Archive for January 12th 2013

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.


  • 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 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.


  • 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!)