Newsletter for the Week of Jan. 13

Friday, January 10, 2014

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: of, his, her

    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, one, two, three

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

Letter of the Week: Mm

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

    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 Say Your Name Greeting, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shared Reading Poem Activity, and students will bring in their favorite stuffed animal to share.

    • Please refer to the sharing schedule above

    • Help your child to prepare for sharing, make sure they have a good reason for why that stuffed animal is their favorite

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 Mm

  • List words that begin with /m/

  • Complete the predictable sentence, “His/Her ___________ are made of __________.”  This will be made into another one of our wonderful class books

  • We will learn about how the /y/ at the end of words can act as either a long /e/ or long /i/. We will sort them where they go.

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

Math:

  • Snowflake and Snowman Symmetry

  • Number Bonds 2 – 6

  • Tally Marks 1 – 10

  • Number Stories: Stage 2

  • ST Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Snow/Winter and Martin Luther King

  • Read All You Need for a Snowman and sequence how to make a snowman in four steps through drawings

  • Read Sneezy the Snowman then make a melted snowman and write why it melted (cause/effect)

  • Read Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man With a Dream then draw and write about what peace is

  • Read My Brother Martin then draw and write a dream for their family

  • We will be doing a day of character education a week during theme time, this week we will:

    • Read David Gets in Trouble and learn about more feelings

  • Writing:

    • When It’s Cold Outside

    • Describe Winter

    • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream

    • Independent Journals

    Things to Know:

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

    • Scholastic Book Order are due Friday, January 17th

    • No School on Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Day

    • No School for students on Friday, January 24th

    • Hopefully we will find out soon when we will make up the days we lost due to the weather

    • 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.

    • Remember that 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.

    • 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