Archive for March 2013

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: Review Week – no new words this week

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, find, two, too, will, three, out, some, down, by, all, four, because

Letter of the Week: Review Week – no new letter this week

Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc, Ww, Aa, Ss, Bb, Vv, Oo, Dd, Rr, Qq, Uu

Theme: Our theme this week is Seeds

  • The students will learn about the parts of a seed.

  • We will make our own greenhouses in class – inside our greenhouses will be a wet paper towel and a lima bean, we will tape them to the window and watch the seed grow.

  • The students will sequence the growth of a seed and write about it.

  • We will be doing some fun addition with seeds.

  • We will also be reading to some great non fiction books about seeds.

Journals:

  • Students will work complete their Weather Journals.

  • April is poetry month so we will start focusing on different types of poems – this week the students will write a spring poem and an adjective poem describing themselves.

  • This week our phonics lessons will focus syllables, /i/ as /y/, /e/ as /y/, and chopping out cvc words.

Math:

  • This entire week will focus on time to the hour.

  • The students will be introduced to the clock play with their own little analog clock.

  • We will also learn about odd and even numbers and do number stories on whiteboards.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Favorite part of Spring Break and April Fools.

  • Art Center: Draw a picture of something that they did over Spring Break.

  • Math Center: Explore.

  • Listening Center: Listen to Gingerbread Man Loose in the School.

  • ABC Center: Making our sight word with wikki sticks.

  • During teacher time I will be administering the third quarter assessment to the students.

  • Read From Peanuts to Peanut Butter.

  • Syllable sort.

Social Studies:

  • Character Education – Same or Different.

  • Goods Around the World.

Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home link to the right.

  • April 12th is an early dismissal.

  • April 17th is Report Card Conferences, this is a non attendance day for students. Look for time request sheets to be sent home soon.

  • There will be no homework this week, but it is very important that each student continues to read 20 minutes a night, practice our sight words, and practice counting by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 100.

  • If you received a snack sheet the week before break – please remember to donate a snack tomorrow.

  • I hope everyone had a wonderful break, I know I did and am very excited to see everyone tomorrow morning.

Ms. Maltz

There will be no school next week due to Spring Break. I hope all the students get to have fun and relax but please also make sure your child is reading at least 20 minutes a day, practicing their sight words, and practicing counting by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 100.

Also, it was great seeing so many families at the Ray Festival last night. Thanks for coming out and participating in our school community and supporting the classrooms.

Have a great Spring Break!

Ms. Maltz

Wednesday, March 20th – Scholastic Orders due online or to me

Thursday, March 21st – Ray School Spirit Day, have your child wear green and white or Ray School clothes

Ray Festival

March 25 – 29 – Spring Break

Week of April 1st – I will be giving students the 3rd Quarter Assessment to help inform the report card, to see where they are, etc. All sight words we have learned so far will be tested. An updated version of our word wall is going home this week, please practice the words over break.

Friday, April 12th – Half Day, dismissal at 12:15 pm

Wednesday, April 17th – Report Card Conferences

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: all, four, because
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, find, two, too, will, three, out, some, down, by
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: Uu
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc, Ww, Aa, Ss, Bb, Vv, Oo, Dd, Rr, Qq

Theme: Our theme this week is Weather

  • Listen to It Looked Like Spilt Milk, we will make a class poster about the different clouds, then students will write about which cloud is their favorite.
  • Learn about wind and tornadoes.
  • Learn about rain.
  • Learn about storms like hurricanes and thunderstorms.
  • After reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs the students will color in a town, draw different foods falling on the town, and write about their picture.

Journals:

  • Student will work in their Weather Journals. Each day students will graph the weather outside and pick a different type of weather to write about.
  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on words that have the short /u/ in the beginning, short /u/ in the middle, long /u/, and the “magic e” which is silent and makes the vowel in the middle says it’s own name (long).

Math:

  • The Raft Game – 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s.
  • Standard and Nonstandard measurement with feet.
  • Tools for measuring length.
  • Math Centers – Number stories with raindrops, measuring.
  • We will also work this week on completing a 100’s chart – writing all the numbers from 0 to 100.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write the sight words and My Wish on a Four Leaf Clover.
  • Art Center: Make an umbrella.
  • Math Center: Measuring with cubes.
  • Read Around the Room: Words that have the letter /u/.
  • Listening Center: Listen to More Spaghetti, I Say! then write a sentence about the story and draw a picture.
  • ABC Center: Sequencing.
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery. Our goals this week are Sequencing and Visualizing.
  • The students will complete a word sort with the long and short sounds for /u/.

Social Studies:

  • Character Education – Same or Different.
  • Goods Around the World.

Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due on Wednesday, March 20th
  • Ray School Festival is on Thursday, March 21st.
  • Spring Break is March 25th – 29th.

Ms. Maltz

In connection with our study of fish, we have actual goldfish in Room 104 now.

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We have six goldfish that I plan to keep around as long as they are there. The students love having the fish in the classroom. The tank is right near the tissues, and I think the students are thinking of any excuse to get a tissue so they can watch the fish! We already observed the fish today and spoke about what they need to live and what is in their habitats. Each student is keeping a fish journal that will come home when the unit is complete with lots of great work done by them and fish information.

Room 104 Families,
Sight Words: some, down, by
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, find, two, too, will, three, out
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: Qq
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc, Ww, Aa, Ss, Bb, Vv, Oo, Dd, Rr

Theme: Our theme this week is Fish

  • We now have a fish tank in our room with actual fish (by Tuesday) for us to look at, take care of, and study during this multi-week unit.
  • Parts of a fish.
  • Caring For Fish.
  • Fish Habitats.
  • Comparing Guppies to Goldfish.

Journals:

  • Student will work in their March Journals.
  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on words that start with /q/, the letters /q/ and /u/, and short vowels in the middle of words.
  • Students will also spend this week working on the writing process while writing a narrative. They will draw a picture, do a beginning, middle, end, write their stories, edit them, and publish their final copy.

Math:

  • Fact Families.
  • How Big is a Foot?
  • Tally Marks.
  • Math Centers -Fact Families and Measurement.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write the sight words and When It Is Cold Outside…
  • Art Center: Make a fish out of a paper plate.
  • Math Center: Use wikki sticks to make numbers and shapes.
  • Read Around the Room: Words that begin with /q/.
  • Listening Center: Listen to More Spaghetti, I Say! then complete a first, then, next, last on the story.
  • ABC Center: Word Families.
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Sheep Take a Hike. Our goals this week are Cause/Effect and Questions.
  • After reading our main story for the second time, we will complete a cause and effect chart.
  • Listen to Nicky and the Rainy Day and do an activity with Cause and Effect.

Social Studies:

  • Feelings Change.
  • Goods Around the World.

Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due on Wednesday, March 20th
  • Ray School Festival is on Thursday, March 21st.
  • Spring Break is March 25th – 29th.

Ms. Maltz

Please sign up to volunteer at the Ray Festival on Thursday, March 21 – we need tons of volunteers to make this event a success! The event runs from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. The first volunteer shift is 5:00 – 6:45 PM. and the second shift is from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. We need people to collect admissions, provide security, sell tickets for activities, and sell food. All confirmed volunteers should report to the main office at the beginning of their shifts.

You can choose your shift and the job you’d like to do at the following link: http://vols.pt/PR8GKa.

If you have trouble accessing the site, please contact Chris Andrews (chistineandrews1223@comcast.net; 773-855-8803) to be signed up manually.

A letter will also be going in red folders today with this information.

Week of March 4

Room 104 Families,
Sight Words: will, three, out
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, find, two, too
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: Rr
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc, Ww, Aa, Ss, Bb, Vv, Oo, Dd

Theme: Our theme this week is Dr. Seuss

  • Students will listen to ABC, then make our own class ABC book.
  • Students will listen to Hop on Pop then do an activity with -at, -op, -it, and -ug word families.
  • Students will listen to Wacky Wednesday then draw a picture of something that is crazy and explain why.
  • Students will listen to Fox in Socks then design their own sock and describe the sock and who would wear it.
  • Students will listen to Green Eggs and Ham then eat our own version (pudding with green food coloring and sprinkles and nilla wafers. We will graph if we liked it or not.


On the following days please have your child wear:

  • Monday – Green and White and Ray School clothes for Ray Spirit Day
  • Tuesday – Favorite Hat
  • Wednesday – Dress wacky and creative
  • Thursday – Crazy Socks
  • Friday – PJ Day


Journals:

  • Student will work in their March Journals.
  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on words that begin with /r/ and I will introduce digraphs (two or more letter together that make a new sound), like /wh/, /th/, /ch/, and /ch/.
  • Wacky Menu.
  • A Silly Story.
  • I will eat them ___________________________ (pick a place just like in Green Eggs and Ham).

Math:

  • Patterns with craft sticks.
  • Measurement with feet
  • Guess My Number Game.
  • Count with Calculators
  • Math Centers – Graphing goldfish and goldfish number stories.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write the sight words and writing a letter to a friend.
  • Art Center: Create a crazy creature like the ones in Dr. Seuss books.
  • Math Center: Equivalent Dominoes.
  • Read Around the Room: Words that begin with /r/.
  • Listening Center: Listen to Miss Nelson is Missing then write a sentence about the story and draw a picture.
  • ABC Center: Matching uppercase and lowercase letters then practice writing them.
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called In the Big Blue Sea. Our goals this week are Author’s Purpose and Analyze/Evaluate. Our science lessons for the week will focus around this book and the little books during guided reading.
  • After reading our main story for the second time, we will complete a web of ocean animals.
  • Listen to One-Dog Canoe and do an activity with Author’s Purpose.

Social Studies:

  • Listen to Yurtle the Turtle and talk about being bossy.
  • From Farm to you Table.
  • Feelings Change.

Reminders:

  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home page to the right.
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due on Wednesday, March 20th – new flyers to be sent home soon.
  • Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd.
  • Ray School Festival is on Thursday, March 21st.
  • The Story Bus will be visiting us on Monday, March 4th.

Ms. Maltz