This year is the first year we are following the common core standards. These are national standards and create more of an accountability on what is being taught from state to state. As a result, some things have changed. Beginning with shapes! In the past students were asked to name and construct: square, circle, rectangle, triangle and rhombus.
With the new standards, students are asked to identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres). Standard K.G.3. says students will identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, “flat”) or three-dimensional (“solid”) is what we have been talking about this week. You can find all of the standards for both Math and English Language Arts if you click here.
So, with the focus on 3-dimensional shapes we introduced the students to this 3-D shapes song!
Hopefully, your student will come home singing it AND will be able to name a sphere, cylinder, cube and a cone!!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Hello wonderful blogging world! We are so excited to be here and we can't wait to update you on all the great things that are happening in kindergarten at Clifton Hills Elementary School!! As you can see, we are a dynamic team of six! Starting on the left... our team of teachers includes: Mrs. Watts, Mrs. Godbout, Ms. Toles, Ms. Hall, Mrs. Rios and Mrs. Speights!!
We will be updating the blog each week. We will focus on four main areas: fun things that have already happened this year, events that are coming up, what we are learning each week as well as things you can do with your student at home!
Please feel free to leave comments below or questions that you might have. You can also email the kindergarten teachers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
~Have a wonderful day!~