Archive for December 2013

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: one, two, three

    Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, a, can, see, the, is, here, and, to, be, my, are, have, we, on, in, look, big, little, come, go, at, run, said, it, up, you, me

    We do numerous activities with these words throughout the week. We will also learn sight word songs.

Letter of the Week: Yy

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

    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.

   Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Compliment Greeting, Sight Word Reading Activity, and the one thing you did over winter break sharing.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading, long/short vowels

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Wikki Stix Sight Words, Rhyming House Word Families

    • Listening – Listen to Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes and draw a picture of something that happened at the beginning

    • Writing -Students will pick from the topic cards and use those to help them write

    • Computer – Starfall

    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – Find/identify sight words

  • A skill we will be working on this week is identifying what happened at the beginning and middle of the story and if the story is fiction or non-fiction

  • Practice writing upper and lowercase Yy

  • Complete the predictable sentence, “Three, two, one Happy New Year _______.”  This will be made into another one of our wonderful class books

  • For our close reading this week we will read the book, Move. Students will make their own page to the book

  • Students will start making their ABC books

  • Practice our Who Let the Letters Out? song. It is linked on The Things to Work on at Home page above

Math:

  • Body and Rope Shapes

  • Shape Comparisons – corner, side

  • Subtraction Symbol – Disappearing Train Game

  • Slate Activities

  • What’s My Rule?

  • ST Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Writing:

  • Students will write about

    • How to be a good friend

    • How to help

    • How to listen

    • How to do work

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Character Education

  • This week we will read many character education books on bullying, sharing, helping, friendship, etc.

  • We will also start our Second Step Character Education Program. The lesson will include:

    • An Introduction to Second Step

    • Feelings

    • More Feelings

    • We Feel Feelings in Our Bodies

    • Feelings Change

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link to above.

  • We have started a program called ST Math. Many of the students refer to it as JiJi. JiJi is the penguin they do math activities with. I have sent home the instructions for how the students can do math with JiJi at home. They must know their password. At this point the students should know their password. I am not assigning homework for ST Math, but please feel free to let your child work on the program at home. If you can, sit with them and ask them what they are doing/learning.

  • 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. Also, remember to label everything.

  • I will be out of the country the entire winter break. I will not be accessing my CPS email during that time. If you do email me, please give me a couple days to get back to you once we start again in January.

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

  • 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!

  • Have a happy, healthy, and safe winter break!

Ms. Maltz

This page is linked above. Make sure to check it once a week as it is updated just as often.

Here is a list of activities you can practice at home with your child:

  • Read at least 20 minutes a night
  • Practice writing first and last name
  • Practice writing the alphabet
  • Practice writing numbers 1-50
  • Here is a link to primary writing paper: http://www.first-school.ws/theme/printables/writing-paper/handwriting.htm
  • Practice counting by 1’s to 80
  • Practice counting by 5’s to 80
  • Practice counting by 10’s to 100
  • Letter identification (out of sequence)
  • Number Identification 1-50 (out of sequence)
  • Practice putting numbers 1 – 50 in order
  • Missing number (1, _, 3) (12, _, 14)
  • Letter sounds – here is a fun song we use in class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-Mj1OPUKUw
  • Short vowel sounds
  • Long vowel sounds – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4AOHOdJ1Bk
  • Chopping out words
  • Identifying the beginning of a story
  • Knowing if  a story is fiction or non-fiction
  • Rainbow write sight words

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  • Practice tying shoes
  • Practice zipping and closing buttons
  • Getting on winter gear independently
  • Practice reading color words
  • The students have been learning the sign language (ASL) alphabet, below is a picture to help reinforce at home:

*List will be updated and we continue to grow and develop

Also, please continue to study the letters we have gone over in class and practice reading and writing our sight words.

  • Letters we have studied: Ll, Aa, Ff, Tt, Pp, Bb, Ss, Cc, Nn, Gg, Ee, Xx
  • Sight Words we have learned: I, am, like, a, can, the, see, is, here, and, to, my, be, are, have, we, on, in, look, big, little, come, go, at, run, said, it, me, you, up

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: up, you, me

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

We do numerous activities with these words throughout the week. We will also learn sight word songs.

Letter of the Week: Xx

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

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.

 Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the French Fry Greeting, Gingerbread Poem Shared Reading Activity, and gingerbread person sharing.

    • If your child has not yet completed and turned in their gingerbread person, please make sure they do so as soon as possible. The sharing schedule is linked above.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, word family sort, color by sight word, word match

    • Listening – Listen to The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School and draw a picture of their favorite part

    • Writing -Students will pick from the topic cards and use those to help them write

    • Computer – Starfall

    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – Read

  • A skill we will be working on this week is identifying what happened at the beginning of the story and if the story is fiction or non-fiction

  • Practice writing upper and lowercase Xx

  • Complete the predictable sentence, “‘Can you pick me up?’ said the _______.”  This will be made into another one of our wonderful class books

  • We will have a focus of working on cvc (consonant [short] vowel consonant) words

  • We will play bingo with nonsense words so that there can be a focus on all sounds in the “word”

  • We will be working a lot on story elements this week – character, setting, problem, solution. Some books we will read to go along with this are holiday books, but we will mostly be using Mouse Shapes.

    • Students will use shapes to create a new object just like the mice in the book

  • Practice our Who Let the Letters Out? song. It is linked on The Things to Work on at Home page above

Math:

  • Roll and Record with two dice

  • Numbers before, between, and after

  • Color, Count, and Graph

  • Missing numbers

  • Hot Chocolate Addition

  • ST Math

  • Math Journals

Writing:

  • Write in four steps describing getting dressed in winter gear

  • Write about the new shape object they made

  • New Year’s Classroom Resolution

  • Independent journals

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link to above.

  • We have started a program called ST Math. Many of the students refer to it as JiJi. JiJi is the penguin they do math activities with. I have sent home the instructions for how the students can do math with JiJi at home. They must know their password. At this point the students should know their password. I am not assigning homework for ST Math, but please feel free to let your child work on the program at home. If you can, sit with them and ask them what they are doing/learning.

  • Pennies for the Philippines is something Ray School is doing to raise money for the people impacted by the typhoon in the Philippines. Please consider donating any amount. I will be collecting the money through December 17th which will be sent through the Red Cross.

  • 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. Also, remember to label everything.

  • This week we will be eating gingerbread men cookies and drinking hot chocolate one day during our lessons. If you do not want your child to participate in the food part please let me know through email (rmaltz@cps.edu) as soon as possible.

  • There is no school Dec. 23 – Jan. 3 for winter break

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

  • 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

It is true. You may be hearing this weekend about our gingerbread man cookie that ran away. We decided to keep him after we sequenced how to eat a gingerbread cookie yesterday. He was just hanging out by the calendar. Well, this morning he moved to the listening center. Then, we didn’t know where. Thankfully he left clues which led us to the gym, art room, office, then back to Room 104. He is now securely taped by the calendar with notes letting anyone who comes in the room know to not let him run away again or to not eat him! We will sure be watching him closely over the next week.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: run, said, it

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

We do numerous activities with these words throughout the week. We will also learn sight word songs.

Letter of the Week: Ee

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

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.

We will go over the short (egg) and long (equal) sounds.

Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Hit the Floor Greeting, Gingerbread Poem Shared Reading Activity, and for sharing the students will talk about what they want to be when they grow up.

    • The Sharing Schedule is linked above, please help prepare your child for sharing by talking with them about what they would like to be when they grow up and why.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Short /e/ matching

    • Listening – Listen to The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School and draw about the characters

    • Writing – If the fox hadn’t caught the gingerbread man…, My favorite gingerbread story was…

    • Computer – Starfall

    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – Students are focusing on finding sight words while reading

  • A skill we will be working on this week is identifying what happened at the beginning of the story

  • List words that begin with/have the short /e/, list words that begin with/have the long /e/

  • Practice writing upper and lowercase Ee

  • Sorting words between long /e/ and short /e/

  • Complete the predictable sentence, “‘It can run ________,’ said _______ (their name).” This will be made into another one of our wonderful class books

  • Practice our Who Let the Letters Out? song. It is linked on The Things to Work on at Home page above

Math:

  • Gingerbread Character Graphing

  • Interrupted Counting

  • Gingerbread Man Subtraction

  • Gingerbread Measuring with different objects

  • Meet the Calculator

  • Follow My Pattern

  • ST Math – see below

  • Math Journals – Students will now have weekly math journals. They are a question of the day for students to complete at the beginning of our math time

Writing:

  • If I were the gingerbread boy/man/girl…

  • Students will decorate a gingerbread house on paper and write about their gingerbread house

  • Students will write about eating a gingerbread cookie in three steps: first, next, last

  • Independent journals

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Gingerbread Stories

  • We will read numerous versions of the Gingerbread Man story – Bear, Library, Baby, Friends

  • Each day we will fill out a chart with the characters from the story, the setting, and the refrain

  • We will compare and contrast as we go

  • We will go on a hunt for our missing gingerbread man cookie (shhh, this is a surprise!). Students will write about where they think the gingerbread man cookie is based on the clues he has left

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link to above.

  • We have started a program called ST Math. Many of the students refer to it as JiJi Math. JiJi is the penguin they do math activities with. I have sent home the instructions for how the students can do math with JiJi at home. They must know their password, however some students are still learning it (eight pictures in order). I am not assigning homework for ST Math right now, but please feel free to let your child work on the program at home. If you can, sit with them and ask them what they are doing/learning.

  • Pennies for the Philippines is something Ray School is doing to raise money for the people impacted by the typhoon in the Philippines. Please consider donating any amount. I will be collecting the money which will be sent through the Red Cross before winter break.

  • 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.

  • Second quarter progress reports will be sent home this week.

  • There is no school Dec. 23 – Jan. 3 for winter break

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

  • 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

Our lunch bin was just found! A wonderful member of our janitorial staff located it. He went looked after the Lunch Bin Helpers asked him for help, very responsible of them.

The server for the blog has not been working, sorry for the late update.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: come, go, at

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

    We do numerous activities with these words throughout the week. We will also learn sight words songs.

Letter of the Week: Gg

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

    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.

Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Greet Four People by saying Namaste, Buzz 5 Activity (we will count by 5’s and every time we get to a multiple of 5 the student will say, “buzz”, and the something you did over the Thanksgiving Holiday Sharing.

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 /g/ phonics activities, sight word graphing

    • Listening – Listen to More Spaghetti, I Say! and draw about the characters

    • Writing – I like…, I don’t like…

    • 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, Gingerbread Boy. We will look at the pictures to figure out what is happening and work on comparing/contrasting with other version of the story

  • List words that begin with /g/

  • Practice writing upper and lowercase Gg

  • Ending sound sort

  • Complete the predictable sentence, “Come, look at the gingerbread ________.” 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

Math:

  • The Addition Symbol

  • The Pattern Block Template – students will use the shapes to make addition problems

  • My Gingerbread Family

  • Gingerbread Addition Story

  • Gingerbread Symmetry

  • Gingerbread Measuring

  • ST Math

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.

  • This week we are focusing on adding more detail to our pictures

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Gingerbread Stories

  • We will read numerous versions of the Gingerbread Man story – Man, Boy, Cowboy, Girl

  • Each day we will fill out a chart with the characters from the story, the setting, and the refrain

  • We will compare and contrast as we go

  • Gingerbread Glyph

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. The next order will be in January.

  • 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.

  • Thanks for donating items for the food drive. I think the school collected over 800 items and we contributing greatly to that.

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

  • Literacy Night is Tuesday, December 3 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the cafeteria. Illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist will be our guest.

  • 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