Archive for October 2012

Room 104 finally had a chance to make applesauce today. The classroom smelled wonderful all day! All the ingredients were put into the crock pot (Thanks to Sophia’s family!) this morning and we let it sit all day. Once it was put in cups and cooled down, the students had to complete the last part – stirring. The students were very happy and excited about the applesauce, many said it was the best ever and they all thanked me.

Thank you to all the families that graciously donated apples to our classroom over the past week and also to those who volunteered their crock pots. All of Room 104 thanks you.

Kindergarten First Quarter Progress Reports will go home tomorrow. These are not report cards, just an update. Attached to it you will find dibels reading scores and MAPS (computer test) scores.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: is, big, little
Previous Sight Words: I, like, see, the
*We are going to use and write these words in sentences.
We have been learning songs for all our sight words, ask your student to share the
songs with you!
Letter of the Week: Pp
Previous Letters: Kk

Theme: Our theme of the week is pumpkins

  • The students will explore the outside of a pumpkin and come up with words to describe the outside.
  • We will cut open a pumpkin and explore the inside, then the students will come up with words to describe the inside.
  • Students will make their own pumpkin out of paper then measure how long it is with unifix cubes. Students will then place their pumpkin on a graph as we compare the sizes.
  • Students will make their own Jack-o-Lanterns out of paper. They will be able to get very creative using all the different shapes we have learned!
  • We are going to make pumpkin vine decorations for Room 104. Students will use their fingers to make the pumpkins then add in the vines with green paint and brushes. They will all get connected and placed around the room. A wonderful way to decorate Room 104 for Fall!


Journals:

  • Student will continue in their October Journals.
  • I will encourage using our sight words and students writing one word to describe their picture.
  • It is very important that students spell words how they hear the sounds. Encourage your child to stretch out the word and write down the sounds they hear. Students often spell home as HOM, because those are the sounds you hear. This is developmental and what we are looking for.
  • Students will practice writing the letter /p/.


Math:

  • Our Wednesday math centers will revolve around patterns. Students will sort fruit loops/apple jacks, they will correspond the amount of candy corn to the number, sort cards into larger and smaller, and explore the remaining regular math centers.
  • We have been doing and will continue a daily math survey. At the beginning of math each day I ask a question and we tally the responses. Then we count (by 5’s) and talk about biggest, smallest, etc.
  • Discover patterns through sounds and motion.
  • Work on more advanced patterns with colors; for example yellow, yellow, blue, yellow, yellow, blue; white, orange, orange, white, orange, orange. Students will use colored square tiles.
  • Coin comparisons.
  • Practice counting up.


Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Our centers are in full swing. Last week we were able to do them all including teacher time/guided reading.
  • At the Writing Center, students will be be doing /p/ phonics practice.
  • At the Art Center, students will tear orange and black paper and glue them inside the outline of a pumpkin.
  • At the Math Center, students will make a pattern template creature.
  • For Read Around the Room, students will find words in our classroom and in books that start with the letter /p/ and write them down.
  • For Listening Center, students will listen to a story and draw a picture about it.
  • For reference, our literacy centers consist of art center, writing center, listening center, computer center, math center, read around the room, games, ABC center (phonics games), books center, blocks, and teacher time. Most centers change their content weekly and deal with our theme, sight words, and/or letter of the week.
  • The students will create a class book completing the following sentence: The pumpkin is ___________________ (to be filled in with big or little, students will also draw either a big or little pumpkin).
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called How do Dinosaurs go to School? Our goal this week is understanding characters.


Social Studies:

  • We will formally begin our social studies curriculum this week. Students will be learning all about the safety signs we see outside.


Reminders:

  • Our pumpkin farm field trip is on Monday, October 22nd. Pack a completely disposable lunch for your student to eat at the farm. They will be coming home with a pumpkin! Also, thanks to our chaperones.
  • The Ray School Class Fee is $85. Please turn in as soon as possible.
  • This will be my last paper newsletter. Please subscribe to my blog or check it regularly.
  • We will have P.E. class on Monday the 15th. Make sure your student is in appropriate gym shoes.
  • Please consider donating used egg cartons to the classroom for our math center.

Just to let you know, I will be out of school Friday afternoon to attend a funeral. Since I will only be there in the morning, I am postponing the class making applesauce until next week. We will make the applesauce next Tuesday. Thanks for your understanding.

We now have all the chaperones we need for our pumpkin farm field trip on the 22nd. Thanks so much to the parents and family members who volunteered!

I am still looking for two more chaperones for our field trip to the pumpkin farm on Oct. 22nd. Please let me know as soon as possible if you can attend.

 

Thanks!

rmaltz@cps.edu

We are getting to the time when students may be absent due to illness. If a student is absent call the office and let them know. Also, send a note the day they return with the following information: date(s) of absence, the reason, and a parent signature. I will bring the note to the office and the absence will be considered excused. I am also posting this information to a permanent page to the right so it is more readily available when needed.

Wednesday the 10th is a half day of school. Students will be dismissed at 12:15. They will be getting both breakfast and lunch. Treat lunch as you usually do; send money if the student is getting school lunch or pack a home lunch.

I am also adding a Wish List page to the right that will be updated as things are needed. If you can donate an item, please email me as soon as possible so I can take that item off the list.

A few updates that were left out of the Newsletter:

  • There is a half day on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

CPS Track R Calendar: http://www.cps.edu/Programs/DistrictInitiatives/FullDay/Documents/SY12_13CalendarTRACK_R.pdf

  • Scholastic Book Orders will be sent home this week. Please check the page to the right called, “Scholastic Book Club Orders” for information. You may order online with the Class Activation Code: LLY6B or send in the order form and check made to Scholastic Book Clubs. Both online and paper orders are due Oct. 28.
  • Continue to check the page to the right named, “Things to work on at home.” It is optional and supplemental homework. The page will be updated throughout the year as the students continue to grow, learn, and develop.

Week of Oct. 8

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: see, the
Previous Sight Words: I, like
*We are going to use and write these words in sentences.
Letter of the Week: Kk

Theme: We are continuing our apple theme this week.

  • We will be conducting a science experiment with apples and germs. In a clear container, we will place an eaten apple. In a different clear container, we will place an eaten apple that we have all touched with our hands. Students will draw a picture of the apples at the beginning of the week, look at it each day and discuss, then draw a picture of how the apples look at the end of the week. We will get to talk about germs, change over time, predictions, and observations.
  • Students will be using half apples to stamp an ABC pattern with the colors red, green, and yellow.
  • Apples will be placed around the room at different objects. Students will measure how long the object is in apples and write down the number.
  • We will be making apple sauce!
  • Students are going to taste test different types and colors of apples. We will graph our favorite.


Journals:

  • Student will continue in their October Journals.
  • I will encourage using our sight words and students writing one word to describe their picture.
  • It is very important that students spell how they hear the sounds. Encourage your child to stretch out the word and write down the sounds they hear. Students often spell home as HOM, because those are the sounds you here. This is developmental and what we are looking for.
  • Students will practice writing the letter /k/.


Math:

  • Our Wednesday math center activities will revolve around sorting.
  • We have been doing and will continue a daily math survey. At the beginning of math each day I ask a question and we tally the responses. Then we count and talk about biggest, smallest, etc.
  • Students will be getting to know numbers 1-9 better. We will make a poster for each number, then draw and glue several groups of objects to match that number. We will also practice writing the numbers.
  • We will be sorting objects by attributes; like buttons with no holes, two holes, four holes.
  • We will experiment with volume.
  • We will make birthday and age change graphs.


Literacy Center:

  • Our centers are moving along nicely. By the end of last week students had tried each center but Read Around the Room and Listening Center which will be added this week.
  • At the Writing Center, students will be be doing /k/ phonics worksheets.
  • At the Art Center, students will be creating apple art.
  • At the Math Center, students will be completing patterns dealing with apples.
  • For Read Around the Room, students will find words in our classroom and in books that start with the letter /k/ and write them down.
  • For Listening Center, students will listen to a story and draw a picture about it.
  • For reference, our literacy centers consist of art center, writing center, listening center, computer center, math center, read around the room, games, ABC center (phonics games), books center, blocks, and teacher time. Most centers change their content weekly and deal with our theme, sight words, and/or letter of the week.
  • We will also begin our Journeys reading curriculum. We will read a story called What Makes a Family? Our goal this week is Big Ideas.


Reminder:

  • Picture Day is Thursday, October 11. If you would like to purchase pictures, please send the form back by Thursday.
  • Turn in field trip money and permission slip. I am looking for three more chaperones. Our field trip to the pumpkin farm is on October 22.
  • The Ray School Class Fee is $85. Please turn in as soon as possible.
  • I am looking for a family to generously donate a crock pot for Friday when we make applesauce. I need it by Thursday and will have it back to you by Monday, all clean! Email me if you can donate.
  • I am also looking for a family to peel, core, and dice a dozen apples for our applesauce. Email me if you can help.


Feel free to email me with any questions or comments.

Thanks,

Ms. Maltz

Please turn in the field trip permission slip and money as soon as possible. It is very helpful if it is exact change. Some students have turned in the money but not the permission slip or the permission slip but not the money. Everything needs to be turned in by Monday. If you need another permission slip please let me know.

We have started our study of apples. Today we learned about the parts of an apple. Each student drew a tree as a background. They got very creative with this. Many students drew tree swings, some drew themselves under the tree eating an apple, others put the tree on a hill. Then they pasted on the apples parts. First came the skin or peel, next was the core, all students then put on two seeds, a stem, and finally a leaf. The product is amazing and hanging in the classroom.

Later this week, the students will use the words to label the apple.

Thank you to all the families that have let me know that they would generously like to donate apples. It is very much appreciated.

Please let me know if you would like to chaperone our pumpkin farm field trip on the 22nd. I can take four chaperones.

Just a reminder: the Ray School Class Fee is $85. Make any checks out to Ray School. Put them in the red folder; once received you will get a receipt.

I have not received all the forms that came home with the students at the beginning of the year. Please get those to me as soon as possible.