Newsletter for the Week of September, 16th

Sunday, September 15, 2013

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


  • 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


  • 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