May Updates:

Library Books and Reading Group Books

May 19th is our last day to check out new library books. Please be on the lookout for any books that belong to Gold Rush Elementary which include the colored paper books that are sent home daily for reading homework. Please send these back ASAP if you find any at home!

Important Dates:

Monday, May 29th                          NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY

Tuesday, May 30th:                        Kindergarten Field Day 8:30-11:30

Thursday, June 1st:                         Last “Regular” Day of School

Friday, June 2nd:                             Kindergarten Graduation
          8:30-8:45     Parents drop off kids and go to the gym
          8:45-9:10     Students perform a few songs
          9:15-9:45     Families meet in our classroom for a short video
          9:45-10:00   Go outside for photos, say good-bye, and grab a snack to take with       

                              you.....SUMMER BREAK BEGINS

Seesaw Online Learning Journal

If you would like to save your child's learning portfolio from this entire year please visit the website below and follow the step-by-step directions. My class will be deleted after the school year is over and I would hate for anyone to lose all of their child's hard work! Copy and Paste this link into your browser:

March 2017

    Upcoming Events:

    Wednesday,March 8th & 15th:    Parent/Teacher Conference
    Friday, March 17- April 2nd:        Spring Break
    Friday, April 21st:                         No School
    Friday, April 28th:                         Egg Drop (weather permitting)

    In class we have been reading and writing informational text.  
    One thing we noticed is that informational text often has unique features.

    We enjoyed exploring text and finding these text features.   
    Although we can learn so much from diagrams and photographs, technology has given us a way to access information independently that may be above our current reading level.  is a website our school uses and that our class loves! On PebbleGo students learn all kinds of information through videos, diagrams, photographs, maps, and text that can be read to you if needed. Now even young readers can access information independently. They are exploring, learning new things, and practicing taking notes in word and picture form.  At home you can use this website by putting in the password: gredigger and username: gredigger. It is a great resource that we will be using throughout the next few months. Try it out at home! Soon students will be picking an animal to study and write about. This site will become very useful in gathering information.

    As you know our class has been collecting supplies to make a variety of creations and inventions out of craft supplies and recyclables. What you sent in as "junk" came back as something "precious"!  Thank you for your support. As part of our Force and Motion studies students were challenged to make a marble mover. They were amazing inventors, collaborators, critical thinkers and problem solvers. They made plans, executed their plans and changed them to solve problems along the way. You can see your student share their invention on Seesaw.


    Kindergarten Update

    We have been busy here in Kindergarten! 
    Here is what we have been up to.

    Reader’s Workshop

    In reader’s workshop we have been learning about and using Mental Images while reading.  We began this by encouraging students to use their background knowledge to create an image in their head of something familiar like, their sibling, mom, or their room at home.  Next we asked students to activate their imagination to create images of things they had not seen but had heard about, like the Tooth Fairy.  We used student language to help us define what a mental image is.  Once we defined what a Mental Image was, we practiced using this skill in reading to remember what was read, as well as, increase understanding, engagement, and enjoyment.  Here are some examples of Mental Images that students created while listening to books, and poems read aloud.

     We read the Great Gracie Chase.  Students drew their Mental Images while listening the to story.  Next they used their drawings to retell the story into Seesaw.

    We read Go Away Big Green Monster.  Each page used different descriptive language to describe a monsters face.  Students listened to the book a page at a time and used their Mental Image to create a monster.  We talked about how our images are each a little different because each of us has our own background knowledge.

    We also looked at using Mental Images in non-fiction text as a way to build and remember background knowledge. It is important for readers to be able to “picture” what they are reading.  For example if a non-fiction text is describing and animal readers need to have an accurate image in their brain while reading.  This is where schema and mental images work together to create understanding. 
    We have been working playing several math games to learn simple addition using the ten frame, and manipulatives.  Students have been learning various ways to add including, counting the total using manipulatives,  counting on, using a number line, and writing equations. In addition to this we are celebrating 100 days of learning!  We are practicing counting to 100 by ones, tens, fives and twos.  I have enjoyed students 100 day projects, they are so creative! 

    STEAM Lab


    In class students have been studying force and motion. We began this unit by exploring forces and how things move. Students discovered that force can be categorized into two categories, either a push or a pull.  After building students background knowledge and vocabulary around force and motion we headed to the STEAM lab where students created simple machines.  We spent 4 days in the STEAM lab exploring, building, and collaborating to  create simple machines using Legos.  Hopefully you got to check out your child’s Seesaw entries where they explained how the machines they created used with a push or a pull to move.