Newsletter for the Week of Nov. 18

Sunday, November 17, 2013

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.


  • 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


  • 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 ( 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