January 18-22

Did you know there are 17 different kinds of penguins? The shortest penguin is about the size of our backpack and the tallest penguin is about three backpacks. This week the kindergartners learned all about the penguin from their size and species to what they like to do for fun. We found out that penguins move by waddling, hopping, tobogganing, swimming, diving, and surfing. They eat fish and krill for lunch. And not all penguins live where it is really cold, some live where it is warm. This week we discovered the difference between facts and opinions and completed several can/have/are charts.


We started our reading lesson with a short video. It was about two different penguin movies, Happy Feet 2 and March of the Penguins. Then we talked about the differences. We noticed some things were real and some were not. Ms. Torborg told us about fiction and nonfiction literature. Fictional texts are texts made up by an author that are not true. Nonfiction texts teach, inform, and explain real things. From there we were able to determine Happy Feet 2 was fictional and March of the Penguins was nonfictional. We also listened to 2 different stories, Lost and Found & Penguins. After each story, we were able to determine it was fiction or nonfiction and why. Next, we were introduced to our newest letter and letter sound, Rr. After reviewing all of letters and letter sounds, we sang our letter song and completed our letter sorting worksheet.

We continued talking about baptism during religion. First we reviewed the 5 different symbols used during baptism. Then we watched a Brother Francis video, Born into the Kingdom. Brother Francis told us the story of Adam & Eve and the first sin (original sin). He told us that baptism helps us get rid of that sin and get closer to God. When we are baptized we become members of God’s family as adopted sons and daughters. He also told us about what happens at a baptism and why.

Our math lesson today was Bears on a Bus. We had to figure out all the different combination of red and green bears that could ride on our bus. Our bus (a tens frame) could only had 10 seats and each seat had to be filled each time the bus went on a trip. With a partner, we had to figure out all the different color combinations using two different color bears and a tens frame. We wrote down all of our combinations. When everyone was done, we took some time to compare our answers. We also wrote all of the combinations on the board. We found out that the combinations are called ten pairs. Ms. Torborg tested our ten pairs. She would call out a number and we had to figure out its ten pair.


In reading, we reviewed our sight words before we were introduced to two new sight words, but & said. After reviewing our sight words, we were introduced to our new emergent reader, I Love the Cold! The first time we read through it together as a class, we noticed some unusual marks in the sentences, quotation marks. Quotation marks tell us the exact words someone says. We were able to find several different sets throughout the story. The second time, we read it on our own. Next, we completed our sight word worksheets. We were also introduced to facts and opinions. Facts are things that are true and have happened. Opinions are things people believe, thoughts, or feelings. After watching a short video, we worked together to identify if a given sentence was a fact or opinion. Then we we listened to several different books about penguins. We determined that they were all nonfiction books because they contained facts about penguins. We learned all about penguins from their size and species to what they like to do for fun. We found out that penguins move by waddling, hopping, tobogganing, swimming, diving, and surfing. They eat fish and krill for lunch. And not all penguins live where they it is really cold, some live where it is warm.

In Religion, we listened to the story of the Prodigal Son. We heard about the importance of forgiveness. God is just like the Father in the story, he is always willing to forgive us we just need to ask.

In Math, we reviewed how to solve number stories. We started by trying to solve a some, some more story and a some, some went away number on our own. Then together we reviewed the different steps to solving a number story. We ended our math time by reviewing teen numbers. First, we sang through the teen number song. Then we completed a teen number tens frame coloring worksheet.


In reading, we reviewed the difference between facts and opinions. Then we completed a sorting activity together. We each were given a sentence card. After reading our sentence, we had to determine if it was a fact or opinion and put the card in the correct category. After everybody had a turn, we checked to see if we got them right. We also continued our exploration of penguin with the story, Penguins. We learned some new and interesting facts about penguins. Next we worked together to complete a can/have/are chart. We listed different facts about penguins under each heading. we also applied all of our new knowledge on a worksheet. We had to label all the parts of the penguin- feathers, bill, webbed feet, flippers, egg. We also reviewed our letters and letter sounds and completed our letter Ee worksheet.

Our Olweus lesson today focused on what to do when someone is bothering you. We are getting good at telling our friends how we feel. Today we worked on saying it with confidence. We roll played several different situations.

In math, we completed some “Toothy” math activities. We worked on identifying, counting, comparing, and ordering numbers. During this time, we each met with Ms. Torborg one on one. We had to count, identify numbers, and sequence numbers.


We started our reading time by reviewing facts and opinions. They we watched a few different video clips about penguins listening closely for different penguin facts. We worked together to record those facts on a can/have/are charts. Next we listened to the story Flip ad Flop. After determining that it was a nonfiction story, we identified the characters, setting, problem and solution of the story. We also completed a character and setting sorting worksheet. Finally we worked with the -et word family. We watch a video, create a list of real and nonsense words, and assemblies and read through our -et flip book.

In math, we worked on solving story problems. We started with Ms. Torborg telling us a story and then showing two different ways people solved and justified their answer. Together we determined talked about which answer proved that they were right. Then Ms. Torborg told us a story problem. Using a white board, we had to figure out the answer and then justify it (or show proof). First we shared our answers with a friend. Then we talked about them as a whole class. We determined that this was a new kind of story, comparison. We were comparing two different things.

In religion, we colored a picture of St. Agnes of Rome in our saint books as we watched a video about her life. Agnes refused to worship the roman God. She was just 12 years old when she died for her faith. Her feast day is today, January 21st.


During reading time, we each met with Ms. Torborg so she could check our letter, sound, and sight word identification. Then we were introduced to Ball Words. Ball Words is our new self-paced sight word program based on the Dolch Word Mastery Lists. Students have the opportunity to learn up to 220 words this year. That’s 11 sets of 20 words. Each set of words is placed on a different type of ball or sports equipment. The first set of ball words are what we call Baseball Words. Students will work on this set until they can read them easily for me. When they have done this successfully, they receive a Baseball Word Champ Certificate and a new list of ball words to master.

Throughout the day we also completed a secret word worksheet with with an word family, played rolled and cover, and worked on putting together puzzles.

After library, Ms. Torborg introduced us BeeBots. They are little robots that you can program to move around a mat. Today, Ms. Torborg showed us some of the how the BeeBots worked on some fo the mat we will use. Next week, we will get to start working with them.