Archive for June 2013

Sorry this is a little late. I just wanted to thank all the families of Room 104 for a terrific year. This was a year of many obstacles and the students seemed to embrace and rise to every challenge. I am so happy with everything they accomplished and am looking forward to seeing them around the school as first graders.

Thanks again for all the wish list donations, field trip chaperones, classroom volunteers, and to those who helped me pack.

I hope all the students get to form amazing memories this summer and enjoy this wonderful city in the summertime, but please remember to read with them.

Keep up the good work!

Dear Kindergarten Families,

We cannot believe that school year is almost over and the students will be first graders soon! They have done an amazing job this year and we hope that they continue their work over the summer. Coming home you will find some workbooks. We encourage you to use these workbooks as a way to keep up with what they have learned this year.

Have a wonderful summer!

The Kindergarten Team

Room 104 Families,

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, seven, please, friend

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 Kindergarten Memories

  • We will read lots of books about the end of kindergarten and starting first grade

  • Each student will make a kindergarten memory book that reflects upon the year and looks into the future

Journals:

  • Independent Journals

  • Our phonics lessons this week will focus on short /u/ in the middle of cvc words and changing one sound in a cvc word

Math:

  • How Long is an Hour?

  • Introduction to the $1 Bill

  • Number Gymnastics Game

  • One-Dollar Game

  • Name Collection Posters

  • Introduction to the Function Machine

  • High Roller Game

  • Complete Number Scrolls

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: My Favorite Part of Kindergarten Was… and The Hardest Part of Kindergarten Was…

  • Art Center: Free art time

  • Math Center: Coin sorting and using different coins to add to the same value

  • Listening Center: Listen to Frog and Toad Together

  • ABC Center: Short vowel matching

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

  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten. Our goals this week are Understanding Characters and Summarizing

Reminders:

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

  • There will be no more homework this week. Continue to read 20 minutes a night and practice sight words, numbers, and writing.

  • The last day of school is Monday, June 24 and it is a full day. There will be an all school picnic that day!

  • Please let me know in advance if you know your child will not be here any days next week or the last day of school.

  • We have been told that all classrooms need to be completely packed up with all materials in boxes by the end of the school year. This is going to be a lot of work and I could use some help if anyone is willing. If you are able to spend any amount of time helping out during the day next week I would be more than grateful. I am also in need of a significant amount of boxes. If you happen to have any boxes just around of any size that you would be willing to donate that would make me very happy. Thanks in advance!

Ms. Maltz

We have been told that all classrooms need to be completely packed up with all materials in boxes by the end of the school year. This is going to be a lot of work and I could use some help if anyone is willing. If you are able to spend any amount of time helping out during the day next week I would be more than grateful. I am also in need of a significant amount of boxes. If you happen to have any boxes just around of any size that you would be willing to donate that would make me very happy.

Thanks in advance!

Coming home in folders today are results from the last reading dibels assessment of Kindergarten. The parent report has some good information but is not very detailed, and also has no information on the math assessment that was given. I am happy to give more detailed information through email or a meeting that we set up in advance. Also, in case you have misplaced the other two reports from fall and winter, I can show you the growth that has been made. I am happy to give suggestions on things that you can do at home over the summer to continue to help your child grow and/or bring them to the next level.

In regards to Text Reading Comprehension (TRC) which is shown on the bottom of the first page, level B is considered meeting the goal for the end of kindergarten. Any letter above that is called advanced and anything below {PC (Print Concepts), RB (Reading Behaviors)} is considered needing support.

Again, please feel free to email me any questions or to set up a time to meet.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: We have completed our sight words and will spend the rest of the year reviewing. Please continue to review at home.

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, seven, please, friend

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 dinosaurs

  • Read Terrible Tyrannosaurs then students will build their own dinosaur with marshmallows and toothpicks

  • Read Dinosaurs are Different and learn about carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores

  • Read What Happened to the Dinosaurs and complete a dinosaur glyph

  • Read Dinosaur Babies and compare our teeth to dinosaur teeth

  • Pretend to be a Paleontologist and dig for chocolate chips in cookies, then compare the number actually in the cookie to the number predicted before

Journals:

  • Listen to many fiction books about dinosaurs/with dinosaur characters before writing

  • Independent Journals

  • I Dreamed About a Dinosaur!

  • Dinosaur Sequencing and writing

  • Our phonics lessons this week will focus on short /o/ in the middle of cvc words, homophones, homonyms, and chopping out cvc words

Math:

  • What My Rule with Patterns? with dinosaur patterns

  • Numbers in Sequence

  • Dinosaur Measuring and Subtracting

  • Ones, Tens, Hundreds Game

  • Bead String Name Collection

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: A Great Story pick a prompt and Baby Dinosaur pick a prompt

  • Art Center: Make a dinosaur

  • Math Center: Making shapes on geoboards

  • Listening Center: Listen to Frog and Toad Together

  • ABC Center: Word Family Eggs

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

  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Look at Us!. Our goals this week are Main Ideas/Details and Questioningt

Social Studies:

  • Models and Maps

Reminders:

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

  • There will be no more homework this school year. Continue to read 20 minutes a night and practice sight words, numbers, and writing.

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

  • We will have a University of Chicago Senior Volunteer Event on Tuesday morning where the volunteers will teach us a lesson about cooking/nutrition.

  • The last day of school is Monday, June 24 and it is a full day. There will be an all school picnic that day! More details to come.

Ms. Maltz