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This week we recreated our 'how to write a true story' chart to remind ourselves of the process writers take when writing a narrative piece. We want our Kindergartners going into first grade knowing the process of brainstorming, oral rehearsal, and drafting across pages. We are ready!
Now that we know how to name the coins and their values, we are working on counting coins up to a dollar! Yesterday at teacher table, kids worked to make a cent amount using different coins. This is a great way to get kids to practice skip counting (by 25s, 10s, 5s, and 1s) in an authentic way!
This week we started learning about another aspect of measurement, length! Yesterday, we learned that we can use nonstandard tools to quantify measurement and compare lengths. We discovered that when we measure and compare, we have to use similar tools that are the same size and leave no gaps in between our tools to get an accurate measurement. 
A great trip to the garden to learn about helpful and harmful insects! We populated the garden with some of the most helpful insects of all, ladybugs! 
Launching our new science unit, all about insects! Labeling parts of our insects to get to know their physical characteristics. 
Avid readers don't just read, but rather, react to their reading, feeling feelings alongside their characters! This week we are focusing on using precise language to describe our characters feelings. Our characters are not just 'happy' or 'sad', but can be 'cheerful', 'annoyed' or 'confused'. Take a peek at our reactions above!
Over the next few weeks we will be exploring animals during science! As part of the Kindergarten TEKS, we will learn how to use physical characteristics (body coverings, size, color, number of limbs) to describe and sort animals. Over the next few weeks, we will choose one animal to learn more about, discovering facts about their habitat, the way in which they get their food and water, and how they survive in their environments.
Avid Readers at work! In our new unit, we will explore the readerly habits of avid readers, readers who cannot bear to stop reading!
A Valentine's math treat! On Valentine's Day we graphed the candy in our sweetheart boxes. Sorting colors, counting groups, and graphing our data in tally graphs, bar graphs and pictographs...then we enjoyed a sweet treat!
Our kindergartners are loving being back in the garden! A packed hour working hard to clean out and replant new seeds!