Archive for April 2013

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: them, mother, father

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, make, but, as, five, good, that, very, let, any

Letter of the Week: Nn

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

Theme: Our theme this week is ants and bees

  • Learn a song about the structure of an insect’s body

  • Make a diagram of an insect

  • Complete an insect tree map: insects – can, have, are, eat

  • Complete a book about ant jobs

  • Complete a puzzle about any colonies

  • Complete a book about bee jobs

  • Insect sorting – wings or no wings

  • Compare and contrast ants and bees in a venn diagram

  • Read numerous fiction and non-fiction books about bees and ants

Journals:

  • Independent Journals

  • What Bugs You?

  • My Favorite Insect

  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on words that start with /n/ and we will revisit the word families of /an/, /en/, /in/, and /on/.

Math:

  • Coin Exchange

  • Divide Groups in Half

  • Missing Number 1-100

  • Comparison Number Stories

  • Insect Addition

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write our sight words and My Flower Journal.

  • Art Center: Create your own insect

  • Math Center: Equivalent Dominoes.

  • Listening Center: Listen to If You Give a Dog a Donut then draw the characters.

  • ABC Center: Short vowel matching/rhyming.

  • Read Around the Room: Students will find words that have an /n/ in the beginning around the room and in books and write them down.

  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Chameleon, Chameleon. Our goals this week are Conclusion and Monitor/Clarify.

  • Long and short /e/ sort.

Social Studies:

  • Character Education – Calming Down and Strong Feelings.

  • How the Sky Got Its Name (Legend).

Reminders:

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

  • Thank you to the wonderful chaperones we had for the aquarium field trip!

  • Wish List: disinfectant wipes and glue sticks
  • Scholastic Book Club Orders are due on Monday, May 13th.

  • Wednesday, May 8th is a half day.

  • Family Science Project (Insect Research) is due Wednesday, May 8th. All kindergarten classes will be presenting their projects to each other on that same day.

  • The Ray School Book Fair will be held in the teacher lunchroom from May 6th – May 10th. We will go twice that week, once so students can make their own wish list and again to purchase books (Friday, May 10th). The Book Fair is also open before and after school.

  • ONE FOR BOOKS DONATIONS: I have a container in the classroom where I will collect coins and $1 bill donations from Room 104 families which I will then get to spend on books for the classroom from the book fair that the students and I have picked out. The class that collects the most money by May 3rd will be rewarded with a pizza party sometime after the book fair is completed. If you would like to donate, please send $1 bills or coins with your child in an envelope or bag marked with “One for Books Donation”. Donations will be accepted through May 3rd.

  • Starting Monday, April 29th breakfast will no longer be served in the classroom. Breakfast will be served in the student lunchroom daily starting at 8:20 am, Morning Fitness still starts promptly at 8:45 am.

  • Snacks: Because of some little creatures with four legs that have decided they like Ray School, classrooms are no longer allowed to have food. Our refrigerator will be removed this week as well as our snack bin. However, the kindergarten team has decided we will still serve snack at afternoon Brain Boost. In order to do this, snack will have to be kept in the trunk of my car. Each day during lunch I will go to my car and bring in the snack the students will have during afternoon Brain Boost. Therefore, when donating a snack please make sure it is one that can handle being in the trunk of a car. I appreciate the fruit and vegetable snacks we have been getting, but they will not work in this current arrangement. I will still be sending snack letters home weekly and thank you for all the snack donations so far and in the future.

Ms. Maltz

Family Science Project 

Dear Room 104 Families,

Over the next 2 weeks we will be learning about insects.  We are really excited to get this unit kicked off on Monday.  For the first part of the week we will be looking at the structure of different insects and compare and contrast their body parts.  For the rest of the week we will specifically be studying the ant and bee.  We will be discussing habitat, insect job, predator, diet, etc.  We also have some fun insect math activities and great writing prompts planned too.  On Wednesday, May 8th all the kindergarten classes will be holding a small science fair for each of the other kindergarten classes.  The other classes will be walking around viewing each other’s chosen insect.  Your child will have a chance to talk about their research and findings.  So here is where you come in…you and your child research one insect and create a small poster board showing and describing his/her insect.

Here is what you need to include:

– Picture or drawing of insect

– habitat

– diet

– prey

– job of insect

– two interesting facts

Have FUN with this science project!  Get creative with what the presentation will look like.  Also, we ask that your child write everything.  (Remember that we spell phonetically in kindergarten)

The Kindergarten Team

Tomorrow is our field trip to the Shedd Aquarium! We are leaving promptly at 9:30 am, so it is very important that students come to school on time. All students need to have a completely disposable lunch. Thank you very much to our chaperones in advance. The students are really looking forward to this field trip.

New Scholastic Book orders are due on Monday, May 13th.

From the Ray School PTA: The PTA Scholastic Book Fair is here from May  6 – 10. We will be participating in ONE FOR BOOKS DONATION. I will have a box in the classroom in which Room 104 families can donate $1 bills and coins. Those donations will be totaled and I will be able to use it to pick books for our classroom! The classroom with the highest total will be rewarded with a pizza party in May.

Wish List: Disinfectant Wipes

Thanks,

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: very, let, any

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, make, but, as, five, good, that

Letter of the Week: Ll

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

Theme: Our theme this week is the 5 Senses

  • Label a person and where all the senses are – write words about those senses

  • Take a Nature Walk – write down things you see and hear while on the walk

  • Smell – things I like to smell; write, draw, and label

  • Taste Test!

  • Feely Box – feel different things in a box they cannot see

  • Make a flip chart on all the 5 sense

Journals:

  • We will learn how to write different invitations this week; like birthday, come to my classroom, and come to my house. We will also continue to independently journal.

  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on words that start with /l/ and we will revisit the word families of /at/, /et/, and /it/.

Math:

  • Picture graph of our favorite season.

  • I Spy with shapes.

  • Number order.

  • Intro to the dime.

 

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write our sight words and pick a prompt about healthy flowers.

  • Art Center: Students will trace and cut out their hand then glue on things that feel different.

  • Math Center: Counting and adding nickels and pennies.

  • Listening Center: Listen to Noisy Nora then write a sentence and draw a picture about the story.

  • ABC Center: Sequencing with four events.

  • Read Around the Room: Students will find word that have an /l/ in the beginning around the room and in books and write them down.

  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Zinnia’s Flower Garden. Our goals this week are Sequence of Events and Visualize.

Social Studies:

  • Character Education -Strong Feelings.

  • Where we live.

Reminders:

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

  • Our Field Trip to the Shedd Aquarium is on Wednesday, April 24th. Please pack completely disposable lunch as we will be eating at the aquarium. Also, make sure your student is on time that day. They will be here for the complete school day.

  • This is a fun video we have been using to learn our 3-D Shapes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9L9l86N-xM Beware, it will stay in your head for a long time!

  • Some of the greenhouses we made a few weeks ago are sprouting!

  • On Earth Day (Monday) we will walk around the playground and clean up any trash that may be on the ground.

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: five, good, that

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, make, but, as

Letter of the Week: Ee

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

Theme: Our theme this week is Earth Day

  • We will read many books about Earth Day, recycling, and going green.

  • Do a recycle/trash sort.

  • Help Our Earth…prompt.

  • Coffee Filter promise.

  • A flipbook about different ways to help our planet.

Journals:

  • 4 Ways I Can Help Our Earth; I will, I will not pledge, independent journaling.

  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on words that start with /e/ and we will revisit the digraphs of /ch/, /th/, and /sh/.

Math:

  • Introduction to the penny.

  • Introduction to the nickel.

  • Solid/3-D shapes.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write our sight words and I can Help our Earth by…

  • Art Center: Color a picture that teaches us how to help the earth.

  • Math Center: Connecting Cubes Counting – Adding.

  • Listening Center: Listen to Noisy Nora and do a beginning, middle, end.

  • ABC Center: Roll a sight word.

  • Read Around the Room: Students will find word that have an /e/ in the beginning around the room and in books and write them down.

  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Leo the Late Bloomer. Our goals this week are Story Structure and Analyze/Evaluate.

Social Studies:

  • Character Education – Accidents.

  • Where we live.

Reminders:

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

  • I will not be at school on Monday, April 15th because I will be at the funeral of my boyfriend’s father.

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due to me or online by Tuesday, April 16th.

  • Wednesday, April 17th is Report Card Conferences, a schedule was posted in a previous post. Please let me know of any conflicts.

  • A field trip to the Shedd Aquarium is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24th. Look for information to come home about that soon.

Ms. Maltz

Friday, April 12th is a half day. Students will be dismissed to the south playground at 12:15 pm having eaten both breakfast and lunch at school.

Scholastic Book Club orders are due on April 16th.

Conference times are below for April 17th, please let me know of any conflicts.

12:00 Kenyan

12:10 JunJie

12:20 Zane

12:30 Richard

12:40 Edy

12:50 Jamil

1:00 Yul

1:10 Jessie

1:20 Wendy

1:30 Sophia

1:40 Jacqueline

1:50 Justin

2:00 Ben

2:10 Amir

2:20 Armand

2:30 Mariyah

2:50 Emanuel

4:40 Lily

5:00 Joanna

5:20 Jiho

5:30 Carl

5:40 Jordan

 

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: make, as, but

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: Xx

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 Flowers

  • Read The Carrot Seed the complete a carrot growing sequence activity.

  • Sequence the growing of a plant and write about it.

  • Read Tops and Bottoms and do a related activity.

  • Learn about the parts of a flower and make a flower flipbook.

Journals:

  • We are starting different types of journals this week. From now on the students will have a writing folder where they can independently work during Journal time at their own pace.

  • April is poetry month and we will continue to focus on different types of poems – this week we will write a couplet and a Who am I? poem about either a vegetable or fruit.

  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on words that start with /x/ or /ex/, compound words, and abc order.

  • We will also focus on list writing, this week the students will write a list of things that grow from the ground.

 

Math:

  • Attribute Spinner Game.

  • Intro to the Number Grid.

  • Number Grid Search Game.

  • Measuring.

  • Math centers – measuring, time to hour matching, seed addition.

 

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write our sight words and Signs of Spring.

  • Art Center: Make a flower with all its parts.

  • Math Center: Time to the hour.

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

  • ABC Center: Rhyming words.

  • Read Around the Room: Students will find word that have an /x/ around the room and in books and write them down.

  • Making Words.

  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called The Best of Friends. Our goals this week are Understanding Characters and Infer/Predict.

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 above.

  • Friday, April 12th is an early dismissal. The students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on the south playground having eaten both breakfast and lunch at school.

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due to me or online by Tuesday, April 16th.

  • Wednesday, April 17th is Report Card Conferences, this is a non attendance day for students.The following are my available conference times: 1:40, 1:50, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, 4:00, 4:10, 4:20, 4:30, 4:40, 4:50, 5:00, 5:10, and 5:30. Please turn in your request sheet as soon as possible or email me with your request.

Ms. Maltz

April is National Poetry Month and today we got started by writing our Spring is… poems. We will be doing a couple poems a week for the rest of the month. We are also doing a lot of poetry read alouds. Check out our great work:

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So far I have received 10 report card pick up conference requests forms back. Please turn your paper in as soon as possible. The times that are left are: 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, 4:00, 4:10, 4:20, 4:30, 4:40, 4:50, 5:00, 5:10, 5:20, 5:30, and 5:40.

Dates to remember:

April 12 – Half Day

April 16 – Scholastic Books orders due

April 17 – Report Card Pick Up

As part of our study of seeds the students made their own greenhouses today. Ask them how they made it, you may be surprised how simple it is. We put them on many of the windows in order to see on which one they grow the best. Below are some of the greenhouses:

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It is hard to see how well the students decorated their greenhouses because of the sun in the background of the pictures, but they all look great. Hopefully we will be seeing activity in the greenhouses soon!