Archive for September 2013

Room 104 really likes red apples!

 

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We also graphed the apples that were brought into class and once again red was the most.

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: is, here

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, a, can, see, the

We will use and write them in sentences. We will also learn sight word songs.

Letter of the Week: Ff

Previous Letters: Ll, Aa

Remember to have your child cut out images from the newspaper or magazines that begin with our letter of the week so we can make our letter collage/book throughout the week.

Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Hello Greeting, Telegraph Activity, and Favorite Food Sharing.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • We will rotate between read to self, read to someone, and word work centers

  • Complete the predictable sentence of “Is  _____ here today?” to be filled in with a fellow student’s name. Students will cut out the words and glue them in order

  • List words that begin with /f/ that are found around the room

  • Practice writing uppercase and lowercase /f/

  • Rainbow write our sight words

  • Match uppercase and lowercase letters

  • For our Journeys curriculum students will listen to a read aloud of Please, Puppy, Please and our skills are understanding characters and setting. Students will draw pictures of the characters and setting.

  • Listen to read alouds and participate in class discussions.

  • Practice our Who Let the Letters Out? song. It is linked on The Things to Work on at Home page above.

Math:

  • Number Boards

  • Tricky Teens

  • Listen and Do (11-19)

  • Teen Partners

  • For math, after we complete our math survey we do a whole group lesson on the above topic. Students then rotate between centers with their tables. One table is the above topics and this week the other centers will include: construction teen buildings, ordering numbers, one-to-one correspondence, spin/read/write teen numbers, and fingerprint apples

Writing:

  • Students will be continue to independent journal this week. We will use our how to make a wow picture anchor chart and our list of topics to write/draw about. This week students will continue labeling parts of their pictures. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures and the students who can write words will be encouraged to do so. All students will be encouraged to draw pictures dealing with our sight words so they can use those words in sentences.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Our theme this week is Apples

  • Apple Germ Experiment

  • Apple Measuring

  • Apple Patterns

  • Johnny Appleseed and color by sight word

  • We will make applesauce in the morning and cook it in a slow cooker to be eaten by theme time

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link to above.

  • Once we get our routines down I hope people will be able to volunteer in the classroom during our morning literacy block (until lunch/recess) and math. I will let you know when the time comes.

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: see, the

    Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, a, can

    We will use and write them in sentences. We will also learn sight word songs.

Letter of the Week: Aa

    Previous Letters: Ll

    Remember to have your child cut out images from the newspaper or magazines that begin with our letter of the week so we can        make our letter collage/book throughout the week.

Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Rhythm Greeting, Follow the Leader Activity, and Favorite Color Sharing.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • We will rotate between read to self, read to someone, and word work centers

  • Complete the predictable sentence of “I see the  _____ apple” with red, green, or yellow. Students will cut out the words and glue them in order

  • List words that begin with short /a/ that are found around the room

  • Practice writing uppercase and lowercase /a/

  • Rainbow write our sight words

  • Match uppercase and lowercase letters

  • Create simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant [cat, sit, man]) words

  • For our Journeys curriculum students will listen to a read aloud of How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? and our skills are understanding characters and infer/predict. To show they understand the characters the students will act out the emotions of the characters.

  • Listen to read alouds and participate in class discussions.

  • Practice our Who Let the Letters Out? song. It is linked on The Things to Work on at Home page above.

  • I will also  finish administering individual dibels assessment this week. Results will be sent very soon.

Math:

  • Number writing

  • Apple stamping ABC patterns

  • Matching coin game

  • Apple graphing

  • Most days math works in a center rotation. With their tables students travel to different activities. I am at one table doing the main lesson (listed above) and the other tables have other math concepts we are learning

Writing:

  • Students will be continue to independent journal this week. We will use our how to make a wow picture anchor chart and our list of topics to write/draw about. This week students will continue labeling parts of their pictures. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures and the students who can write words will be encouraged to do so. All students will be encouraged to draw pictures dealing with our sight words so they can use those words in sentences.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Our theme this week is Apples

  • Learn all about the parts of an apple – we will construction an apple with construction paper and also label an apple

  • Learn how to spell apple by singing the following song to the tune of Bingo:

                           I know a fruit that grows on trees and apple is its name, oh!

                          A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E

                         And Apple is its name, oh!

  • Sight Word Apples – students will write our sight words on paper apples and create their own apple trees

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link to above.

  • Once we get our routines down I hope people will be able to volunteer in the classroom during our morning literacy block (until lunch/recess) and math. I will let you know when the time comes.

  • The Scholastic Book order has been placed and should be arriving shortly.

  • I am looking for one more chaperone for the apple orchard field trip. Please email me if you can attend – it will be first come, first serve. The cost for a chaperone is $6. I will get back to you either way but it may not be until late Sunday or Monday morning as I have a wedding to attend in Michigan this weekend.

  • For the field trip each student must pack a completely disposable lunch to bring with them. Also, if your child has a Ray School shirt please have them wear it that day. If not, please wear the Ray colors of green and white. The field trip is Sept. 27

  • Picture Day is Thursday, September 26th.

  • Just a reminder that I will not be attending the apple orchard field trip as I will be out of town in New York to attend a wedding. Ms. Zaragoza our ELL teacher will go in my place. She is a familiar face to the students.

Ms. Maltz

Just a few important reminders…

  • Next week we are learning all about the letter “A”!  Please, have your child find things that begin with the letter “A” in a magazine or newspaper and have them cut it out and bring it to class.  Please do not bring concrete objects. We have gotten so many things for “L” that we are still making our collage/book!
  • Field trip:  In order for your child to attend the field trip next Friday they will need to return the permission slip and any fees stated on the permission slip ASAP.  On the day of the field trip please pack your child a completely DISPOSABLE lunch…no lunchboxes or water bottles.
  • We are learning all about apples over the next couple of weeks.  We have some great things planned like: apple stamping, measuring, graphing, and even making homemade applesauce!  Please send 1 apple (any color) to school on Tuesday, September, 24th with your child.  We will be using all the apples for graphing that day!
  • Please return the free/reduced lunch form in by tomorrow (Thursday).  All students must have the form filled out even if they do not qualify. This helps the district to count the students at Ray and determine our budget. Make sure the form is signed.
  • All homework is due every Friday.

Thanks so much,

The Kindergarten Team

Tomorrow in green folders many students will be getting another copy of the lunch form. WE NEED THE LUNCH FORMS! Lunch forms are used to keep track of the number of students the school has. If you are not interested in free/reduced lunch, please write your child’s name on the form and say “NOT INTERESTED”.  This is how we receive funding for our school. Thursday is the due date. Thank you so much in advance!

Also, there are still about ten Room 104 Families who have not paid the school fee. It is $85 and please do so as soon as you can. Payment plans are available, just call/ask the office.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: a, can

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like

We will use and write them in sentences. We will also learn sight word songs.

Letter of the Week: Ll

Remember to have your child cut out images from the newspaper or magazines that begin with our letter of the week so we can make our letter collage throughout the week.

Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Compliment Greeting, Pass the Mask Activity, and Favorite School Activity Sharing.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • We met our Read to Someone goal of 15 minutes!

  • We will learn to rotate between Read to Self and Read to Someone

  • Students will be introduced to the Word Work center

  • They will learn about many of the Word Work activities like rainbow words, read around the room, making letters and words with wikki stix, matching uppercase and lowercase, letter stamping, etc

  • Complete the predictable sentence of “I can _____” with an action word

  • List words that begin with /l/

  • Practice writing uppercase and lowercase /l/

  • For our Journeys curriculum students will listen to a read aloud of What Makes a Family? and our skills are main idea and summarize

  • Listen to read alouds and participate in class discussions.

  • Practice our Who Let the Letters Out? song. It is linked on The Things to Work on at Home page above.

  • I will also be administering individual dibels assessment during literacy this week. Results will be sent home by the end of September or early October

Math:

  • We will be making our shape collage throughout the week

  • Shapes by feel

  • Which way to I go? – directional words

  • Spin a number game and write the number

  • AABB patterns

  • Trace pattern blocks to create a picture

  • Most days math works in a center rotation, with their tables students travel to different activities. I am at one table doing the main lesson (listed above) and the other tables have other math concepts we are learning

Writing:

  • Students will be continue to independent journal this week. We will use our how to make a wow picture anchor chart and our list of topics to write/draw about. This week students will continue labeling parts of their pictures. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures and the students who can write words will be encouraged to do so. All students will be encouraged to draw pictures dealing with our sight words so they can use those words in sentences.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Our theme this week is Shapes

  • We will learn poems about each of our shapes – triangle, oval, circle, rectangle, hexagon, square, star, heart, diamond/rhombus

  • Students will make triangle name pennants

  • Students will complete the sentence, “I am a ______” to be filled in with triangle, circle, or oval. Students will make themselves out of the shape they picked

  • Students will make a shape monster using a circle, triangle, or rectangle as the body

  • Students will make a shape robot

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link to above.

  • Once we get our routines down I hope people will be able to volunteer in the classroom during our morning literacy block (until lunch/recess) and math. I will let you know when the time comes.

  • It was so nice seeing so many of the families at Open House last week!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due online or to me by September 20th. Ordering through Scholastic is not only a good way to get cheap great books, but also every order earns points for the classroom to get books. I like to get books that help us study our theme every week and character education.

  • If you have not turned in your lunch form please do so ASAP. I can get you another form if needed.


Ms. Maltz

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Our middle cup didn’t exactly get to green as the yellow was moving pretty slowly, but some of the blue traveled up the yellow paper towel and made green there. We had a great discussion about this experiment.

It was so great seeing so many of the students wearing the colors everyday last week and bringing in items for our collages. We made wonderful collages! Check them out:

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We started our color mixing experiment on Monday. Take a look to see how it has changed throughout the week so far. Can’t wait to see what it is like at the end of the day tomorrow!

Day 1

Day 1

Day 2

Day 2

Day 3

Day 3

Day 4

Day 4

The students made their own pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? yesterday. Since it is staying in the classroom as a classroom book I thought I would post pictures of the amazing work they did.

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You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.

 

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Next week we are learning all about SHAPES!  Just as we did last week with colors, we would like to make a shape collage. We would love if your child could bring any shape (circle, hexagon, square, triangle, rectangle, rhombus/diamond, etc…) and be able to identify it throughout the week. Please do not bring concrete objects. We are asking that the shapes come from a magazine/newspaper ONLY.

The Kindergarten Team

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: I, am, like

    We will use and write them in sentences. We will also learn sight word songs.

Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Good Morning Greeting, Popcorn Name Game Activity, and People Special to Us Sharing.

  • Remember to send in the pictures of someone special, the sharing schedule is on a page above and below in the newsletter

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • We met our Read to Self goal of 15 minutes!

  • This week students will start building their stamina in Read to Someone, where the goal is also 15 minutes

  • We will be working on both Read to Self and Read to Someone

  • Read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? then help to fill in the correct animals and colors on sentence strips

  • Each student will make their own page of the book

  • Complete the predictable sentence of “I like_____” with a color word and picture

  • Listen to read alouds and participate in class discussions.

  • Practice our Who Let the Letters Out? song. It is linked on The Things to Work on at Home page above.

  • I will also be administering individual dibels assessment during literacy this week. Results will be sent home by the end of September or early October

Math:

  • ABAB patterns with colors and squares

  • Coin comparisons – exploring the coins

  • Give the next number game

  • Body height comparison – find things in the room that are shorter, taller, and the same size as themselves

  • Marshmallow stamping – students will stamp out ABAB patterns

  • Most days math works in a center rotation, with their tables students travel to different activities. I am at one table doing the main lesson (listed above) and the other tables have other math concepts we are learning/have learned

Writing:

  • Students will be continue to independent journal this week. We will use our how to make a wow picture anchor chart and our list of topics to write/draw about. This week students will start labeling parts of their pictures. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures and the students who can write words will be encouraged to do so.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Our theme this week is Colors

  • Each day students will listen to and learn songs about the colors, read books about the colors, and make color collages

  • Please send in one disposable item a day of each color

    • Monday – yellow and blue

    • Tuesday – red and green

    • Wednesday – orange and brown

    • Thursday – pink and purple

    • Friday – rainbow

  • Remember to have your child wear the colors of the day!

  • We will do a color mixing activity on Monday and observe the colors traveling and mixing every day this week

Sharing Schedule:

  • Remember to have your child bring in a picture of someone special on the following day:

    • Monday

                         Luka        Amir        Angelina    Ryann

  • Tuesday

                         Lauren        Elyse        Ilse        Laolu        Benjamin

  • Wednesday

                         Miles        Kasey        Dylan        Yota        Noah

  • Thursday

                         Summer    Neil        Deaven    Anna        Linda

  • Friday

                         Saphira    Marc        HaJin        Nicholas    Bryce

 

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link to above.

  • There is homework this week, it is due on Friday.

  • August and September birthdays will be celebrated at the end of September. A note about that will be sent home shortly. Individual birthdays will be acknowledged, but the big celebrations happen at the end of the month.

  • Once we get our routines done I hope people will be able to volunteer in the classroom during our morning literacy block (until lunch/recess) and math. I will let you know when the time comes.

  • Open House is Tuesday, September 10th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due online or to me by September 20th. Ordering through Scholastic is not only a good way to get cheap great books, but also every order earns points for the classroom to get books. I like to get books that help us study our theme every week.

  • Please note that starting Monday, September 9th 3:45 pick-up with be at the door/wall of the north playground entrance.

Ms. Maltz