Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 15

Friday, October 11, 2013

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.


  • 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


  • 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