Mrs. Hillenbrand 686-1799; extension 1361
Will Hillenbrand Visits!
We celebrated the dawning of spring with a variety of festivities. We enjoyed wearing our pajamas, waking our sleeping bears, feasting on floats and Teddy Grahams and listening to Will Hillenbrand describe the process of creating the book, SPRING IS HERE! We learned a lot that will help us as writers and illustrators. We learned to be on the look out for ideas wherever you go. We learned to keep a journal on hand to sketch ideas and record thoughts. We learned it is okay to revise your work again and again and again.
Scholastic Book Orders due tomorrow, Friday, April 7
Please submit online Scholastic Book orders or send in orders with payment tomorrow, Friday, April 7.
Field Trip to Caldwell Nature Center
We look forward to learning about animal habitats when we visit Caldwell Nature Center on Thursday, April 27. Please be sure to send in your child's permission form and $5.00 fee by Friday, April 7. We need parent volunteers to accompany us on the trip. Email Mrs. Hillenbrand if you are able to chaperone.
Mr. Henry Visits
Mr. Henry visited our class on Monday to help us stretch our creative and problem solving skills. He introduced an activity called SCAMPER. Each letter in the word scamper stands for an action you can do to change an object or idea. The children enjoyed working with a partner to improve a toy by substituting, changing, adding, etc. to the toy.
End of Year Celebration
Mark your calendar to attend an end of year celebration in our classroom on the afternoon of May 24. Kindergartners will host a readers and writers tea. We look forward to sharing our learning with our parents and bidding farewell to our classmates in a special way.
Please keep sending Box Tops for our School
I Can Statements for this Week
I can read words with long and short vowels.
I can name the characters, settings, and events in a story.
I can understand what I read.
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 describe how solid shapes look.
I can name solid shapes.
I can put together smaller shapes to make bigger shapes.
Words to read and write independently
- Friday, April 7, Scholastic Book orders due
- Friday, April 7, Caldwell Nature Center Field Trip Permission Slips and $5.00 fee due
- Friday, April 14, No School
- Monday, April 17, No School
- Thursday, April 27, Field Trip to Caldwell Nature Center
- Friday, April 28, Maple Carnival
- Wednesday, May 24, End of Year Celebration - Parents invited
We continue to build comprehension skills by practicing being avid readers. We have learned that avid readers do not let anything or anyone interfere with reading. Avid readers mark important places in their books with notes on sticky papers so they may refer back to those special places for discussion. Avid readers think and talk about their reading. We are also practicing listening for and reading words with the magic e at the end making the vowel say its name. Mrs. Hillenbrand is assessing each reader with one final DRA as well for end of year reports.
We are welcoming spring with lots of books -- fiction and nonfiction -- during our read aloud time. The books are helping us learn about the characteristics of spring as well as learn new pop up words. We are especially enjoying the book, OVER IN THE MEADOW, an illustrated version of an old and charming poem.
We are busy, busy, busy teaching others how to do things through our writing. We have learned to set writing goals; learned to use writing talk; learned to include tips and warnings; and learned to write an introduction.
Books We Enjoyed at Read Aloud Time
Over in the Meadow, Carter
Spring is Here, Hillenbrand
Old Bear, Henkes
Bear has a Story to Tell, Stead
Among a Thousand Fireflies, Frost