Mathematicians, Zoology, and Partnerships

Kindergarten Mathematicians

Kindergarten Mathematicians have been busy exploring 2-D and 3-D structures during math this week. Students were thrilled to show all they know about 2-D and 3-D shapes as they used marshmallows and toothpicks to build examples of each. Kindergarteners were excited to discover how they could combine 2-D shapes to create new shapes and objects. Brave Mathematicians worked to combine 3-D shapes to create 3-D objects like houses, cubes, and triangular prisms.

Wow! Our Class Collection is growing fast! Kindergarteners are so excited about the amount of pennies that have been brought in by classmates already! We will be working to estimate how many we have collected, count and sort our collection during learning centers next week.

Zoology

Kindergarten zoologists are both excited and sad to see our Zoology unit come to an end. Kindergarteners have been busy investigating animals from three more additional biomes; the savannah, the forest, and the ocean. Kindergarteners learned what animals flourished in each biome, what the habitat looked like and consisted of, what adaptations the animals have to adapt to living in their specific biome, the life cycle of animals, and the food webs. It has been such a tremendous unit because of the enthusiasm and knowledge of all the kindergarteners. I even learned a lot of information about animals that I never knew!!

During this unit, we read one of my favorite chapter books: Charlotte’s Web. Kindergarteners were completely enthralled by this story and were heartbroken on Thursday when we finished the book. We included some crying time in our schedule to mark the moment. Kindergarteners are excited to get to watch the movie today to connect their prior knowledge of the book.

Partnerships

Young writers found ways to add details to strengthen their writing by: adding little things that happen in their story, adding speech bubbles, and labeling as many pictures with words as they can. Kindergarten writers met with their strawberry and banana writing partners to celebrate each other’s hard work during writing workshop this week. Student pairs practiced listening as their partner re-read their writing that stretched over pages. Writing partners then practiced giving feedback by sharing something they liked about the writing or asking a question about their partner’s writing. Ask your writer to tell you how they celebrated writing this week!

Important dates:

• Thursday, March 3rd- Study Trip @ Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
• Friday, March 4th- First Swim Lesson
• Monday, March 7th and Tuesday, March 8th- 1/2 day Student Led Conferences
• Friday, March 11th- Second Swim Lesson
• Friday, March 18th- Third Swim Lesson