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Hello parents!
I am so happy to have your student in my class this year! 
This is my fourth year teaching, and I'm excited to be teaching Kindergarten at Decker Prairie again! I graduated from Sam Houston State University in December of 2016 with my Bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Instructional Leadership from Sam Houston State University.  I'm eager to work with you and your child this year, together we will have a successful school year and building a relationship with you and your child!
 
I recently got married over the summer, so I am in the process of becoming Mrs. McDowell OFFICIALLY!  When I'm not teaching I love spending time with my family, especially my husband and our Boston terrier puppy Moose!    A few other things I enjoy doing in my spare time is crafting, painting, wood working, and vinyl.
 
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year, and I will respond when I am able, within 24 hours.  I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your child more as the year progresses. 
It's going to be a GREAT year!
 
Decker Strong, We Can, We Will!
 
Mrs. McDowell (Ryder)
 

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Week of 1/25

ELA:

Reading: “I can identify the main (central) idea in informational text.

Sight words: I can read, write, and spell the sight word at.

Word Family: I can identify and read the word family - et .

Hand Writing: I can write letters with the  correct strokes.  

Math

I can read, write, represent, and compare numbers 0- 20. 

Social Studies: I can identify and describe the importance of U.S. symbols. 

Science: I can name and describe the seasons.

 

Upcoming Reminders:  

Take home readers due WEDNESDAY! 

Valentine's due on 2/5!!

Week of 1/19

ELA:
Reading: I can identify text features in informational text. I can use my reading strategies to help me read.
Writing: I can write informational text. We will be writing how to papers.
Sight words: I can read, write, and spell the sight word THEY.
Word Family: I can identify and read the word family - in .
Hand Writing: I can write letters with the  correct strokes.  
Math: I can read, write, and represent numbers 0-20.
Social Studies: I can identify and discuss why MLK was an important historical figure.
Science: I can observe and describe weather changes from day to day.
 
Reminders:
  • Please return take home readers (clear pouches) on Wednesdays to have books updated.
  • Practice sight words nightly! 

Week of 1/6

Welcome back!!

ELA:

Reading:  I can share what the informational text is trying to teach me.

Writing: I can write a sentence with punctuation, capitalization, and finger spaces.

Sight words: I can read and spell the sight words from the 2nd marking period. 

Word Family: I can identify and read the word family -am

Hand Writing: I can write lowercase letters  y, j, u, w. 

Math: I can read, write, and represent numbers 0-20  

Science: I can observe and describe changes in the weather.

Week of 12/14

ELA:

Reading:  I can describe main characters using their internal and external characteristics.

Writing: I can write a sentence with punctuation, capitalization, and finger spaces.

Sight words: I can read and spell the sight word ARE and IT.

Word Family: I can identify and read the word family -ot.

Hand Writing: I can write lowercase letters  y, j, u, w. 

Math: I can practice 2rd 9wks math skills; read, write, represent numbers, addition, compose and decompose using numbers 0-10. 

Social Studies: I can compare traditions among families.

 

Upcoming Reminders:

  • Please return book bags Wednesday 12/16, so they can be refreshed with new readers! Happy Reading. 
  • 12/18 Polar Express Day (students may wear pajamas to school this day) and Class Party this Friday (this celebration is for students only for the safety of staff and students). 

Week of 12/7

Reading: I can tell the author’s purpose for writing. We will focus on entertainment. I can tell the story elements.

Writing: I can write a sentence with correct punctuation and capitalization within my personal narrative. 

Sight words: I can read and spell the sight word AN and THAT

Word Family: I can identify and read the word family -an.

Hand Writing: I can write lowercase letters y,j,u,w.

Math: I can identify a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. 

Science: I can give examples of ways water is useful.

Social studies: I can explain the difference between needs and wants. 

Week of 11/30

ELA:
Reading: I can tell the author’s purpose for writing. We will focus on persuasive text.
Writing: I can write a pattern book to persuade my reader. 
Hand Writing: I can write lowercase letters m,r,b,e.
Sight words: I can read and spell the sight word HE, SAID, and NO.
Word Family: I can identify and read the word family -ag.
Math:
I can model the action of joining to represent addition problems. 
I can compare numbers 0-10.
Science: I can observe, describe, and sort rocks by size, shape, color, and texture.
 

Week of 11/16

ELA:

Reading: I can tell the author’s purpose for writing. We will focus on informational text.

Writing: I can write a pattern book with punctuation, capitalization, and finger spaces.

Sight words: I can read and spell the sight word ON.

Word Family: I can identify and read the word family -ap.

Hand Writing: I can write lowercase letters

Math:

I can compose and decompose numbers 0-10.

I can compare numbers 0-10.

Social Studies: I can compare traditions among families.

Upcoming Reminders:

Fall pictures are on Tuesday, November 17th. Please see the email from the school for ordering information.

Next week there is no school for Thanksgiving break. 

Week of 11/9

ELA: I can describe the setting of a story.
Word family: I can identify the word family -ad.
Sight Words: I can read and spell the sight word CAN, GO, IN
Writer's Workshop: I can write a pattern book.
Math:
I can read, write, and represent numbers 0-10.
I can compose and decompose numbers 3-10.
Science: I can use observe and describe the ways that objects can move. I can explore magnets.

Week of 11/2

ELA: I can name and describe characters.
Word family:  I can identify and read the word family -op.
Sight Words: I can read and spell the sight word HERE & OF.
Writer's Workshop: I can chose a topic to write on.
Math:
I can read, write, and represent numbers 0-10.
I can compose and decompose numbers 5-8.
Science: I can use senses to explore different forms of energy such as: sound, light, and thermal.
Social Studies: I can discuss the role of voting as a citizen.
 
Upcoming Reminders: 
11/3 - Student Holiday - Election Day

Week of 10/19

ELA: I can retell a story I already know.
Letters: I can identify the letter names and sounds of the letters V, X, Z and Q.
Sight Words: I can read the sight word MY & YOU
Math: I can measure objects using length, capacity, and weight.
Science: I can observe and record properties of objects including bigger or smaller and heavier or lighter.
Social Studies: I can identify the importance of being a good citizen. 
 

Week of 10/12

ELA: I can retell a story I already know.
Letters: I can identify the letter names and sounds of the letters Y, J, U and W.
Sight Words: I can read the sight word WE & LOOK.
Math: I can measure objects using length, capacity, and weight.
Science: I can sort objects by color, shape, texture, and size.
Social Studies: I can identify the importance of being a good citizen. 

Week of 10/5​

 

ELA: I can read 3 different ways (looking at pictures, retelling a story I already know, and reading the words of the story).
Letters: I can identify the letter names and sounds of the letters M, R, B, and E.
Sight Words: I can read the sight word AND.
Math:
I can identify 2D and 3D shapes.
Science: I can sort objects by color, shape, texture, and size.
Social Studies: I can located places in our school. 

Week of 9/28

ELA: Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Letters: I can identify the letter names and sounds of the letters G, O, K, and C.
Sight Words: I can read the sight words THE & IS.
Math:
I can identify 2D and 3D shapes.
Science: I can sort objects by color, shape, texture, and size.
Social Studies: I can identify community helpers and where they are located.