Candy Canes for Sale!

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The annual fifth grade candy cane sale is officially here!

The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities. This year the sale runs from now through Wednesday, December 18.The cost for each candy cane is $1.00, and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. If you’d like your kinder to order a candy cane, please send the money in an envelope or baggie (with their name on it) in their blue folder. That way, I will be sure to see it.

Thank you for your support, and happy holidays!

Weekly Update (11/25-11/26)

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Social Studies: Thanksgiving Activities & Stone Soup

On Monday we had a blast learning about what it was like to live the life of a Pilgrim child and a Wampanoag child.  We read our scholastic magazine and watched two short videos on a day in the life of a child who grew up living the pilgrim life and a child who grew up living the Wampanoag life.  We learned that pilgrim children picked their crops, they helped their families and they gathered firewood.  We learned that Wampanoag children scared away birds from their crops, collected water, picked crops and helped their families.  We learned both groups of children played with other children, ate meals, and had a place to sleep.  It was so fun learning about what life was like for children 400 years ago!

On Tuesday, we celebrated Thanksgiving by listening to the story Stone Soup and all coming together to add a piece of food to our pot.  After we let our pot simmer we read a small sight word reader of stone soup and we colored the book.  In the afternoon, we tried the stone soup and discussed if we liked it or did not like it.  Check out our pictures below:

 

 

 

 

Math:

On Monday, we experienced with adding adding and subtracting numbers 1-5. We used our Native American craft and goldfish to practice storytelling using addition and subtraction with numbers 1-5.  The kinders really enjoyed this hands-on activity!

 

 

Star Student:

Meet Addy!

Addy was our star student this week!  We learned so many fun facts about Addy. We learned that she likes the colors pink & purple, her favorite animal is a bunny, sh enjoys softball and her favorite book is Rapunzel!  Some fun facts we learned about her is she enjoys coloring and can stay in the lines, she LOVES to dance and she has been to Disney World 3 times!  We had a blast looking at her pictures and making a book for her on Tuesday.  Thank you for being our star student, Addy!  We had so much fun learning about you this week!

2nd Grade Reading Celebration

Mrs. Kuieck invited our class to come and join her 2nd graders for a reading celebration!  The 2nd graders were spread out throughout the room and they each had a nonfiction book that they studied and were experts about!  We learned about dinosaurs, farming, weather, space, etc….It was so much fun to learn some new facts from our 2nd graders!  

5th Grade Buddies:

We also had some fun with our 5th grade buddies this week!  They wrote us a little note on why they were thankful for us, brought us a sucker and read us a book.  We ended our time with them by playing outside!  We are super thankful for our buddies this year:)

 

 

Important Information

There is no homework this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Please enjoy time with your family and friends. 

Homework will resume on 12/4.

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Upcoming Dates

  • Nov. 27 – Nov. 29…NO SCHOOL.  Thanksgiving Vacation
  • Monday, Dec 2…Art
  • Tuesday, Dec 3…STEAM
  • Wednesday, Dec 4…Music, book orders due for book exchange- Class Code: TWNZ6
  • Thursday, Dec 5…Gym
  • Friday, Dec 6…Art
  • Dec. 12…Holiday Music Program, 6:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Church in Jenison.  More details coming as date approaches.
  • Dec. 19…Holiday Party from 2-3pm, more details will be coming soon.
  • Dec. 21-Jan. 5…Christmas Break

 

Tomorrow is….Stone Soup Day!

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Parents-

Tomorrow is Stone Soup Day!  Below is a reminder for the directions on what your child needs to bring to school.

  1. Use the baggie that was handed out to you last week and put your food item inside.
  2. Please clean and chop all vegetables into bite sized pieces.  The food must be ready to be placed inside our pot.  If you use canned vegetables, please drain them prior to placing them in the baggie.  Please send no more than 1/2 cup of vegetables.
  3. Please choose vegetables from the following list:
    1. green beans
    2. onions
    3. carrots
    4. potatoes
    5. corn 
    6. peas

Thank you so much for donating and supporting us as we come together as a class family to make Stone Soup!  If you have any questions, please contact me at htindal@hpseagles.net.

 

Weekly Update (11/18-11/22)

Popcorn Words

an, can, man

Writing

This week in Writers Workshop we continued to write personal narratives.  On Monday, we thought of a new small moment story that took place in our lives and told it to our partner.  We also began to write it down.  On Wednesday, we continued on with our story by adding what happened next on the following page.  On Thursday, we worked on the 3rd page in our story.  We are continuing to learn the importance of drawing a quality picture, labeling the picture and writing down a sentence to match the picture. I am super impressed with how hard these sweet kinders have been working in writing.

Reading

We continued on with our super powers unit in reading!  We added a few more super powers to our chart.  The newest super power we learned this week is persistence power.  We learned that we need to be like the “Little Engine that Could” and continue to try different super powers and not give up if we come to a tricky part in the book we are reading.  On Wednesday, we focused on what it means to be a smooth reader.  We learned that we can really bring our books come to life when we read smoothly, just like how grown-ups read books to us!  We are really taking off with reading this year in the classroom and at home with our take home books!  Thank you for all of your support as we continue to grow as readers in kindergarten!

Word Study

This week in word study we practiced stretching words by saying them slowly, creating sound bars for every sound we hear and writing the word down on the sound bars.  We have also been listening for certain sounds and discussing if that sound is in a given word and if it is, is it in the beginning, middle or end.  On Thursday, we had a special guest come and teach our word study lesson!  Nora Chahbazi the founder of EBLI(the program we use for word study) came to teach us a lesson.  This was great for Mrs. Tindall to see some of her techniques and see how she teaches the lessons from the beginning all the way to the end.  This was a great learning opportunity for both the students and Mrs. Tindall!  

Math

This week in math we wrapped up Unit 2.  On Monday the kinders really worked hard on perfecting their 8s and 9s when they are writing, they also practiced writing numbers 1-10.  On Wednesday, we reviewed for our math test and on Thursday we took our math test!  The graded tests went home with your kinder on Friday.  We will start Unit 3 after Thanksgiving break.  

Mystery Readers

This week our mystery readers were Mason’s parents!  Mr. and Mrs. Giffin surprised us and read us the book Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman.  This story was about a sweet little T-Rex who is the smallest in his family and he has a hard time giving hugs because his super small arms.  In this story Tiny learns about caring and the positives of independent, creative thinking to achieve the impossible!  Mason was so EXCITED to have both parents as our Mystery Reader!  Thanks for taking the time out of your Friday Mr. and Mrs. Giffin to surprise us:) We had a blast.  

 

 

Star Student

Meet Anna!

Anna was our star student this week!  We learned so many fun facts about Anna!  We learned three super cool facts about her is she loves art, making crafts and cooking with her mom!  We also learned that her favorite color is silver, she loves cheetahs and her favorite sport is gymnastics  When she is at school her favorite part of the day is writing and she loves to watch shoes at home.  Thanks for being our star student this week Anna, we had so much fun learning more about you!  

Conferences

Thank you to everyone for coming out to conferences last week.  It was so nice to meet with all of you and discuss your child’s progress so far.  I am so proud of all of these kinders and I can tell each and every one of you are as well.  Mrs. Huizenga and I had so much fun reading the note you left to your child.  The kinders brought their notes home on Friday.  Thanks so much for all of your support!

 

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, Nov 25…Music, Take Home Books
  • Tuesday, Nov 26…Gym, Stone Soup Day- Bring in your item in a baggie so we can add it to our pot.
  • Nov. 27 – Nov. 29…NO SCHOOL.  Thanksgiving Vacation
  • Monday, Dec 2…Art
  • Tuesday, Dec 3…STEAM
  • Wednesday, Dec 4…Music, book orders due for book exchange- Class Code: TWNZ6
  • Thursday, Dec 5…Gym
  • Friday, Dec 6…Art
  • Dec. 12…Holiday Music Program, 6:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Church in Jenison.  More details coming as date approaches.
  • Dec. 19…Holiday Party from 2-3pm, more details will be coming soon.
  • Dec. 21-Jan. 5…Christmas Break

 

Flashlight Day-Friday!

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The Kinders Earned a Reward! 

On Wednesday, we pulled a stick from the Kerplunk game and the rest of the marbles fell!  The entire class cheered! The kinders voted and decided it would be so much fun to have a flashlight day on Friday.  So the lights will be off for most of the day on Friday and we will use our flashlights! Please have your child bring a small flashlight to school tomorrow.

Book Fair Purchase Day—Tomorrow

As a class, we previewed books from the book fair yesterday and your kinder came home with a wish list.  Our class is scheduled to purchase books on Thursday morning. If you would like to purchase books, please send the money in a labeled envelope with your kinder to school tomorrow.  There will be parent volunteers available to assist the kinders in their purchases. 

The book fair will also be open tonight for evening conferences, if you wish to look this evening before/after your child’s scheduled conference time.  Please contact me if you have any questions at htindal@hpseagles.net

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Weekly Update (11/11-11/15)

Weekly Popcorn Words:

or, for

Veterans Day Activity:

On Monday, we celebrated Veterans day by talking about why we celebrate Veterans Day.  We learned this special day is to honor those brave men and women who have served our country in the past and who are currently serving our country.  We were able to learn about this important holiday through a scholastic reader.  After our scholastic reader we made a craft.

Writing:

This week in Writers Workshop we continued to write personal narratives.  On Monday, we thought of a new small moment story that took place in our lives and told it to our partner.  We also began to write it down.  On Tuesday, we continued on with our story by adding what happened next on the following page.  On Wednesday, we worked on the 3rd page in our story.  On Thursday, we decided if we wanted to start a new story or add on to our current story by adding another page!  The kinders are learning the importance of drawing a quality picture, labeling the picture and writing down a sentence to match the picture.  We have been working super hard in writing this week. 

 

Reading:

This week in readers workshop we added some new powers to our chart!  We learned we can have partner power when we work with our partner.  When we work together we can double check our reading which then doubles our powers!  On Wednesday, we learned the meaning behind snap word power!  We learned that snap words/popcorn words, are words that we know really well and can read quickly!  So when we encounter them in a book, we can activate snap word power and read those words in a snap.  On Thursday, we activated our sound power.  This is when we get stuck on a word, we can activate sound power by looking at the first letter and saying the letter sound.  This may help us decode the word when reading.  We are having a blast using our super powers in reading!

 

Math:

This week in math we have been busy building numbers 1-10, comparing numbers 1-10 and writing numbers 1-10!  We also explored the +1 and -1 relationship with the numbers 1-10 by using a counting mat.  On Thursday, we wrapped up our week by exploring with hexagons.  We discussed the attributes of hexagons—the students learned that a hexagon has 6 sides and 6 corners/points.  

Mystery Reader:

Addy was thrilled to see her mom walk through the door as our Mystery Reader on Thursday!  Mrs. Burns read us the book, “Thelma the Unicorn” by Aaron Blabey.  This book was super exciting for many of the kinders because they LOVE unicorns!  “Thelma the Unicorn” is about a unicorn who dreams of being a glamorous unicorn and her wish comes true!  She lives a super cool life but then realizes she used to be happier when she was her ordinary, sparkle free self.  This was such a sweet book and it had a great message, it is important to be just be you!!!!  Thanks for visiting us Mrs. Burns. 

If you would like to be a Mystery Reader, please sign up under the volunteer tab to the right on our blog or if none of those times work for you, send me an email and we can find a time that works for you. 

Weekly Star Student: 

Meet Kennedy!

Kennedy was our star student this week!  We learned so many fun facts about Kennedy!  We learned that something special about her is she is the oldest and she has twin sisters!  We also learned that her favorite color is pink, she likes the book Rapunzel and her favorite sport is soccer!  When she is at school her favorite part of the day is play time and she loves to play with her friends at home.  Thanks for being our star student this week Kennedy!  

Important Information

Now that the snow season has arrived, I wanted to send out a few reminders.  When snow is on the ground, please have the following in your child’s backpack:

  1. Snow pants
  2. Boots-designed for the snow
  3. A Warm Coat
  4. Mittens/Gloves
  5. A Hat
P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be ending on Thursday, Nov. 21.  Please bring in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc. (please no ramen noodles) 
The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt. 

Dates

  • Monday, Nov 18…STEAM, Take Home Books, Parent/Teacher Conferences & Book Fair
  • Tuesday, Nov 19…Music
  • Wednesday, Nov 20..Gym, Take Home Books, Parent/Teacher Conferences & Book Fair
  • Thursday, Nov 21…Art, Last Day for the Food Drive
  • Friday, Nov. 22…STEAM,Take Home Books
    • Bring library books back
  • Nov. 27 – Nov. 29…NO SCHOOL.  Thanksgiving Vacation
  • Dec. 12…Holiday Music Program, 6:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Church in Jenison.  More details coming as date approaches.
  • Dec. 19…Holiday Party from 2-3pm, more details will be coming soon.
  • Dec. 21-Jan. 5…Christmas Break

 

 

Weekly Update (11/4-11/8)

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Popcorn Words/Color of the Week:

are, little

On Friday, we had a blast celebrating all of the colors of the week by doing crafts that revolved around all the colors!  We also had a fun rainbow snack at the end of the day on Friday. 

Check out our pictures below:

Writers Workshop:

This week in Writers Workshop we started personal narratives.  On Monday, we thought of a small moment story that took place in our lives and told it to our partner.  On Tuesday, we started to write that story down on paper by focusing on what happened first.  We did our best to draw a picture, add labels and write a sentence or two.  Later in the week we wrote the middle and end of our stories.  Our goal is to be able to write a story that contains a beginning, middle and end across pages.  We are off to a great start with tackling this goal.

 

Readers Workshop:

This week in Readers Workshop we started our superpower unit!  On Monday we learned about pointer power.  We learned that we can use our finger to track under the words as we read, so we read the exact words!  On Tuesday, Mrs Tindall gave each child a witch finger to use for their pointer power!  This was so much fun!  The students used their witch finger to track under the words as they read.  The kinders had a BLAST using their new pointer power tool!

Math:

This week in math we worked on writing the numbers 8 & 9.  We also drew objects and shapes to correspond with the number we were learning how to write.  We told addition and subtraction stories based on a picture in our math book.  The students had so much fun telling these stories! We even wrote out the equations as our friends were telling the math story.

Mystery Readers:

Kenzie was so EXCITED to see her big sister Kyla walk through our door as a mystery reader this week!  Kyla read us the story, “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves” by Lucille Colando.  In this story, there is an old lady who swallows fall-themed items!  In the end, we found out that she uses these items to make a scarecrow.  This was an old favorite of many of the kinders so they were super excited to hear the book again!  Thank you so much Kyla for coming to visit.  We had blast having you in our room!

 

On Friday, Emmitt & Reagan were so EXCITED to see their mom walk through the door.  Mrs. Janke read us, “Duck on a Bike” by David Shannon.  This was a fun book about a duck riding a bike on a farm!  At the end of the book, all of the animals find a bike and are riding, just like duck! This was such a fun and silly story for our Friday!  Thank you so much Mrs. Janke for being our mystery reader this week!  We LOVED having you visit our classroom.

 

Weekly Star Student:

Meet Brielle!  Brielle was our star student this week!  We learned so many fun and new things about Brielle.  We learned her favorite color is blue and her favorite animal is a dog.  She loves cotton candy and her favorite sport is gymnastics.  Brielle brought in her favorite book for us to read this week-“Penguin’s Big Adventure”.  We had a blast listening to this fun story!  Thanks for being our first star student, Brielle!

 

Important Information

Now that the snow season has arrived, I wanted to send out a few reminders.  When snow is on the ground, please have the following in your child’s backpack:

  1. Snow pants
  2. Boots-designed for the snow
  3. A Warm Coat
  4. Mittens/Gloves
  5. A Hat

Thank you for helping us stay warm on the playground this winter!  We had a BLAST playing in the first snowfall this week.

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, Nov 11…STEAM, Take Home Books
  • Tuesday, Nov 12…Music
  • Wednesday, Nov 13…Gym, Take Home Books
  • Thursday, Nov 14…Art
  • Friday, Nov. 15…Music…Early Release at 12:15pm
    • Bring library books back, No Take Home Books Due to the Early Release
  • Nov. 18 & Nov. 20…Parent/Teacher Conferences & Book Fair
  • Nov. 27 – Nov. 29…NO SCHOOL.  Thanksgiving Vacation
  • Dec. 12…Holiday Music Program, 6:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Church in Jenison.  More details coming as date approaches.