A new year and new faces but still the same fun! It is my goal to post more this year to share with you all that we’ve learned. We have started out the school year learning lots about procedures and kindergarten expectations. We’ve also read books about going to school for the first time. One book that we read was Dinosaur Starts School. We compared how Dinosaur felt about the first day of school and compared it to our first day of school feelings. Next we created an Anchor Chart discussing the problem and solution in the story. Finally we made pennants illustrating our feelings using emojis.
For our phonics we’ve been beginning to learn letter names and sounds using a group of characters called “AlphaFriends” from the Journeys reading program. The AlphaFriends help our students say the names of the letters as well as the sounds they make. They then used crayons to “rainbow write” in their journals the letters.
As we continued to learned about living and non-living things we spent this week learning all about spiders. We learned about the vocabulary word called schema. Students know that their schema is stuff that they’ve already know about and understand.
We started the unit creating an anchor chart and then writing about what we already know about spiders.
Then we read the non-fiction story Spiders from National Geographic and then finished our writing about what we learned and added to our schema.
The next day we watch sciences videos where scientists observed how spiders grow and change as well as how mother spiders take care of her eggs. Then we created spider lifecycles.
For emergent reading students partner read the story The Spider. As a class we discussed the story’s main idea and the details that supported that main idea. Students should have brought this book home to read.
To illustrate the spider facts that spiders have two body parts and 8 legs, we created a construction paper spider art. Students got to decorate their spider with any color bow that they wish. For our last writing activity students wrote about if they liked spiders or not.
This week we have been really focusing hard on writing and being able to segment sounds from words and put them into writing. One of our phonics activities from this last week was writing spooky CVC words.
One part of my reading block through the past 4 years has been that of literacy workshop. It is a block of time for my students to work together in small groups to work on important literacy skills, work on social skills, and problem solving. This time allows for me to work closely with students that needs help on deficient skills and work with my students on guided reading.
Students are given a group and they follow a schedule that shows what center they are on. Each center has a card that matches the schedule. The students find the center based on the schedule and the clothespin shows the student what part of the schedule they are on. When the timer goes off students find the center that has the card that matches the next card.
For the first few weeks of school our focus will be on letter recognition. Students will work on matching letters at the pocket chart, playing with magnetic letters (building words if possible), putting together letter puzzles, and finally coloring a back to school book.
We are becoming stronger and stronger independent readers in Daniel’s K-1 All-Stars. Today we read another book from our Read On Your Own series of books called In the Van.
In this story the text is easy for emergent readers to decode. Students learned about how to find the problem and solution and used both the text and inferencing from the pictures. We filled out a story map labeling the characters, problem, solution, and setting of the story. Then as a class we brainstormed a few ideas for writing our own stories with a problem and solution.
For phonics we have been working on learning words that begin with the letter v. All students were provided with magnetic letters ‘v’, ‘a’, and ‘n’. They were encouraged to figure if they could make a word with those letters. Once everyone created the word van they were also provided with the letters f, p, t, c. Students made words using those letters and wrote them down in a list.
In our reading program we’ve been learning about the weather and seasons. As we work towards becoming independent readers we’ve begun to read decodable books that focus on the skills we’ve been learning during our phonics time.
Our book this week focused on different types of weather found in spring called “What Is It?”. Our students first spent time practicing the book during the “read to others” portion of the day, and then got the option to practice independently reading the story.
We then discussed the story and the main character, Lin. Students discussed what type of weather Lin liked, and what weather Lin didn’t like. They used their inferencing skills to use the pictures to help them come to their conclusions. Then students illustrated their findings showing which weather Lin liked and did not like.
We’ve been learning the letter S and the /s/ sound. One of our centers available for literacy workshop today was a cutting and gluing activity. Students cut out various pictures of key words and glued them onto construction sorting them based on if the words started with the /s/ sound or not.
In honor of the letter Q we had a Q U wedding today. Kids were allowed to dress up and everyone participated in the ceremony. We had the bride (letter Q), the groom (letter U), and the class were separated into the two families. The kids had a great time and enjoyed the ceremony. After the ceremony we had cupcakes other treats. The students were asked to bring presents that start with q. They brought things like q tips, quilts, and quarters.
Now that our Kindergartners have a solid foundation in letter sounds (m, a ,s, t, p, i, g), we have been working on rhyming words and words that belong in the same word family. We’ve been using interactive activities from starfall.com ‘s learn to read section.
Students were provided with magnetic whiteboards and given opportunities to write any -at words that they could remember. As an extension activity students cut and created -at words based on pictures that they saw.
Forgive the title, it is a call and response that we use in my classroom. Well it has happened my friends! The start of the new year has come. Currently our SFA theme is Welcome Back to School! Which we have been working on getting back into routines, how we get along at school, learning who is in our class, and talking about feelings. Not to mention we’ve been doing benchmark assessments to gauge where our Kinders and 1st Graders are at. Currently they’ve been assessed in Reading A-Z’s Guided Reading levels, and sight word fluency.
In Math we’re going over numbers and quantities up to 12. Our very first day we covered the number 1 and what the quantity is. Students are to cut out the individual pieces and glue them onto a web chart that represents the number.
Matching up with our theme of Welcome Back to School, we read Franklin Goes to school and created our own My First Day of School book. On each page students colored or drew pictures that described their first day of school and what their school is like. It works perfect for the first week or so of school. This is something that we didn’t complete in one day, we’ve been working on it for the past few days.
To download an electronic copy of the First Day of School click here.
As stated before for Literacy Workshop, student’s have been taking benchmark tests in Guided Reading and sight words. While certain students are being assessed, the remainder of the students got a taste of Literacy centers. Students reviewed initial sounds by matching pictures that go with the beginning letter sounds. At the magnetic whiteboard center, students got to explore with letters and forming simple words if they were able to.
As we continue with the next few days of school I will display more of our activities and our classroom work!