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Breakfast menu - April


Lunch menu - April

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WEEK OF:  April 2, 2018

Sight Words:  two, more, write, go

Blending Words: 

B:  bad, bag, bat, bed, bell, belt, best, bet, big, bill, bit, blast, blob, boss, bud, bug, bus, but, club, cub, glob, tub

R:  brat, crab, crust, drag, dress, drift, frog, grab, grass, rabbit, rag, red, rest, rid, rub, rug, rust, scrub

N:  an, and, ant, band, bun, button, cabin, can, contest, dentist, dragon, end, fan, fantastic, fin, fun, grin, grunt, hand, hen, hunt, in, insect, land, lend, lent, nest, net, not, nut, on, ran, ribbon, robin, run, sand, second, send, sent, snag, stand, sun, ten, tent, tunnel, until, no, Supernoodle (That’s the person who is the “boss” for a while at their clubhouse!!)

M:  am, animal, comic, glum, gum, ham, him, lemon, mad, mat, medal, melon, melt, men, mend, mess, miss, mitten, mud, muffin, must, smell

P:  bump, camp, cap, clap, clip, crisp, cup, damp, drip, drop, dump, flaps, flip, flop, gulp, gumdrop, happen, help, hiccups, hip, hop, hospital, lamp, lap, lip, lump, map, mop, nap, nip, pants, pass, past, pat, pen, pest, pet, picnic, pig, piglet, pigpen, pill, plan, planet, plant, plastic, plum, pond, pop, pot, present, press, problem, puff, puppet, ramp, rip, sip, slap, slip, slop, snap, snip, spend, spill, spin, spot, stamp, stomp, stop, stump, tap, tip, top, trip, up, upset, put

V:  eleven, oven, seven, van, vast, vat, velvet, vent, vest, vet, visit

W: swim, twig, twin, wag, wagon, web, wed, well, went, wept, west, wet, wig, will, wilt, win, wind, windmill



Students will continue to work with subtracting numbers, connect 3-D shapes to real-world objects, and continue to describe 2-and 3-D shapes.


Our next Superkid letter is Vv.  We’ll also learn about contractions (let’s, it’s, we’ll) and possessives (____’s dog).  We’ll continue to work with sight words, CVC words, blends, and being able to identify the problem and solution of a story.

****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.

We have been working on what is the most important.  Determining importance is knowing what the main ideas are and what is author thinks is important to know.  Some starting phrases include:  The most important ideas are…, The most interesting points were…, So far I’ve learned that…, The story is about…, and I noticed that…


Cc (/k/ as in cat), Oo, Gg (/g/ as in gorilla), Dd, Ss. Ll, Ii, Tt, Ff, Ee, Hh, Uu, Bb, Rr, Nn, Mm, Pp, Vv


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, each, which, she, do, how, their, if, will, up other, about, out, many, then, them, these, so, some, her, would, make, like, him, into, time, has, look, two, more, write, go, (see, number, no, way, could people, my than, first, water, been, called, who, its find, down, am, now, long, day, get, made, did, come, may, part)

Looking Ahead:

STARTed JAN. 16:

            Day 1: P.E.

            Day 2: Music

            Day 3: P.E.

            Day 4: Art

            Day 5: Media (book check-out)


Apr. 5:  MN Twins’ Day (wear MN Twins gear!)

April 10:  Spring Pictures

April 12:  Author Visit with Mary Bleckwehl (k-3)



MARCH - Teagan, Trevor, Jackson 

APRIL - Alexander and Aubrey



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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