Mrs. Hillenbrand 686-1799; extension 1361
Mrs. Smith and Room Six friends create a mechanical fish sculpture inspired by the book, Papa's Mechanical Fish, by Candace Fleming.
Candace Fleming is Coming!
We are learning so much about the craft of writing, about vocabulary and about reading as we read and read and reread books by Candace Fleming. We have noticed Candace Fleming uses onomotapeoia, repeating lines and cumulative text. We have learned new words and practiced predicting and inferring. We have fallen in love with Candace Fleming's writing and we cannot wait to meet her and thank her!
Two book lovers enjoying a comfy couch and books at the Blue Ash Library
Field Trip to the Blue Ash Public Library
We had a lovely trip to the Blue Ash Library on Monday. Mr. Sam Bloom read two books, King for a Day, and I am New Here. Both books opened our eyes and minds to new cultures, feelings and ideas. We had a great time browsing for books. A special thank you to our parent volunteers for helping with book selection, check out and especially safe guidance back to the bus. Please note the Blue Ash Library books are to be returned by March 20.
Alex brushes the teeth of a friendly fish.
Thank you, Dr. Brumfield
Maple Dale Kindergartners learned all about caring for their teeth last Friday. Dr. Brumfield told us why our teeth are important and how we should brush them, with our parents' help, two times every day.
Read Across America Day - March 2
We will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Suess with thousands of children across the United States on Thursday. The Cat in the Hat will visit our class to read the book, What Pet Should I Get? This book, by Dr. Suess, was recently discovered and published after his death. We will read about Suess as well as watch a video clip to learn how Suess became a writer. We will also enjoy looking at many of his books and making a special snack. Look for a Scholastic News Magazine about Dr. Suess to come home and read together.
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU FOR SNACK DONATIONS
Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard is overflowing with fresh fruit and snacks aplenty thanks to many thoughtful and generous families. The children were delighted to discover a broad array of delicious delicacies on Monday. Thank you, Mrs. Kindberg, for organizing the online snack sign-up list (much more practical and efficient and so appreciated).
Please keep sending Box Tops for our School
I Can Statements for this Week
I can tell about the author and illustrator of a story.
I can name the characters, settings, and events in a story.
I can ask questions as I read and make inferences.
I can separate words by spaces in my writing.
I can put a period at the end of each sentence.
I can write information text.
I can correctly and neatly write numerals, 1-14.
I can show how the numbers 11-14 are made of a ten and ones.
I can add numbers to make 10.
Words to read and write independently
- Thursday, March 2, Read Across America Day; The Cat in the Hat visits kindergarten
- Friday, March 3, Cincinnati Boys Choir visits
- Saturday, March 4, Pancake Breakfast and Art Show, Sycamore High School
- Tuesday, March 7, Candace Fleming, author, visits Maple Dale School
We took a break this week from our Super Power Readers Unit of Study to focus upon the works of Candace Fleming. We have enjoyed reading a variety of her books. We have worked together to summarize each book we have read together as well as to discuss and determine the big (main idea) in each. We created a class book based on a song created for Fleming's Bulldozer's Big Day. We are practicing reading he and she as we read and sing from that book. (We also created special block print illustrations to accompany each page to display in the hall.) We all have grown as readers and are ready to shop for higher level books beginning on Monday. We reviewed the digraphs ch and sh and practiced naming and writing words with th.
An author shares his story
We worked together to compose and write a thank you letter to Mr. Sam Bloom at the Blue Ash Library. We also are continuing our work on writing how-to books. We are focusing on thinking carefully, with the help of a partner, if our writing makes sense. We are learning that writers reread what they have written. We have learned that the eraser on the bottom of our pencil makes a great pointer as we reread. We also have learned it is important to revise our writing by adding missing steps or information in our text or illustrations.
Books We Enjoyed at Read Aloud Time
MUNCHA, MUNCHA, MUNCHA! Fleming
Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide! Fleming
Seven Hungry Babies, Fleming
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb, Bauer