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WEEK OF:  Jan. 15, 2018

NO SCHOOL on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Sight Words:  your, can, said

Blending Words:  (Ee)  Ed, egg, elf, fed, fell, felt, get, led, left, leg, less, let, self, sell, set, sled, Ted, tell, test, Ettabetta



Students will work with base-10 blocks and double 10-frames to make “teen” numbers.  We will also learn about the + (addition) and the = (equal) symbols.  Students will work on this by drawing out a story problem and then writing the number sentence (4+3=7) to match the picture.


Our next Superkid is Ettabetta.  She likes games and will teach us about the letter Ee.  We will focus on the initial sound, but also with the /e/ sound in the middle of a word.  Students are doing really well writing (and reading) CVC words, but sometimes the /e/ and /i/ are hard to hear and differentiate.  Lots of practice reading and writing those types of words will help. 

We will be obtaining a reading level from students next week.  I will listen to a student read a book and then ask questions about the test, but I will also ask questions related beyond the text.  Such questions might be if the book reminds them of anything or how can they tell the character is feeling a certain way.  This reading level will not be indicated on their Report Card, as it is a Semester 2 assessment.  I will relay their reading range to you.  After students are tested, I will be starting a Reading Bag where books are sent home.  I will have details about this later on.    


****Students are doing a nice job of using their reading strategies to understand the story and also to decode words.  We will continue to focus on sliding our finger under each word that we read, looking at the first letter (& following letters) to figure out the word, as well as looking at the picture for clues.  Students will also hear me say, “What word makes sense?”  Students do a nice job of using their background knowledge (schema) to help them figure out a word.

***W.I.N. (What I Need):  From 10:30-11:00 every day, students from the whole grade will be meeting with (perhaps) another kindergarten teacher to go over skills where they may need some extra work OR work on extending their already known skills.  The kindergarten teachers based these skills groups on letter names, letter sounds, rhyming, knowing syllables, and general classroom observation of skills.  The “K” teachers work closely with each other so we know what is going to be covered in this time frame.  Your child may have to switch teachers (for this time frame) if they consistently show that they know the skills being taught and practiced.  Students love this time as they are with other kids from other classrooms, too. 

Comprehension Strategies: 

Our first strategy is metacognition, which means to think about your thinking.  We do this automatically!  It’s when we predict, question, wonder, go back and read a part of a text. 

Our next comprehension strategy is schema.  Schema is everything you know about a certain topic.  We use this strategy when we pick up a book and take a quick picture walk to get our brains thinking about the story.  We activate in our brains on what the story might be about. 

The next strategy is like being a detective because we have to infer (inference) when the writer is telling us.  It’s like trying to solve a Scooby Doo movie before the end!!  We have to use our schema (what we already know) and combine that with the evidence to infer the conclusion. 

We have been working on questioning, which helps students think about why something happened or forces them to wonder about something from the text.  It was fun to create a list of “question” words and practice asking questions.


Cc (/k/ as in cat), Oo, Gg (/g/ as in gorilla), Dd, Ss. Ll, Ii, Tt, Ff, Ee


the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, he, it, was, for, on, are, as, with, his, they, I, at, be, this, have, from, one, had, or, by, words, but, not, what, all, were, we, when, your, can, said, there, use, an

Looking Ahead:


            Day 1: P.E.

            Day 2: Music

            Day 3: P.E.

            Day 4: Art

            Day 5: Media (book check-out)

Jan. 12:  End of Semester 1

Jan. 15:  No School (K-12)


Jan. 27:  Raven Stream Family Fun Night at the New Prague Aquatic Center.  We will have the pool and gym area to ourselves.  Free swimming for all!!  Root Beer Floats/Ice Cream Sundaes will be served.  Concessions will be available.  6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Mar. 1:  Koo Koo Kangaroo - Time to be announced soon.

Mar. 15:  Family Fun Night - Bouncy Houses, D.J., Face Painting, Pizza 





* Please view the Nutrition Service guideline for SMART SNACKS.  Sending any type of birthday treat (food or small toy) is optional.  If you do send something, we have 21 students.  Please send enough for ALL students.

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**We are a latex-free school, as stated in the Indoor Air Quality handbook.  Please do not send balloons.**

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Stacy Hemann | Teacher 
Raven Stream Elementary School | 300 11th Ave N.W. | New Prague, MN 56071  
952-758-1530 | fax: 052-758-1599 
Proud Tradition, Promising Future