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1 GLEN OAKS Kindergarten Where even the littlest cubs can LIVE, LEARN and LEAD!

2 Whole Group Instruction Small Group Instruction Guided Practice Independent practice: Math Rotations

3 Kindergarten Math Goals -counting to 100 (and a little beyond) -skip counting by 10s to 100 -counting backward from 20 to 1 -accurately counting a set of 20 objects -identifying and writing numbers 1 to 20 -solving addition and subtraction problems using numbers identifying basic 2D and 3D shapes -sorting objects by attributes -creating graphs -drawing conclusions from graphs -identifying coins

4 Math Support at Home No matter where you are, you can practice math with your child. Count in the car, have your child identify numbers in the grocery store or go on a shape hunt around the house! Play board games with your child! If needed, a goal setting page along with activity sheets will be sent home for extra math practice. These do not come home with every child as regular homework.

5 ELM Engage! Learning Model (Project-Based Learning) *All of our Science and Social Studies Curriculum is taught through ELM *Provides lots of opportunities for team work, interactive, and engaging learning *Works on "Future Ready" skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking

6 Students move through 5 Phases as they complete each project:

7 ELM We may contact you for: *Share opportunities *Supplies *Volunteering *Additional help with our ELM projects

8 Balanced Literacy - a set of instructional literacy practices, which encompass methods of teaching to the whole group, small groups, and individuals according to their needs and interests (TO, WITH and BY) - includes reading, writing and word study

9 Writing: A writing lesson in Kindergarten typically looks like - To: the teacher models writing a story while focusing on particular objectives (leaving spaces between words, stretching words to hear sounds, using punctuation) With: students participate in interactive writing By: students get a chance utilize the lesson's objectives while writing their own story!

10 By the end of the school year your child should be able to... *write stories with a beginning, middle, and end *use adjectives in their writing to add more detail *revise and edit their own work *write a story with suspense and expression

11 Keep in mind... *we teach the idea that "If we can think it, we can write it!" Transferring ideas from our minds onto paper is a very big focus. *kindergarten writing is very tricky to read sometimes, it takes time to develop *your child's writing will not have perfect spelling, and that's OK! *typically we will not send writing home as homework

12 What kind of writing can I really expect from my Kindergartener this year?

13 September December

14 February May

15 TO What does reading look like in Kindergarten? Read Alouds -teacher reads a variety of texts to class -teacher models reading skills such as fluency, expression, application of reading strategies -teacher builds vocabulary and checks for comprehension Phonics Instruction -identifying letters -generating letter sounds -kinesthetic connections

16 What does reading look like in Kindergarten? WITH Shared Reading -Interactive reading: both student and teacher are reading -Big Books, Poems, Written Morning Message Guided Reading -teacher reading or working with a small group of students with similar reading needs

17 What does reading look like in Kindergarten? BY Independent Reading -students are reading texts on just right level -student practices applying reading skills and strategies independently

18 Our goal is for your child to be reading this level of text by the end of Kindergarten.

19 At the beginning of the year, most of the books you will see coming home look like this.

20 What does reading look like at home? -Practice, practice, practice -20 minutes of nightly reading -child reading to self or with a parent *Just Right Books coming home soon! *Expectations with JR books throughout the week -child enjoying books above their reading level -parent reading to child -Homework packet will come home mid-year

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23 Goal Setting *Even Kindergarteners set goals! This will help your child become an independent learner. *Goals charts show major yearly objectives for main content areas. *Right now we will just use the charts in our rooms, but pretty soon students will have a copy in the Leadership Notebooks.

24 Reading Goals

25 Writing Goals

26 Math Goals

27 Report Cards *Our district has made some changes, and report cards this year will look different *Shorter, more concise *The starred areas of concern (*) will be the only standards listed. You will no longer see all the standards for each subject area.

28 Rubric System for Grading 4 Extends and applies understanding of grade level expectations 3 Meets grade level expectations 2 Approaching grade level expectations 1 Does not demonstrate grade level expectations In our grading system, a 4 is not an A, a 3 does not mean a B, etc.

29 Shoe Tying Example Your child entered school knowing how to tie their own shoes, and can teach others to tie shoes. They also know how to tie shoes several different ways. Your child learned how to tie shoes, and can now tie them independently. Your child learned how to tie shoes, and still needs some guidance to tie them. Your child is unable to tie shoes, even with teacher help and guidance.

30 Report Cards If you have any questions about your child's report card, PLEASE ASK. We are here to help!

31 Fun Info and Reminders *Curriculum Videos - Videos will be sent home via focusing on reading, writing and phonics instruction. *Library on Fridays - soon we will be sending home one book a week. Books should be kept in backpacks when not being read. *Star Student - each child will get a chance to be the "star" for a week. Remember, we have lots of kiddos, so some might not be the Star Student until April or May. *Mystery Readers - Signup to come read to your child's class. It's a secret, so don't tell your kiddo that you're coming! (coming soon)

32 Whew! That's a lot of info... any questions?

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