Archive for May 18th 2013

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


  • 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.


  • 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).


  • 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