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Mrs. Jennifer K. De Young - Kindergarten  (Send e-mail)

Welcome to Mrs. De Young's Kindergarten Class in the Gold Community at Grand Prairie!

Our 2017-2018 class currently has 22 students - 12 Boys and 10 Girls. I am looking forward to a magical year of learning and laughter with everyone.

Please check our class page often. I strive to keep it updated. My primary communication to you will be through our webpage, emails, or the Remind 101 app. Click here to join our Remind
OR text the message 9ge8k to 81010.

Every student has a yellow "Take Home" folder that goes between home and school DAILY. Please check this special communication tool every night to see what we are up to each day and for all of our most important news and updates. Send any notes or papers back to us in this same yellow folder and your child will turn them in to my Cinderella mailbox.

Every child will have a yellow fluency reading bag that should go between home and school DAILY. We will use the leveled readers inside each day in class and it will be your child's HOMEWORK to read them at home each night.

I CAN statements are simple sentences designed from Common Core Standards. They are written in student-friendly language. I CAN statements break down learning objectives into actions that students can read, understand and perform. In our class, I CAN statements are posted in a yellow pocket chart and reviewed. This helps students to understand the expectations, become more responsible for their learning and more reflective of their work. Kindergarten Outcome Assessments are created from I CAN statements, which are posted on each assessment. This helps parents and students to have a clear visual of kindergarten expectations, and a better understanding of their childís development and growth.


I can hear, say, and write words that rhyme.
I can spell words with long and short vowels.
I can tell you letters that are different in words that I read.
I can tell you two meanings for a word I know (ex: duck: bird or to get down, move out of the way)
I can tell you the meaning of a word when I add these endings: -ed,-s, -ful, -less
I can tell you the meaning of a word when I add these beginnings (affixes: re-, un-, pre-)

I can read a story and tell you what it is about.
I can understand and use questions words (who, what, when, where, why, and how)
I can ask and answer questions about key details in a book.
I can ask and answer questions to find the meaning of a word in a book.
I can recognize different types of text (poetry, storybooks).
I can compare and contrast what happens to characters in stories Iíve heard.

Reading Informational:
I can ask and answer questions about key details in a book.
I can tell you the reasons an author uses details in a book.
I can tell you similarities and differences between two books.

I can use drawings and writing to name a topic and tell something about it.
I can improve my writing by adding details with help from an adult and friends.
I can participate in a group project and write and tell about a favorite author and their stories (express opinions).
I can use different technology with help from adults and friends to create and publish writing.
I can write sentences using kindergarten spelling which begins with uppercase letters, have spaces, and end with a period.

I can count to 100 by ones.
I can start counting with any number.
I can write numbers to show how many.
I can write numbers 0-20.
I can say the number as I count each object.
I can show how the numbers 11-19 are made of tens and more ones.
I can build and draw shapes.
I can put shapes together to make another shape.

I can use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
I can use a model to represent a relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
I can communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, and air and/or living things in the local environment.
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This week in class

I Day - Technology

Reading - Introduction to Avid Readers - Lesson 1 What is an Avid Reader?

Writing - How to Books Lesson 14 and 15
Writing a Series or Collection of Books to Teach Others Even More about a Topic
Writers Can Write Introductions and Conclusions

Math - Module 5 Lesson 17
I Can count across tens when counting by ones through 10.

Science - Things that Grow/What is Alive

*We will continue caterpillar/butterfly observations for the next few weeks until our Painted Ladies are ready to fly!

G Day - Art

Reading - Avid Readers - Reacting to Books
I can read a story and tell you what it is about.

Writing - How to Books Lesson 16
Writers Use Everything They Know to Make Their How-To Books Easy to Read

Math - Mid Module Assessments AND Module 5 Lesson 18
I Can count across tens by ones to 100 with and without objects

Science - Planting our Greenhouses with bean seeds and starting plant journals

*Plant Journals Will Continue for approximately 2-3 Weeks

E Day - In Class Activities - Science
Parts of a Flower

Reading - Avid Readers - Capturing Thinking about Books
I can understand and use questions words (who, what, when, where, why, and how)

Writing - How to Books Lesson 17 and 18
Writers Dedicate Their Books and Do Their Best Work Because They Make Wonderful Gifts

Math - Module 5 Lesson 19
I Can explore numbers on the Rekenrek

R Day - Library - Please return all library books
Wear Your Community Color - GOLD

Reading - Avid Readers - Avid Readers Reach for Just-Right Words to Describe Feelings
I can understand and use questions words (who, what, when, where, why, and how)

Let's Find Out - Carrots/The Carrot Seed AND Planting Carrot Seeds

Math - Module 5 Lesson 20
I Can use addition to compose teen numbers

T Day - Music
Popsicle Day!

Reading - Avid Readers Reflect and Set Goals for Themselves

Writing - Celebration Day - Sharing our books with others

Math - Module 5 Lesson 20 Assessment
I Can use addition to compose teen numbers


Important Dates

Spring Running Club Begins

Popsicle Day

Mother's Day Tea and Spa

Field Trip to Fort Frankfort for Gold Kindergarten

Memorial Day - No School

Last Day of Kindergarten!


Downloads List

December News and Notes [12/17/2017]
Eureka Math Card Games [10/27/2017]
Eureka Math Parent Tips Module 1 [8/20/2017]
Gingerbread Photos [12/17/2017]
January 21st News and Notes [1/21/2018]
January 4th News and Notes [1/4/2018]
November 5th Learning Photos [11/5/2017]
Number Writing 1-50 Practice [1/28/2017]
October 11th - We Made a TORNADO [10/15/2017]
October 12 Notes and News [10/15/2017]
October 22nd News [10/22/2017]
October 8th Newsletter [10/9/2017]
Reader's Workshop [9/9/2017]
Reader's Workshop - Partner Reading 9/9/17 [9/9/2017]
Remind 101 Directions [8/20/2017]
September Learning Photos [10/1/2017]
Spring Running Club Permission Slip [3/22/2018]
Words Their Way Letter [1/15/2018]


Cool Links

3D Shapes I Know


Addition Story Problems

Eureka Math

GP Shape Video

Great Minds - Eureka Math

Mrs. De Young's Length and Weight Video

Raz-Kids Reading

Seasons Song Video


Sight words and short sentences


Xtra Math

Zearn - Home Math Computer Games

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