Archive for May 2013

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: seven, please, friend

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, them, mother, father, us, brother, sister, eat, home, away, from, first, after, again, could, six

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, Nn, Yy, Zz

Theme: Our theme this week is butterflies

  • Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and write down parts that were real and parts that were make believe

  • Read From Caterpillar to Butterfly and complete a KWL Chart (Know, Want to know, Learned)

  • Read Butterflies and sequence the life cycle with pictures and words

  • Read Life Cycles sequence the life cycle with pictures and words

  • Compare and contrast butterflies and moths.

Journals:

  • As part of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we will make our own caterpillar out of paper plates and students will write and draw something the caterpillar can eat

  • Independent Journals

  • If I Were A Butterfly…

  • All About Butterflies

  • Our phonics lessons this week will focus on short /e/ in the middle of cvc words, antonyms, and synonyms

Math:

  • Plus or Minus Game

  • Name Collections with Craft Sticks
  • Number Scrolls

  • Double Digits with Dice

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write our sight words and caterpillars and butterflies pick a prompt

  • Art Center: Make a symmetrical butterfly

  • Math Center: Time to the half hour

  • Listening Center: Listen to Where the Wild Things Are then draw a picture and write a sentence about the story

  • ABC Center: Roll a Sight Word

  • Read Around the Room: Students will find words that have short /e/ in the middle of cvc pattern words.

  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called You Can Do It, Curious George! Our goals this week are Story Structure and Infer/Predict

  • Short /e/ and short /o/ cvc word sort

Social Studies:

  • Land and Water on Earth

  • Models and Maps

  • Character Education – More Ways to Manage Strong Feelings

Reminders:

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

  • Wish List: glue sticks, gallon size ziplock bags, disinfectant wipes.

  • Parent Meeting for students going to first grade at Ray is on Monday, June 3rd at 6:00 pm.

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: again, could, six

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, them, mother, father, us, brother, sister, eat, home, away, from, first, after

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, Nn, Yy, Zz

 

Theme: Our theme this week is Asian Pacific Heritage Month

  • We will read about how Cherry Trees came to be in China and make our own out of watercolors and tissue paper.

  • We will read about sand art from India and make our own.

  • A parent guest speaker will come in and talk to us about Korea.

Journals:

  • We will focus on book responses this week; the funniest part, saddest part, and scariest part.

  • Students will write about what makes them special and what they are good at.

  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on inflected endings like /ing/, /s/, /es/, and /ed/.

Math:

  • Introduction to the quarter

  • Dice addition game

  • Time to the half hour

  • Tens and Ones with craft sticks (ex: I have _______ tens and ________ ones)

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write our sight words and a magic carpet ride (fantasy) pick a prompt.

  • Art Center: Q-tip art of a cherry tree.

  • Math Center: Tens and ones with craft sticks

  • Listening Center: Listen to Where the Wild Things Are then draw a picture of the characters.

  • ABC Center: Sequence of four events.

  • Read Around the Room: Students will find words that have short /i/ in the middle of cvc pattern words.

  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Something Special. Our goals this week are Cause/Effect and Visualize.

Social Studies:

  • Land and Water on Earth.

Reminders:

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

  • Scholastic Book Club Orders are due on Friday, May 31st. This is the last book order of the school year. Think about your summer reading!

  • No School Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.

  • Let me know if you would like to volunteer your time in Room 104 during our literacy centers and math. I am looking for volunteers daily until 11:15 am. You can come for any or all of that time.

  • Wish List: glue sticks, gallon size ziplock bags, disinfectant wipes.

  • We will have two wonderful assemblies this week, one is Chinese drummers and the other is the third grade play.

Ms. Maltz

May is Asian Pacific Heritage month and next week we will be studying different countries from the region. We will be specifically studying Korea, China, and Asia. We have some fun art related activities planned but would love to hear from people from those countries. If you would like to come in and speak to us about a tradition, travel, clothing, food, etc please let me know. You can bring in a book (good for kindergartners!), pictures, or store bought food. We will be doing this after lunch on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday but I am flexible on time if need be. Email me as soon as you can if you would like to come in and enhance in our study of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

We are in desperate need of glue sticks in Room 104. We have none. If you are willing and able please donate glue stick as soon as possible. They are very important to many of the things we do daily.

We now have snails and worms in our classroom. Ask your child about them, they are pretty cool!

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: from, first, after

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, them, mother, father, us, brother, sister, eat, home, away

Letter of the Week: We have completed all letters and will be focusing on the cvc (consonant vowel consonant) spelling pattern with a focus on the vowel in the middle, which in this pattern is short

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, Nn, Yy, Zz

Theme: Our theme this week is snails and worm

  • We will have two types of worms and one type of snail in our classroom starting this week!

  • We will learn about the parts of a snail, then make a snail and label the parts

  • The students will write about the parts of a snail and what those parts do

  • Complete an observation journal of the snails

  • Parts of a worm

  • Complete a worm tree map, focusing on what worms can do, have, and are

Journals:

  • Independent Journals with a focus on stories that have a beginning, middle, and end

  • Students will make their own version of Diary of a Worm, based on the book Diary of a Worm

  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on the cvc spelling pattern with a focus on short /a/ in the middle and changing the short vowel sound in the middle.

Math:

  • Writing number models for number stories

  • Make a class number storybook with addition models

  • Make a class number storybook with subtraction models

  • Money exchange

  • Math money cube

  • Division of whole objects into halves, fourths, and thirds- students will make a paper cookie and split it equally into halves, fourths, or thirds

  • Marshmallow and toothpick shapes

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write our sight words and at the pond pick a prompt.

  • Art Center: Use watercolors to make a worm and its habitat.

  • Math Center: Match it number sentences.

  • Listening Center: Listen to Arthur Goes to Camp.

  • ABC Center: Match a word to a picture.

  • Read Around the Room: Students will find words that have short /a/ in the middle of cvc pattern words.

  • During Teacher Time this week I will finish administering the end of the year dibels exam in both math and reading and administer the end of the year Reach assessment

Social Studies:

  • How the Sky Got Its Name (Legend).

Reminders:

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

  • Scholastic Book Club Orders are due on Friday, May 31st. This is the last book order of the school year.

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

  • No School Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.

  • Let me know if you would like to volunteer your time in Room 104 during our literacy centers and math. I am looking for volunteers daily until 11:15 am. You can come for any or all of that time.

  • Wish List: glue sticks, gallon size ziplock bags, disinfectant wipes.


Ms. Maltz

Sorry about the late posting, but the blog website was not working for me at home last night.

Our field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo is today! All students should have a completely disposable lunch and dress for the weather. Make sure you child is here on time as we will be leaving promptly at 9:30 am. Do not send money with your child as there will be no purchases (by chaperones or children). Thank you in advance to all the wonderful chaperones who have volunteered their time with us today. The students are really looking forward to this trip!

Ms. Maltz

I just wanted to let you all know that I will be taking a sick day tomorrow. As some of your children may have told you, I had no voice at the end of the day today. I have what appears to be a nasty sinus infection/cold and in my case that usually attacks my vocal cords and leaves me with no voice. Since I cannot speak, or really breathe for that matter, I will be taking the day off to rest and hope to be back to 100% on Thursday. I do not know who the substitute will be, but the other times I was absent this year the students have gotten a wonderful report from the sub. Thanks.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: eat, home, away

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, them, mother, father, us, brother, sister

Letter of the Week: Zz

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, Nn, Yy

Theme: Our theme this week is zoo animals

  • Complete a tree map about zebras, writing what they can do, have, and are

  • Compare and contrast lions and tigers

  • Complete a tree map about chimpanzees, writing what they can do, have, and are

  • Listen to I Love Animals and participate on a discussion

  • We will have a guest speaker come and talk to us about chimpanzees and what it is like to work with them

Journals:

  • Independent Journals

  • My Imaginary Animal – put two animals together and write about their habitat and what they can do

  • Monkeying Around – students will write a narrative about a time they did something silly

  • If you were a zookeeper…

  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on words that start with /z/ and coming up with sentences that start with the question words: who, what, where, when, why, and how.

Math:

  • Skip count by 2’s, 5‘s, and 10’s on the calculator

  • Identifying halves and wholes

  • After listening to Animals on Board we will work on solving word problems with pictures

  • Division of whole objects into halves – students will also make paper cookies, one with the chocolate chips split equally in half and on not

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write our sight words A Zaney Zoo pick a prompt.

  • Art Center: Make a zebra face with black paper and a paper plate.

  • Math Center: Halves.

  • Listening Center: Listen to Arthur’s Family Vacation.

  • ABC Center: Sight Word Graphing.

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

  • During Teacher Time this week I will administer the end of the year dibels exam in both math and reading

Social Studies:

  • How the Sky Got Its Name (Legend).

Reminders:

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

  • Scholastic Book Club Orders are due on Monday, May 13th.

  • Thank you to all the families for donating money so the students and I can choose books for our classroom from the book fair.

  • Our field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo is on Friday, May 17th. Students are to have a completely disposable lunch that day. Permission slips and money are due. I will be contacting chaperones this week.

  • No School Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.

  • Let me know if you would like to volunteer your time in Room 104 during our literacy centers and math. I am looking for volunteers daily until 11:15 am. You can come all or part of that time.

  • Our librarian, Mrs. Travis, has informed me that she will no longer be sending traveling library book bags home for the rest of the school year. If you have any traveling book bags at home it would be very helpful if they were returned. Students with the white bag will still be able to check out a book, if you have misplaced your white bag Ms. Travis will replace it if she receives a written note.

  • Wish List: glue sticks, gallon size ziplock bags, disinfectant wipes.

Ms. Maltz

Below are the pictures of the Insect Research Projects that were turned in:

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Field Trip permission slips and $5 cash fee are due Friday.

Tomorrow is a half day, students will be dismissed at 12:15 on the south playground having eaten lunch.

Family Science Projects (insect research) are due tomorrow. Please have your child bring in their poster tomorrow as we will be presenting the projects in the morning.

The Ray School Book Fair is going on until Friday in the basement. We visited this morning and the students will be able to go back and purchase books on Friday morning. It is open before and after school if you would like to visit with your child and buy some books then. There is also an online component this year.

Our classroom Scholastic Orders are due Monday, May 13th. There will be one more set of flyers sent home this year.

Please return field trip permission slips and the $5 fee as soon as possible. There are still chaperone spaces available. If you need another slip, let me know.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: us, sister, brother

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, them, mother, father

Letter of the Week: Yy

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, Nn

Theme: Our theme this week is ladybugs and dragonflies

  • Continue to sing the song about the structure of an insect’s body

  • Be an Entomologist, then do a tree map on what they can do, are, have, and study

  • Make a diagram of a ladybug

  • Make a dragonfly out of popsicle sticks and make a habitat for it

  • Read In the Tall, Tall Grass then make their own tall, tall grass and bugs to go with it

  • Read numerous fiction and non-fiction books about ladybugs, dragonflies, and insects

Journals:

  • Independent Journals

  • All about ladybugs

  • What is in your tall, tall grass? – to go along with the project made earlier

  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on words that start with /y/, end with /y/, and we will revisit /y/ as /i/ and /y/ as /e/.

Math:

  • Counting by 2’s

  • Insect subtraction

  • Insect measuring

  • Ladybug addition

  • Counting up and down by 10’s on a 100’s chart

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write our sight words and My Favorite Bug.

  • Art Center: Find our sight words in magazines, glue them, write them.

  • Math Center: Adding with 2 dice.

  • Listening Center: Listen to If You Give a Dog a Donut then write a sentence about the book and draw a picture.

  • ABC Center: Word Families.

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

  • During Teacher Time this week I will administer the end of the year dibels exam in both math and reading

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.

  • Scholastic Book Club Orders are due on Monday, May 13th.

  • Wednesday, May 8th is a half day. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on the south playground having eaten lunch at school.

  • 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 in the basement from May 6th – May 10th. We will go twice, 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.

  • Thank you to all the families for donating money so the students and I can choose books for our classroom from the book fair.

  • Our field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo is on Friday, May 17th. Permission slip and money are due on Friday, May 10th. Let me know if you would like to chaperone, there are still spaces available.

  • Let me know if you would like to volunteer your time in Room 104 during our literacy centers and math. I am looking for volunteers daily until 11:15 am.

  • Our librarian, Mrs. Travis, has informed me that she will no longer be sending traveling library book bags home for the rest of the school year. If you have any traveling book bags at home it would be very helpful if they were returned. Students with the white bag will still be able to check out a book, if you have misplaced your white bag Ms. Travis will replace it if she receives a written note.

  • Wish List: glue sticks, gallon size ziplock bags, disinfectant wipes.

Ms. Maltz

The Ray School Scholastic Book Fair will be here next week. Students in Room 104 will be able to purchase books on Friday during school, however the book fair is open before and after school all week for families to come and check it out. It is located in the teacher lunchroom in the basement.

Please consider donating coins or $1 bills to Room 104’s ALL FOR BOOKS donation. I will be able to use all the money we have collected to purchase some wonderful books for our classroom. Donations are due tomorrow, May 3rd. Please clearly mark the bag or envelope the donation comes in.

Let me know if you would like to volunteer your time in Room 104 during our literacy centers and math. I am looking for volunteers daily until 11:15 am.

Our librarian, Mrs. Travis, has informed me that she will no longer be sending traveling library book bags home for the rest of the school year. If you have any traveling book bags at home it would be very helpful if they were returned.

Wednesday, May 8th is a half day. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on the south playground. Students will have had lunch.

Wish List: glue sticks, gallon size ziplock bags, disinfectant wipes.