Dr. Seuss Week

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Sight word center: Write it/Build it

 

 

Highlights from our room

Dressing up for Dr. Seuss week

Wacky Wednesday

Making Oobleck

Eating Green Eggs and Ham

What I want to be “hot air balloon”

The Foot book

Sight word castles

March Journals

 

Next Week’s Highlights

Literacy Writing: Dr. Seuss character writing

Library: self selected books

Independent reading

Word Wall: sight word castles

Parent Games: CVC hula hoop jump

Teacher table: guided reading

Sight words- eight, all, did

Math – penny, nickel, dime and quarter

Writing Fish journals

Theme  Goldfish and Guppies

WARMER WEATHER 

 

Reminders and Tidbits

Practice writing sentences with lower case letters and a capital at the beginning.

All homework is due on Friday… please make sure your child is completing all writing in pencil.

Practice reading and spelling sight words daily.

Upcoming Events/Requests/Comments

Thank you SOOO much for everyone who donated the items for bear week and Dr. Seuss week! We had so much fun!

WISH LIST

crayons

OOBLECK

OOBLECK

     

Bear Week

Bear Week

     

Teddy Graham addition

Teddy Graham addition

Teddy Bear Measuring

Teddy Bear Measuring

 

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Parent Games….Sight word castle

Here are a few pictures from this weeks’ parent games……sight word castles!!!!20150303_095324 20150303_101103 20150303_102917 20150303_104923

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Bears and Dr. Seuss

Highlights from our room

*Bears

Polar Bear writing and art project, brown bear handprints, panda bear paper plate projects, gummy bear graphing, teddy graham addition, teddy bear comparison.

*PJ party and bear video

*Parent Games

 

Next Week’s Highlights

Literacy Listening center: Character drawings Library: self selected books, Independent reading, Word Wall: Spin and Graph, Parent Games: Block castle sight words, Teacher table: guided reading

Sight words- seven, fun, away, want

Math – goldfish addition, goldfish graphing, crazy sock measuring

Writing Dr. Seuss writing activities all week

Theme  Dr. Seuss

 

 

Reminders and Tidbits

Dr. Seuss week is next week…dress up for each day.

Practice writing sentences with lower case letters and a capital at the beginning.

All homework is due on Friday… please make sure your child is completing all writing in pencil.

Practice reading and spelling sight words daily.

 

My email: hjburks@cps.edu

 

Upcoming Events/Requests/Comments

If you are interested in helping create some fun games for our centers please email me. I have some fun ideas and need a few extra hands. The games can be completed at home or at school.

 

WISH LIST

1 Large box of rainbow goldfish, Vanilla pudding, Sprinkles, Nilla wafers

 

 

 

Dr. Seuss Week

Dear Kindergarten Families,

 

Next week is Dr. Seuss week!  It is one of our favorite weeks in Kindergarten.  In order to make this week as special as we want it to be we will do something fun everyday.

 

Monday- Crazy Hat Day!

 

Tuesday- Color Day!  Dress head to toe in your favorite color

 

Wednesday- Wacky Wednesday! Wear anything crazy you want.

 

Thursday- Crazy Socks Day. Wear the craziest socks you have.

 

Friday- Wear what you would wear if you were grown up.  Think about what you want to be when you grow up and wear that! Ex. Firefighter, basketball player, doctor, dancer, singer, teacher, etc.

 

In addition to our theme time we will also be doing lots of Dr. Seuss activities during literacy and math.  If you would like to donate please contact your teacher. We need.

 

1 Large box of rainbow goldfish

Vanilla pudding

Sprinkles

Nilla wafers

Plastic spoons

 

Thank you in advance for making Dr. Seuss one for your children to remember!

 

Kindest,

The Kindergarten Team

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Bears

Highlights from our room

*100’s Day

crazy hats, fruit loop necklaces, q tip painting, gumball machines, 100 snacks, 100 glasses and 100 year old drawings

*All about Ruby Bridges

*Shorter and Longer comparison measuring

* Raft game

 

Next Week’s Highlights

Literacy Listening center: Draw and label your favorite part of the story (6+ labels) Library: self selected books, Independent reading, Projector center: sight word sentences, Parent Games: SPLAT sight words, Teacher table: guided reading

Sight words- six, because, will (same as last week)

Math – teddy bear comparison, gummy bear graphing, bear measuring, bear graphing

Writing Independent Journals, Bear writing activities

Theme  Bears

 

Reminders and Tidbits

I will not be at school on Monday. Ms. Bias will be filling in for me.

Practice writing sentences with lower case letters and a capital at the beginning.

All homework is due on Friday… please make sure your child is completing all writing in pencil.

Practice reading and spelling sight words daily.

Parent Games start up on Tuesday 24th in the hallway. The kids are so excited!

Bring a teddy bear to school on Friday!

My email: hjburks@cps.edu

 

Upcoming Events/Requests/Comments

We will be learning about bears next week. If you have any bear books, posters, bear info and would like to share it…bring it on Tuesday.

If you are interested in helping create some fun games for our centers please email me. I have some fun ideas and need a few extra hands. The games can be completed at home.

We will be doing some super fun bear activities next week and need gummy bears, teddy grahams, large and small white paper plates. If you can donate any of the items please email me.

 

WISH LIST

Gummy bears, teddy grahams, large and small paper plates

 

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News in Room 101 Week of February 9th

Highlights from our room last week

*Penguin measuring

*Penguin habitats

*Projector center

  • Who let the letters out song
  • Penguin <, >, =
  • Penguin Facts (can, have, are)
  • Antarctica and penguin presentation

Next Week’s Highlights

Literacy Introduction to listening center

projector center, teacher table, sticker story writing, library, buddy reading and independent reading

Sight words- five, love, by

Math – Skip counting, tally marks, valentine candy graphing, sorting and counting, valentine symmetry, missing number hearts

Writing Valentine letters, George Washington web, Abe Lincoln’s Hat

Theme Presidents Day (George Washington and Abraham Lincoln) and Valentines Day

Reminders and Tidbits

Practice writing sentences with lower case letters and a capital at the beginning. J

All homework is due on Friday… please make sure your child is completing all writing in pencil.

Practice reading and spelling sight words daily.

My email: hjburks@cps.edu

Upcoming Events/Requests/Comments

Thank you for all the parents who signed up to volunteer. We will begin parent games on February 24th. I will send home a detailed letter with the assigned days for each volunteer next week.

 

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Friday the 13th. The children are encouraged to bring a valentine for each of their classmates (27). We are asking that the students only write who the valentine is from. Please do not write who the valentine is to. We understand the many valentines come with candy, however we strongly encourage the ones that come with stickers or tattoos over candy. Please email your teacher if you would like to volunteer to help with our Valentine’s Day math centers starting at 2:30. We look forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day next Friday.

 

Parent Teacher coffee is next Wednesday from 9-10. Stop by to see what we have planned for the year!

100’s Day

Dear Parents,

100’s Day is February 18th….next Wednesday!!  The kids are really excited about the 100th day of

school.  The day will be packed full of fun 100’s day projects.  We need your help!

**Every student needs to count out 100 snack items and bring them in a big Ziplock bag on

the 100th day of school.  Here are a few ideas for 100 snacks: chocolate chips, goldfish,

gummy bears, cheese balls, cheese its, cheerios, fruit loops, gummy worms, etc.  Please do

not include 100 pieces of wrapped candy.  We will make a witches brew out of all the snack

items and share them with everyone.  PLEASE make sure your child’s hands are CLEAN

when counting out the 100 food items.

**Decorate a 100’s day shirt with your child.  Draw, paint, puff paint, stamp, or glue 100

items onto a white shirt and they will wear it to school on 100’s day.  Trust us, students

will LOVE this shirt and never want to take it off!  Here are a few ideas: googly eyes,

beads, ribbons, stickers, paint, stars, etc.

**We need volunteers from 9:30-11:15.  We will be doing some great centers and we need

your help.  If you can volunteer please sign the form below and send it back to school with

your child.  Each class needs at least 4 volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering contact your teacher.

100 thanks,

The Kindergarten Team

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Winter week 1

Highlights from our room

*”Sneezy the snowman”, my snowman melted because _____

*”Snowmen at night”, at night my snowman _______

*roll a snowman and top it

  • Snowmen at night painting and design
  • Sight word songs (always exciting)
  • Marshmallow measuring and eating (of course)
  • Testing is completed !!!!!!!!

 

Next Week’s Highlights

Reading- Literacy Centers begin: Build and stack sight words, introduction to teacher table (guided reading groups) and big book center.

Sight words- he, she, three

Math roll a snowflake, skip counting to 100, hot chocolate addition, addition stories, winter patterns

Writing how to build a snowman, adjectives to describe winter, finger spaces

Theme week 2 of snow and winter

 

Upcoming Events/Requests/Comments

Next Friday all of CPS will hold regular classes…this will be a makeup day from earlier this month

Be on the lookout for a letter regarding 100’s day and Valentines Day in February

Wish List

Crayons and Paper towels

Reminders and Tidbits

Please have your child to school at 8:40

All homework is due on Friday… please make sure your child is completing all writing in pencil.

Practice sight words daily

Field trip next Tuesday, remember to pack a lunch

Scholastic orders are due, if you are still interested in ordering, please email me

My email: hjburks@cps.edu

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No School

There will be no school – Wednesday, January 7th due to the cold temperatures.  Hope to see everyone on Thursday!

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Last week of school

Dear Parents,

I can’t believe our year is coming to an end.  We have had such an AMAZING year in kindergarten, and I will truly miss each one of my kiddos.  This class has blown me away with how much they have grown.  I am so proud of them and hate to see them go.  Even though I wish I could hang on to them for one more year, I know they are definitely ready to move to 1st grade.  They will do so well next year and I can’t wait to see them grow even more.

Here is a quick look at what we will be doing in kindergarten this week…

Reader’s workshop:

  • Independent Reading- Book-box books
  • Library- Self- selected reading
  • Computer- Starfall
  • Word Wall- Free choice of: playdoh, wiki stix, magnetic letters, rainbow writing, stack and build
  • Writing Center- My favorite part of kindergarten
  • Listening center- Free choice of book to listen to
  • Teacher Table- Games

Math:

  • Math Games: roll and record, number scrolls, raft game, top it, plus and take away game, marker board math problems
  • ST Math

 

Theme/SS and Science: Kindergarten Memories

  • We will create a memory book to about kindergarten to take home
  • Read alouds about kindergarten and first grade

Writer’s workshop:

  •  Free choice writing
  • Persuasive writing- “Can I have a dinosaur, mom?” Students will draw a baby dinosaur in a jar and write 3 ways they can take care of their dinosaur, persuading their mom or dad to let them keep it.

 

School wide picnic:

Our end of the year picnic will take place on Friday, June 13th. Students will be outside at the picnic all morning. Lunch will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring books, games, snacks, and a blanket/towel for the picnic. Make sure that whatever is brought will not easily blow away in the wind. Students may wear hats outside and should be wearing sunscreen and the appropriate shoes to be playing around all morning in. Parents are welcome to come to the picnic. The students will be watching a movie in the auditorium in the afternoon.  Please join us for the morning picnic!

****Report Cards will be sent home on the last day of school.

May and Summer Birthdays!: 

On Friday, June 13th, we will celebrate those students who have a birthday in May June, July, and August.  If you are interested in participating, please let me know through email and we can celebrate on the last day of school during our picnic.

Mrs. Burks

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Dinosaurs

Dear Parents,

Here is a quick look at what we will be doing in kindergarten this week…

Reader’s workshop:

  • Independent Reading- Book-box books/fluency practice and looked for CVC words.
  • Library- Self- selected reading.
  • Computer- Starfall
  • Word Wall- Sight words building/stacking with dinosaurs.  Students read 10 sight words on foam blocks and stack them up.  Then, a toy dinosaur can knock them down with his tail.  Repeat.
  • ABC candy- playdoh words
  • Writing Center- Create a dinosaur habitat using dinosaur stamps and write about the setting
  • Teacher Table- Guided reading and writing extensions.

Math:

  • Reinforce the skill of ordering numbers.  Read numbers in ascending or descending order.
  • Dinosaur measuring and compare lengths with a partner.
  • Develop subtraction stories by taking away dinosaurs and writing out a coordinating number sentence and story.
  • Stegosaurus spike patterns: Compared patterns and identified patterning rules.  Apply patterning rules to create and extend patterns.
  • ST Math
  • What’s my Rule?

 

Theme/SS and Science

  • Create dinosaur skeletons using toothpicks.
  • KWL chart on dinosaurs
  • All about the T-Rex
  • Learn about dinosaurs that were carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.  Students choose their favorite dinosaur and create the appropriate teeth to glue inside of its mouth.  They will write about their dinosaur’s diet, shape of teeth and what the purposes of the teeth were.  (They will LOVE this activity)
  • Dig for “bones in dirt”…or chocolate chips in cookies.  Students will learn about the duties of a paleontologist and the tools they used.  They will be given a chocolate chip cookie, 2 toothpicks and a paper plate.  Their job will be to dig out the chocolate chips without breaking them.

Writer’s workshop:

  •  “If I was a dinosaur”- Create new dinosaurs using our own name (Mrs. Burksasaurus) and write about what characteristics we have.
  • Persuasive writing- “Can I have a dinosaur, mom?” Students will draw a baby dinosaur in a jar and write 3 ways they can take care of their dinosaur, persuading their mom or dad to let them keep it.
  • Pick a prompt- Dinosaurs; here are the 3 different topics they could choose from:

*All about dinosaurs *If dinosaurs lived today… *Crack!

 

School wide picnic:

On Friday the 13th, the students will participate in the Ray School picnic!  It will be a day filled with fun, food, games, movies and more fun.  All parents are welcome to attend!  There will be more info coming soon!  

May and Summer Birthdays!: 

On Wednesday, June 13th, we will celebrate those students who have a birthday in May June, July, and August.  If you are interested in participating, please let me know through email and we can celebrate on the last day of school during our picnic.

Mrs. Burks

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My 5 senses

Dear Parents,

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

Morning Meeting:                               

  • Sharing topic: What is your favorite of the 5 senses and why?
  • 5 senses poem

Literacy:

Centers:

Library: Quiet read/self-selected books independently or with a friend

Computers: Starfall, I’m reading and Learning to read

Buddy Reading: Students will choose a book from their book boxes and complete the following prompt/ Our favorite book is……. We like this book because…….

Teacher table: Dibels testing (last week J )

Writing center: Write around the room /choose 4 words and create a sentence for each word.  Students are practicing complete sentences with a capital letter at the beginning, lower case letters following and punctuation at the end.

Word wall: play dough sight words: roll and create new and old sight words

Parent games: Splat sight words and CVC words

 

  • Identifying capital letters, punctuation, blends and sight words in our daily morning message.
  • ·        Sight word songs for: could, want, jump, after
  • Friday book exchange for leveled books for students to read
  • Sight word songs

 

Theme (social studies/science): My 5 senses

  • Identify and label 5 senses
  • Nature walk using our 5 senses and writing down all the things we see, hear, smell, taste and feel
  • Taste test with various foods and writing words that describe the food we tasted
  • My 5 senses flip book

Math:

  • Counting to 167 by 1’s
  • Counting by 5’s to 100
  • Question of the day, graphing results
  • May math journal
  • Number order
  • Penny, Nickel and Dime exchange
  • Number scrolls
  • Comparing and Contrasting numbers
  • ST math

Writing:

  • Independent Writing
    • Our science/social studies time runs into our writing block.  Each day after our lesson in science/social studies the students are focusing on a writing project reflecting on our lesson.  When their writing project is completed they will independent write until it is time to pack up.

 

 

A few tidbits to remember…

  • ·        Our insect projects turned out GREAT!  The kids did a wonderful job presenting their masterpieces.  They will be on display in the hallway this week.
  • This will be the last week for homework.
  • This will be the last week for parent volunteers/parent games.  Thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time to help out the kids.

 

Thanks,

 

Mrs. Burks

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Insects

Dear Parents,

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

Morning Meeting:                                          

  • Sharing topic: Describe yourself using 3 adjectives
  • Parts of an insect poem

Literacy:

Centers:

Library: Quiet read/self-selected books independently or with a friend

Computers: Starfall, I’m reading and Learning to read

Independent Reading: book box books

Teacher table: guided reading groups, close reading with our new National Geographic magazines and writing responses, REACH assessment

Writing center: Sticker insect stories

Listening center: Story Elements/Llama llama

Parent games: Egg spin CVC words

 

  • Identifying capital letters, punctuation, blends and sight words in our daily morning message.
  • Sight word songs for: very, make, play, seven, home
  • Friday book exchange for leveled books for students to read
  • Fluency practice at leveled readers
  • Sight word songs
  • Reach assessment

Theme (social studies/science): Insects

  • We will read non-fiction books about insects
  • Read aloud: In the tall tall grass, creating animals/insects that live in our tall grass and describing them using adjectives.  Creating an environment for those animals using oil pastels and construction paper.
  • Parts of an insect: diagram using paint and oil pastels
  • Ant jobs and their colony
  • The busy bee hive and their important jobs/bee art project
  • Sequencing the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Math:

  • Counting to 158 by 1’s
  • Counting by 5’s to 100
  • Question of the day, graphing results
  • May math journal
  • Coin review
  • Roll and record coins
  • Buying with nickels and dimes
  • Review on time to the hour and half hour
  • Number scrolls
  • ST math

Writing:

  • Independent Writing
    • Our science/social studies time runs into our writing block.  Each day after our lesson in science/social studies the students are focusing on a writing project reflecting on our lesson.  When their writing project is completed they will independent write until it is time to pack up.

 

A few tidbits to remember…

  • Our field trip to The Very Hungry Caterpillar play is on Wednesday, May 14th. Students must be on time that day. Remember to bring lunches, they do not need to be disposable.
  • Insect projects are due next week, I hope you are having fun creating a poster.  Check our blog for more details.
  • A special thank you to Ms. Allen for planting seeds and sprouts with our class on Friday; we had so much fun!
  • A special thanks to Ms. Wang and the other parents from room 104 for presenting on countries in Asia.

 

Thanks,

 

Mrs. Burks

 

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2nd annual family science project

2nd Annual Family Science Project 

Dear Parents,

Over the next 2 weeks we will be learning about insects/butterflies.  We are really excited to get this unit kicked off on Monday.  For the first part of the week we will be looking at the structure of different insects and compare and contrast their body structures.  For the rest of the week we will specifically be studying the ant and bee.  We will be discussing habitat, insect job, predator, diet, etc.  We also have some fun insect math activities and great writing prompts planned too.  On Thursday, May 22nd all the kindergarten classes will be holding a small science fair for each of the other kindergarten classes.  The other classes will be walking around viewing each other’s chosen insect.  Your child will have a chance to talk about their research and findings.  So here is where you come in…you and your child research 1 insect (not spider) and create a small poster board showing and describing his/her insect.  Here is what you need to include:

– Picture or drawing of insect

– habitat

– diet

– prey and predator

– job of insect

– 2 interesting facts

 

Have FUN with this science project!  Get creative with what the presentation will look like.  Also, we ask that your child write everything.  (Remember that we spell phonetically in kindergarten) J

 

The kindergarten team

 

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