Dates to Remember:
Tuesday, April 30 – If you have a child who will be attending Kindergarten in the Fall. Scheduled Parent-Kindergarten Meetings will be held during the school day. Kindergarten Teachers will present at meeting.
Thursday, May 2 – Curriculum Night at Howard – Join us for educational games, prizes and more from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.
Friday, May 3 – Muffins for Mom’s will be held in celebration of Mother’s Day at 7:45 – 8:45 am.before school on Friday. You can bring your child to school and they can join you for refreshments before they go to class. Mrs. Polgar’s class would like to invite you after to come back to our classroom. Your child will have a special remembrance for you in honor of Mother’s Day.
Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3 is Teacher Appreciation Week. We have an amazing staff at Howard that are highly dedicated to their careers in education. So, I thought it would be nice if the students in my class could draw a picture or make a card and bring it to school to give to their Art, Gym and Music teacher. I feel very blessed to work with the staff at Howard and I know my class loves the staff at Howard too!!!
Thursday, May 16 – Save the date we are going to Greenfield Village in Dearborn. More details will be coming. I thought I would put the date out there for parents who would like to chaperone or spend the day with us at Greenfield Village.
Peek at the Week:
Spelling words – “op” word family pop, top, mop, stop, plop, flop, shop, chop. Sight words – down, up.
Daily Five/ Literacy – Reviewing parts of speech nouns and verbs. Learning about adjectives and how we use adjectives in writing. Recognizing nouns, verbs and adjectives in texts. Working on reading words with blends, digraphs, cvce words and vowel teams in fluency passages. I have been focusing on reading fluency along with comprehension for year end.
Writing – Last week we wrote animal riddles and used adjectives and verbs in our writing. They really enjoyed writing riddles and reading their riddles to one another!! This week we will continue with descriptive writing using adjectives in poems.
Science – Last week we learned about ways we can save the Earth and keep it clean. We learned about the 3 R’s – reduce, recycle, reuse. This week we will learn about pollution and more about recycling garbage. We will make posters to show what we have learned.
Math – How to build a Rekenrek to 20. Writing numbers 11-20 and using numbers 11-20 in tower configurations increasing a pattern by 1. Representing numbers 20-11 in tower configurations and decreasing a pattern by 1. Counting and writing answers to how many questions in linear and array configurations. Counting and writing to answer how many questions with up to 20 objects in circular configurations.
NWEA assessments will be coming up in May for Reading and Math. I have the following times scheduled:
Monday, May 13 – 1:15-2:00 pm. Reading
Thursday, May 30 – 12:05-1:10 Math
I have some websites listed that will be helpful for your child to use to prepare for NWEA testing. The sites are very useful to build skills and review concepts we have learned through the year. Please consider using these sites as additional support for learning outside of the classroom. We know students love to work on the computer and play games!!
www.mathgames.com – Questions similar to NWEA assessment. Look at Kindergarten and First grade levels under skills, standards and grade level. There are games that go along with skills also.
www.ictgames.com – Great site for Math and Reading/Phonics.
www.galacticphonics.com – another great site for Reading/Phonics.
www.topmarks.co.uk – math games
www.mathplayground.com – math games
www.ixl.com – another site where questions are very similar to NWEA assessment. Look at Kindergarten and First grade levels under math and language arts for skills.
Lastly, I will be taking the next few weeks to finish up with DRA reading assessments. During this time I will not be doing reading groups. However, I will be putting books in book bags so students will have some books to read during the week. Book bags can be turned in at the end of the week.
I apologize for how long my Blog is. It is the end of the year and a lot is going on. I see so much learning and growth. This time of year is amazing!!