Our Unit Our Big Idea, which ties back to each unit of the year, is Beginnings. This helps us understand that all things have a beginning and change over time. We’ve discovered that we start to know about people, places, and things by first finding out its name. Our current unit is entitled: Naming. In this unit, students have been learning about the purpose of names in our big, wide, world. We’ve learned to label, identify people in our new school, and the importance of having a name for people and things. Activities that we’ve done with our names include: Making a Name Quilt, magazine name tags, bean name tags, labeling the classroom, and much more.
Math We discussed that math is "shapes, colors, numbers 0-5, counting. and more". This month in math, we went on a color hunt and a shape hunt, counted, and learned some math games. We love math as it is so hands on and interactive. It's fun to learn about new math concepts and explore them together as a team.
Writer’s Workshop: •We are so excited to grow as writers this year! We have learned that we are all writers and can teach other people things through our writing. During our writers workshop meetings we learn about skills that good writers use and try to apply them to our personal writing. Writers choose a topic, draw pictures, add details to their work, label pictures by stretching out words, solve problems, build stamina, and are never done!
I'm sure by now you’ve heard about our 8th grade buddies! We have had a great time meeting and getting to know them! We look forward to morning meetings and lots of fun activities with our new friends! Our new buddies will come visit and work with us once or twice a week for the rest of the year.
Core Values We have learned about 4 core values: cooperation, perseverance, stewardship and empathy.We’ve made banners, read books, and played games to illustrate each of these characteristics. We also learned a chant to help us remember what each one means. See if your child can tell them to you!
Literacy Literacy is a big deal in kindergarten! We have been learning that there are 3 ways to read a book.. The focus in the classroom thus far has been on 2 of the 3 ways. We have learned that you can Read the Words or Read the Pictures.
Daily Five is a program that we use in Kindergarten in order to make our literacy centers more meaningful. Our goal for using Daily Five is to produce productive, highly engaged students who develop a true love of literacy. So far, we have focused on 4 of the Daily 5 choices.In our classroom we will actually end up with 6 Literacy Choices as computers beg
Work on Words (independently)
Read to Self (independently
Working on Writing (independently)
Listen to Reading (independently)
Still to come…….. read with someone (partner reading) and computers
Soil Tunnel and Worms We absolutely loved our soil tunnel in school field trip! The amazing ladies from Clemson Extension came to our school and brought a soil tunnel so that we can see what’s happening under the ground. They also brought in live worms for us to hold, observe and learn about. It was great fun and tied in perfectly with our Elemental Forces Unit. We began our Elemental Forces Unit by learning about living/nonliving and then focusing on soil and worms. This unit is very science focused and we are excited to dive right in. We loved holding our worms and even named them to connect back to our naming unit.