Archive for November 2012

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: look, at, my
Previous Sight Words: I, like, see, the, is, little, big, a, to, we, can, be, and
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: Ff
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh

Theme: Our theme this week is Leaves

  • The students will collect leaves at afternoon Brain Boost and later will create leaf rubbings.
  • Students will listen to the story, When the Leaf Blew In, then sequence 3-4 events from the story.
  • Students will once again collect leaves then we will graph them by color, size (big and little), shape, etc.
  • Students will listen to many fiction and non-fiction books about leaves and participate in discussions.


Journals:

  • Student will continue work in their November Journals.
  • I will encourage using our sight words and students writing one sentence 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 /f/.


Math:

  • Math Centers this week will be: making a shape collage, adding with pictures, graphing marshmallows of different shapes, and completing patterns.
  • Patterns All Around – Students will look around the room and draw patterns they find.
  • Students will play counting and number games like Follow the Leader and Simon Says.


Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Students will be be doing /f/ phonics practice and rainbow writing our sight words.
  • Art Center: Students will trace and cut out a leaf, then glue different colored tissue paper to it. This will make for lovely decorations in the classroom!
  • Math Center: Students will pull a card from a deck, read the number, then find a domino with the matching dots.
  • Read Around the Room: Students will find words in our classroom and in books that start with the letter /f/ and write them down.
  • Listening Center: Students will listen to a story then draw their favorite part.
  • ABC Center: Students will sequence picture cards.
  • Games Center:  Students will work on puzzles.
  • For reference, our literacy centers consist of listening center, writing center, art 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 do many different things at Teacher Time center. One day a week the groups work on phonics and sight words with me. That day they also take a picture walk through their weekly story. We work on the weekly story for two days and on the last day we work with a social studies text or do more phonemic awareness.
  • The students will create a class book completing the following sentence: Look at my ___________________ (to be filled in with an article of clothing they are wearing).
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Kite Flying. Our goal this week is sequencing.


Social Studies:

  • This week we will learn about groups around the world.


Reminders:

  • Continue talking to your child about appropriate behaviors when playing with other children and on the playground.
  • Friday, November 9th is a half day. Please pick your child up on the south playground at 12:15 pm. They will have breakfast and lunch, so please send money if buying.
  • Ray School students will be taking part in Junior Achievement on Thursday, November 8th. This is when business people trained in the Junior Achievement curriculum come in and teach most of the day. Kindergarten students will be doing a unit called “Ourselves” which teaches about different places people can work and go.
  • There is no school on Monday, November 12th due to Veteran’s Day.
  • Report Card Pick-Up is on Tuesday, November 13th. This is a non student attendance day. Please turn in your conference time sheet as soon as possible.
  • Thank you to the families that were able to make it out to our performance. The students did a wonderful job!

Ms. Maltz

Our librarian, Ms. Travis, very nicely dropped off new traveling library book bags for the students yesterday since we were not able to make it to Library. The new books will be coming home with the students today. Feel free to send any old traveling bags back to school if you are done with them. I will then get them to Ms. Travis.