Mrs. Hillenbrand 686-1799; extension 1361
Candace Fleming Came!
We had a delightful time meeting Candace Fleming and gaining insight into the writing process. Ms. Fleming captivated us in master storytelling style to explain how she seeks and discovers "story seeds" wherever she goes. She enchanted us with tales about her adventures in Borneo and explained the inspiration this trip provided for her beloved book, OH, NO! Thank you Maple Dale PTO for sponsoring our author visit and for providing our classroom with the classroom set of Candace Fleming books. We will remember this treasured experience for a life time.
Scholastic Book Orders due tomorrow, Friday, March 10
Please submit online Scholastic Book orders or send in orders with payment tomorrow, Friday, March 10. Mrs. Hillenbrand will submit the orders Friday evening so the books will be shipped in time for spring break.
Thank you for sending in the donations of pretzels and goldfish crackers in individual small bags. Kindergartners are hoping to collect 500 pretzel and goldfish snack bags to put in Buddy Bags for the students at Winton Hills Academy. Please send in donations by Wednesday, March 15.
Read Across America Day - Lots of Fun
We enjoyed celebrating Read Across America Day with a visit by the one and only Cat in the Hat. The Cat read to us and brought us special pencils that we will use in a special craft project. We enjoyed making a special snack to look like the cat and have enjoyed reading the books of Dr. Suess.
Please keep sending Box Tops for our School
I Can Statements for this Week
I can ask and answer questions about what I read.
I can name the characters, settings, and events in a story.
I can tell about the author and illustrator in a story.
I can make predictions in a story using information from the pictures and words.
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, 1-20.
I can show how the numbers 11-20 are made of a ten and ones.
I can add numbers to make 10.
Words to read and write independently
- Friday, March 10, Scholastic Book orders due
- Sunday, March 12, Daylight Savings Time begins
- Wednesday, March 15, Donations due for Buddy Bags (pretzels and goldfish crackers in individual snack size bags, please.)
- Friday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day - Wear green!
- Friday, March 17, Second Grade Play, 2:45
- Friday, March 17, End of third quarter -- YIKES! Spring Break begins at end of day -- Enjoy!
- Monday, March 27, School resumes
- Friday, March 31, Report Cards sent home
- Monday, April 17, No School -- Professional Development Day for Sycamore Staff
We worked on developing comprehension skills this week with a special focus on making predictions. We learned it is not only important to stop to ask questions as we are reading and to stop and recall what we are reading, but to use the information from the illustrations and text to make predictions and then to read on to confirm or readjust our predictions. We practiced making predictions with Candace Fleming's book, CLEVER JACK, and Pat Hutchins' book, THE WIND BLEW.
We are enjoying a mini-theme about wind for our shared reading and read aloud times. THE WIND BLEW is our anchor text for exploring prediction, text pattern, picture clues and rhyme. We have an entertaining poem and a song about the wind. The poem, Little Wind, is fun for movement and practicing reading the word little. The song is helping us read the word one. We are also sequencing events from the book, KITE DAY, as well as retelling the story using felt board characters. We are reading nonfiction as well to learn about the wind as we follow experiments in the book, I FACE THE WIND.
We are busy, busy, busy teaching others how to do things through our writing. This week we are continuing to make sure are words are specific and clear to our readers.
Books We Enjoyed at Read Aloud Time
The Wind Blew, Hutchins
Kite Day, Hillenbrand
One Windy Wednesday, Root
Flora's Very Windy Day, Birdsall
I Face the Wind, Cobb