Baby animals was the theme for the week. We started out by what we call human babies (younger children). We came up with the term “kid”. We then discovered a kid is a baby goat and we should call humans children. We went over the easy animals such as cats/kittens, dogs/pups, but went on with ducks/ducklings, chickens/chicks, pigs/piglets, manatee/calf, geese/gosling, peacock/peachick, kangaroo/joey.
This week, we learned all about Mammals. We learned the mammals are warm blooded, breathe oxygen from the air, and give birth to their babies. We learned that a Blue Whale is the largest animal in the world! We also learned that a Duck Billed Platypus is also a mammal, even though it lays eggs!
Interjections!!!!!! We learned that the Interjection enhances the message of the sentence. If the Interjection is followed by a comma the emotion is not strong but if the Interjection is followed by an explanation mark that emotion is pretty intense.
“The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.” – Maria Montessori
The end of the year is one of my favorite times. No, not because I am leaving behind my 5 am alarm for a few weeks, but because we are able to reflect upon the huge progress our students have made since August. All of our students have become more successful in so many areas – interpersonal communication, public speaking, planning, organizing, managing time, and with all of our wonderful areas of the classroom. It is inspiring to see the hard work and determination our students put forth every day. They are becoming more independent and knowledgeable every minute and it is really a privilege to be a part of it.
A Peek at Next Week
Our first year students will work on fractional equivalence, learn the different phyla of the animal kingdom, and discover new information about Antarctica! Second year students will begin dividing with two-digit divisors with the Racks and Tubes, will begin studying circles, and will discuss flower placement and arrangement. Third year students will divide fractions by a whole number, research different plants, build a Roman arch, and discuss economic geography. Fourth year students will continue discussing protists and begin discussing fungi. Next week all of our students will be writing letters to the incoming students to their grade! They will offer advice, share insight, and explain their favorite parts of the past year! Look for these to be delivered in June!
Final “Bring Your Parents to ‘Work Time'” sign up: Work Time
This week, we learned all about Insects! We learned that insects have three segments to their body: head, thorax, and abdomen. They also have six legs and two antenna. We also learned about the Life Cycle of the Butterfly and how the butterfly starts of as an egg, then the egg hatches and out comes a caterpillar! The caterpillar then eats and eats and spins a chrysalis and after several weeks, emerges as a butterfly!
Pronoun: The kindergarten students learned that a pronoun is a word that takes the place of a particular person or thing. For example the word ‘Kenadie’ is a noun, and the words ‘her’ and ‘she’ are pronouns that replace that noun.
Above the students are having fun writing sentences using each others names. For example ‘Myles jumped on a log’ then crossing the noun out and replacing it with a pronoun.
Dinosaurs: We learned that dinosaurs roamed Earth for about 165 million years and that there were hundreds of species. Then about 65 million years ago a huge meteorite or comet hit the Earth, making dinosaurs become extinct. Some dinosaurs we studied were diplodocus, tyrannosaurus, stegosaurus, brachiosaurus and triceratops.
Loving on the baby chick!
Tallmadge Grandparents Day | May 9th
Moms N Muffins | May 11th | 7 am to 8 am
LAST Bring Your Parent to Work Time | May 21st
Memorial Day | NO SCHOOL | May 28th
Last Day of School | May 31st
Kindergarten Graduation | June 1st | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Food Chains was the subject for the week. We learned or was reminded that animals eat other animals. The animal that is doing the eating is called the predator and the animal getting eaten is called the prey. Food Chains can be one, two, three, four part food chains. For example…. You have corn getting eaten by a mouse. The mouse gets eaten by a snake. The snake gets eaten by a hawk.
We can now count to ten in 27 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Korean, Hungarian, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish, Polish, Serbo-Croation, Cebuano, Malay, Hindi, Farsi, and Turkish).
Peek In Our Classroom:
Line Time: Animal Babies
Letter of the Week: E e
Rhyming Word of the Week: bic
Moms and Muffins Friday, May 11th 7:00am to 7:45am in the School Gym
“When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.” – Maria Montessori
This week we have really enjoyed the weather together. It was nice to record something other than “gloomy,” “cold,” and “snowy” each day at Morning Meeting. We have begun many projects this week. First year students have been working on Simple Machine projects. Our third and fourth year students have been working on a Geometry project called “Build My Block.” These students are building a neighborhood out of cardstock and will be taking the area, perimeter, and volume of their completed neighborhood this month! Our second, third, and fourth years have also started working on their “Imaginary Islands.” This project has students take their knowledge of geographic features and use it to create an island from their imagination. All students will write a history of their island and the third and fourth years will find the area of their island. We also are finishing up Writer’s Workshop with biographies and autobiographies! Check out our autobiography displays towards the end of the month!
A Peek into Next Week
Next week, first year students will have another lesson with the Decanomial, will review Grammar symbols, and will discuss the parts of the flower. Second year students will begin their study of exponents, review Grammar symbols, continuing learning about quadrilaterals, and will discuss water pressure. Third year students will learn about the commutative and distributive laws of multiplication, discuss how to write broken quotes in paragraphs, will solve area word problems that include fractions, and will find the main characteristics of echinoderms. Fourth year students will continue work with integers and transitive and intransitive verbs, write their Early Humans research paper, and will study protists. All students will study Antarctica, including a virtual field trip to a science station!
Thursday, May 10 – Grandparents’ Day – Please have grandparents arrive by 12:45!
Friday, May 11 – Moms and Muffins – 7:00
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