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January 30, 2012

January 30, 2012                                                                                                  

Dear Parents,

This week in math we are creating addition problems by telling a story.  Each student will have manipulatives to follow along with me in a large group while I model how to create an addition problem by telling a fun story.  We will work with partners and then in small groups.  Key areas I am assessing are being able to add manipulatives and find the sum, write the numbers correctly and translating the addition problem into written form.  There are a lot of steps we are covering, but I am confident they will be able to succeed.  Addition is a concept that needs a lot of reinforcement at home too.

The kindergarteners love the fish in my classroom.  The students learned all the parts of a goldfish last week and created a sentence telling a fact about goldfish and everyone did an amazing job!  You can quiz them at home.  Ask your child what goldfish use to breathe under water.  We learned so many new vocabulary words last week; we refer to them as “science words”.  We will be adding more words to our vocabulary chart this week.  The students will be learning how to care for goldfish this week.  We will be adding Elodea to the aquarium and feeding them too.  The specific objectives we will cover are animal needs and behaviors.

There will not be art this Friday due to a professional development day for teachers.


Things to work on at home with your child:

SIGHT WORDS: We will be using sight words in our science journals.  If students do not know their sight words it makes it harder for them while journaling.  Practice, practice, practice.

SENTENCE STRUCTURE: Students need to be transitioning into writing with a capital letter at the beginning and lower case letters following.  Also, students need to have “finger spaces” between their words and punctuation at the end.  We will be working on this when we write in our science journals as well.

Thanks a million,

Mrs. Burks

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