Archive for December 2nd 2013

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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


  • 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


  • 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