Newsletter for the Week of October 21

Friday, October 18, 2013

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


  • 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


  • 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