ELA (English Language Arts): BPS: The Kindergarten classes will continue to work in Unit 4, Our Earth. Throughout the course of this unit, the students will discover how their actions affect the Earth, how to better care for the Earth, and come up with sustainable ideas for future care of the Earth. As part of their first Science and Engineering investigation, the students have observed seeds, soil and signs of spring. In our next Science and Engineering investigation, the classes will learn how to compost and investigate how worms are decomposers that help natural materials to break down in the soil. Exploring the natural world and trees is an important component of this unit. The students will explore the life cycle of plants and trees. In their centers, they will create real and imaginary trees, build block forests, sort seeds, conduct research on composting and research where recycling goes. To wrap up the unit, the students will come up with an idea of how to care for the Earth and compose persuasive writing to convince an audience to use their idea.
Read Alouds: What If Everyone Did That, Be a Friend to Trees, The ‘gift of the Tree,The Great Kapok Tree, Recycle, Dirt: The Scoop on Soil, Fossils Tell of Long Ago, City Green
Sight Words: look, where, has, as, or, am, have, from, by, my, for, we, be, does, come, go, no, so, do, one
Fundations: The classes will wrap up Unit 4 and begin Unit 5. The focus of Unit 5 is sentence structure and trick words. The students are learning to include capitals, spaces and punctuation to their sentences. The students are also learning that trick words cannot be sounded out and try to trick the reader.
Writing: Opinion writing (argument) is the Kindergarten focus this trimester. The students will learn that an opinion is what they think, feel or believe about a topic. They will need to come up with reasons to support their opinions and convince an audience. At school, we encourage the children to tell their ideas before writing. The students then draw their ideas before writing words. The children are encouraged to sound out their words and write a letter for each sound they hear. The students will also conduct research related to plant life and composting. At the end of the trimester, the students will compose a persuasive piece of writing related to our Earth.
Math: Module 5 and Module 6:
The classes will continue to work in Module 5 until the end of the month. They will work in Module 6 for the rest of the school year.
Composing and decomposing “teen” numbers 11-19
Understanding place value (ones and tens)
Counting by 10s to 100
Recognizing and writing “teen” numbers
Solving word problems that involve “teen” numbers
Identifying flat and solid shapes (review)
Analyzing flat and solid shapes
Composing flat and solid shapes using other shapes
Social Studies: The Kindergarten classes will explore timelines this trimester- how living things change and grow over time. The classes will also investigate how they can be stewards for our Earth as they explore sustainable ways to care for our Earth.
Science: The students will explore plant life, learn to compost and explore the decomposition of natural materials. The classes will also observe the weather and note changes in our weather and how those changes affect us.
Family Connections: Having your children assist you when you sort the recycling, planting seeds if you can or taking walks and observing how trees and plants are changing over time will help to support their learning.
Save the Date: Friday June 10, 2022 for the Kindergarten End of Year Celebration
ELA (English Language Arts): BPS - The Kindergarten classes will wrap up Unit 3: Construction by completing a model to show how we can make Cranston a better place for kids. The students will create models at school during center time. At the end of the month, the classes will begin Unit 4: Our Earth. During this unit, the Kindergarten classes will explore the natural world by investigating and researching the earth’s properties. In the first phase of this unit, the classes will begin investigating plant life and trees. The classes will explore how plants and trees provide many things to living organisms. In the Art Studio, the classes will use the natural world for inspiration, they will build forests and gardens in blocks, and they will plant mini gardens.
Read Alouds: Dirt: The Scoop on Soil, From Seed to Plant, The Gift of the Tree, The Great Kapok Tree
Sight Words: of, with, for, what, help, or, have, as, has, or, from, by, my, do, one
Fundations: The classes continue to work in Unit 4 this month and will begin Unit 5 by the end of the month. Unit 5 focuses on composing sentences, reading with fluency and recognizing trick words.
Writing: This trimester, the students will learn to compose opinion pieces of writing. It is often called persuasive writing or argument. When writing their opinion, the students will focus on what they think, feel or believe about a topic and will need to write a reason to support their opinion. The classes will also participate in persuasive writing that is related to taking care of our Earth.
Math: Module 4 wrap-up, begin Module 5
Counting to 100 by ones and tens
Composing and decomposing numbers to 10
Solving word problems that involve addition and subtraction
Identifying numbers from 11-19 as “teenage numbers”
Recognizing that teenage numbers have 10 ones and some other ones
Writing numbers 11-20
Social Studies: The students will work on using the Engineer Design process to draw and build mini models for the Our Cranston Project: What can you build that will help make Cranston a better place for kids? They will begin to explore how we have an effect on our environment at the end of the month. Through their observations of trees and the weather, the classes will explore timelines and how the seasons change over time.
Science: The classes will wrap up their exploration of force and motion this month. They will investigate push and pull, as well as, the effect more or less force has on an object. At the end of the month, the Kindergarten classes will begin to investigate plant life by growing mini gardens.
Family Connections: Participating in your spring clean-up or Earth Day activities, such as beach clean-ups will support your child’s learning this month. Please continue to review sight words and read with your child each night.
ELA (English Language Arts): BPS This month the Kindergarten classes will continue working in Unit 3 - Construction. The classes will explore the construction of music and dance as they compose songs and choreograph dances. They will continue to construct buildings using those found in Cranston and Rhode Island as inspiration. The Kindergarteners will use the Design and Engineering Process this month. They will imagine ideas, research their ideas, plan out their ideas, create and revise or make improvements to their ideas as they construct. In the art studio, the students will use beautiful stuff to compose structures. In the science and engineering center, the students will work with legos and begin to document their work.
Read Alouds: Houses and Homes, Homes Around the World, The Night Worker, How a House is Built, The Little Red Fort, Roxaboxen
Fundations: The Kindergarten classes will wrap up Unit 3 and begin working in Unit 4 this month. Unit 4 focuses on segmenting and blending words for reading and writing. Digraphs are introduced in this unit as well. Digraphs are two letters that come together and make one sound (wh, ch, th, sh, ck). The students will continue to learn to form upper case letters. Long and short vowel sounds will be reviewed throughout the month.
Sight Words: for, with, have, all, he, his, can, are, do, as, we, she, be, me, I , you, they, has, of
Writing: The classes will continue to work on writing Procedures or “How to “ writing. They will then focus on Fictional Narratives. The students are learning to identify story elements in the text and then write narratives. They will explore adding dialogue and will work on revising their writing.
Math: Module 4
Counting to 100
Writing addition and subtraction number sentences
Solving real-world addition and subtraction word problems by drawing, making a model, making a number bond and writing a number sentence
Identifying “put together” and “pull apart” problems
Composing numbers through 10 (putting together)
Decomposing numbers through 10 (pull apart)
Recognizing and writing numbers to 20
Social Studies: The classes will work on using maps and globes as they discuss structures, music and dance from around the world. They will locate their state on a map of the United States and use buildings from our state as inspiration for composing structures.
Science: The students will continue to explore force and motion. The classes are working on investigating how the weight of an object affects its stability in STEM #3. In STEM #4, the students will investigate how the amount of force placed on the object affects the movement of the object. The classes are also studying different materials that are used to construct buildings.
Family Connections: Please continue to read and practice sight words with your children.
PD Day: March 14, 2022
Monthly Themes: Women's History Month; Youth Art
ELA (English Language Arts): The Kindergarten classes will begin Unit 3 - Construction. The Construction Unit invites the students to make connections in physical science, engineering and technology through the building of structures, measurement and comparison and the experimentation of materials. The students will learn about the Design Process (envisioning, researching, planning, executing and revising) and will use this process to construct physical structures as well as works of art. The class will use clay, legos, sand and blocks throughout this unit. Through read- alouds, the students will learn about characters, settings, problems and solutions, and begin to learn about point of view.
Read Alouds: The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Three Little Pigs, How a House is Built, The Night Worker, Houses and Homes, The Little Red Fort
Fundations: The Kindergarten classes will begin working in Unit 3. The classes continue to work on segmenting sounds and blending sounds to read real words and nonsense words. The students are beginning to learn about short vowel and long vowel sounds. Trick words are introduced in this unit. Trick words are words that cannot be sounded out; therefore, they trick the reader. These are words the students need to know on sight!
Writing: The Kindergarten students will begin to write explanation pieces where they will explain the life cycle of animals in sequence. They will also learn to write a procedure. A procedure is also called, “How to Writing”.
Sight Words: she, they, was,is, little, he, with, a ,am, are, the, his, like, me, all, as, has
Math: The classes have begun Module 4 - Number Pairs, Addition and Subtraction.
Compose and decompose 5
Number Bonds- the classes will talk about a number and the two parts needed to make up that number. Have your child draw a number bond.
Model real life word problems using pictures, a number bond and a number sentence
Write addition sentences
Count to 20
Recognize numbers to 10
Social Studies: Students will learn about construction in their community, using buildings in our community and in our state as inspiration. The focus of this trimester is mapping skills. The students will learn to locate places on a map and a globe.
Science: Through our Science and Engineering investigations, the students will explore force and motion. They will investigate how the size of an object’s base affects its stability when a force is applied to the object. The students will also investigate how the weight of an object affects its stability when a force is applied. The students will learn about pushes, pulls and magnetic force this month.
Family Connections: Please review sight words and read to your child each night.
Special Activities: Animal Showcase of Learning for Kindergarten Families
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 AT RHODES
4-4:25 pm Last names beginning with A through L
4:30-4:55 pm Last names beginning with M through Z
*Please limit attendance to 1-2 guests and wear a mask
The 100th Day of School = Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Dress as if you were 100 years old and/or wear a shirt with 100 items on it!
DECEMBER 2021/JANUARY 2022:
ELA (English Language Arts) - BPS Focus on K-2: The Kindergarten classes are working on Unit 2- Animals and Habitats. The classes will ask questions, conduct research and read fiction and nonfiction text related to owls and wolves in December and January. In the Art Studio, the classes will begin to work on creating owls with beautiful stuff and making wolves. Within this unit, the classes will plan and build block owls and their habitats. They will move onto wolves in January. In Dramatic Play, the students will act out the story Owl Moon and create a woodland habitat. Throughout the months of December and January, the kindergarten classes will produce informational writing related to owls and wolves. The classes will also compare wolf facts to wolf myths.
Read Alouds: Owl Moon, White Owl Barn Owl, Owls, Wolves, Lon Po Po, The Three Little Pigs, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Sight Words: see, you, to, and, do, in, a, an, is, she, they
Fundations: The classes will begin Unit 2. The focus of Unit 2 is segmenting sounds and blending them together to read words. The students will learn to “tap out” the beginning, middle and ending sounds in CVC words (ex: cat). The classes will also learn to form uppercase letters when writing in this unit.
Writing: The classes will write informational pieces related to the topic of owls and wolves. They will also write small books about birds, owls and wolves. Over the next two months, we will begin to write reports and explanatory pieces related to their learning. The classes continue to work on writing sentences, stretching out sounds and writing down the letters to form words.
Math: The classes will begin Module 3: Comparison of Length, Weight, Capacity and Numbers to 10.
Counting to 20
Comparing the length, height and weight of objects
Learning the math vocabulary: heavier than, lighter than, longer than, taller than and shorter than
Comparing the volume of different size and shape containers
Learning the math vocabulary: capacity, more capacity, less capacity
Comparing groups within 10: More than, less than
Social Studies: Students will continue to explore the dangers to animals and how to help animals to survive. The classes will discuss the importance of conservation and protection of animals and their habitats.
Science: In the Science Center, the students have investigated the movement of fish through water, as well as the body structures of fish. The students will investigate bird beaks, make nests and dissect owl pellets to learn more about owls.
Family Connections: Please continue to support your child’s reading skills by reviewing sight words and reading to your child each night. Thank you to our families who were able to volunteer for the Health Walk. It was so fun! Thank you to all of our families who were able to attend Open House. It was so nice to see everyone. We hope you found it informative.
Monthly Themes - Holidays; MLK Day: We will explore different versions of The Gingerbread Man and read texts related to Holidays around the World. The Kindergarten classes will read Martin’s Big Words and write about our dreams.
Pajama Day: Wednesday, December 22, 2021
ELA (English Language Arts): BPS Focus on K- The Kindergarten classes will begin their second unit, Animals and Habitats, this month. The students will read nonfiction and fiction text about frogs, salmon, owls and wolves to support their learning. Within this unit, the students will learn about the structures of animal bodies, they will compare animals, and they will learn how animal habitats assist in animal survival. Some examples of the learning centers in Unit 2 include: building block frogs and tadpoles, painting life cycles, building habitats in dramatic play and creating ponds in the discovery table.
Sight words: the, I, my,is, you, see, to, go, like, a
Fundations: The students will continue to work on Unit 1. The classes will continue to work on learning their letters and letter sounds. They are learning to break words into syllables and recognize words that rhyme. The students are also learning to identify words that make up a sentence, learning that capital letters begin a sentence and punctuation ends a sentence. Letters we will learn include: p,j,l,h,k,v,w,y,x,z and q. We will take our first Fundations assessment at the end of the month.
Writing: The students have been working on writing informational pieces and personal recounts this trimester. This month, their informational pieces will include reports about animals and their habitats. The students will also learn the components of a procedure (How To Writing) and will practice following procedures. During writing, the students are working on stretching out the sounds in words and writing down what they hear. They are encouraged to draw a picture and write a sentence that is related to the topic. We encourage all of the students to write their own words before any adult assistance is given. The students have been learning about punctuation and will continue to learn when to use a period and a question mark.
Read Alouds: From Tadpole to Frog, Fish is Fish, Swimmy, Salmon, Owls and Owl Moon
Math: Module 2- 2d and 3d shapes (flat and solid)
The classes will begin Module 3 by the end of the month
Identify the attributes and characteristics of shapes (straight sides, curves, corners, faces, surfaces, flat or solid)
Classify and sort shapes by their attributes
Name shapes - triangle, rectangle, square, circle, hexagon, sphere, cone, cube
Make models of flat and solid shapes
Identify numbers to 10 in different arrangements
Count and order numbers through 10
Sort objects into two categories (size, shape or color)
Social Studies: Through the Animals and Habitats unit, the students will see how animals and humans change and grow over time. They will compare this knowledge to how they change and grow over time. We will be discussing Thanksgiving and what it means to be thankful.
Science: During the Animals and Habitats unit, the students will closely observe the life cycles of frogs, fish and owls. The students will learn how the animals’ habitats and adaptations help them to survive and why it is important to protect animal habitats. In Science and Engineering Investigation 1, the students will take a closer look at the structures that make up the human body (eyes, nose, hands, feet, legs, etc.). In the following Science and Engineering Investigations, the students will closely observe fish structures and examine what an owl eats by dissecting owl pellets. The students will use their scientific skills of questioning, observation, recording and communication to investigate the topic of animals and habitats.
Monthly Themes: Rhodes students made Veterans Day cards for our appreciated Veterans! Students each thanked Veterans for what they so bravely do for our freedoms. We thank Veterans for serving our beautiful nation!
Supporting Learning at Home: All students will be given sight word flash cards and ten frame flash cards this month. Please review your sight words each night. Please review the math flash cards each night until mastered, then play 1 more and 1 less.
***Please check your child’s folder each night for important notes and notices.
Boston Public Schools Curriculum (BPS): Kindergarten has gotten off to a great start! Over the past month, the children have learned the rules and routines of their new school. Within the Boston Public Schools curriculum, both classes have learned about what it means to be a member of their community. The students have used the text that is read aloud in class to build villages, cities and a school. The classes have begun their first Science and Engineering investigations: using their sense of touch to describe water. In the upcoming months, the students will begin to learn about animals and habitats. In this unit, the classes will explore the life cycle of fish and frogs.
ELA (English Language Arts):
Recognizing letters and their sounds (Tt, Ff, Bb, Mn, Nn, Uu, Ii, Cc, Oo, Aa, Gg, Dd, Ss, Ee, Rr, Pp, Jj, Hh, and Kk)
Letter Formation- writing letters
Learning to recognize consonants and vowels
Matching upper and lower case letters
Learning to identify the author, illustrator, characters, setting, problem and solution within books read aloud
Recognizing syllables and rhyming words
Writing: Personal Narratives and Informational pieces related to the text and science concepts
Read Alouds: Bipppity Bop Barbershop, Chrysanthemum, The Name Jar, Big Al and Shrimpy, From Frog to Tadpole, Fish is Fish, Salmon
Sight Words: I, can,the, we, see,like, a, my, it
Math: Module 1
Counting up to 10 objects
Understanding numerical order and sequence (counting up and counting down)
Recognizing and writing numbers 1-10
Counting objects in various arrangements (line, array, circle and scatter)
Learning the concept of one more and one less with numbers 0-10
Social Studies: Communities- The classes will continue to work on understanding how communities work together and help each other. They will explore what it means to be a good friend and how to demonstrate friendship. The students will begin the Animals and Habitats unit toward the end of the month. They will begin to explore the importance of taking care of habitats in their communities.
Science: The classes will begin to learn about animals and their habitats toward the end of the month. They will explore life cycles and observe animals in their communities. The classes will also begin to observe the weather and discuss the effects of the sun. The classes have begun to participate in Science and Engineering investigations that allow them to use their 5 senses to observe objects and record their findings. They are beginning to learn what it means to be a scientist.
Family Connections: Thank you to all of our families that could make it to Kindergarten Orientation! It was great to see all of you! Please continue to assist your child with their homework and read with them each night.