Archive for January 6th 2013

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.


  • 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 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.


  • Ice melting – predictions.


  • 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