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. They will use clay, legos, sand and blocks to demonstrate their learning. Through read-alouds, the students will identify the characters they meet in the story, setting (where the story takes place), problem and solution (how the problem is fixed).
Read Alouds: The Three Little Pigs, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Homes Around the World, The World is Not a Rectangle, The Night Worker, How a House is Built, The Little Red Fort, and Roxaboxen.
Fundations: The Kindergarten classes will begin working in Unit 3. They continue to work on segmenting words into sounds and blending sounds to read real words and nonsense (silly) words.
Writing: The Kindergarten students will write Reports. A report organizes information about a topic. The students are experts on Frogs, Salmon, Owls and Wolves. They will be using their animal “smarts” to write a report. They will be introduced to Procedural writing (How to ….).
Math: The classes have begun Module 4 - Number Pairs, Addition and Subtraction.
Compose and decompose numbers to 5
Write number bonds
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.
Family Connections: Continue to read with your child everyday.
Special Activities - Animal Showcase of Learning- Friday, February 10, 2023
1st Session 1:45-2:05
2nd Session 2:15-2:35
Please be sure to attend your scheduled session. Invitations went home in folders last Friday.
100th Day - Monday February 6, 2023
We will celebrate being "100 days smarter” by engaging in fun activities!
ELA (English Language Arts): BPS Focus on K-2
Kindergarten is exploring Unit 2: Animals and Habitats. Students will engage in their learning by asking questions, conducting research and reading fiction and nonfiction texts related to owls and wolves. During Centers, “Beautiful stuff” will be introduced and used to create owls and wolves. They will plan and build these animals using blocks and have opportunities to act out the texts and create a woodland habitat.
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
Fundations: The focus of Unit 2 is segmenting sounds and blending them together to read words. Students will learn to “tap out” the beginning, middle and ending sounds in CVC words (ex: cat).
Writing: Students will write informational pieces in the form of a report related to the topic of owls and wolves. We continue to practice drawing detailed illustrations and write a complete sentence to match their illustration.
Math: Module 3: Comparison of Length, Weight, Capacity and Numbers to 10:
Counting to 20
Comparing the length, height and weight of objects
Vocabulary: heavier than, lighter than, longer than, taller than and shorter than
Comparing the volume of different size and shape containers
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 survive. We 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. 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 reading with your child each night.
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 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, can, 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.
Writing: The students have been working on writing personal recounts (a true story about me). 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.
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.
Supporting Learning at Home: Read to your child at home. Encourage them to pick out words that start with familiar letter sounds. 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 classroom and 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.
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 identify consonants and vowels
Matching upper and lower case letters
Learning to identify the author, illustrator, characters, setting, problem and solution within stories read aloud
Recognizing and producing syllables and rhyming words
Writing: Personal Recount (illustrating and telling a true story about their lives)
Read Alouds: Abiyoyo, Abuela, Chrysanthemum, The Name Jar, A Chair for my Mother, Full Full of Love
Sight (Popcorn) 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 their 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 STEM investigations that allow them to use their 5 senses to observe objects and record their findings.
Family Connections: Please remember to read with your child each night.