Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween In KC

On Tuesday we are having students wear their PJ to school! All of the kindergarten classrooms will be having a SPOOKY HOUR storytime! On Wednesday we will be having our class party right after the parade. Sibling's are welcome to this party!

We made Haunted House math problems. Click the Smilebox if you dare!
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Working with a partner we solved math problems from the story One Witch

We learned about Bridge Maps this week!

After reading the story One Witch we illustrated words that rhyme from the story.
All About Fall
We are writing an All About Fall book. We are using a Tree Map above to help organize our thinking. 
We are acting our the story Big Pumpkin 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Daily 5 in KC

Our classroom has a Literacy CAFE Menu posted that contains strategies good readers use when reading. In class, we compared our Literacy CAFE menu to a menu at a restaurant. We discussed how the food we order at a restaurant depends on the time of day, how hungry we are, and what we like to eat. This compares to our classroom CAFE menu because as readers we use the strategies we need at the time to help us successfully read and comprehend. CAFE is an acronym that stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding vocabulary. These become our goals and the strategies we use to be successful with our goals are posted below them. Each child has goals and strategies specific to his/her needs and therefore will get the direct instruction needed to move forward and become a successful reader.

 CAFE board
We are learning that Good Readers always use the picture when they start to read a book. We are asking ourselves Do the words and picture match?
 Good readers practice and read again and again.
We keep track of how many times we have read a book with a Post-It on the back of the book!

Good Readers stop frequently to check for understanding.
Daily 5 in Action!
Practice writing sight words
 Making words Center
 Retelling Stories with Story Strings

Talking about Books
Read To Self
 These readers are doing a great job putting their finger under each word while they read!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This Week in KC

Mystery Monday
 The Bubble Bag
Can you guess what it could be?

Last week we wrote a class poem called I Knew It Was Fall. This week we illustrated the pages.

We have been learning the song I AM A BAT! 

 I'm a bat (click click).
I'm a bat (click click).
I'm a B-A-T.
I'm a bat.
But don't be afraid of me!
If I see a mosquito, a moth or a gnat
I'll swoop down and eat it in one second flat!
Cause I'm a bat(click click).
Cause I'm a B-A-T. I'm a bat!   

We learned about the AT chunk
We learned if you can spell BAT you can spell CAT, MAT, PAT, HAT, RAT, etc.

 We are collecting interesting words for our Alphabox! We plan on writing a Halloween Poem!
Some Halloween Books We Have Been Reading

We are making predictions about what will happen to Annie in this book!
We are doing the play to Big Pumpkin!

Friday, October 19, 2012

This Week In KC

Mystery Monday
We had lots of great guesses for the Bubble Bag on Monday. 
Can you guess what it could be?
The Bubble Bag
Who figured out the mystery object this week? 
We had lots of great guesses...
Learning About Details
We learned a game called Who Could This BE ! We had to draw a person and include as much detail at possible. We learned this game on Mystery Monday but we have been playing it all week! At writing workshop time, we talk a lot about putting details in our pictures. This lesson helps us learn about that! Ask your child who they had to draw for this game? What kind of details did they put in their pictures?

Shared Reading
What Could the Missing Word be?
 Mrs. Clancy covered a word in the big book we were reading.
 We tried to figure out the missing word. His tail was...wagging, golden, tan, light. We keep rereading our guesses making sure they make sense. We have been learning at Daily 5 time that reading always needs to make sense!!
We took a peak at the first word L and realized it could not be some of our guesses! His tail was long!
Nonfiction News
We have been learning about nonfiction books. We are learning that nonfiction books have labels, photographs and tell facts. 
We have been labeling nonfiction photographs

We loved reading Room on the Broom
WOW word Wednesday!
Who in the story was as keen as can be?
What color hair did the witch have?
Who fluttered onto the broom?
Special Person 
We made a bubble map for the Special Person this week! Tell someone at home something you learned about Patrick this week! We worked together to make Patrick in the center making sure our picture had lots of details.

We made a special book for Patrick.
Guest Reader 
We loved having Mr. Ieong be a Guest Reader this week! Tell someone at home what stories Mr. Ieong read!
The Bumpy Pumpkin 
This is one of Mrs. Clancy's favorite Halloween art projects! Our Bumpy Pumpkins came out great! They are on display in the hallway.
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