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Week 2 of apples

Dear Parents,

We had a great trip to the apple orchard.  It was perfect weather for our field trip.  I will try to post some pictures on our blog soon.  If you were a chaperone and you have some pictures you would like to share, please email me.

Here is a look at what is going on this week in Kindergarten!

Morning Meeting:

  • Sharing topic: What fun activity did you do over the weekend?  Help prepare your child for what they will present to the class
  • Singing the “Apple” song and learning the “Spooky October” song


  • Building stamina for independent reading, buddy reading, library center and word wall
  • Word wall center(working in small groups with Mrs. Burks)
    • Rainbow writing
    • Wiki stix words
    • Jewel sight words
    • Read it, write it, build it
    • “Who let the letters out?” song for letter sounds and recognition
    • Letter of the week: F, creating a book of things that begin with the letter F.
    • Letter F handwriting
    • Sight word songs for: is, here
    • Creating and tracking the predictable sentence: Is ____here today?  Filling in the blank with their name.  Introduction to the question mark
    • Class predictable book using our predictable sentence
    • Introduction to the setting and characters in a story
    • Next week I will introduce the writing center into our literacy centers.  We are working towards launching our Reader’s workshop towards the end of October.  I will send info regarding volunteering soon!


Theme (social studies/science): APPLES!

  • Apple measuring
  • Fall patterning
  • Science experiment: Spreading germs on apples with our hands… discussion, observation and recording our observations
  • The legend of Johnny Appleseed
  • Johnny Appleseed sight word recognition
  • Making and eating applesauce


  • Growing number board (1-10) Introduction to 1’s and 10’s place value
  • Counting to 100 by 1’s
  • Introduction to counting by 5’s to 50
  • Tricky teens (11-19) teens always begin with the number 1
  • Recognizing teens through movement
  • Recognizing a teen as 10 plus a digit
  • Coloring the appropriate cubes (1’s)  and longs (10’s) to represent teen numbers worksheet
  • Math Centers
    •  Constructing teen buildings, (reading the teen number and building a tower to correspond to the number)
    • Ordering numbers
    • One to one bead correspondence using teen number cards (this works with the fine motor skills too)
    • Teen numbers: spin it, read it, write it
    • Fingerprint apples: reading the number given, and making the correct amount of apples with our fingerprints


  • Creating wow pictures by using lots of color and detail
  • Beginning to write one word to describe your picture…focusing on beginning and ending sound
  • Beginning to write one sentence to tell about your picture. (using the sight words we have learned) for example:  I can see the apple.

A few tidbits to remember…

  • If you have notes/paperwork for me in your child’s folder; please remind them to turn in the notes/paperwork in our “notes from home” basket.  The kiddos tend to forget they have notes for me and I am teaching them to check their folder before placing it in their cubbies.
  • This week we are learning all about the letter “F”!  Please, have your child find things that begin with the letter “F” in a magazine or newspaper and have them cut it out and bring it to class.  Please do not bring concrete objects. We have created 7 great class books so far.  We have a “class books” basket and the kids are so excited to read them in library!
  • All homework is due every Friday.
  • Scholastic orders are due Wednesday, October 9th.  There are so many great resources you can order for your child!!!
  • I will be sending Dibels scores home later this week.


Mrs. Burks

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