Archive for January 2013

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FYI – the students did absolutely fabulous this week with their study of penguins. Ask them some facts – you will be amazed! Of all the types we learned about the favorite seemed to be the Macaroni Penguin followed closely by the Chinstrap, Yellow-Eyed, and Emperor. I hope they will be just as excited and interested in bears when we study them next week.

School Improvement Days

February 1 – No School

February 27 – Half Day 12:15 Dismissal

Holiday

Lincoln’s Birthday – No School February 12

Report Card Distribution

February 6 – They will be sent home with the students

February 18 – School in Session – make up day

Principal’s Coffee

February 22 9:30 a.m. – all invited

 

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: he, she, go
Previous Sight Words: I, like, see, the, is, little, big, a, to, we, can, be, and, look, at, my, you, are, for, am, in, on, no, it, this, said, run, do, want, play, yes, was, if, would, come, have, me, went, with, help
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: Ss – can make two sounds /s/ and /z/
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc, Ww, Aa

Theme: Our theme this week is penguins

  • Students will learn the parts of a penguin, make the penguin, and label the penguin
  • Learn about the habitat of a penguin, how they move (we will waddle everywhere we go this day!), and what they eat
  • Read about then write about what penguins have and what they can do – we will make a tree map
  • Learn about the predators and prey of the penguin
  • For the last two activities the students will also complete a new non-fiction graphic organizer for writing called “four square”

Journals:

  • Student will complete work in their January Journals.
  • I will encourage using our sight words and students writing one or two sentences to describe their picture. We are also now labeling all parts of our pictures.
  • Students are now encouraged to independently chop out and write the words. We do phonemic awareness mini lessons everyday before journaling to help and inspire the students to chop out words on their own. This week our phonics lessons will focus on /s/ blends, for example words that start with /sn/, /sk/, /sl/, and /scr/.

Math:

  • Learn more about the addition symbol
  • Follow my pattern
  • Teen Fram Game and Number line Mathematics
  • We will read a story about groundhogs and complete a groundhog prediction graph where the students will predict if the groundhog will see his shadow or not

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write the sight words and write the steps on how to draw a penguin.
  • Art Center: Students will create their own penguin.
  • Math Center: Top-It.
  • Read Around the Room: Find words beginning with /s/.
  • Listening Center: Students will listen to The Mitten and draw their favorite animal from the book and a write a fact about the animal.
  • ABC Center: Students will match rhyming words and draw pictures of them.
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called What Color is Nature?.  Our goals this week are visualization and author’s purpose.

Social Studies:

  • Character Education – More Feelings
  • Students will learn about community workers.

Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • Scholastic Book Order are due online or to me by Jan. 28th. Any books ordered will be here in early February. Remember, this is a great way to get great and inexpensive books!
  • Second Quarter ends on Thursday, January 31st.
  • There is no school on Friday, February 1st for a teacher professional development day.


Ms. Maltz

Snowmen at Night

Snowmen at Night

At night my snowman...
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Venn Diagrams

Venn Diagrams

The students compared and contrasted The Hat and The Mitten, both by Jan Brett

The students compared and contrasted The Hat and The Mitten, both by Jan Brett

The exhibited great teamwork working in cooperative groups

They exhibited great teamwork working in cooperative groups

 

 

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: went, with, help
Previous Sight Words: I, like, see, the, is, little, big, a, to, we, can, be, and, look, at, my, you, are, for, am, in, on, no, it, this, said, run, do, want, play, yes, was, if, would, come, have, me
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: Aa – we will discuss the long and short sounds
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc, Ww

Theme: Our theme this week is animals in winter

  • The students will listen to The Hat by Jan Brett and sequence the events.
  • The students will listen to The Mitten by Jan Brett and sequence the events.
  • The students will compare and contrast The Hat and The Mitten making the own venn diagrams using pictures and words.
  • The students will listen to Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett and make a prediction on where they think the animal is hiding before we finish reading the book.

Journals:

  • Student will continue work in their January Journals.
  • I will encourage using our sight words and students writing one or two sentences to describe their picture. We are also now labeling all parts of our pictures.
  • Students are now encouraged to independently chop out and write the words. We do phonemic awareness mini lessons everyday before journaling to help and inspire the students to chop out words on their own. This week our phonics lessons will focus on the letter /a/ and how it makes a long and short sound. When the sound is short and when it is long.

Math:

  • Teen Frame Game.
  • Number Line Mathematics.
  • Top-It Card Game.
  • The Pattern-Block Templates.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write the sight words and write about their favorite winter time activities.
  • Art Center: Students will color and create their own hat like the one in The Hat by Jan Brett.
  • Math Center: The train game.
  • Read Around the Room: Find words beginning with /a/ or have the short sound /a/ in the middle.
  • Listening Center: Students will listen to The Mitten and draw a picture from the middle of the book.
  • ABC Center: Students will sequence cards into Beginning, Middle, and End then draw pictures for each and sentences.
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Snow.  Our goals this week are monitor/clarify and conclusions.

Social Studies:

  • Character Education – Empathy and Feelings
  • Students will learn about community stores and helpers.

Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • Scholastic Book Order are due online or to me by Jan. 28th. Any books ordered will be here in early February. Remember, this is a great way to get great and inexpensive books!
  • Second Quarter ends on Thursday, January 31st.
  • There is no school on Friday, February 1st for a teacher professional development day.


Ms. Maltz

Starting second semester, the first week of February, I will start using the rubric below to grade student writing. There are six traits the rubric focuses on, however only one trait will be graded for each writing assignment. I will explain the traits to the students: colors, action, words, spaces, letters, and lines and let them know which one will be focused on for that writing. You will also see on the top of the writing which trait was focused on and how many stars the work got.

This post is also posted to the pages on the right.

Our librarian has informed the teachers that a massive amount of library books are not being returned. She says there are not enough books to continue to hand out the traveling bags every week. Please return all books and bags from home as soon as possible. We now have library on Fridays.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: have, come, me
Previous Sight Words: I, like, see, the, is, little, big, a, to, we, can, be, and, look, at, my, you, are, for, am, in, on, no, it, this, said, run, do, want, play, yes, was, if, would
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: Ww
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc

Theme: Our themes this week are Winter/Snowmen and Martin Luther King.

  • The students will listen to Snowmen at Night and make a snowman out of tearing different colored paper, they will also use their imagination to write about what their snowman would do at night.
  • Each student will create a how-to book about sledding with four steps: first, then, next, last.
  • The students will listen to Sneezy the Snowman then create a cause and effect about how their snowman melted. They will make a melted snowman and write why he melted.
  • The students will listen to a story about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and complete a writing activity about their dream for people and how it can come true.
  • The students will listen to a story about MLK then write what they dream to be when they grow up.
  • The students will listen to a story about MLK then sequence it into beginning, middle, and end.
  • The students will make a book with their handprints on the front and their dream on the inside.

Journals:

  • Student will continue work in their January Journals.
  • I will encourage using our sight words and students writing one or two sentences to describe their picture. We are also now labeling all parts of our pictures.
  • Students are now encouraged to independently chop out and write the words. We do phonemic awareness mini lessons everyday before journaling to help and inspire the students to chop out words on their own. This week our phonics lessons will focus on word families, for example -it, -is, -in, -ig, -if.

Math:

  • Math Centers this week will be: create your own story problem using dice, explore the pan balance, pull a shape block and make that on the geoboard, and make different patterns on a mitten.
  • Pan Balance – Leveling.
  • Train Games – adding unifix cubes.
  • Graphing.
  • Counting by 10’s.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write the sight words and we have big dreams.
  • Art Center: I Can Dream Big Like Dr. King.
  • Math Center: Pull a card and build that number with unifix cubes.
  • Read Around the Room: Find words beginning with /w/.
  • Listening Center: Students will listen to Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mittens then draw a picture for first, then, next, and last using the seasons.
  • ABC Center: Phonics word cards.
  • The students will create a class book completing the following sentence: I have a ______________________. (to be filled in with a piece of winter clothing)
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Jump Into January.  Our goals this week are compare/contrast and questioning.

Social Studies:

  • We will continue our lessons on empathy. The Character Education curriculum we are using is called Second Step.

Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • Scholastic Book Order are due online or to me by Jan. 28th. Any books ordered will be here in early February. Remember, this is a great way to get great and inexpensive books!
  • There is no school on Monday, January 21st in observation of Martin Luther King Day.
  • The January Home Project is due on Tuesday, January 15th.
  • Thank you to the families who have donated items from the wish list!


Ms. Maltz

The students did a great job making their snowman glyphs on Friday. They really had their listening ears on and followed all the steps exactly. Check it out:

(only two of the pictures will upload – sorry!)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week, we read the story Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. In the story, children wait for a ‘perfect snowball day’ to build a snowman using some things they had saved throughout the year. The illustrations are adorable and hopefully have sparked some ideas for your child’s ‘Winter Snowman Collage!’

For our January Home Project, we are asking that students work with their families to create a paper snowman using various objects. Students may want to make a snowdad, a snowmom, a baby snowman, a snowcat, etc. Will your snowman have a scarf, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hat, arms, etc.? Your family gets to decide!

What types of objects could your family use? To get you started, here are some ideas for common objects that you might have lying around… seeds, popcorn, raisins, peanuts, kernels of corn, ribbons, string, buttons, bottle caps, plastic forks, sticks, etc. Whatever you find!

Students will share their ‘Winter Snowman Collage’ with the class. For extra fun, have your child write about their snowman and attach the writing to their home project.

This project is due: Tuesday, January 15th.

Have fun and stay warm!

Sincerely,

Ms.  Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: Review of previous sight words
Previous Sight Words: I, like, see, the, is, little, big, a, to, we, can, be, and, look, at, my, you, are, for, am, in, on, no, it, this, said, run, do, want, play, yes, was, if, would                     
Letter of the Week: Review of previous letters
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc

Theme: Our theme this week is Winter and Snowmen

  • The students will listen to The Snowy Day and sequence it.
  • The students will listen to All You Need for a Snowman then sequence and write about what happen first, then, next, and last.
  • The students will listen to The Jacket I Wear in the Snow then cut out all the clothes you have to wear when playing in the snow. They will glue them on a paper person in order and label all the pieces.
  • We will be doing snowmen glyphs, all will be different based on how the students answer specific questions.

Journals:

  • Student will continue work in their January Journals.
  • I will encourage using our sight words and students writing one or two sentences to describe their picture. We are also now labeling all parts of our pictures.
  • Students are now encouraged to independently chop out and write the words. We do phonemic awareness mini lessons everyday before journaling to help and inspire the students to chop out words on their own. This week our phonics lessons will focus on word families, for example -at, -ad, -an, -ag, -am.

Math:

  • Math Centers this week will be: Rolling a dice and graphing the results, tracks in the snow patterns, monster squeeze with partners, explore the remaining math centers.
  • Pocket Problems.
  • Number Card Game.
  • Probability Stories – the students will be introduced to certain, impossible, and possible.
  • Probability Tray.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Sequence and write about a snowman from being build to melting and write a first, then, next, last about everything you have to wear when it is cold.
  • Art Center: Students will create a winter scene with black paper and chalk.
  • Math Center: Match dominoes to number cards.
  • Read Around the Room: Review – look for words that begin with /c/, /m/, /g/, /i/, and /t/.
  • Listening Center: The students will listen to Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mittens (a book about seasons) then draw themselves and what they wear during their favorite season.
  • ABC Center: Phonics cards.
  • Students will be listening to many read alouds about winter and snowmen.


Social Studies:

  • A biography of Benjamin Franklin.
  • Living with Freedom.
  • For character education this week students will learn about and do activities dealing with empathy.

Science:

  • Ice melting – predictions.

Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • With the cold weather, please make sure that your child is mostly independent in putting on all their outside gear; zipping included. It takes away both instruction and outside play time when myself and the “helper students” each have to get numerous students dressed.
  • There will be NO HOMEWORK this week. Please take this opportunity to review all previous sight words and letters, and also practice counting.
  • The flu season has hit Chicago hard this year. Please err on the side of caution when thinking about sending a child to school who does not feel well. Children should be fever free for 24 hours before coming back to school.
  • New Scholastic Book Order flyers are being sent home this week. The orders are due online or to me by Monday, Jan. 28th. Any books ordered will be here in early February. Remember, this is a great way to get great and inexpensive books! All orders help the classroom earn points to get new books and resources as well.

Ms. Maltz

Hello 104 Families!

I hope that all Room 104 families had a nice holiday season with family and friends. There is a lot happening when we get back so I hope all the students are nice and rested, I know I am!

  • Ray School starts a new schedule tomorrow, which was sent home before break. School still starts promptly at 8:45 am with Morning Fitness, we are outside weather permitting otherwise we exercise in the classroom. Students who arrive later than 8:45 am will be marked tardy.
  • I will add a schedule page to the right asap, but for reference here is our new specials schedule: Monday – Computer Lab, Tuesday – Spanish, Wednesday – Music (every other) and PE, Thursday – Art, Friday – Library (bring books back every Friday). Specials are daily from 2:30-3:30 except Music which is 1:00 – 1:45.
  • For tomorrow only there will be a change in the schedule for the whole school – there will be an abbreviated Morning Fitness then an all school assembly in the auditorium to kick off 2013.
  • Birthdays – We have many birthdays coming up in our classroom and the new schedule poses a little challenge with the celebrations. I am thinking the best time to start birthdays is between 2:00 and 2:15, just before specials. I know this may be tricky for working families, so we can work out the times on an individual basis. Please contact me two weeks before your child’s birthday or half birthday so we can plan accordingly. If you are unable to make it anytime, we can arrange for you to send treats that day so the student still get their special time.
  • Wish list – paper plates, plastic cups, disinfecting wipes
  • Continue to check the Things To Be Worked On At Home page to the right as it is continually updated. When we get back I will be assessing the students on their sight word knowledge, letter names and sounds, and counting by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s as hight as they can – please work on these things at home. A complete sight word list so far was sent home before break and the words are also on this site.
  • Absences – please send a note upon your child’s return to school with the date of absence, reason, and parent/guardian signature.
  • Lastly, thank you so much to all the families who donated all the supplies and their time to our holiday celebration. That was greatly appreciated. The students had such a great time and were completely engaged which would not have been possible without the amazing volunteers and the supplies. Thanks again!
  • Looking froward to seeing everyone tomorrow!