Praying Mantis Delivery

On Wednesday, our class received a special delivery… a praying mantis egg case! We are studying animal life cycles and have learned about birds and insects so far. In a few weeks, we could have about 100 nymphs emerge! (Don’t worry, they will be contained in a special mantis house.) 🙂 After they hatch, we plan on releasing them in the wetlands by our school. We are looking forward to seeing these interesting insects soon! For more information about the praying mantis, follow this link: Praying Mantis – National Geographic.

Learning Update

Writing: Our class has been hard at work on writing informational books. We’ve chosen to write about a wide variety of topics that reflect our expertise such as; soccer, Michigan, frogs, dogs, our friends, and lots more. We have focused on writing strong introductions and conclusions and have also composed topic sentences on our fact pages. We have also learned to add teaching in our pictures using captions, labels, and diagrams. These writers are really filling up their pages with great informative details!

Reading: We have extended our reading and thinking by using fiction and nonfiction books to learn about a topic. Some of our topics are Cats, Seasons, Presidents, Weather, and Dinosaurs. We’ve become critical thinkers in learning how to distinguish fact from fantasy. However, we’ve also found “fact nuggets” or real facts hiding in our fiction books. Throughout this unit, our reading partners have been important as we discuss and share our thinking.

Math: We are really having fun with our latest math unit on measurement, time, and shapes. So far, our class has learned how to tell time to the hour and half hour. Next week, we will learn more about shapes and how to divide them into equal shares or parts. 

Buddy Readers

This morning we got to be the mystery readers in Mrs. Stutz’s kindergarten room. After practicing our books, we crept next door and surprised them with our smiling faces. We read our books with our best reading voices and then listened as they read to us. We even got to show the kindergarteners around our room. We had a fabulous time!

Chapter Books

It’s that time of year for… chapter books! Here are some great series that hook emerging readers into a lifetime of reading. 

Reading aloud chapter books with your child is a great way to end your day together and also develops important comprehension skills. Chapter books have just a few illustrations so your child can practice visualizing the story events. These books can also enrich vocabulary and present interesting characters that change in surprising ways. Some of these Level J books might be close or right at your child’s level.

Look for these chapter book series at the library, bookstore or in future book orders. (You can always search for more titles online when buying books through our class book orders.)

You can also find more titles with the online tool Book Wizard. Use the Guided Reading and Subject tabs to refine your search.

Freddie Fernortner, Fearless First Grader by Jonathan Rand

Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins (Level Q)

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner

Henry & Mudge by Cynthia Rylant (Level J)

Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant (Level J)

Mr. Putter & Tabby by Cynthia Rylant (Level J)

Frog & Toad by Arnold Lobel (Level K)

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo (Level K)

Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

Andrew Lost  by J.C. Greenburg

American Girl Doll Books

Cam Jansen by David A. Adler (Level L)

Fancy Clancy  by Jane O’Conner

Jigsaw Jones by James Preller (Level N)

Soccer Cats by Matt Christopher (Level M)