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Tops and bottoms.

March 26, 2012 

Dear Parents,

Math: We had a “blast” graphing last week.  The kids loved chewing gum in class.  They were very excited to be breaking the rules in kindergarten.  To no surprise, it turned out that MOST of the kindergarteners could not blow a bubble.  So the kids that could blow a bubble were the LEAST on our chart.  We also graphed our favorite zoo animal.  We used vocabulary words like: SAME, MORE THAN, LEAST, LESS THAN and MOST.  Since spring break is only a week away I planned some fun spring projects. We will be doing some more practice with addition stories.   Addition is such a huge concept that will need much more practice.  We will be using seeds and flowers in class this week.  The students will create an addition problem by writing how many colored seeds they begin with and adding more seeds of a different color from a friend.  They will glue their seeds on their construction paper and write their number problem.  After adding the seeds together they will then stamp out how many flowers grew from the seeds. Their number story will include the number of seeds they started with, the number of seeds a friend gave them and the number of flowers that grew from the seeds they planted.  It will be super cute!

Science:  It’s all about spring this week in science.  We will be reading a story entitled, “Tops and Bottoms”.  We will learn about vegetables that grow above and below the ground.  We will discuss root vegetables.  I will have some real vegetables for the kids to handle so they can feel and see first-hand that some vegetables grow underground and they are actually the root of the plant.  It will definitely be a fun lesson.  The students will then draw their own vegetable garden, labeling the various vegetables we have learned about.  They will have to include vegetables that grow “on top” of the ground and vegetables that grow below (“bottom”).

Art:  Spring is in the air!  We will be creating our version of stained glass in art.  The students will be given a tulip black and white print-out.  They will have to cut out all the white paper, then glue pieces of colored tissue paper behind.  We will hang them in our class windows for the sun to shine through, and it will look like stained glass.

 

Happy Easter,

Mrs. Burks

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