Kindergarten Newsletter

Reading Workshop

  • We are learning that reading is a lot like watching movies.  We visualize or act out the stories in our minds. We learned that avid readers need to pay close attention to the story to better understand what the main character is thinking and feeling.  This enabled us to start improvising what characters might say. We wrote our own speech and thought bubbles and placed them in our books.
  • Students were introduced to Reading Playdates, in an effort to get them to have more fun when engaging in discussions and activities involving their reading. During reading playdates, students get together in partnerships to play games like pretend school and acting out scenes from their books.

 

Writing

  • In writing, we started our unit on “All About” books. Students are learning to think of a topic they know a lot about, collect and/or organize their facts, plan their books, and then to begin writing.

 

Math

  • We’ve been working on addition and subtraction problems (within 20.) Students are using numbers and standard notation (+,-,=) to record equations and solve problems.  Students are learning how to use a number line for both addition and subtraction problems. Students are also learning how to identify keywords in story problems to help them determine how to solve.
  • Students are also working on problems similar to Bunk Beds and Apple Boxes, where students are asked to find different arrangements/combinations of numbers.

 

Science

 

  • Science Fair/Publishing Party:  We will be showcasing our human body projects as well as displaying our most recent writing pieces! The science fair is located in K101 & K106 from 5:00 – 5:45 PM

 

 

Announcements & Reminders:

FIELD DAY is on Friday June 8th, please be sure to read the following carefully. Students will be bringing their backpacks on the trip so please take out anything they don’t need (i.e. Baggies & Red Folders: send any dismissal changes via email) Please be sure to include the following:

  • LUNCH (we will be eating at Randall’s Island)
  • Water
  • Snack (we will eat in classroom)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Towel to sit during lunch
  • NO ELECTRONICS!!!!

***All chaperones to report to K-101 & K-106 at 9:00 AM (Please be sure to follow the building’s protocol for signing in and make sure to leave time for this, as there will be a lot of volunteers doing the same).

Kindergarten Newsletter

Reading Workshop

We are starting a new reading unit: Becoming Avid Readers.  We are learning about what it means to become an avid reader (i.e. we read all the time, we don’t get distracted because we are so engrossed in our stories.)  

We are learning about a character’s feelings in a story.  For example, instead of just saying “he is happy/sad” we are trying to think about synonyms or the best word to describe what a character is feeling “i.e. excited/surprised/worried/confused”.  

We are also talking about putting ourselves in the character’s shoes; “how would you feel if that problem/situation happened to you” etc.

Writing

We are learning how to write convincing letters. We are analyzing mentor texts and student samples to come up with a list of ways to be really convincing.  

For example:

  • Tell your opinion (I think…)
  • Tell a little story (example, something witnessed)
  • Give lots of reasons
  • Give solutions (fix-it ideas)
  • Be polite (please, thank you)

PLEASE NOTE: In lieu of a publishing party, we will be mailing home convincing letters. The students are very excited about this! Please send your child to school with a stamped envelope so that we can mail them to you. Please be sure to include your home address so we can ensure it is sent to the right address. Feel free to send in more than one stamped/addressed envelope if you think your child wants to send more than one. Thanks in advance!

Math

In continuation of our work in addition and subtraction, students were presented with a new investigation. The story started with a grocery store that wants to sell boxes containing both green and red apples. Children were asked to figure out all of the combinations for two kinds of apples, with different totals in a box. Students then had to record all possible combinations (not patterns). For example, A box of 10 apples will have 9 different combinations of red and green apples. This unit introduced and/or reinforced the following ideas, strategies and tools:

  • Compensation and equivalence
  • Using trial and error vs. systematic production of arrangements
  • Using an arithmetic rack.

Social Studies

As we continue our work in learning about our community at large, we have been discussing the idea that communities have history and change over time. We have also been learning the difference between needs and wants.

Science

We will be starting our Human Body unit next week and we would love it if any parents in the medical/health field (e.g. doctors/therapists/dentists) would like to come in and teach a lesson related to the human body. if you have not already reached, please do so ASAP. We will only be scheduling these visits prior to May 31st.  Thank you so much!

Announcements & Reminders:

Homework: We will pass out MAY homework this week (please check red folders).

Kindergarten Newsletter

Reading Workshop

We started our non-fiction unit last month: Growing Expertise.  Students learned about the following features found in informational books:

  • headings
  • diagrams
  • labels & captions
  • table of contents
  • glossary
  • index  
  • special print: bold, underlined, italics

Writing

We started our new writing unit: persuasive writing. We are writing about problems in the classroom/school/world, reasons it may be a problem, and ways to fix the problem. We are working really hard to first write about:

  • Finding a problem (students are running in the hallways)
  • Convincing others why that is a problem (students may slip and fall, hurt themselves, crash into each other)
  • Finding ways to fix the problem, coming up with solutions (putting up signs to remind students to walk, having teachers remind students not to run etc.)

Math

As we continue our work in addition and subtraction, students were presented with a real world problem that required them to go off and investigate. The investigation started with the story of a sleep over, in which 8 children play, moving up and down bunk beds, teasing the babysitter who imagines she is losing and then gaining children! Students had to find all the different ways to arrange the eight children on the bunk beds. This unit introduced and/or reinforced the following ideas, strategies and tools:

  • compensation and equivalence,
  • Using trial and error vs. systematic production of arrangements
  • Using an arithmetic rack.

Social Studies

Students have been learning about the following:

  • US symbols, landmarks and monuments (Statue of Liberty, American flag, Liberty bell, Washington monument, White house etc. )
  • Neighborhoods (suburban/urban/rural)

Science

We are learning about Earth and the environment

  • Green living and conservation (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle)
  • Natural resources
  • Energy sources

Announcements & Reminders:

Homework: We passed out April homework (please check red folders)  

Field Trips: We have two upcoming field trips on 4/24 and 5/1. Please refer to emails for more information and check student red folders for permission slips.

Kindergarten Newsletter

Reading Workshop

We wrapped up the Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles unit. We learned the following:

  • We can use our letter-sound knowledge to solve unknown words.  
  • We can solve words by looking at the beginning parts of words and then moving toward the ends of words.  
  • The children were also introduced to blends and digraphs!  They learned that as books get more challenging, they will have to move from looking at just the initial consonant in a word to looking at the first two or three consonants.

Writing

We wrapped up our Writing To Teach Others unit!  The students learned how to:

  • make a list of things they need
  • add warnings, suggestions, and tips
  • put important parts in bold or all caps
  • add dedications, introductions, and conclusions

And our publishing party was a huge success!  Thank you all so much for joining the celebration 🙂

 

Math

Our class is finishing up our math unit called building numbers and solving word problems.  The students are learning more about addition and subtraction. The students continue to work towards the following goals:

  • Understanding that you can count on/back to add/subtract
  • Writing equations using +, -, =
  • Fluency with addition and subtraction facts, showing work and explaining solutions
  • Interpreting and solving addition and subtraction word problems where the result is unknown

 

Social Studies

Students have been learning about the following:

  • Communities have unique features and special purpose buildings (i.e. library, hospital, school)
  • Communities have landmarks, monuments, and architecture
  • Communities have forms of transportation

 

Science

We are wrapping up our unit on animals.  Students have learned about:

  • Life cycles
  • Habitats
  • Hibernation & Migration

 

Announcements & Reminders:

Homework: We will be sending home March homework this week, please make sure to check everyone’s red folders.

Field Trips: Please save the dates for APRIL 24TH and MAY 1ST! More details regarding field trips will be sent home in a couple weeks.

Book Fair: We will be going to the book fair on Thursday, March 15th (K101) and Friday, March 16th (K106).

Auction: PTA auction was rescheduled for Wednesday, March 14th

Kindergarten Newsletter

Reading Workshop

We are now moving through the Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles unit. We have talked about what to do when we come across tricky words:

  • Does it sound right, does it look right, does it make sense
  • We also discussed ways to introduce our books to our partners (i.e. My book is called__, It is about___, The pattern sounds like this____)
  • We also created reading mats to help us stay organized during reading workshop.  Please see image below: we used a file folder and glued this graphic organizer inside.  The children keep this in their bins at school, but feel free to make one and use it at home!  

 

Writing

We started our new writing unit, Writing To Teach Others!  We discussed and created a couple class books (how to make a happy face and how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich). We discussed what to do in detailed steps, we numbered our steps and we drew pictures for each step.  We also talked about using lowercase letters and capital letters to start new sentences.  

 

Math

Our class is starting a new math unit called building numbers and solving word problems.  This unit is an introduction to addition and subtraction.  Throughout this unit students will be working towards the following goals:

  • Understanding that you can count on/back to add/subtract
  • Writing equations using +, -, =
  • Fluency with addition and subtraction facts, showing work and explaining solutions
  • Interpreting and solving addition and subtraction word problems where the result is unknown

 

Social Studies

We will be shifting our focus from the school community to the community at large.  Students will be learning about the following:

  • Communities have unique features and special purpose buildings (i.e. library, hospital, school)
  • Communities have landmarks, monuments, and architecture
  • Communities have forms of transportation

 

Science

We are still learning all about animals.  Students are learning more about:

  • Life cycles
  • Habitats
  • Hibernation & Migration

 

Announcements & Reminders:

Homework: We sent home a revised homework packet for February (please check your child’s red folder.)

100th day: We will be celebrating our 100th day this Friday!

Publishing Party: Please save the date for Tuesday, February 27th!  We will be showcasing our How To stories from 8:30 – 9:00 (no food/drinks this time).  

Report Cards: If you haven’t already, please make sure to sign and return the report card envelopes.  Thanks!

Kindergarten Newsletter

 

Reading Workshop

Students completed the super powers reading unit! We celebrated by creating our own super power badge. Some of the new reading strategies that we learned last month were:

  • Pattern Power: When we figure out the pattern in a book, it can help us read almost every page and help us know what our book is about.
  • Echo Reading: One person reads a sentence/page and their partner reads it back (by repeating the same sentence and reading it aloud).
  • Book Talk power: Super readers don’t just read books; we talk about books too!  We can activate our book talk power by introducing our book to our partner, by telling our partners what it is about, by retelling the story in order of events, by discussing our favorite parts and by talking about how the book makes us feel.

 

Writing Workshop

  • We wrapped up our Writing for Readers unit and had a very successful publishing party before the break! Thank you all for coming!
  • Our next unit shifts back to informational writing. Students will be writing “How-To” books that include clear steps and procedures to teach readers to make or do something.

 

Math

  • We started a new unit in math called Make a Shape, Fill a Hexagon. This geometry unit focuses on two-dimensional shapes. In this unit, students look for and identify two-dimensional shapes in their environment and create pictures using geometric shapes to depict the objects they see. They look carefully at the attributes of shapes as they describe, identify, compare, construct, and represent 2-D shapes. Students also combine shapes to make new shapes (e.g. 2 trapezoids make a hexagon).

 

Science

  • We learned all about amphibians during our last art farm visit! We met Leo, a leopard frog, who has smooth and sensitive skin.  We met Humphrey, a toad, who has bumpy and dry skin. We met Sally, a tiger salamander, who has slimy, wet skin. We also played a game to learn about different frog sounds! Here are some of the things we learned:
    • The life cycle of a frog (metamorphosis)
    • All amphibians hatch from eggs
    • All tadpoles (baby frogs) eat plants and live in water
    • The back legs grow first, then the front legs grow, it breathes with gills (like fish)
    • The tail goes inside its body and then the little baby frog can jump on land.  And then it grows into a full frog.

 

Social Studies

  • We discussed the December holidays and had wonderful parent volunteers come in to teach us about their family traditions.
  • We finished our Star of the Day presentations! Students learned lots of new facts about their classmates, which highlights the fact that people in a community share similarities and differences.
  • We read books and talked about what it means to be TOLERANT (the willingness to accept behaviors and beliefs that are different from our own.) We have also started talking about PATIENCE and what it means (looks like/sounds like) to be patient.  

Zumba Kids at PS 77

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Dear families,

We have some exciting news! For the third straight year, our students will have the opportunity to participate in free Zumba classes at recess. The classes will be run by certified Zumba instructors from Training Concepts LLC. Classes will be held on Monday’s and Friday’s in the auditorium from 10:05 AM to 10:25 AM and 11:00 AM to 11:25 AM.

Zumba Kids will run on the following dates:

January 8, 12, 26, 29

February 2, 5

If your child is interested in signing up for Zumba, please fill out the school permission slip and Zumba release forms below. Both forms should be turned in to your classroom teacher.

Zumba Kids Waiver

ZUMBA KIDS school permission slip 2017

If you have further questions, please email Mr. Goodman at mgoodman@lowerlab.org

Kindergarten Newsletter

Word Study

  • We’ve been studying “snap words”, also known as high-frequency words (i.e. words that appear frequently in the texts). Students learn new snap words by looking at the written word (visual), spelling the word (auditory rhythmic), and writing the word (kinesthetic). We encourage you to practice these words at home.
  • The words we’ve studied so far are: the, I, to, a, is, my, go, me, like, on, in, so, we, it, and, up, at, see, he, do, you, an, can, no, am

Reading Workshop

  • Students are learning to activate more super reading powers!
    • Picture Power: Students use the pictures to help each other figure out tricky words.
    • Snap Word Power: They hunt for snap words with partners and read the words
      • Students also learned how to memorize a word (look at the work, read it, spell it, write it, look at the word again and reread it)
      • Sound power: super readers look at the first letter and say the first sound to help them predict and read tricky words.  
        • We also played the “I spy” game using letter sounds For example, “I spy something that starts with the /m/ sound”  Feel free to play this at home!

 

 

    • Persistence power: when one power doesn’t work, we don’t give up, instead we try to activate other powers! 

Writing Workshop

  • We launched our Writing for Readers unit, shifting our focus to narrative writing. They’ve thought about their topics, planned across their pages and sketched their drawings. Students are learning to include who was there, where the story takes place and what they did. We have discussed what makes writing hard to read and what makes our reading easy to read.  The students came up with the following lists:
    • What makes reading hard to read:
      • writing the wrong letters in a word
      • when you don’t put a space between words
      • when you don’t put down enough letters
      • when you confuse the letters and write down the wrong one
    • What makes reading easy to read:
      • When words are not so close together
      • When the writing is neat
      • When the pictures help you read the words
      • When you use a lot of letters to spell the words
      • When you use snap words

Math

  • Students continued to compare numbers this week, determining which number is greater than, less than, and equal to. We have been playing a card game called Compare that is similar to the familiar card game, War. Feel free to play at home with a deck of cards. If you are not familiar with the game, encourage your child to teach you how to play.
  • Another major focus of this unit is comparing objects to see which is longer. We encourage you to find opportunities to ask your child about the length of different objects; for example, ‘What do you think the longest part of the cereal box is? Do you think the cereal box is longer than the milk carton? How could we find out?”

Science

This month, we had Art Farm come and we learned about mammals!  We felt antelope skin, a bone from a cow, and looked at hair from a porcupine.  We also met and pet 3 types of mammals: a chinchilla named Fluffy, a guinea pig named Reese, and a gerbil named Eloise!

We learned that all mammals have lungs, fur or hair, bones in their bodies, and drink milk as babies.

Kindergarten Newsletter

 

Hi Families!  

Please see below for an update on things we are learning in class :

Reading

We celebrated our first unit in Reading! We can proudly say, “We are storybook readers!” We are now starting our second Reading Unit called SUPER POWERS!! Readers have “super powers” to look, point, and read everything they can!

  • Some of the reading strategies we have learned so far include:
    • Reread power: super readers “activate” their reread power by rereading sentences in special ways (i.e. whispering it, singing it etc.)
    • Pointer power: super readers use pointer power to check their reading, making sure what they say matches what they see (i.e. every word gets one tap)
    • STAY TUNED… MORE SUPER READING POWERS TO COME!

 

Writing

We celebrated our first unit in Writing by having an in class publishing party!  We are now working on our next writing unit called. Looking Closely, Observing and Labeling like Scientists.  Students have been hard at work writing like scientists by observing things in nature.  They do this by following these steps:

  • Looking closely at the objects
  • Drawing what they see
  • Adding labels

 

Math

  • We started a new unit in Math called Counting Quantities, Comparing Lengths.  We are working on counting and comparing quantities and beginning to explore measurement by comparing objects to see which is longer.
  • In class, students engage in math problems and games and discuss the underlying concepts.  They are asked to share their reasonings and solutions.  

 

Social Studies

  • We are starting to learn about different cultures and traditions.  
    • Thanks to Kanan (Shaleen and Sahil’s mom) we learned all about Diwali!  We learned this is the Hindu festival of light that is celebrated every year. The students had the opportunity to make really cool candle holders 🙂

 

Social/Emotional

  • Our core value this month is TOLERANCE and we will be learning about what that means and what it looks like.  

 

Best,

Miss Tracy & Miss Sophia

An Update From K101 & K106

Hi Families!  

Please see below for a quick update on things we are learning in class :

Science

This month, we had Art Farm come and we learned about birds!  We met and pet Princess (a dove), Dolly (a hen), and Pumpkin (a parrot).  Some of the things we learned:

  • We learned that all birds have bones, feathers, wings, and lay eggs.  
  • We also learned that birds have ears behind their eyes.  
  • We learned that a girl chicken is called a hen
  • We learned that a boy chicken is called a rooster
  • We learned that baby birds come from eggs

 

Reading

We are Storybook Readers!

  • We look at the pictures and the words, remember how the story goes, and  
  • Good Readers:
    • Understand that all of the pages in a book go together (begin to see sequence)
    • Notice more words and think about what they say
    • Re-tell the story (in order of events)

 

Writing

We are super Writers!

  • We say the words slowly and write the first and last sounds we hear
  • We are learning to add more pages to our writing to make books

 

Math

  • We are counting and recording the number of objects and creating a set with the same number
  • We are counting and analyzing data about our class, such as how many girls/boys we have in our class

 

Social Studies

  • We are learning about communities and all the people involved in our school community

 

Social/Emotional

  • Our core value this month is RESPECT and we have been learning about what respect means and what it looks like.  
  • We are remembering the importance of keeping our hands to ourselves and the importance of sharing and working together

 

Best,

Miss Tracy & Miss Sophia