The Week Ahead in Kindergarten A - An Example

Mamie Pepper
Important Dates

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Friday, March 27


Parent-Teacher Conferences Monday, March 30

March 9th, 2020


This weekend we rolled back the clocks as we observe Daylight Savings Time. While we continue to transition back from the break and adjust to losing one hour of precious sleep, we will support students by reviewing our classroom tools in order to help us stay focused and ready to learn. 



What are the layers of the tropical rainforest? What animals inhabit the different layers? This week we will take a look at the four layers of the rainforest: forest floor, understory, canopy, and emergent. Students will begin to explore which animals make their homes in specific layers, and investigate why. Together we will create a rainforest symphony of sounds as we try to imitate the noises made by rain, insects and birds. We will also be working as a class to create a rainforest mural including the plants and animals native to tropical rainforests. 


If you are visiting your grandparents on the 10th floor of a building and then take the elevator down 4 floors to the candy store, what floor are you on? This week students will be wrapping up our subtraction unit. To close, Students will walk through the process of planning and writing their own subtraction story problems. Then, we will share these word problems and practice solving using the following steps:

  1. Circle the numbers in the story problem.

  2. Underline the question that the problem is asking.

  3. Write the number sentence (eg. 10 - 4 = _)

  4. Choose two ways to solve the problem and show your thinking. Here are the subtraction strategies we have introduced in class: tens frame, number line, draw a picture, count up.

  5. Check to make sure the answers match and that it makes sense.


Remember, If you are looking for additional math practice at home, please check out our Math Menu. In addition to the packet of games you received earlier this year, we encourage you to find time to explore these activities as a family.



Why do we read nonfiction texts? Why do we write them? This week we will further explore the purpose of nonfiction texts, focusing on the importance of using them as a tool for learning about the world. Then, students will graduate from writers to teachers as they begin writing “How-To” books. Specifically, these books will teach readers how to do something.  We will spend time studying the elements of "How-To" books, reading samples of them, and brainstorm a list of topics for our own "How-To" books.


Throughout the week students will also participate in guided reading groups, play snap word games, and listen to daily read alouds. 


Social Studies

Who are inspiring women from history? Who are inspiring women in your life? This week we will continue learning about female changemakers throughout history, and we will introduce our March artist spotlight: Sonia DeLaunay. We will also reflect on and share about women who have made a difference in our own lives.


In learning about the rainforest, students will explore the many diverse organisms of the ecosystem.  In art we will be practising how to draw complicated shapes by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable parts, applying this to create imagery related to the plants and animals of the amazon. 


Last week, we planted seeds and we will wait patiently for them to germinate.  This week, we will move into our unit on Ecosystems. In this unit, students will learn about the web of life and relationships in the garden.  We will read the book, The Lorax by Dr. Suess to introduce some of these concepts. After reading the book, we will harvest and make a garden to enjoy together.  Before we delight in the garden salad, I will share a practice called The Thanksgiving Address, where we will bring our awareness to all the life and elements that helped bring the food to our plate. 



This week students will continue exploring the many shapes we create with our bodies. Students may try a frog jump on the mats and transition to a somersault.  Students are developing strength, balance, flexibility, control and coordination through our gymnastic inspired movements. This week the ‘log roll and pencil roll will be introduced as part of our tumbling unit!



Next week Kindergarteners will continue adding lyrics to the folk song, "Deep Blue Sea." We'll also start learning the song, "Jungle Layers," all about the rainforest and the many different things that live there. 



This week in drama, Kindergarten  classes will begin to create an original play for The Spring Drama  Performance, which will be nature themed, and involving William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 


This week kindergarten will be learning about clothes. With the use of this vocabulary students will learn different kinds of clothes and describe what they are wearing. This vocabulary is introduced with a lot of movement games, songs, and art projects. 

Repetition is key so feel free to practice with your child at home! 

Caitlin Bicknell

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