Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! We started off the month by celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd. Based on the book Wacky Wednesday, students enjoyed dressing wacky for the day! During the month we will continue to share Dr. Seuss books and have lots of fun with rhyming words!
This month, we will begin the reading unit Ready for Retell. Students will enjoy listening to stories and talking about the main message. During shared read alouds and in small book groups, students are prompted to look at the words, sentences and illustrations to help them determine the central message. Students will learn to focus on the elements of the story such as the characters, setting, problem, events, and solution to help them understand the story development. To begin this unit, favorite nursery rhymes will be explored. These short rhymes will be a great way to start learning how to retell or recount the story. Brewster kindergartners love visiting the Book Nook to fill their reading bins or bags with exciting books at their reading level!
During Writer’s Workshop, kindergartners can create drawings on story maps to retell stories. After listening to stories in the listening station or reading in book groups, students can illustrate or write about the events. Kindergartners have explored the various sentence end marks such as periods, question marks, and exclamation points. Many Dr. Seuss books are great stories to focus on punctuation. During Word Study, we continue to focus on blending short vowels words. Below is an online game that allows students to choose word parts to blend together. Give it a try! http://pbskids.org/lions/games/blending.htm
In our math unit, kindergartners are building upon their knowledge of numbers to explore the meaning of place value with numbers 11-19. Students use a variety of objects such as interlocking cubes, straws, double tens frames, or rekenreks to build ten and further ones to represent these teen numbers. They are also recording their representation with an equation such as 10+2=12 or 12=10+2. Students also learn to match models or drawings with a numeral. Math stations are a great time to practice this concept with many fun games and activities. Try this online game called Shark Numbers to explore place value! http://www.ictgames.com/sharkNumbers_v2.html