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Saturday, March 14, 2015

This week our reading theme was, Everything Spring.  We learned new vocabulary words such as huddle, fuzzy, stream, meadow & fawn. Our new popcorn words were soon, went, & come. The students wrote about what they see in the spring and about a leprechaun in their journals.  In math we finished up the addition & subtraction chapters and are beginning the measurement unit.  Each Friday, the students will take math fluency tests.  According to Common Core, kindergarten students should show fluency with addition and subtraction facts up to a sum of 5.  We will be giving one-minute differentiated tests that have 10 problems to solve.  We gave a mixed +/- pretest last Friday to determine the levels the students will each begin at.  Students have to score a 9 or 10 out of 10 to pass a test, and those tests will be sent home.  Students who scored a 9 or 10 on the pretest took an above level addition test with sums to 6 this week, and then will proceed to sums of 7, 8, & 9.  Students who scored a 7 or 8 out of 10 on the pretest, took an on-level mixed +/- test this week with sums to 5.  Students who scored 6 or below out of 10 started with a +0 test this week, which will be followed by +1, +2, +3.  After passing fluency tests for addition, students will then move on to subtraction fluency.  Their first tests will be sent home next week. 
                                          A Peek At Next Week
                                       Reading: St. Patrick's Day!

Phonemic Awareness: letter naming, rhyming, onset fluency, blending, identifying final and medial sounds, segmenting, adding & deleting phonemes, substituting phonemes, language awareness.
              Math: addition, subtraction practice and fluency and measurement
                                               Handwriting: Zz & review
                                     Popcorn Words: do, all, there
                    Jolly Phonics: review sounds and work on short vowel word families.
                                              Library: Mondays (book return/check out) & Thursdays
                                               Art: Tuesdays
                                               Music: Fridays
                                               Gym & Recess: Everyday
                                          Things to review and practice: 

Phonics: recognition & sounds of the letters s, a, t, i, p, n, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, g, o, u, l, f, b, j, ai, oa, ie, ee, or, z, w, v, y, x, oo, ch, sh, ng, th, qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar
Popcorn words: a, I, it, in, see, big, my, like, up, run, at, on, we, me, am, did, not, is, can, but, to, too, ran, into, for, little, and, yes, no, go, so, the, you, down, he, she, be, our, here, out, get, help, now, look, good, jump, will, have, must, one, two, three, four, five, said, this, that, new, soon, went, come
                                         Read together :)                                         
  Reminders: Please send in a few glue sticks for your child to get through the rest of the year.