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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.

2nd Quarter I canís:


I can put letters together to make words.
I can start at the top and read across to the bottom on each page.
I can put words together to make a sentence,
I can leave spaces between my words.
I can name uppercase and lowercase letters.
I can read C-V-C words.
I can quickly read high frequency words.
I can write a consonant sound and short vowel sound I hear in a word.
I can sort common objects into groups and tell you why they belong in the group.
I can tell you the opposite of action words and describing words I use.


I can identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.
I can tell you how illustrations and words match.
I can identify real life connections between words and their use.
I can retell a story I've heard including details.


I can use drawings and talking to tell about something that happened in order and how I felt.
I can spell simple words.
I can write sentences using Kindergarten spelling which begin with uppercase letters, have spaces, and end with a period.
I can talk and write using correct grammar and punctuation.
I can write my uppercase and lowercase letters.
I can use correct nouns and verbs when I talk and write.
I can use correct prepositions when I talk and write.
I can use more than one sentence to share an idea when I talk and write.
I can capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.
I can recognize and name end punctuation.


I can compare groups of objects to decide which is greater than, less than, or equal to.
I can compare two written numerals to decide which is greater than, less than, or equal to.
I can describe objects by their characteristics.
I can compare objects that have similar characteristics.
I can sort and count objects.
I can describe objects that are around me by their shape and where they are found.
I can name and describe shapes.
I can tell if a shape is flat or solid.
I can describe how flat and solid shapes are alike and different.

we, he, she, do, said, go, is, as, his, has, was, this, my

As you know, we're required by the new Erin's Law to provide lessons on sexual abuse and prevention education. In October our GP Social Workers came into our classroom to talk about the "Think First & Stay Safe" program. The lessons will cover the concepts of "Using My Built In Computer: Staying Healthy & Safe". In December, the final lesson will be on "Laws Help Protect Me: Kids Have Rights Too!" & "Listening to My Instincts: No Secrets".

Should your child have any questions, you may refer to the handout that will be provided to them on the day of the lesson. If you have additional questions feel free to contact a School Social Worker: Ms. Bilthuis, Mrs. Reiser, & Mrs. Fagan.

This week in class

I Day - Technology
World Kindness Day - Read Aloud - Peanut Butter & Cupcake
Reading Lesson 11 - Readers Use Their Voices to Bring Books to Life
Sounding out CVC words
Writing Lesson 9 - Writer's Use Question/Answer Structures
Module 2 Shape Assessments with Mrs. De Young and Module 3 Lesson 1 Measurement in our classroom

G Day - Art
I am Thankful for ...
Reading Lesson 12 - Readers Use the Pattern to Sing Out Their Books
Interactive Shared Reading of Let's Find Out Pilgrims
Writing Lesson 10 & 11 - Writers Communicate Meaning through a Title & Begin to Edit their Books
Module 2 Shape Assessments with Mrs. De Young and Module 3 Lesson 2 Measurement in our classroom

E Day - In Class Activities
Reading Lesson 13 - Readers Use Punctuation to Figure Out How to Read
Painting Turkey Placemats
Writing 12 & 13 - Writers Edit and Share Reviews of their Books
Math - Module 3 Lesson 3
Parent Visitation Day 1:00 - 2:30pm

R Day - Library Day - Don't Forget Your Books!
Scientist Day - Look like a Scientist
Reading Lesson 14 - Readers Change their Voices to Show they Understand the Book
Interactive Shared Reading of Let's Find Out Native Americans
Hot Lunch
Writing - Pattern Book Celebration
Module 2 Shape Assessments with Mrs. De Young and Module 3 Lesson 4 Measurement in our classroom

T Day - Music
Read Aloud - Thanksgiving is Here
Scientist STEM Assembly
Thanksgiving Snack
Social Skills Lesson with Mrs. Fagan


Important Dates

Parent Visitation Day

Scientist Day

Scientist Assembly

Thanksgiving Snack

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences

No School - Thanksgiving Break

No School - Thanksgiving Break

No School - Thanksgiving Break


Downloads List

Eureka Math Card Games [10/27/2017]
Eureka Math Parent Tips Module 1 [8/20/2017]
GP Halloween Procedures [10/27/2017]
GP November Newsletter [11/5/2017]
GP September Newsletter [8/31/2017]
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]


Cool Links

10 Little Turkeys

3D Shapes I Know

5 Little Gingerbread Men

A Pilgrim Story


Addition Story Problems

All About Penguins

Bat Fact Video

Brown Bear Brown Bear Rap

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Great Minds - Eureka Math

Halloween Stomp

I'm a Penguin Song

Just Dance Crazy Christmas

Learn about Penguins

Nat Geo African Penguins

Penguin Polka

Pete the Cat I Love my White Shoes

Seasons Song Video


Sight words and short sentences


The Mitten by Jan Brett

Turkey Pokey

Xtra Math

Zearn - Home Math Computer Games

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