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Mrs. Bice & Mrs. Lisy

Hawthorne Scholastic Academy

November 30, 2018

Curious Kinders


  • Dec. 13 Holiday Fair
  • Dec. 14 Shedd Aquarium Field Trip-$ & slips due Monday
  • Dec. 21- Antarctica Party 11:30-1:00

Words We Learned

  • segments
  • life cycle
  • fewer

Heart Words

  • am
  • to

Next Week

  • yes
  • no
  • for

Word Work

This week we added the third component to Daily 5! During Word Work, students experiment with spelling patterns, heart words, and develop a genuine curiosity and interest for new words! Every child has individualized word work that is at their independent level. Students were given List 1 from the kindergarten heart words. They have the choice to practice their words using a white board or roll and write game. We will continue to add different activities to each child’s Word Work to practice word families, spelling patterns, and so on to help students’ ability to read, write and spell different words! Once students can successfully spell and identify all the words on their list, then they are able to move onto List 2. Some of the students have already moved on to List 2 and are so proud of their hard work! Please help to encourage their love of spelling and reading heart words at home!


This past week mathematicians worked hard at comparing numbers and using the vocabulary “fewer” and “more”. Students played several different math games with their math partner and had to decide whose number was “fewer” or “more”. This unit has really helped to build a great foundation of number sense. We have found that many students need this practice and foundation in kindergarten to be successful mathematicians in later grades. Our Daily 3 math choices are fully differentiated now and some students are being challenged on more difficult tasks while others are practicing and reviewing current concepts.


This week, we continued our study of animals and had a closer look at earthworms! We observed earthworms with our lab partners, asked questions about their bodies, and read a lot of books to learn more about these wonderful decomposers. Kindergartner scientists learned that worms need food, darkness, and water to survive. We closely examined the worms to find the clitellum, the mouth parts, the segments, and the tail. We studied the life cycle of an earthworm and didn’t know that they have a cocoon! The hatchlings hatch and quickly become adults! We worked hard to record all of our new learning in our Research Notebooks so the newsletter is your ticket to finding out more about your child’s science learning!

SEL Theme: Kindness

We have a Social Emotional Learning focus every 2 weeks. This and next week’s focus is on kindness. Every morning, we discussed this theme through conversation and/or through books. We talk about what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like. Students are practicing this theme throughout the day and trying their best to exhibit these important themes. When we see someone going above and beyond, we write their name on a “high five” and place it outside our classrooms! Please talk to your child about Kindness, and take any opportunity to help foster his/her social-emotional growth. 

December Fun

December is going to be full of fun! Please be sure to turn in field trip permission slips by Monday, December 3. Thank you to all the parents who offered to chaperone on our field trip to the Shedd.

The kindergarten classes will be visiting the Scholastic Book Fair on Thursday, December 13 from 2:00-2:45.  We are looking for a few parent volunteers to help out Mrs. Garner during the kindergartners visit. Please let us know ASAP if you are available to volunteer! Mrs. Garner will send home more info regarding books for sale and the students bringing in money to purchase books! The PTA will also host a Holiday Party on the night of Thursday, December 13! Save the date!