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Ms.Newquist, Mr.Willis and Ms.Chrissy


Kindergarten Happenings

We are very happy to be getting back into our daily and weekly routines. Students are continuing to make incredible growth, and we greatly appreciate the work you do at home to continue this progress.


As always, we suggest that you read daily with your student for 20 minutes. This can be in any language, any material and any style (e.g. you read to your student, your student reads to you, you hunt for certain letters/words in the material, etc.). If you wish to supplement math practice, we recommend no more than 15-20 minutes on DreamBox. If you wish to supplement literacy practice, we recommend no more than 15-20 minutes on Benchmark/Amplify Reading/literacy games. 


*During the school year, this page will be a resource for possible questions to discuss and activities to complete with your student. We hope these questions/activities will spark conversation and give insight into our current content.


Rotation Focus Standards (Eureka Module 3: Measurement)


K.MD.1:  Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight.  Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.

K.MD.2:  Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.


Weekly Schedule



- Small Group Rotation #1

- Small Group Rotation #2



- Number Talk

- Small Group Rotation #1

- Small Group Rotation #2



- Number Talk

- Word Problem (solving problems and sharing strategies): What was the word problem? How did you solve it? How did you write that on paper?

Focus Standard:

K.OA.2:  Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.

We are currently focusing on join and separate result unknown problems. Students are starting to work on multiplication and fair share problems too. 



- Number Talk

- Small Group Rotation #1

- Small Group Rotation #2



- Number Talk

- Small Group Rotation #1

- Small Group Rotation #2


Weekly Schedule



- Science: Plants

- Engineering: Parachutes



- Tools (Melrose STEAM Lab)



- Science: Plants

- Engineering: Parachutes



- Technology: moviemaking and green screen



- Garden Ranger


Past Topics:



- coding



- motion: push and pull



- car speed

Reading and Writing Workshop

Reading Workshop


As books are getting more challenging, students are boosting their super reading power to be extra strength. They are using their various super reading powers to read books at their reading level (mainly Guided Reading Level A/B/C books).

- Pointer Power

- Reread Power

- Snap Word Power

*Extra strength: recognize snap words with added endings (example: -s, -ed, -ing)

- Partner Power

- Picture Power

* Extra strength: look at the whole picture to understand what is going on.

- Sound Power

* Extra strength: look at the first and last letters of the word.

- Persistence Power

- Book Talk Power

- Pattern Power


In addition to reading the words on the page, readers are trying to make the books come to life through smooth/fluent and expressive reading. They will also talk about the book with their partner as an added way to bring the book to life.


*Possible questions: What book did you read today? How could you introduce that book to someone who hasn't read it? What super reading power did you use? How did it help you?


Students are also continuing to read favorite storybooks by looking at the pictures, remembering the story, and reading. They are trying to continue to improve their reading of the books by talking like the characters and reading the exact words of the book (especially repeated portions).

*Possible questions: What book did you read today? How did you read it better than last time?


Students are working with their reading partner to read these books. They have a variety of options for how they might work with their partner:

- See-saw read

- Echo read

- Partner pointer power

- Hunt for snap words

- Play "Guess what's next?"


Writing Workshop


Students are writing how-to books. First, they will plan their book by touching each page in the booklet and telling what they will write. Then, they will sketch and label each page of the book. Finally, they will write the sentences to explain each step. Students are working to make their directions easy to understand and follow.

- Possible questions: What how-to book did you write today? What are the steps? How did you make the steps clear to the reader? How did you make the steps easy to follow? Did you add labels/sentences? 


In this unit, students are also working to make their stories easy to read. They will review their books like readers and fix-up any issues. As always, this might look different for each student. Some students will be focusing on single word labels in their pictures, and other students will focus on writing sentences with appropriate conventions (capitalization, spacing and punctuation). Wherever students are in the writing process, we seek to help them grow and reach the next step.


Phoneme segmentation - ability to segment a word into its distinct sounds. Ex: What are all of the sounds in "cat"? /k/.../a/.../t/


Sight words - I, like, the, we, go, see, can, she, a, is, has, he, little, play, and, you, big, with, for, no


Elements of a story - setting, characters, beginning, middle and end


For any questions/concerns/meeting requests, please message teachers through ClassDojo.


Please be sure to check your student's Communication Folder each afternoon and send it to school each morning.

Daily Schedule

8:06 - 8:30: Opening/Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30: Rotation #1

9:30 - 9:50: Recess

9:50 - 11:00: Rotation #2

11:00 - 11:30: Literacy

11:30 - 12:15: Lunch

12:15 - 1:25: Rotation #3

1:25 - 2:20: Literacy/Social Studies

2:20 - 2:30: Closing/Dismissal


Schedule for Mr.Willis's Homeroom:

- Rotation #1: Science/Engineering/Technology

- Rotation #2: Reading and Writing Workshop

- Rotation #3: Math


Schedule for Ms.Chrissy's Homeroom:

- Rotation #1: Reading and Writing Workshop

- Rotation #2: Math

- Rotation #3: Science/Engineering/Technology


Schedule for Ms.Newquist's Homeroom:

- Rotation #1: Math

- Rotation #2: Science/Engineering/Technology

- Rotation #3: Reading and Writing Workshop


Weekly Specials:

- Wednesday: PE with Got Game (Coach Andy)

- Friday: Garden Ranger, Big Buddies with 5th Graders

- Monday (Room 1)/Tuesday (Room 9)/Thursday (Room 2): Library