As I have said before, keep in mind that all whole group lessons will be on grade level and appropriate for all students. I will be working in small groups with students so I can work with them at their individual level and focus on their needs. If you have any concerns about what your child is doing in class, please feel free to contact me.
In Language Arts our main focus will be on the following standards:
LAFS.K.RL.3.7 - With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
LAFS.K.RI.3.8 - With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
LAFS.K.RI.3.9 - With prompting and support, identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
You can support this be reading with your child and discussing the illustration and what they are telling you. In informational text, ask questions like what does the author say to support his writing? Why do you think he says that?
Yu can also talk about how two pieces of text are the same and how are they different. For example, if you read two books about animals, you can talk about what animals are the same, which ones are differnt, do the author's give the same information.
Please review all work that your child brings home. Practice the "tricky words" with them. Once they are automatically recalled, their reading improves tremendously. We will be introducing sounds and how to blend them to make words. We will go quickly, so it is important for you to go over their work with them on a daily basis.
From our reading assessment, retelling a story is a skill we still need to work on. At home, you can have your child retell a story or text you read to them. Ask about what the important parts of the text are and what the main topic was. Talking about what you are reading is a great way to help your child make connections and become more than a passive listener.
Have them draw a picture of what happened in a book you read. Encourage them to label the picture using "kid" spelling. If possible, have them write a sentence about what you read.
In Math our focus standards are:
MAFS.K.OA.1.a - Use addition and subtraction within 10 to solve word problems involving both addends unknown, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with symbols for the unknown numbers to represent the problem. (Students are not required to independently read the word problems.)
MAFS.K.OA.1.2- Solve addition and subtraction word problems1 , and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem (Students are not required to independently read the word problems).
Word problems can be difficult for children of this age. They need to be able to solve a variety of problems and explain why they chose to do it the way they did it. This alllows students to develop a true understanding of addition and subtraction. They will need to be able to make a model of the problem. Students are always allowed to use objects, drawings or fingers to help with the addition or subtraction.
In Social Studies, we will be working on these standards:
SS.K.G.1.1 – Describe the relative location of people, places, and things by using positional words.
SS.K.G.1.2 – Explain that maps and globes help to locate different places and that globes are a model of the Earth.
SS.K.G.1.3 – Identify cardinal directions (north, south, east, west).
SS.K.G.1.4 – Differentiate land and water features on simple maps and globes.
You can help by talking to your child about maps and telling them what direction they are heading when you are in the car or walking outside. Explore maps and have them point out the compass rose, the cardinal directions and how you use them to decide where things are.
In Science our standards are:
SC.K.E.5.1 – Explore the Law of Gravity by investigating how objects are pulled toward the ground unless something holds them up.
SC.K.E.5.2 – Recognize the repeating pattern of day and night.
SC.K.E.5.3 – Recognize that the Sun can only be seen in the daytime.
SC.K.E.5.4 – Observe that sometimes the Moon can be seen at night and sometimes during the day.
SC.K.E.5.5 – Observe that things can be big and things can be small as seen from Earth.
SC.K.E.5.6 – Observe that some objects are far away and some are nearby as seen from Earth.
Understanding that you can see the moon in the day and night sky is often difficult for children this age--even though we point it out whenever we see it. If you happen to see the moon out in the daytime, please take the time to talk to your child about it.