Archive for February 2013

If you are a boy, color the bow tie red.

If you are a girl, color the bow tie pink.

If you like Dr. Seuss books, color the hat red and white.

If you don’t like Dr. Seuss books, color the hat black and blue.

If you think hat and cat rhyme, color the nose black.

If you don’t think hat and cat rhyme, color the nose orange.

If you like Thing One and Thing Two, color the cat’s face brown.

If you don’t like Thing One and  Thing Two, leave the face white.

If you would like for the Cat in the Hat to visit at your house, color the cat brown.

If you wouldn’t like for him to visit your house, color the cat black.

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Room 104 Families,
Sight Words: find, two, too
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, he, she, go, they, up, of, what, now, love, how, here, one
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: Dd
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc, Ww, Aa, Ss, Bb, Vv, Oo

Theme: Our theme this week is Dr. Seuss

  • Students will listen to Cat In the Hat, then complete a glyph based on their feelings for Dr. Seuss things
  • Students will listen to There’s a Wocket in my Pocket then make up their own page of the story.
  • Students will listen to The Foot Book then make their own foot book.
  • Students will create their own cat in the hat.

Journals:

  • Student will complete work in their February Journals.
  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on words that begin with /d/, /dr/, and end with /d/.
  • My Many Colored Days.
  • A Silly Story.

Math:

  • What’s My Rule?
  • Place Value – Tens and Ones
  • Number Story – Stage 2
  • Two Digit Numbers
  • Math Centers – Tally marks and place value

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write the sight words and writing a letter to the cat in the hat persuading him to wear the hat they designed.
  • Art Center: Find our sight words in magazines.
  • Math Center: Adding by using unifix cubes and rolling dice.
  • Read Around the Room: Words that begin with /d/.
  • Listening Center: Listen to Miss Nelson is Missing then draw about the characters.
  • ABC Center: Sight words graphing.
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called I Love Bugs!. Our goals this week are conclusions and infer/predict. Our science lessons for the week will focus around this book and the little books during guided reading.
  • Students will complete a sort of words with the short /i/ in the middle and short /u/.

Social Studies:

  • Rosa Parks.
  • Using Resources.

Ray School Celebrates Black History Month:

  • Thursday, February 28th
  • 4:30 pm – Gallery Walk – Room 104’s bulletin board is entitled “My Dream”
  • 5:30 pm – Pot Luck
  • 6:30 pm – Poetry Slam
  • 7:30 pm – event ends

Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • Wednesday, February 27th is a half-day of school, students will be dismissed at 12:15 on the south playground having both breakfast and lunch at school.
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due on Wednesday, February 27th.
  • Ms. Maltz will not be at school on Thursday, February 28th, but I have many great things planned for the day.
  • Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd.
  • Wishlist – Plastic easter eggs.

Ms. Maltz

Today, we read the legend of George Washington and the cherry tree. After discussing what a legend is, the students wrote about a time when they had to be honest on a cherry. We then made this tree:

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Last week we made heart puzzles. The students put four things on the heart that they love then put it back together. They look great!

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Reminders: Wednesday is the 100th Day of School! Please remember to have your child wear their 100th day t-shirt and bring in 100 small items for snack to add to our witch’s brew.

Room 104 Families,
Sight Words: how, here, one
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, he, she, go, they, up, of, what, now, love
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: Oo – we will learn about the long and short sound
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc, Ww, Aa, Ss, Bb, Vv

Theme: Our theme this week is Presidents with a focus on Washington and Lincoln

  • Read the legend of the Cherry Tree, then make our own honesty tree. Students will write about a time they had to be honest.
  • Read a book about George Washington and then do a Beginning, Middle, End.
  • Read Abe Lincoln’s Hat, then the students will write about something they would like to keep in their hat.
  • Make a log cabin just like Abraham Lincoln lived in.
  • Compare and Contrast Washington and Lincoln
  • Make a book about what you need to be president.
  • In America We Are Free To…

100th Day:

  • Centers: Bubblegum machine with 100 circles, 100 dots, what can I do in 100 seconds, making a hat.
  • Other activities: use the numbers 1, 0, and 0 to make something, 100 day glasses, name pattern
  • Draw what you are going to look like at 100 years old and write about what you will be like and what you will be doing.

Journals:

  • Student will continue work in their February Journals.
  • We will write facts about George Washington.
  • We will write facts about Abraham Lincoln on a hat.
  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on the long /o/ sound, the short /o/ sound, and the /og/, /op/, /ot/, and /on/ word families.

Math:

  • The subtraction symbol.
  • Penny and quarter rubbings.
  • Presidential Piggy Bank – sort the coins by the president.
  • Work on tally marks.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write the sight words and If I were President.
  • Art Center: Students will complete a “I am 100 Days Smarter banner.”
  • Math Center: Penny heads or tails graphing.
  • Read Around the Room: Find and write words beginning with /o/ and/or have /o/ in the middle.
  • Listening Center: Students will listen to Pete the Cat Rocking Out in my School Shoes then write about something from the story and draw a picture.
  • ABC Center: Pop for phonics – a word family game we played at Teacher Time on Friday.
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called What is Science?. Our goals this week are details and summarizing. Our science lessons for the week will focus around this book.

Social Studies:

  • Washington and Lincoln activities.

Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • The 100th Day of School is on Wednesday, February 20th! If you would like to volunteer for our centers from 9:30 to 11:15 am please email me. Remember to have the students wear their 100th Day shirts and bring in 100 items of food for our snack that day.
  • Wednesday, February 27th is a half-day of school, students will be dismissed at 12:15 on the south playground having both breakfast and lunch at school.
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due on Wednesday, February 27th.
  • Wishlist – Plastic easter eggs.

Ms. Maltz

Dear Parents,

100’s Day is February 20th….next Wednesday!! The kids are really excited about the 100th day of school. The day will be packed full of fun 100’s day projects. We need your help!

**Every student needs to count out 100 snack items and bring them in a big Ziplock bag on the 100th day of school. Here are a few ideas for 100 snacks: chocolate chips, goldfish, gummy bears, cheese balls, cheese its, cheerios, fruit loops, gummy worms, etc. We will make a witches brew out of all the snack items and share them with everyone.

**Decorate a 100’s day shirt with your child. Draw, paint, puff paint, stamp, or glue 100 items onto a white shirt and they will wear it to school on 100’s day. Trust us, students will LOVE this shirt and never want to take it off! Here are a few ideas: googly eyes, beads, ribbons, stickers, paint, stars, etc.

**We need volunteers from 9:30-11:15. We will be doing some great centers and we need your help. If you can volunteer please email me. Each class needs at least 4 volunteers.

100 thanks,

The Kindergarten Team

Thanks to the families who donated snack. It is very much appreciated.

Wish List:

  • gallon size ziplock bags
  • plastic Easter eggs – these will make for a fun ABC center activity

We have run out of snacks. I send home 3-4 letters a week asking for snack and lately only 1-2 of those families are donating snack. Luckily we had a lot of reserves and have been able to use those but that has almost completely run out. I try to send the letters home early in the week to give people time to shop and you should bring in the snack by Monday or Tuesday of the following week.

Snacks should:

  • be healthy
  • contain NO peanuts
  • be something the students can eat easily while playing – nothing they have to peel
  • have enough for 22 students

Thanks!

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: what, now, love
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, he, she, go, they, up, of
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: Vv
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc, Ww, Aa, Ss, Bb

Theme: Our theme this week is Valentine’s Day

  • Students will make a book on “How to Make a Card”.
  • Students will make their Valentine Bags to collect valentines from their classmates.
  • Valentine Puzzle – Students will color in a heart puzzle and write in four things they love, they will then cut it apart and put it back together.
  • Practice Writing Letters – The students will write a valentine postcard, they will write who it is to, from, the letter, and draw a picture.


Journals:

  • Student will start work in their February Journals.
  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on /v/ and the cvc (consonant vowel consonant) spelling pattern. One day we will list words that begin with /v/, another day we will practice chopping out cvc words, ex: cat, ham, sit, pot, hen, fun. Students will also get to write out the cvc words on white boards and spell them out loud.

Math:

  • Body and Rope Shapes.
  • Candy Heart Graphing and Tallies.
  • Greater than, less than, or equal to with love bugs.
  • Shape Comparisons.


Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write the sight words and complete a valentine letter.
  • Art Center: Students will create a symmetrical valentine picture.
  • Math Center: Adding objects.
  • Read Around the Room: Find and write words beginning with /v/.
  • Listening Center: Students will listen to Pete the Cat Rocking Out in my School Shoes then will do a beginning, middle, end.
  • ABC Center: Students will roll a dice and graph the sight word that goes with the number on the dice.
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called What a Beautiful Sky!. Our goals this week are sequencing and analyze/evaluate.


Social Studies:

  • Character Education – We Feel Feelings in Our Bodies
  • Using Resources.
  • My skin is as _____________ as ________________.
  • Harriet Tubman.


Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • There is no school on Tuesday, February 12th for Lincoln’s Birthday
  • Valentine’s Day is on Thursday, February 14th – our class party will be from 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm. Thank you to all the families who are donating supplies for the party, I am still looking for someone to donate drinks. Please do not have students write names in the “to” section on their valentines, just who they are from.
  • The 100th Day of School is on Wednesday, February 20th – more information to come.
  • Wednesday, February 27th is a half-day of school, students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on the south playground having both breakfast and lunch at school.
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due on Wednesday, February 27th.


Ms. Maltz

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Dear Kindergarten Families,

Next Thursday, we will have a Valentine’s Day party. It will be from 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm. If your child chooses to bring Valentine’s Day cards, please only write who it is from and not the other student’s name. We will be making Valentine Bags in class to collect the cards. Please let me know of you would like to volunteer or bring any items in and I will email you with the item you can bring.

Thank you!

Please let me know if you can volunteer or bring any of the following:

  • cupcakes
  • drinks
  • plates
  • napkins

Second quarter report cards were sent home in student folders and backpacks along with dibels reading assessment results and NWEA results. Unfortunately, dibels math does not have a parent report to send home. If you would like to know the specifics on your child’s results, just email me or send a note. A letter about Valentine’s Day was also sent home. For reference I will also post that note on this blog by tomorrow.

Second quarter report cards will be sent home tomorrow in each student’s folder. Please take time to look over the report card and let me know if there is anything that needs to be talked about in more detail. I will be happy to meet.

Along with the report card recent assessments will also be attached. The first is the NWEA assessment. This is the assessment the students take on the computer in reading and math. Areas of strength in both subjects are highlighted in green and areas of possible concern are highlighted in yellow. The sheet is confusing, so please email or send a note with any question or comments.

The other assessment is dibels which has multiple components in both reading and math. I have one more student to complete in this assessment, which I plan to get done tomorrow and print the results to send home. If I am not able to complete it, the results will be sent home once all students have been assessed.

For dibels math – each assessment is one minute

  • counting
  • number identification
  • missing number (16, _, 18)
  • quantity discrimination – which number in a pair is bigger

The following reading assessments are each done in one minute:

  • letter naming
  • first sound fluency – I give the student a word and they have to tell me the first sound – moon = /m/
  • phoneme segmentation – I give the student a word and they tell me all the sounds – fan = /f/ /a/ /n/
  • nonsense word – students are to read pretend words using their phonemic awareness skills, they call read the whole word or tell the sounds, whole word is preferred

Text Reading Comprehension

  • This assesses the reading level of the student, most levels have students reading and answering comprehension questions
  • Word reading list – students read sight words in isolation

Right now, I cannot remember exactly what is on the parent report for dibels. If there is anything specific you would like to know that you do not see on the report I will be happy to share it.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: they, up, of
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, he, she, go
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: Bb
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc, Ww, Aa, Ss

Theme: Our theme this week is bears – we will focus on polar bears, grizzly bears, and panda bears

  • We will read books about polar bears, then label a big picture and write facts on the page. The students will then write about where the polar bear lives, the name of the babies, and what they eat.
  • We will read books about grizzly bears, then label a big picture and write facts on the page. The students will then write about where the grizzly bear lives, the name of the babies, and what they eat.
  • We will read books about panda bears, then label a big picture and write facts on the page. The students will then write about where the panda bear lives, the name of the babies, and what they eat.
  • Students will work in pairs to complete a Venn Diagram of polar bears and panda bears.
  • After coloring in a picture of the world, the students will cut out pictures of each bear and paste them where they live.

Journals:

  • Student will start work in their February 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 /b/ and /g/ blends, for example words that start with /br/, /bl/, /gr/, and /gl/. We will also make a list of the words we know that start with /b/.

Math:

  • Interrupted Counts – One student will start counting, when told to stop another student has to count from where was left off
  • Meet the Calculator
  • Teen Frame Game and Number line Mathematics
  • Roll and Record with Two Dice

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write the sight words and write about hibernating bears.
  • Art Center: Students will create their own grizzly bear by tearing paper.
  • Math Center: Gummy Bear Graphing.
  • Read Around the Room: Find words beginning with /b/.
  • Listening Center: Students will listen to Slippyjon Jones Class Action.
  • ABC Center: Students will match words to pictures.
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Turtle Splash!.  Our goals this week are Cause/Effect and Predict/Infer.

Social Studies:

  • Character Education – We Feel Feelings in Our Bodies
  • Students will learn about community workers.
  • Ruby Bridges.

Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • Report Cards will be sent home Wednesday, February 6th.
  • There is no school on Tuesday, February 12th for Lincoln’s Birthday
  • Valentine’s Day is on Thursday, February 14th – more information to come.
  • The 100th Day of School is on Wednesday, February 20th – more information to come.

Ms. Maltz