Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 28th

Friday, October 25, 2013

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


  • 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


  • 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