Archive for February 2014

Ray School will be holding a Black History Celebration on Thursday, February 27th from 6 pm to 8 pm. There will be a poetry slam, a music performance, dancing, and a gallery walk of what Ray School students have learned about Black History. There will also be a taste of Soul Food and the Battle of the Grandmas homemade desserts. There will be a special presentation by the Chicago State University Greek Life. I hope to see you there.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: how, many, five

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, of, his, her, for, with, will, day, four, he, she, love, from, was, they

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

Letter of the Week: Zz

Previous Letters: Ll, Aa, Ff, Tt, Pp, Bb, Ss, Cc, Nn, Gg, Ee, Xx, Yy, Mm, Rr, Ww, Ii, Vv, Oo

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 Cow Greeting, the February Poem Shared Reading Activity, and students will share anything they have made. Please refer to the sharing schedule linked above.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Roll a Sight Word, two different beginning blends activities

    • Listening – Listen to Skippyjon Jones: Class Action

    • 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

  • Practice writing upper and lowercase Zz

  • List words that begin with /z/

  • Sight word bingo

  • Determine which words are nonsense words

  • Cause and effect with Turtle Splash

  • Students will be introduced to symbols to use when close reading

Math:

  • Measuring with the standard unit of a foot

  • Roll and Record with coins

  • Greater than, less than, equal to

  • Raft Game (this is an exchange game)

  • Dime – complete Coin Book

  • ST Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Penguins

  • Read many non-fiction books about penguins

  • Diagram of a penguin

  • Habitat of a penguin

  • Fact web

  • Penguins: can, have, are

  • Learn about the many different types

  • Look at my pictures of African Penguins I saw while in South Africa

  • Attend a presentation about penguins from a Ray teacher who is a penguin expert

Writing:

  • Write sentences using question words

    • draw corresponding pictures

Things to Know:

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

  • Consider collecting Box Tops for Education. They are on many of the items you buy regularly. Cut them out and put them in your child’s green folder. I will hand them in from there.

  • At this point students should be able to comfortably count to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s. We do this everyday, so practice if they are unable to! For the students who are able to, practice counting faster.

  • Also at this point students should be able to identify numbers up to 50 comfortably, many are doing way beyond that. If you child is unable to, please practice.

  • Remember to practice those sight words daily!

  • There will be a wonderful Black History Night on Thursday, February 27th. Please consider attending.

  • The most recent Scholastic Book Order has been placed and should be arriving shortly.

  • Continue working with ST math/JiJi. The students are doing a great job. Email me with any questions.

  • 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.

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: from, was, they

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, of, his, her, for, with, will, day, four, he, she, love

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

Letter of the Week: Oo

Previous Letters: Ll, Aa, Ff, Tt, Pp, Bb, Ss, Cc, Nn, Gg, Ee, Xx, Yy, Mm, Rr, Ww, Ii, Vv

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 Hello to Five People Greeting, the Pass the Mask Activity, and students will share their February Home Heart Project.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Sight Word Graphing, Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds

    • Listening – Listen to Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mittens then write a sentence about the book and draw a corresponding picture

    • 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

  • Practice writing upper and lowercase Oo

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

  • Long /o/, short /o/ sort

Math: Money (Coins)

  • Students will start their Coin Books this week

  • Penny Graphing

  • Penny to Nickel exchange

  • Quarters

  • Presidential Piggy Banks

  • Tally Marks

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Presidents – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

  • Read Abe Lincoln’s Hat and list facts about Lincoln then students will write about what they would keep in their hats

  • Read Let’s Read About Abraham Lincoln and list facts about Lincoln

  • Read “The Legend of George Washington and the Cherry Tree” then students will write about a time they were honest

  • Read Let’s Read About George Washington and list facts about Washington

  • Sort the differences between Lincoln and Washington

Writing:

  • Complete a fact web about Lincoln

  • Complete a fact web about Washington

  • Write about three different things needed to be President of the United States

  • Complete a Venn Diagram on Washington and Lincoln

Things to Know:

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

  • Thanks again to the wonderful 100th Day volunteers! That day really puts volunteers to work and it went so smoothly because of the volunteers involved.

  • Consider collecting Box Tops for Education. They are on many of the items you buy regularly. Cut them out and put them in your child’s green folder. I will hand them in from there.

  • The February Home Heart Project is due Monday, February 17th.

  • At this point students should be able to comfortably count to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s. We do this everyday, so practice if they are unable to!

  • Also at this point students should be able to identify numbers up to 50 comfortably, many are doing way beyond that. If you child is unable to, please practice.

  • Remember to practice those sight words daily!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday, February 21st.

  • I will not be in school on Friday, February 21st.

  • Continue working with ST math/JiJi. The students are doing a great job. Email me with any questions.

  • 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.

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: he, she, love

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, of, his, her, for, with, will, day, four

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

Letter of the Week: Vv

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

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 Adjective Greeting, One Hundred Days poem Shared Reading Activity, and students will share their favorite part of kindergarten so far 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, Sight Word Search

    • Listening – Listen to Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mittens then draw something they would wear for each season

    • 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

  • Practice writing upper and lowercase Vv

  • List words that begin with /v/

Math:

  • Count with Calculators

  • Guess My Number Game

  • Missing Number Activity

  • Love Bug (this activity has to do with less than, greater than, or equal to)

  • Candy Heart Graphing

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Ruby Bridges and Valentine’s Day

  • Read The Story of Ruby Bridges then come up with words to describe her

  • Write about how Ruby Bridges was courageous

  • Read There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose then decorate Valentine’s Day bags

Writing:

  • Write sentences using a question word. Students must make sure to draw a corresponding picture to their sentence

100th Day:

  • Morning Centers Activities

    • 100th Day Hat

    • 100th Day Gumball Machine

    • 100th Day Dots

    • Make an object using the number 100

  • Students will write the letters of their name to fill in 100 boxes, then color using a different color for each letter to make a pattern

  • Students will draw a picture of what they think they will look like at 100 years old and write about what they will be doing at 100 years old

Things to Know:

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

  • Our 100th Day of School is on Friday the 14th. Students are to wear their 100th Day shirt on Friday and bring in their 100 items snack to add to the group snack. No large wrapped candy items, please.

  • We will also celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th. Students may bring in a valentine for each of their classmates. Remember to only have your child write who it is from. In the afternoon, students will pass out the valentines and eat our 100th Day snack.

  • Consider collecting Box Tops for Education. They are on many of the items you buy regularly. Cut them out and put them in your child’s green folder. I will hand them in from there.

  • At this point and definitely by the end of the week, students should be able to comfortably count to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s. We do this everyday, so practice if they are unable to!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday, February 21st.

  • There is no school on Wednesday, February 12th in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday.

  • Continue working with ST math/JiJi. The students are doing a great job. Email me with any questions.

  • 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.

Ms. Maltz

Dear Kindergarten Families,

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Friday the 14th. The children are encouraged to bring a valentine for each of their classmates (25). We are asking that the students only write who the valentine is from. Please do not write who the valentine is to. We look forward to celebrating our 100th Day and Valentine’s Day next Friday.

Love,

The Kindergarten Team

Also, I already have enough volunteers for our 100th Day centers. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and we are so happy you will be helping us. If you would still like to volunteer that day but at a different time let me know. It is a full day and we could always use the help.

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Our February Family Project is very open ended. Your family will “Start with a Heart.” Students should create a heart and work with their families to make anything they wish inside that heart.

Your family might want to choose one of the following ideas or your child may think of something much more creative and meaningful to them!

Sample Ideas:

  • a heart person with arms, legs, etc…

  • a decorated valentine

  • a patterned heart

  • a heart filled with pictures of things/people they love

  • a tissue paper heart

  • a heart mobile

  • etc…

Remember to do more than just color. Find items around the house to use in the heart.

Enjoy this time with your child as you work together on “Start with a Heart!”

Sincerely,

The Kindergarten Team

Due Date: Monday, February 17, 2014

Dear Room 104 Families,

100th Day is February 14th….next Friday!! The kids are really excited about the 100th Day of School. The day will be packed full of fun 100th Day projects. We need your help!

**Every student needs to count out 100 snack items and bring them in a big Ziploc bag on the 100th day of school. Here are a few ideas for 100 snacks: chocolate chips, goldfish, gummy bears, cheese balls, cheese its, cheerios, fruit loops, gummy worms, etc. Please do not include 100 pieces of wrapped candy. We will make a 100th day snack out of all the food items and share them with everyone. PLEASE make sure your child’s hands are CLEAN and germ free when counting out the 100 food items.

**Decorate a 100th Day shirt with your child. Draw, paint, puff paint, stamp, or glue 100 items onto a white shirt and they will wear it to school on the 100th Day. Trust us, students will LOVE this shirt and never want to take it off!  Here are a few ideas: googly eyes, beads, ribbons, stickers, paint, stars, etc.

**We need volunteers from 9:15-11:00 for center explanations and clean up. We will be doing some great hands on centers and we need your help. If you can volunteer please sign the form below and send it back to school with your child ASAP. Each class needs at least 4 volunteers. Your child’s teacher will contact you regarding volunteering.

100 thanks,

The Kindergarten Team

 

*That day is also Valentine’s Day. Information regarding our small Valentine’s Day celebration will be shared shortly.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: four   *review last week sight words

    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, of, his, her, for, with, will, day

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

Letter of the Week: Ii

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

    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 Skip Dice Greeting, Mitten poem shared reading Activity, and students will share their favorite winter food 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, Word Family Sort, Word Family Eggs

    • Listening – Listen to The Mitten then write a sentence and draw a picture of something that happened in the story

    • 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

  • Practice writing upper and lowercase Ii

  • List words that begin with short /i/ and long /i/

  • Long /i/ and short /i/ sort

  • Read the book Turtle Splash and do a cause/effect activity

Math:

  • Snowman Measuring

  • Mitten Measuring

  • Roll and Record

  • Mitten Patterning

  • Patterns with Craft Sticks

  • ST Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Jan Brett and Winter

  • Read The Mitten and list the characters

  • Read The Hat and list the character

  • Complete a venn diagram comparing and contrasting the characters in The Mitten and The Hat

  • Read Snowy Day then sequence the story

  • Snowman Glyph

Writing:

  • Students will write the beginning, middle, and end of The Mitten

  • Students will write the beginning, middle, and end of The Hat

  • Write sentences using the question words, “what,” “where,” and “who.” Students must make sure to draw a corresponding picture to their sentence

Things to Know:

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

  • Scholastic Book Orders have been placed and should be arriving shortly. The next set of fliers will be sent home soon and the order is due Friday, February 21st.

  • There is no school on Wednesday, February 12th in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday.

  • As of now it looks like our 100th Day of School and Valentine’s Day are going to fall on the same day. Look for information about both to come home this week.

  • Continue working with ST math/JiJi. The students are doing a great job. Email me with any questions.

  • Email me if you would like to know your child’s math dibels scores. If I requested a conference on the report card please contact me as soon as possible to arrange that.

  • 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