Kindergarten – Second Semester

Research Unit – What do we know and need to know?

After sharing information about chameleons, the class developed additional questions about the topic. We read nonfiction books about the topic, compared the information, and used text from the books to correct our previous understandings and answer the additional research questions.

 

Literature Unit – What message do folktales tell us?

Students listened to and discussed the common themes or messages in folktales from various cultures and countries around the world.

 

Literature Unit – Do wishes really come true?

Using a theme of wishes, students listened to stories and explored the following questions: What is a wish? How do we wish? How are wishes, goals, and dreams similar and different? Students made logical inferences from the stories and supported their conclusions with evidence from the text.

 

Literature Unit – Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Nominees

Students continued to read the nominees for this years’ Picture Book Award. After listening and discussion each of the 20 nominees, students voted for their favorite. The winner is, The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt.

 

Summer Reading Suggestions

I have compiled four lists of new titles and award winners for a range of grade levels. The titles on each list include a variety of genres and have been selected to appeal to a wide range of reading abilities and interests. All four lists can be found on my website. http://kstrand.thevilla.org/

 

The Seattle Public Library at www.spl.org and King County Library at www.kcls.org offer summer reading programs to keep kids involved with books. Visit their websites or a branch to learn details of the programs.

 

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