Newsletter for the Week of Feb. 24

Saturday, February 22, 2014

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


  • 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


  • 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