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Published by: AM Lucas on Apr 10, 2011
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March 18, 2011
News from Mrs. Christiansens Classroom(
From Ms. Lucas
: Student Teacher, University of Michigan)
Dear Families,I have really been enjoying the past few weeks I have spent in your childsclassroom. I am learning so much under the guidance of such a talented teacher and inthe company of 50 wonderful kids!I have been gradually increasing the amount of lessons I am teaching to thekindergartners on a daily basis. I am excited to begin my lead teaching for three weeks
starting late next week
. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me atlucasal@umich.edu.We are discussing the fact that even though there is a different teacher, theclassroom rules and expectations for learning remain the same. Our three classroomrules are:
Be Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful.
 It has been fun reading students favorite reading materials that have beenbrought in because March is reading month. Each day a note is sent home and we willread each childs favorite book, poem, or card in class the next day.Thank you to all those who turned in permission slips for our field trip to theHealth Exploration Station on March 30
. We are all looking forward to this trip!
Clorox Wipes and Hand Sanitizer
Our focus throughout the week has been in the following areas:
Poem: Our Presidents (Sight words:our, so, in, on, to, we)Handwriting: We are continuing to practice echo writing. Children read a sentenceand copy it on the next line. It has been fun to become Ms. Picky with Mrs.Christiansen and make sure students are using both uppercase and lowercase letters,proper spacing, and writing that is readable. Copying words and sentences is animportant skill set for children to learn.Reading: It is essential that students learn and use strategies when they come across anunknown word. Students should check the illustration, get your mouth read (makethe beginning letter sound), and skip the word and re-read the sentence.Kindergartners should become Word Detectives!Phonics: Word Wall Words, beginning and ending sounds, short vowel sounds, numberwords, and color words.
Math: Counting by 10s and 5s to 100, counting by 2s to 20, counting to 100 by 1s,counting by 10s and 1s, writing numbers 1-50, graphing addition facts, number stories,3D objects (sphere, cylinder, pyramid, cone, rectangular prism, and cube), coins (dimesand coin exchanges), writing number stories using an addition or subtraction sign and anequal sign, making tally marks, dividing groups in half, and comparison number stories(how many more/how many less).Writing: Students are learning about instructional texts and working on writing theirown How-To books. They have graduated from being writers to being TEACHERS andwriters- able to teach their readers how to do something.Social Studies: Kindergartners are learning about the different sizes of communities thatwe live in that make us part of the world. Students are learning that their city is AnnArbor, which is in the state of Michigan (shaped like a mitten!), which is in the countrythe United States of America, which is one of the many countries in the world. Theseimportant concepts lead into the next unit on multi-culturalism.
Dates to Remember:
March 14
- Report Cards go home and K-2 Assembly at 9:45March 16
- T-shirt Day (wear a shirt with words on it!)March 18
- Bake SaleMarch 21
- Jump Rope for Heart starts (during gym)March 22
- Family Read Night/ Used Book Sale 6-8 PMMarch 23
- Hat DayMarch 25
- April book orders due (see note sent home about online orders)March 30
- Field trip to Health Exploration Station.*We will leave sharply at 9:00 AM (there will be no PM kindergarten pick-up bus)April 1
- April 11
- Spring BreakApril 26
- Field trip in AMto see Seussical at Pioneer High School. We will take a schoolbus and both AM and PM kindergarten students are invited to attend. Moreinformation and permission slips coming soon!Happy St. Patricks Day on Thursday the 17
! Lets hope those sneaky leprechaunsdont play any pranks in our classroom!Thank you so much for your support during this exciting time in my education!Sincerely,Alison Lucas

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