News from the jungle

This week went by so quickly! I think the entire month is going to go by quickly as well. We have lots of fun activities coming up this month.

Red folders came home today for the first time. This is just a quick snap shot of the how the week went. Please review and sign the half sheet of paper for this week. Make sure to send the red folder back to school on Monday. Thank you!

If you are scheduled for a conference on November 10th, your reminder note will come home on Monday. If you are scheduled for a conference on November 16th or 17th, your reminder note will come home the following Monday. The reminder note will include the day and time of our conference.

Upcoming Events

11/7 – 11/18 Yogurtopia Can Food Drive

11/8 Election Day – NO SCHOOL!

11/10 Parent/Teacher Conferences (A reminder note will come home with your day and time)

11/14 Scholastic Book Order Due

11/14 – 11/18 School Scholastic Book Fair (Our class will go to the book fair on 11/14 [send money to school with your child on this day OR meet us in the media center at 12:00pm] – Family Night on the 17th)

11/16 Late Start – 9:40am

11/16 Parent/Teacher Conferences (A reminder note will come home with your day and time)

11/17 Parent/Teacher Conferences (A reminder note will come home with your day and time)

11/18 Picture Re-Take Day

11/18 Kindergarten Thanksgiving Play & Refreshments (more information coming home soon)

11/22 Mad Science Assembly

11/23 – 11/25 NO SCHOOL! Happy Thanksgiving!

11/30 PBIS Celebration – Jazz Band

 

Agenda for the Week

Letters: This week we focused on the letters Hh and Ss. We talked about the sounds they make, brainstormed things that begin with each letter, and spent time practicing the proper formation of each letter. These letters will show up on next week’s homework for a handwriting review.

Reading/Writing: Our focus this week was on learning what a verb is and identifying it in our writing. We learned that a verb is an action word, or something you can do. Here is the video we sing in class to help us remember what are verbs:

I hope the children are enjoying the books I sent home this week in the book pouches. Each week I will try to send home two sets of books per week. My goal is to send home new books every Monday and Wednesday. Of course, things do come up and sometimes it is not always possible to get two sets of books sent home each week.

We are still working on our writing through stretching our words and writing down the sounds that we hear. I am looking for the children to write simple sentences that may look like this: “I see a cat.” Now that we have learned that verbs are actions words, I have been asking the children to stretch their sentences to add more detail and tell me what action the noun is doing. Using the example above, I am looking for them to write a sentence similar to this: “I see a cat chasing a mouse.” OR “I see a cat sleeping.”

Next week we are learning about adjectives.  At that point I will be looking for them to include a describing word in their sentences. An example may look like this: “I see a black cat sleeping.”

Of course some of their writing may only have the beginning sounds and look like this: “I c a b c S.”

At whatever level your child is writing, please practice with them at home. I only give them ONE goal at a time. If they are forgetting a period at the end, I may make that their only goal. Some of their goals are to use finger spaces between words. Some are working on using an uppercase letter at the beginning of their sentence. The sentence may need all of the above, but I do not want to overwhelm them, so I pick one item for them to work on.  Please only focus on one of the items to work on at home in order to help build confidence in your child!

This week we talked about opinion writing. We learned that an opinion is something you think or feel. The children used a sentence stem to tell me about their favorite season. The sentence stem was “My favorite season is _______ because ___________________________________________________.” The children are learning that opinions can be different from others and that they have to support their opinion by stating why they feel that way using the word because.

Math: We played a really fun game called Monster Mash. The children used really large dice (the size of my head) and had to take turns rolling the dice and coloring in dots on the game board. Whoever colored in the most dots was the winner of the game. This was an excellent way for the children to learn how to take turns. We played it several days in a row during our math centers because the children kept requesting to play!

Please continue to practice counting by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 100 with your child at home. Also practice counting to 30 by 2’s (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20…..).  Other activities you can practice at home are using tally marks to count objects, identifying 2D/3D shapes around the house of community, and really making sure your child has good one-to-one correspondence when counting (this means that they touch each object as they are counting and count all objects correctly).  Here is a link to the blog post which contains several videos that will help with these skills:

https://iblog.dearbornschools.org/dimitriou/2016/10/21/news-from-the-jungle-6/

I began introducing the concept of addition this week. The children are picking it up really quickly! We learned how to play two interactive games on the Promethean board which help the children learn how to add in a fun and easy format. We will begin having weekly addition quizzes starting next month.  I explained addition to the children by telling them that we were going to count how many items were in the first set (group) and how many items were in the second set and then count how many we have all together and that is our answer. We learned how to identify a plus sign and the equals sign. We talked about how the numbers are getting bigger when we add them together. We will continue learning this concept for the rest of the year, so if your child feels a little uncomfortable with the material, we have lots more learning opportunities coming up!

Here are a few videos that we will use in class to help reinforce addition:

Social Studies: Although we will continue to discuss being a good citizen all throughout the year, we are closing out our unit about this and moving on to needs and wants. Next week we will begin discussing the difference between things we need and things we want. This can be a little difficult for this age group to grasp, but we will be working on this social studies unit until January, so the children will have plenty of practice with it. We will use picture sorts and videos to help the children understand the difference between these two terms.

Science: We talked about the seasons this week and read a book about each one. The children were able to do a few activities involving what each season looks and feels like. We also discussed activities done in each season and clothing that we should wear during each season.  We are starting our unit on push and pull. This unit will last until February. The children will have lots of opportunities to do simple experiments to determine which objects can fall into each category.

 

Housekeeping Items:

The easiest way to get a hold of me during the day is through my email at dimitrm@dearbornschools.org. If the children are working independently on a task, I can easily check my email and send a quick reply.

Please make sure to empty the green folders each night! It is very difficult and time consuming to locate homework or important notes when the folder is full of papers from the day before.

 

Reminder: Half Day Tomorrow

Just a quick note to remind you that tomorrow is a half day. Dismissal is at 11:45am. Your child will not need a lunch tomorrow, but please send them to school with a healthy snack!

Thank you!

Dismissal at the 5th grade doors

We will be dismissing our class from the same doors that they were dropped off at this morning.

I will try to be out there a little earlier than usual to help with traffic flow!

Thank you for your patience.

Book Pouches and Books are to be sent to school every day!

Please be aware that we use the books in the book pouches every day in class during our Daily 5 instruction.

It is very important that the book pouches, with the books inside, are sent to school each and every day with your child.

Thank you for helping our daily instruction run smoothly by ensuring your child’s books are kept inside the book pouch and that the book pouch is sent to school with them every day.

Free e-books to download!

Free e-books can be downloaded with an apple device or android device using your student’s school ID number and birth date to log in. This is the same login information that I stapled inside your child’s green folder for the myOn access.

Please click the link below to see the post on the Dearborn technology blog for step-by-step directions on how to download your free books:

https://technology.dearbornschools.org/2016/10/28/open-ebooks/

 

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October PBIS Celebration

Our PBIS Fall Fest was a blast! The children found their way through a giant maze, participated in a potato sack race, and enjoyed cider and doughnuts.

Here are a few pictures from the day:

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Kindergarten Book Pouches

Dear Parents,

We have been working hard to become successful readers. We are well on our way to achieving this goal, but we know that practice makes perfect! Starting tomorrow, a Kindergarten Book Pouch will be sent home with your child every day. Please find a safe place to keep these book pouches in order to keep them in good condition for the years to come! Perhaps a special shelf or somewhere up high would be a good place to keep the book pouches, in order to keep them safe from younger siblings and pets.

Please enjoy the books that come home and return all materials EACH DAY with your child’s green folder. We will use the book bags during reading time, so please make sure your child brings their pouch to school. New books will come home in the Book Pouches two times per week. These books can be used to fulfill the nightly reading log in the homework!

The following can be used to extend your child’s learning and help them read:

  1. Check the pictures for clues
  2. Look for spelling words (sight words and word family words)
  3. Touch each word as they read (reading finger)
  4. Talk about the characters (who are they), the setting (where did the story take place), the problem (something bad that happens in the story), the solution (how the problem was resolved – in class we say, “the solution fixes the problem”)
  5. Retell (beginning/middle/end) the story.
  6. Write about the story
  7. Go back and reread! Good readers read the same book over and over again!

 

MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD KEEPS THEIR BOOKS IN THE GREEN &YELLOW BAG AND BRINGS THE BAG TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY! 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions and have fun reading!!!

 

Halloween Party

We had so much fun at our Halloween Party! The children were able to participate in six centers. We had a sugar skull bean bag toss, witch’s hat ring toss, pin the eye on the monster, sugar cookie decoration, pumpkin toilet paper craft, and Halloween Bingo/Tic-Tac-Toe. Here are a few pictures from our party:

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News from the Jungle

We had so much fun at our Halloween party! Thank you to all of our volunteers that helped to make the afternoon a success! I will upload the pictures from our party in another post.

Don’t worry if you missed out on helping with this party. There will be plenty of opportunities to help out in our classroom throughout the year! I like to get every parent in to volunteer that is interested! If you are interested in helping out in the classroom, please email me at dimitrm@dearbornschools.org.

Upcoming Events

10/31 PBIS Party  – Fall Fest

11/4 Half Day – Dismissal at 11:45am

11/7 – 11/18 Yogurtopia Can Food Drive

11/8 Election Day – NO SCHOOL!

11/10 Parent/Teacher Conferences (A reminder note will come home with your day and time)

11/14 Scholastic Book Order Due

11/14 – 11/18 School Scholastic Book Fair (Our class will go to the book fair on 11/14 [send money to school with your child on this day OR meet us in the media center at 12:00pm] – Family Night on the 17th)

11/16 Late Start – 9:40am

11/16 Parent/Teacher Conferences (A reminder note will come home with your day and time)

11/17 Parent/Teacher Conferences (A reminder note will come home with your day and time)

11/18 Picture Re-Take Day

11/22 Mad Science Assembly

11/22 Kindergarten Thanksgiving Play & Refreshments (more information coming home soon)

11/23 – 11/25 NO SCHOOL! Happy Thanksgiving!

11/30 PBIS Celebration – Jazz Band

 

Agenda for the Week

Letters: This week we focused on the letters Gg and TT. We talked about the sounds they make, brainstormed things that begin with each letter, and spent time practicing the proper formation of each letter. These letters will show up on next week’s homework for a handwriting review.

Reading/Writing: Our focus this week was on learning what a noun is and identifying it in our writing. We learned that a noun is a person, place, thing, or animal. Here is the video that we sing in class to help us remember what things are nouns:

This week I was able to test every child on their reading! It is important to remember to ask comprehension questions during and after reading.

Ask your child:

What part was your favorite? Why?

Did this story make you think of anything from your own life?

Retell the story to me (beginning, middle, and end OR First, Next, Last)

We are still working on our writing through stretching our words and writing down the sounds that we hear. Many of the children are beginning to write the first sound they hear in each word they write. Some of the children are even hearing the ending sounds! Please practice this skill at home with your child.

This week we created a monster in our mind. It could have ten eyes or one eye, tentacle arms or no arms, etc. After the children created this monster, they had to write about the monster. I modeled this on the board for the class and we even isolated the nouns in my sentence! The children had so much fun with this writing piece this week. I held on to these papers and will share them at conferences with each of you!

Here is a video we watch in class to help us remember what a sentence should look like:

Math: We continued to work with tally marks, graphing, 2D/3D shapes, patterning, and sequencing numbers. All of the children love participating in our math centers at the end of the day.  Math seems to be one of the class’s favorite activities – next to gym and recess of course!

Social Studies: We continue to work on following directions, being good listeners, and being a good friend to each other. It takes a lot of time at this age to build a positive and productive learning culture in the classroom. We talked about how our classroom is a community and how we all have to look out for and take care of each other. I saw some very sweet and kind behavior when a friend was feeling a little down. It is great to see the children accepting each other for exactly who we are and understanding that sometimes we have good and bad days and that it is ok!

Science: We finished our unit on the five senses and spent time discussing how a pumpkin grows. We sequenced the life cycle of the pumpkin and practiced more of our cutting and gluing skills with this craft.

Our wonderful Haigh PTA bought the entire school pumpkins! The children were able to go out into the field and choose a pumpkin on Thursday morning. They were excited to pick their own pumpkin and take it home! I also chose a pumpkin and everyone from the class signed it! Here are a few pictures from our Haigh pumpkin patch:

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Housekeeping Items:

Please make sure to empty the green folders each night! It is very difficult and time consuming to locate homework or important notes when the folder is full of papers from the day before.

**I know this is posted every week, but this week many of the folders were full of left over papers from the previous day. Please help me by emptying the folders each night. It makes it so much easier and takes much less time for me to go through the folders, when they are emptied each night. Thank you!!!**

 

Please make sure to read with your child each night. The book pouches will be coming home next week and it is so important to practice reading each night! Thank you!

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