Newsletter for the Week of Jan. 6, 2014

Friday, December 20, 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