Archive for November 2013

There will be no homework this week. However, students will greatly benefit from continuing to read 20 minutes a night, reading and writing our sight words, counting to at least 60 by 1’s and 5’s, to 100 by 10’s, and writing.

It is that time if the year where students start bringing lots of articles of clothing with them to recess. It is very important that students can independently put their outside gear on. Please practice if they are unable to. We go outside as long as the wind chill is about 25 degrees.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: Review

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

Letter of the Week: Review

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

Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Compliment Greeting, “Turkey, Turkey” Shared Reading Activity, and the Disguised Turkey Sharing.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • There will be no literacy centers this week, we will be working on whole group literacy learning/activities

  • We will complete close reading activities with the book, Curious George. We will focus specifically on character, setting, problem, solution. Students will use a graphic organizer to fill out each part

  • Students will be making Pilgrim faces and writing one fact they have learned about Pilgrims

  • Color by sight word turkey

  • Read to self

  • 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:

  • Students will rotate between different math centers this week, they are: top it, “turkey” squeeze, the train game, teen spin it/read it/write it, sequence how a Thanksgiving dinner is made

Writing:

  • We will talk about “peacemakers” and “peacebreakers” during writing this week. Monday students will write about a time they were a peacebreaker and Tuesday they will write about a time they were a peacemaker. We will put up charts in our classroom that have examples of both.

  • This week students will continue labeling around 5 details in their pictures. Our writing paper now has boxes students need to check once done with that specific thing. Those are: wow picture (with labels), finger spaces, sight words, capital letters, end marks. A journal paper is not done until all boxes are checked.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Thankful Thanksgiving

  • Students will work on making Thankful Turkeys both Monday and Tuesday. Each turkey will have four feathers where students will write and draw what they are thankful for. Then they will get to put the whole thing together

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 after the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • If you child has not turned in their Disguised Turkey, please make sure they do so Monday.

  • Ray School will be holding a literacy night on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist will be our guest.

  • It is that time if the year where students start bringing lots of articles of clothing with them to recess. It is very important that students can independently put their outside gear on. Please practice if they are unable to.

  • The last day to donate to The Ray Student Council food drive is Monday, November 25th. All donations will be going to Care for Real (careforreal.org). Please consider donating canned and non-perishable food items for this great cause. There is a box in our classroom to collect donations. It has been a joy to watch the pride on the students’ faces as they put items in the box. Our box is almost full!

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

  • There will be no school in observance of Thanksgiving on November 27th-29th.

  • If you would like to volunteer in the classroom just let me know. The most needed time is literacy centers, but volunteers are welcomed at all other times of the school day. If you would like to work something out regularly or just every once in a while, let me know. We would love to have you!

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: big, little

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

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

Letter of the Week: Nn

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

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 Swahili Greeting (Jambo), “Turkey, Turkey” Shared Reading Activity, and the Favorite Book Sharing.

    • Remember to have your child bring in their favorite book on their scheduled day, linked above. Please help them practice the name of their favorite book and why. “Because I like it” and “Because it is my favorite” are not reasons. I am looking for actual reasons and examples.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Letter /n/ phonics activities, sight word stamping

    • Writing – I am happy when…, I am mad when…

    • Computer – Starfall

    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – Students are focusing on figuring out the setting of their book

  • We will complete many close reading activities with the book, Arthur’s Thanksgiving. We will look at the pictures to figure out what is happening, work on problem/solution, and write about which part in the play they would like to be

  • List words that begin with /n/

  • Practice writing upper and lowercase Nn

  • Complete the predictable sentence, “The turkey is _______ (big/little).” This will be made into another one of our wonderful class books

  • 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

  • On Thursday I will give the students a sight word test during Teacher Time center. It will be just like a spelling test. I will give the students the sight word and ask them to write it. Words spelled incorrectly or not known will then be made into a set of flashcards for the student. During quiet time/bathroom break I will work with the students on recognizing and spelling the words. Once a word has been recognized then spelled (written) five times in a row it will be sent home.

Math:

  • Counting by 10’s

  • Teen Frames

  • Number line Math

  • Top-it (bigger number game)

  • Missing Number

  • Students will also get to continue playing games like Monster Squeeze and the Train Game

Writing:

  • Students will continue to independent journal this week. We will use our anchor charts and our list of topics to write/draw about. This week students will continue labeling around 5 details in their pictures. All students will be encouraged to draw pictures dealing with our sight words so they can use those words in sentences. Our writing paper now has boxes students need to check once done with that specific thing. Those are: wow picture (with labels), finger spaces, sight words, capital letters, end marks. A journal paper is not done until all boxes are checked.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Native Americans and Pilgrims

  • Students will listen to a book about Native Americans then create their own story using Native American symbols

  • Read about the Pilgrims and the ships they came on

    • Students will make the Mayflower and write about one thing they would have brought with them on the Mayflower

  • Complete a venn diagram about Pilgrim children and children today

  • Learn about Pilgrim games, community, words, and write about which job they would like to have

  • Complete a sorting activity about Pilgrim children and children today

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 and cheap way to earn points for the classroom for us to get new books, especially for our theme, and resources. Please consider Scholastic.

  • Disguised turkeys are due on Friday, November 22nd. Students will share their turkeys during the sharing part of our morning meeting on the 25th and 26th.

  • It is that time if the year where students start bringing lots of articles of clothing with them to recess. It is very important that students can independently put their outside gear on. Please practice if they are unable to.

  • The Ray Student Council is holding a food drive now through Monday, November 25th. All donations will be going to Care for Real (careforreal.org). Please consider donating canned and non-perishable food items for this great cause. There is a box in our classroom to collect donations.

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

  • There will be no school in observance of Thanksgiving on November 27th-29th.

  • Thank you for all the old magazines and catalogs! You can keep donating if you would like, we could always use them.

  • If you would like to volunteer in the classroom just let me know. The most needed time is literacy centers, but volunteers are welcomed at all other times of the school day. If you would like to work something out regularly or just every once in a while, let me know. We would love to have you!

Ms. Maltz

Please consider donating any old magazines and/or catalogs you may have to Room 104. We will be using them to look for sight words. You may send them in whenever. Thanks in advance.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: Review

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

    We will also review old sight word songs.

Letter of the Week: Review

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

Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Greet Five People in French Greeting (Bonjour), Pass the Mask Activity, and the Pair Share Sharing.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Create our sight words with wikki stix; find our sight words in magazines, glue them, write them, and use them in a sentence

    • 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

  • We will complete many close reading activities with the book, Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery. We will look at the pictures to figure out what is happening, discuss the setting and the main character.

  • 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: Leveling

  • Train Game (Addition)

  • Graphing

  • Patterns

Writing:

  • Students will continue to independent journal this week. We will use our anchor charts and our list of topics to write/draw about. This week students will continue labeling around 5 details in their pictures. All students will be encouraged to draw pictures dealing with our sight words so they can use those words in sentences. Our writing paper now has boxes students need to check once done with that specific thing. Those are: wow picture (with labels), finger spaces, sight words, capital letters, end marks. A journal paper is not done until all boxes are checked.

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 and cheap way to earn points for the classroom for us to get new books, especially for our theme, and resources. Please consider Scholastic.

  • There will be no homework packet for the school week of Nov. 13-15. However it is strongly encouraged that students read 20 minutes a night, review sight words and letters, practice counting, and practice writing.

  • There is no school on Monday, November 11th

  • Report Card Pick-Up is Tuesday, November 12th. Time confirmations have already been sent in green folders. Please let me know if there is a conflict.

  • If you would like to volunteer in the classroom just let me know. The most needed time is literacy centers, but volunteers are welcomed at all other times of the school day. If you would like to work something out regularly or just every once in a while, let me know. We would love to have you!

Ms. Maltz

Students are now able to check out books from the Ray School Library. Books must be returned on our library day, Tuesday, in order for students to be able to check out new books. They were very excited when I picked them up yesterday to show me their borrowed books and many of them asked me to remind you that the books get returned on Tuesdays.

Another reminder that students are only allowed to have water in their thermoses in our classroom. Students are spilling non water drinks and it is making a mess. I have had to take away some bottles until the end of the day that do not have water.

Below is the schedule for Report Card Conferences for Tuesday, November 12th. If there is a conflict please let me know right away, through email or a note, so we can work it out. Please be on time for your scheduled conference and I will do my best to keep to the scheduled times. Remember that there is no school on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day and Report Card Pick Up is also a non attendance day for students.

11:00 am Deaven

11:10 am Yota

11:20 am Dylan

11:30 am Ilse

11:40 am Luka

11:50 am Linda

12:00 pm Anna

12:10 pm Lauren

12:20 pm Summer

12:30 pm Saphira

12:50 pm Kasey

1:00 pm Neil

1:10 pm Marc

2:00 pm Miles

4:00 pm Nicholas

4:10 pm Amir

4:20 pm Ryann

5:00 pm Angelina

5:10 pm Elyse

5:20 pm Bryce

5:30 pm Noah

5:40 pm HaJin

5:50 pm Tristan

If your child’s name does not appear on this list it is because we have made other arrangements.

I have received the conference request times from the majority of the students thus far. I am still waiting on eight more. Another sheet is  coming home today, please turn it in tomorrow. The schedule as of now is below. If you have not received a confirmation slip from me yet but have turned in your sheet, you will get one today. Please email me as soon as possible with any conflicts so that we can work them out. It is very important that someone attends for each student, but if that is absolutely not possible send me an email or note. I will not be able to meet with those people regarding report cards until after the 12th.

11:00 am Deaven

11:10 am Yota

11:20 am Dylan

11:30 am Ilse

11:40 am Luka

11:50 am Linda

12:00 pm Anna

12:10 pm Lauren

12:50 pm Kasey

1:00 pm Neil

2:00 pm Miles

4:00 pm Nicholas

4:10 pm Amir

5:00 pm Angelina

5:10 pm Elyse

5:20 pm Bryce