Archive for October 2013

I am asking that each child collect leaves and bring them to school in a plastic bag on Monday or Tuesday. We will be using these leaves for our rubbings and graphing/sorting.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: in, look

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, a, can, see, the, is, here, and, to, be, my, are, have, we, on

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

Letter of the Week: Cc

Previous Letters: Ll, Aa, Ff, Tt, Pp, Bb, Ss

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 book throughout the week.

Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Greet Five People in Spanish Greeting (Hola), Toss a Sight Word Activity, and Share Anything You Want Sharing.

    • The sharing schedule is linked on a page above, please help prepare your child for what they will be sharing

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Writing, Read Around the Room, Letter C Phonics Activities, First Sound Activity

    • Writing – My Favorite Food and My Favorite Sport

    • Computer – Starfall

    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – Students are focusing on finding sight words when reading

    • Listen to Reading – Listen to The Stray Dog then draw a picture of the story and write a sentence about the story

  • Complete the predictable sentence of “Look at the  _______ leaf.” to be filled in with a color word. Students will be given a paper and have to fill in certain words from the sentence. So far all of these predictable sentences have been made into wonderful class books that the students love reading

  • List words that begin with /c/

  • Practice writing uppercase and lowercase /c/

  • We will complete many close reading activities with the book, When The Leaf Blew In. We will look at cause and effect in the story, characters, and sequence.

  • Initial sound sort of /s/ and /c/.

  • 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:

  • Pocket Problems (Number Stories)

  • Number Card Game

  • Patterns

  • Probability Stories

  • Probability Tray

  • Bat and Spider Addition

  • Leaf Subtraction

Writing:

  • Students will be continue to independent journal this week. We will use our how to make a wow picture and what writers do anchor charts and our list of topics to write/draw about. This week students will continue labeling around 5 details in their pictures. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures. 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 Leaves

  • Parts of a leaf

  • Leaf Rubbings

  • Leaf Graphing and Sorting

  • Sight Word Leaves

Things to Know:

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

  • The Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday, November 22nd. This is for both November and December. Buying books is a great way to earn points for the classroom for us to get new books, especially for our theme, and resources. Please consider Scholastic.

  • There is no school on Monday, November 11th

  • Report Card Pick-Up is Tuesday, November 12th. This is a non attendance day for students. Conference requests went home recently. Please return your conference request as soon as possible. The 11:00 am hour is already full.

  • A reminder to only send water in your child’s thermos if they keep it in the classroom. Drinks other than water are not allowed in the room.

  • I am asking that each child collect leaves and bring them to school in a plastic bag on Monday or Tuesday. We will be using these leaves for our rubbings and graphing/sorting.

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: we, on

    Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, a, can, see, the, is, here, and, to, be, my, are, have

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

Letter of the Week: Ss

    Previous Letters: Ll, Aa, Ff, Tt, Pp, Bb

    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 Greet Five People in Chinese Greeting (Ni-hao), Jack-o-Lantern Poem Shared Reading Activity, and What They Did Last Night Sharing.

    • The sharing schedule is linked on a page above, please help prepare your child for what they will be sharing

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • We are rotating between all our centers: read to self, read to someone, listen to reading, computer, word work, writing, and teacher time. Students go to four centers a day following our rotation schedule. Each center is between 15-20 minutes. Everyday they go to teacher time and word work. Three times a week they go to read to self. Twice a week they go to writing. Once a week they go to listen to reading, computer, and read to someone. We do literacy centers four days a week, on the fifth day we do other literacy activities.

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Writing, Read Around the Room, Letter S Phonics Activities, Uppercase/Lowercase Matching

    • Writing – Pick a card/topic then write/draw about it

    • Computer – Starfall

    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – Students are focusing on finding sight words when reading

    • Listen to Reading – Listen to The Stray Dog then draw a picture of the characters

  • Complete the predictable sentence of “We see _______ spiders on the web.” to be filled in with a number word. Students will cut out the words and glue them in order along with drawing a corresponding picture. So far all of these predictable sentences have been made into wonderful class books that the students love reading

  • List words that begin with /s/

  • Practice writing uppercase and lowercase /s/

  • Listen to The Itsy Bitsy Spider and sequence it into four events

  • 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:

  • Monster Squeeze

  • Measuring with non standard units (Monster Measuring)

  • Adding using ghosts and stars

  • Monster Roll – create a monster by rolling a dice, counting the dots, and drawing the corresponding part

  • Which number is bigger?

  • 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 topic (one each day) and this week the other centers will include: monster squeeze

Writing:

  • Students will be continue to independent journal this week. We will use our how to make a wow picture and what writers do anchor charts and our list of topics to write/draw about. This week students will continue labeling around 5 details in their pictures. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures. All students will be encouraged to draw pictures dealing with our sight words so they can use those words in sentences.

  • This week we will be specifically focusing on which letters in a sentence need to be capital

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

  • Parts of a spider

  • Spider Facts

  • All About Spiders along with making a spider

  • Spider Tree Web – Spiders can, have, are

Things to Know:

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

  • The Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday, November 22nd. This is for both November and December

  • There is no school for students on Friday, November 1st

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: are, have

    Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, a, can, see, the, is, here, and, to, be, my

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

Letter of the Week: Bb

    Previous Letters: Ll, Aa, Ff, Tt, Pp

    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 Greet Three People by Name Greeting, Jack-o-Lantern Poem Shared Reading Activity, and Favorite Costume (for any occasion) Sharing.

    • The sharing schedule is linked on a page above, please help prepare your child for what they will be sharing

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • We are rotating between all our centers: read to self, read to someone, listen to reading, computer, word work, writing, and teacher time. Students go to four centers a day following our rotation schedule. Each center is between 15-20 minutes. Everyday they go to teacher time and word work. Three times a week they go to read to self. Twice a week they go to writing. Once a week they go to listen to reading, computer, and read to someone. We do literacy centers four days a week, on the fifth day we do other literacy activities.

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Writing, Read Around the Room, Letter B Phonics Activities, Roll a Sight Word

    • Writing – Pick a card/topic then write/draw about it

    • Computer – Starfall

    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – Students are focusing on finding sight words when reading

    • Listen to Reading – Listen to Miss Nelson is Missing then draw a picture of Miss Nelson

  • Complete the predictable sentence of “Bats are _______” to be filled in with a word about bats. Students will cut out the words and glue them in order along with drawing a corresponding picture. So far all of these predictable sentences have been made into wonderful class books that the students love reading

  • List words that begin with /b/

  • Practice writing uppercase and lowercase /b/

  • For our Journeys curriculum students will listen to a read aloud of My 5 Senses and our skill is compare/contrast

  • Use a venn diagram to compare and contrast apples and pumpkins

  • 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:

  • Pan Balance

  • Domino Concentration Game

  • Bat Glyph

  • Adding two numbers using dice

  • Bat Measurement

  • 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 topic (one each day) and this week the other centers will include: roll and record, domino concentration game

Writing:

  • Students will be continue to independent journal this week. We will use our how to make a wow picture and what writers do anchor charts and our list of topics to write/draw about. This week students will continue labeling around 5 details in their pictures. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures. All students will be encouraged to draw pictures dealing with our sight words so they can use those words in sentences.

  • This week we will be specifically focusing on spacing in between words

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

  • Parts of a bat

  • Facts about bats – what they eat, where and when they sleep, habitat

  • Sequence There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat

  • Make a bat cave with sight words

  • Bat Tree Map – Bats can, have, are

Things to Know:

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

  • The Scholastic Book Orders have been placed and should be arriving shortly.

  • There is no school for students on Friday, November 1st

  • Thank you so much to all the family members that have filled out the volunteer form. Volunteers in the classroom are such a great help. If you find yourself with a day off and want to brave the world of a kindergarten classroom for a short time, let me know. If you find yourself available, just email me if you would like to come in and help.

  • Wish List – Band aids

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: be, my

    Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, a, can, see, the, is, here, and, to

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

Letter of the Week: Pp

    Previous Letters: Ll, Aa, Ff, Tt

    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 Compliment Greeting, Monster Poem Shared Reading Activity, and Favorite Fall Activity Sharing.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • We are now rotating between all our centers: read to self, read to someone, listen to reading, computer, word work, writing, and teacher time. Students go to four centers a day following our rotation schedule. Each center is between 15-20 minutes. Everyday they go to teacher time and word work. Twice a week they go to read to self, read to someone (alternating days), and writing. Once a week they go to listen to reading and computer.

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – First Quarter Assessment and Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Writing, Read Around the Room, Making CVC words, and Making Sight Words with Wikki Stix

    • Writing – Pick a card/topic then write/draw about it

    • Computer – Starfall

    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – Students are focusing on finding sight words when reading

    • Listen to Reading – Listen to Miss Nelson is Missing then draw a picture about the story

  • Complete the predictable sentence of “My pumpkin can be _______” to be filled in with an emotion. Students will cut out the words and glue them in order along with drawing a corresponding picture. So far all of these predictable sentences have been made into wonderful class books that the students love reading

  • List words that begin with /p/

  • Practice writing uppercase and lowercase /p/

  • For our Journeys curriculum students will listen to a read aloud of Kite Flying and our skill is sequencing.

  • 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 Books

  • Patterns

  • Roll and Record

  • 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 topic (one each day) and this week the other centers will include: pattern blocks, one-to-one correspondence, patterns, teen number building

  • We will also be doing a pumpkin glyph – each pumpkin will look different based on student answers to questions

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 around 5 details in their pictures. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures. All students will be encouraged to draw pictures dealing with our sight words so they can use those words in sentences.

  • This week we will be specifically focusing on spacing in between words

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

  • Properties of a pumpkin

  • Estimating and determining the height of a pumpkin

  • Pumpkin measuring

  • Sight Word Pumpkins

Things to Know:

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

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due online or to me by October 18th. This is a great way to get some wonderful books for home and help earn the classroom points so we can get more wonderful books and resources.

  • Thank you so much to all the family members that have filled out the volunteer form. Volunteers in the classroom are such a great help. If you find yourself with a day off and want to brave the world of a kindergarten classroom for a short time, let me know. If you find yourself available, just email me if you would like to come in and help.

Ms. Maltz

We really learned the importance of hand washing with our apple germ experiment. On Monday we placed an untouched apple in a bag and in a different bag was an apple we put our dirty hands all over. We watched all week and this is what it looked like on Friday:

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Both apples with our observations

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Clean apple

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Apple with germs

Room 104 Schedule 2013-2014

8:45 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. – – Morning Meeting

8:55 a.m. – 10:54 a.m. – – Literacy

10:54 a.m – 11:39 a.m. — Lunch/Recess

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m — Specials (Monday – Spanish, Tuesday – Library, Wednesday – Computers, Thursday – Art, Friday – PE)

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. — Math

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. — Recess

2:15 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. — Theme (Science/Social Studies)

2:55 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Writing

3:30 p.m.  — Pack Up

3:45 p.m. — Dismissal

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: and, to

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

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

Letter of the Week: Tt

Previous Letters: Ll, Aa, Ff

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 Adjective Greeting, Monster Poem Shared Reading Activity, and Favorite Picture Sharing.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

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

  • Complete the predictable sentence of “I like to ______ and ______” to be filled in with two things each student likes to do. Students will cut out the words and glue them in order along with drawing a corresponding picture. So far all of these predictable sentences have been made into wonderful class books that the students love reading

  • List words that begin with /t/ and find words beginning with /t/ around the room

  • Practice writing uppercase and lowercase /t/

  • Rainbow write our sight words

  • Write our sight words using wikki stix

  • Use cards to make simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant – cat, hit, pot) words then write the word and draw a picture

  • For our Journeys curriculum students will listen to a read aloud of Everybody Works and our skills are text/graphic features and analyze/evaluate.

  • 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:

  • Estimation Jar

  • Number Stories: Stage 1

  • Symmetry Painting

  • Symmetry in Nature

  • Ten Frames

  • 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 topic (one each day) and this week the other centers will include: teen spin it/read it/write it, matching coin game, missing number, and color/count/graph

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 around 5 details in 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 Community

  • Police Officer/Safety Signs – we will read about both police officers and safety signs, students will then cut and glue the safety sign into the appropriate picture

  • Firefighters – we will read books about firehouses, fire engines, and firefighters then students will do a color by sight word fire engine

  • Medical Professionals (doctors, nurses, EMS, Veterinarians) – after reading about these professions students will pick which one they would like to do then draw and write about it

  • Grocer – students will make a list of grocery items and sort them into categories

  • Bus Driver and Cross Walker – students will draw and write about proper ways to act when on the bus or crossing the street and improper ways to act

Things to Know:

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

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due online or to me by October 18th. This is a great way to get some wonderful books for home and help earn the classroom points so we can get more wonderful books and resources.

  • School starts promptly at 8:45 a.m. Many students are coming tardy and are missing very important parts of our Morning Meeting. Not only are they missing part of the lesson but it is also a distraction to the rest of us who have already started the school day. It is very important to be at school on time.

  • Thank you so much to all the family members that have filled out the volunteer form. Volunteers in the classroom are such a great help. If you find yourself with a day off and want to brave the world of a kindergarten classroom for a short time, let me know. If you find yourself available, just email me if you would like to come in and help.

  • There is no school on Monday, Oct. 14th in observance of Columbus Day

  • Wish List – Clear Packing Tape

Ms. Maltz