed on a weekly basis and checked every Friday. A weekly homework sheet will still be given at the start of each week. However, students will now be asked to write individual sentences for their Spelling words on Mondays and Tuesdays to encourage vocabulary growth and attention to context and syntax. On Wednesdays, students will now be given an opportunity to complete a free-write, where they can compose a short story (3-4 sentences) of their choice, using at least 4 of the week’s Spelling words. Students have routinely practiced each of these activities in class, so they should be able to complete their homework with minimal assistance. If you see your child struggling considerably with the homework beyond the first few weeks of this change, please let me know. Students will also receive a new format for completing Reading Responses on Thursday. (See below for details.)

2. Students will receive a newly-formatted Reading Response sheet for homework assignments on Thursdays. Instead of simply circling a happy or sad face, students will now be asked to evaluate their book or chapter by selecting a specific question to answer each week. Each student will receive a Reading Response Topic List sheet with 10 questions. This list should remain in your child’s folder for continued use throughout the duration of the school year. Each week, students may select one question, indicate the question number in the space provided on the RR worksheet, and answer that question using one or more complete sentences. Students may also choose to respond freely to their book for the RR assignments if they prefer to do that instead, though the use of the sheet is highly recommended to help them prepare for first grade reading skills. Students using the topic sheet should aim to select a different question each week.

THIS WEEK IN K-103. . .

Reading:
Abraham Lincoln: A Great President, a Great Man. Nonfiction text. Skills to be covered in this unit are: understanding elements of biographical texts, understanding author’s purpose of biographies, identifying and utilizing nonfiction text features to extract and expand information, identifying main idea vs. details, classifying and sorting information, using context clues, using illustrations to make and revise predictions, making and comparing text-to-self connections, and identifying physical and emotional character traits.
Sight Words: again, beginning, middle, end, sequence, biography, question, interview Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: alk, ed

Writing:
This week, students will continue their study of Unit 3: Biographies. They will use what they’ve learned about biographies to research their selected partner by gathering information about their partner through various mediums, including photographs, interviews, and observations.

Social Studies:

Unit 3: Families
Focus: Families are Different

Math:
This week, students will begin working on components of the first grade Math curriculum. They will continue to work in (Book 1A’s) Chapter 1: Working with Numbers to 10. Topics to be included this week are: Writing and comparing sets of objects and identifying and completing number patterns.

Science:
Unit 2: All About Energy
Focus: How do people get energy?

SPECIAL DATES:

January 14 – Class trip to Lincoln Center

K103

Week of December 7, 2015

JUST A FEW NOTICES/REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK…

1. ) Our class TADA performance will be on Monday, December 14 at 9 a.m. We are asking students to wear formal waiter/waitress attire for the performance (white top, black bottoms, optional black vest or tie). Please send your child to school already dressed for the performance.

THIS WEEK IN K-103. . .

Reading:
National Geographic Kids: Polar Bears. Nonfiction text. Skills to be covered in this unit are: understanding elements of nonfiction texts, distinguishing fiction from nonfiction, understanding author’s purpose, utilizing a table of contents, identifying main idea vs. details, classifying and sorting information, using context clues, using illustrations to make and revise predictions, making and comparing text-to-self connections, and identifying physical and emotional character traits. Sight Words: who, they, because, bear, eat, when, have
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: silent e

Writing:
This week, students will continue their study of Unit 2: Nonfiction Informational Writing. They will engage in both student-teacher and peer writing conferences as they begin the next steps of the writing process: Revising and Editing. They will focus on self-assessment and checking their work for proper writing mechanics and relevant content.

Social Studies:
Unit 2: Self and Others
Focus: Voting

Math:
This week, we will launch our study of Chapter 18: Subtraction Stories. Topics to be covered in this chapter include: representing subtraction sentences, using appropriate Math symbols, understanding and utilizing subtraction language, identifying “how many more” objects are needed to complete a given set, and interpreting picture and word stories to write corresponding subtraction sentences.

Science:
Unit 1: The World Around Us
Focus: Why/how do some forms of matter retain their shape?

SPECIAL DATES:

December 9 – PTA Meeting (7:40 a.m.)
December 14 – TADA Performance (9 a.m.)

K103

Week of November 30, 2015

JUST A FEW NOTICES/REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK…

1. ) Our class trip to Cooper Park is on Monday, November 30th. Students will explore and collect different objects to help them in creating new informational nonfiction writing pieces this month. All chaperones are welcome. Please arrive at the school’s main entrance by 8:40 a.m. if you wish to join us.

THIS WEEK IN K-103. . .

Reading:
National Geographic Kids: Polar Bears. Nonfiction text. Skills to be covered in this unit are: understanding elements of nonfiction texts, distinguishing fiction from nonfiction, understanding author’s purpose, utilizing a table of contents, identifying main idea vs. details, classifying and sorting information, using context clues, using illustrations to make and revise predictions, making and comparing text-to-self connections, and identifying physical and emotional character traits. Sight Words: who, they, because, bear, eat, when, have
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: ar, or

Writing:
This week, students will continue their study of Unit 2: Nonfiction Informational Writing. They will use the natural objects collected at the park to analyze and create new informational nonfiction writing pieces for the month of December. They will focus on using their “scientist’s eye” to help them observe and record information.

Social Studies:
Unit 2: Self and Others
Focus: Diversity in our Community

Math:
This week, we will launch our study of Chapter 17: Addition Sentences. Topics to be covered in this chapter include: representing addition sentences, using appropriate Math symbols, and interpreting picture and word stories to write corresponding addition sentences.

Science:
Unit 1: The World Around Us
Focus: How can matter be described?

SPECIAL DATES:

November 30 – Class Trip to Cooper Park

K103

Week of November 23, 2015

JUST A FEW NOTICES/REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK…

1. ) Picture Day is Monday, November 23rd. All students received a photo package envelope in their Homework folders last week. If you wish for your child to take official school photos on this day, please complete and return the photo envelope with the exact payment amount enclosed. If you need a new envelope, please let me know, and I will provide another one for you.

2.) As you know, our class (along with the entire Kindergarten grade) will host a Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday, November 25th. I’d like to extend a big “thank you” on behalf of our class to everyone who signed up to donate items for this exciting celebration! Of course, anyone who wishes to donate items others than those listed on our sign-up sheet may certainly do so, as we are grateful for all donations. Please e-mail me with your selection, should you choose to contribute.

THIS WEEK IN K-103. . .

Reading:

National Geographic Kids: Polar Bears. Nonfiction text. Skills to be covered in this unit are: understanding elements of nonfiction texts, distinguishing fiction from nonfiction, understanding author’s purpose, utilizing a table of contents, identifying main idea vs. details, classifying and sorting information, using context clues, using illustrations to make and revise predictions, making and comparing text-to-self connections, and identifying physical and emotional character traits. Sight Words: who, they, because, bear, eat, when, have
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: ow, er

Writing:

This week, students will continue their study of Unit 2: Nonfiction Informational Writing. Students will continue exploring topic sentences and ways to add details to their writing.

Social Studies:

Unit 2: Self and Others
Focus: Our Country’s Origins

Math:

This week, we will launch our study of Chapter 16: Classifying and Sorting. Topics to be covered in this chapter include: classifying things by one or more attributes, sorting, matching, and identifying items that do and do ot belong to a given set.

Science:

Unit 1: The World Around Us
Focus: How can matter be sorted?

SPECIAL DATES:

November 23 – Picture Day
November 25 – Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast
November 26 and 27 – Thanksgiving Recess (Schools closed)

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! 🙂