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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 May 17th

Reading:  I can preform a play with voice. 

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

Word Work: I can blend and decode CCVC/CVCC words. (ex. plug and fish)

Hand Writing: I can write letters and numbers with correct strokes.

Writing:  I can elaborate on my writing. 

Math: I can classify 2D and 3D shapes based on their attributes. 

Social Studies: I can review natural resources. 

Science:  I can review animal environments and their classifications. 

Week of May 3rd

Reading:  I can identify rhythm/rhyme, visualize, and make inferences in poems. ​

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

Word Work: I can blend and decode CCVC/CVCC words. (ex. plug and fish)

Hand Writing: I can write letters and numbers with correct strokes.

Writing:  I can elaborate on my writing. 

Math: I can solve word problems using objects and drawing pictures to find differences.

Social Studies: I can identify and describe technology.

Science: I can explain the changes that are part of a plant life cycle.

 

Reminders:

Please bring a water bottle to school daily, labeled with your child's name. 

Week of April 26th

Reading:  I can identify rhythm/rhyme, visualize, and make inferences in poems. ​

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

Word Work: I can blend and decode CCVC/CVCC words. (ex. plug and fish)

Hand Writing: I can write letters and numbers with correct strokes.

Writing:  I can write sentences that make the reader visualize my writing. ​

Math: I can separate numbers to find the difference.

Social Studies: I can identify and describe technology.

Science: I can observe changes that are part of a life cycle. 

 

Friendly Reminders:

Please send water bottles to school daily with your child. 

Week of April 19th

ELA:
Reading: I can research and find facts about an animal.​
Sight words: I can read, write, and spell the sight word COME and FROM.
Word Work: I can blend sounds to decode. 
Hand Writing: I can write numbers with correct strokes.
Writing: ​I can write about my researched facts. 
Math: I can join numbers to find the sum.
Social Studies:  I can tell how to conserve my natural resources.  
Science: I can identify the basic needs of plants.
 
 Reminders: 
  • Library day is this coming Wednesday 4/21, please send your child with their library books so they can get new ones! 

Week of 4/12

ELA:

Reading: I can independently research and find facts about an animal.​

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

Hand Writing: I can write with correct strokes.

Writing: ​I can write about my researched facts. 

Math: I can solve addition word problem to sums of 10. 

Science: I can identify the parts of plants.

Week of 4/5

ELA:
Reading: I can research and find facts about an animal.​
Sight words: I can read, write, and spell the sight word HAVE and ALL.
Word Word: I can blend sounds to decode. 
Hand Writing: I can write numbers with correct strokes.
Writing: ​I can write about my researched facts. 
Math: I can generate a number that is 1 more or 1 less. 
Social Studies: I can identify and describe natural resources.
Science: I can identify the basic needs of plants.
 
Friendly Reminders: 
  • Library day is this Wednesday 4/7, please send your child with their library books so they can get new ones! 
  • Please remember to update extra clothes in backpacks as the weather is getting warmer! Also, please be packing water bottles daily in your child's backpack! 

Week 3/22

ELA:
Reading:  We can choose an animal to research.
Sight words: I can read, write, and spell the sight word saw 
Word Work: I can read and make CVC words using the short a sound.
Hand Writing: I can write letters with the correct strokes.  
Writing: We can write about our animal we are researching.
Math: I can read, write, and represent numbers 0-20. 
Social Studies: I can identify important locations using a map.
Science: I can identify physical characteristics of reptiles.
 
Upcoming reminders: 
- Library will be this Wednesday

Week of 3/8

ELA:
Reading: I can identify and use adjectives to describe a noun.​
Sight words: I can read, write, and spell the sight word SO.
Word Family: I can identify and read the word family - ig .
Hand Writing: I can write letters with the correct strokes.  
Writing: ​I can write a narrative story that stretches across pages and edit my writing to add adjectives. 
Math: I can create and draw conclusions from graphs. 
Social Studies:   I can review learned concepts of American and Texan cultures.
Science: I can observe and identify characteristics of animals.
 
upcoming reminders: 
- Read Across America week this week.
-Next week Spring Break, have a safe fun week!

Week of 3/1

ELA:
Reading: I can connect a book to my life. I can identify and describe the use of a pronoun.
Sight words: I can read, write, and spell the sight word UP.
Word Family: I can identify and read the word family - in .
Hand Writing: I can write letters with the correct strokes.  
Writing: ​I can write a narrative story that stretches across pages and edit my writing to add pronouns. 
Math: I can create and draw conclusions from graphs. 
Social Studies:   I can understand similarities and differences among individuals.​
Science: I can identify the different parts of an animal and sort animals by groups.
 
Upcoming Reminders: 
  • Please send water bottles to school daily with your child.
  • Library this Wednesday! Please return books, so your child can check out new ones.

100th Day Celebration!

Our 100th day of school will be next Monday, March 1st. To celebrate we would love to have kindergarten celebrate their 100 days of learning by dressing up like they are 100 years old and bring in a 100-piece snack!

Snack Instructions - You and your child will pack a 100-piece snack. The direction for this activity is easy! You will pick a snack of your choosing and count that snack out to 100 (i.e.100 goldfish, 100 raisins, 100 cheerios, etc.). Once you have counted the snack out with your child just pack it in a labeled baggie and place it in their backpack on the 100th day of school! 

100 Year's Old dress up - This is fun dress up day and DPES tradition, feel free to get creative in dressing your child as a 100 year old lady/man. We just ask that no canes are brought to school for safety purposes. I have included some ideas to help you get started planning, should you choose to have your child participate. 

  • Girls: Printed skirts, pearls, eyeglasses, sweater, wig or curled hairstyle, gray hair spray, knee high stocking, large purse, and/or scarfs.
  • Boys: Button down shirt, flannel shirt, suspenders, tie, eyeglasses, drawn on mustache or beard, and/or gray hair spray.

We attempt daily to get all belonging that come to school back home safely, however please avoid sending mementos and heirlooms that are of high importance to your family. We would be heartbroken should they become lost or broken during our learning day!

Week of 2/23

ELA:

Reading: I can make text-to-self and text-to-world connections.

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

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

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

Writing: ​I can write a narrative story that stretches across pages and edit my writing. I can illustrate my writing with detail. 

Math: I can model and solve 0-10 subtraction and addition problems. I can distinguish the difference between addition and subtraction.  

Social Studies:   I can understand similarities and differences among individuals.​

Science: I can identify the different parts of an animal. 

 

Upcoming Reminders: 

  • Please send water bottles to school daily with your child. 

Week of 2/8

ELA:

Reading: I can make connections and identify features in nonfiction text.

Sight words: I can read, write, and spell the sight word HIS & WAS.

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

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

Writing: ​I can write a narrative story that stretches across pages.

Math: I can model and solve 0-10 subtraction problems. 

Social Studies:  I can identify and describe Texas Culture. 

Science: I can name identify and describe living and nonliving organisms .

 

Upcoming Reminders:  

  • Please send water bottles to school daily with your child.  
  • Valentine Exchange Friday 2/12
  • Look for our next school fundraiser information to be coming home soon!

Week of 2/1

ELA:

Reading: I can make connections and identify features in nonfiction text.

Sight words: I can read, write, and spell the sight word HE & SHE.

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

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

Writing: ​I can write a narrative story that stretches across pages.

Math: I can model and solve 0-10 addition problems. 

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

Science: I can name and describe the seasons.

 

Upcoming Reminders:  

  • Please send water bottles to school daily with your child.  
  • Valentine's due on 2/5!!

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!!