Archive for March 2014

Here is the up to date Report Card Pick Up Schedule for Monday, April 7th. Remember that this is a non student attendance day.

11:00 am – Miles

11:10 am – Neil

11:20 am – Ryann

11:30 am – Angelina

11:40 am – HaJin

11:50 am – Anna

12:00 pm – Deaven

1:00 pm – Yota

1:10 pm – Lauren

2:00 pm – John

2:30 pm – Marc

4:00 pm – Nicholas

4:10 pm – Luka

4:20 pm – Amir

4:40 pm – Bryce

4:50 pm – Noah

5:00 pm – Elyse

5:10 pm – Tristan

5:20 pm – Kasey

5:30 pm – Saphira

Please contact me if there is a conflict.

March 31, 2014

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: all, too, some, find

    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, how, many, five, what, out, down, yes, no, got, went, not, where, do, eat, because, if, this, by

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

Letter of the Week: Kk

    Previous Letters: Ll, Aa, Ff, Tt, Pp, Bb, Ss, Cc, Nn, Gg, Ee, Xx, Yy, Mm, Rr, Ww, Ii, Vv, Oo, Zz, Qq, Uu, Dd, Hh, Jj

    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 Good Morning Greeting, the Spring Poem Shared Reading Activity, and for sharing students will share one fact they have learned about snails, fish, or worms.

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 Stamping, Rhyming

    • Listening – Listen to If You Give a Dog a Donut then draw one cause/effect from 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 Kk

  • List words that begin with /k/

  • Magic e words

  • Digraph Sort

  • Read Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs then color in a town full of food and write about it using descriptive words

  • Read The April Fools’ Treasure Hunt

  • Read alouds

  • Dr. Michael Heggerty phonemic awareness lesson

  • Sight Word Songs

Math:

  • Raindrop Addition

  • Dice Addition

  • Money Cube Game

  • Practice Time to the hour and half hour

  • Number Stories

  • St Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Weather

  • Read lots of non fiction weather books

  • Read It Looked Like Spilt Milk then make a cloud and write the following sentence: It looks like ____________ but it is really a cloud.

  • Water Cycle

  • Rain fact and what you wear when it rains

  • Read When the Wind Blew and write their own ending

  • Sequence a  thunderstorm

Writing:

  • Students will keep a weather writing journal for the week. Each day the students will pick a type of weather to write about – sunny, cloudy, stormy, windy, snowy. Students will write about what they wear during that weather and what they like to do when it is what weather. Students will also graph the weather each day in the journals.

Things to Know:

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

  • Wish List – band aids

  • If you have not turned in your Third Quarter Report Card Pick Up conference time request form, do so as soon as possible. Times are filling up. If you have gotten your time, please contact me if there is a conflict. Report Card Pick Up is Monday, April 7th.

  • Out field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo is on Thursday, April 10th. We will be leaving right away so students must be on time. They must also have a disposable lunch that day. Permission slips need to be turned in as soon as possible.

  • School starts at 8:45 and students that are tardy are missing out on learning time and many important things – it is very important students arrive to school on time!

  • The Book Fair will run from April 7 – 11 in the teacher lunchroom in the basement. We will get a chance to go down as a class to shop, however it will be open during Report Card Pick Up and before school that week. Sales tax will be charged. I will be given the opportunity to make a wish list, please consider purchasing a book on the list to donate to the class.

  • Ray Festival is Thursday, April 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The book fair will be open during the festival.

  • Spring Break is the Week of April 14th.

  • 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 and higher.

  • Also at this point students should be able to identify numbers up to 130 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, April 25th.

  • Continue working with ST math/JiJi.

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

Ms. Maltz

Field Trip

I have already received 18 permission slips back from students for our Lincoln Park Zoo field trip! If you have not turned it in please do so as soon as possible. Remember on that day, Thursday, April 10th, students need to bring a completely disposable lunch.

I have had lots of people volunteer to chaperone. I have only confirmed with two. If you have not heard from me, I will contact you early next week. Since this is a free field trip to the zoo we just have to consider bus space. Once I know, I will contact all the people who have said they could chaperone.

Report Card Pick Up
So far I have received 17 time request forms. Please turn it in as soon as possible in order to secure a time that works for you. This is currently the schedule I have:

11:00 am – Miles

11:10 am – Neil

11:20 am – Ryann

11:30 am – Angelina

11:40 am – HaJin

11:50 am – Anna

1:00 pm – Yota

2:00 pm – John

2:30 pm – Marc

4:00 pm – Nicholas

4:10 pm – Luka

4:20 pm – Amir

4:50 pm – Noah

5:00 pm – Elyse

5:10 pm – Tristan

5:20 pm – Kasey

5:30 pm – Saphira

Please contact me if there is a conflict.

We have a field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo scheduled for Thursday, April 10th. This is a completely free field trip and the students will be taking a 30 minute class while there! Permission slips for the field trip are in green folders today. Please turn the permission slip in as soon as possible.

Students will be eating lunch at the zoo so please make sure they have a completely disposable lunch that day.

This will be an all day field trip. We will be leaving as soon as school gets started so students must be on time! We should be getting back to school around 2:30 pm that day.

If you would like to chaperone please contact me. Thanks.

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: because, if, this, by

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, how, many, five, what, out, down, yes, no, got, went, not, where, do, eat

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

Letter of the Week: Jj

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

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 Hit the Floor Greeting, the Quarter Poem Shared Reading Activity, and for sharing students are to bring in a 3D shape – students must be able to name their shape, they could make it or bring in an existing object, students are only to bring their shape on their sharing day – schedule linked above.

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 Eggs, Wikki Sticks

    • Listening – Listen to If You Give a Dog a Donut then draw their favorite part

    • 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 Jj

  • List words that begin with /j/

  • Word Families

  • As a group we will determine the cause/effect of various read alouds

  • Students will independently determine a cause/effect in If You Give a Dog a Donut then recreate one with pictures

  • Make a position word book

Math:

  • Make 2D and 3D shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks

  • Gummy worm measuring

  • Introduce students to half

  • Division of whole objects into halves

  • Lots of work with the fraction – half

  • Continue to work on time to the hour and half hour

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Snails and Worms

  • Snail observation

  • Snail facts

  • Parts of a snail

  • Worm observation and parts

  • Worms – can, have, are

Writing:

  • At the Pond pick a prompt

  • All about snails

  • Students will make their own Diary of a Worm entries

  • Independent Journal

Things to Know:

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

  • Third Quarter ends this week – Report Card Conference time request forms will be sent home soon

  • School starts at 8:45 and students that are tardy are missing out on learning time and many important things – it is very important students arrive to school on time!

  • The Book Fair will run from April 7 – 11 in the teacher lunchroom in the basement. We will get a chance to go down as a class to shop, however it will be open during Report Card Pick Up and before school that week. Sales tax will be charged. I will be given the opportunity to make a wish list, please consider purchasing a book on the list to donate to the class.

  • Ray Festival is Thursday, April 10 in the evening. The book fair will be open during the festival.

  • 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 and higher.

  • Also at this point students should be able to identify numbers up to 130 comfortably, many are doing way beyond that. If you child is unable to, please practice.

  • Remember to practice those sight words daily!

  • The 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.

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

Ms. Maltz

Next week for sharing during our morning meeting I am asking that all students bring in a 3D shape. In order to share they must know what type of 3D shape it is – cube, cylinder, cone, etc. Please only send the 3D shape on the day your child shares. The sharing schedule is linked above.

Students can make the object or bring in something they already have. The video posted previously is a great resource for students to figure out what they want to bring in. I will not be sending home a note as a reminder, though this information will also be in the next newsletter.

Thanks!

We started learning about 3-D shapes today. There is a really great video on YouTube that we watched. The students loved it and wanted to make sure they could watch it at home. Warning: the song really gets stuck in your head!

Or just go to YouTube and search: 3D Shapes I Know

March 17, 2014

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: not, where, do, eat

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, how, many, five, what, out, down, yes, no, got, went

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

Letter of the Week: Hh

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

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 Dice Greeting, the Dime Poem Shared Reading Activity, and students will get a chance to share anything they want to tell the class.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Third Quarter Assessment

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Rhyming, Short Vowel Match

    • Listening – Listen to A Feast for 10 then draw a picture of a character

    • 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 H

  • List words that begin with /h/

  • Digraph sort

  • As a group we will determine the beginning, middle, and end of various read alouds

  • Students will independently determine the beginning, middle, and end of Swimmer and complete a graphic organizer

  • St. Patrick’s Day read aloud

  • Students will write about things that make them feel lucky

Math:

  • Number Grid Game

  • 3-D Shapes

  • Coin Exchange

  • Raft Game

  • Comparison Number Stories

  • Time to the half hour

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Fish

  • Students will learn about the parts of a fish and label them

  • Students will write and draw about the habitat of a fish

  • Students will complete a fish tree map… fish – can, have, are

  • Students will compare and contrast male and female guppies

Writing:

  • St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun pick a prompt

  • Write about the character, setting, problem, and solution in The Rainbow Fish

  • Write a first, then, next, last on how to take care of fish

  • Write beginning, middle, end stories on a given topic

Things to Know:

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

  • I will be administering the Third Quarter Assessment this week – this will be one of the components that helps to inform the third quarter report card. Conference request times for third quarter report card pick up will be sent home shortly

  • 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 and higher.

  • Also at this point students should be able to identify numbers up to 120 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 on Friday, March 21st

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

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

Ms. Maltz

The students were very excited to welcome goldfish and snails to our classroom last week.

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Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: yes, no, got, went

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, how, many, five, what, out, down

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

Letter of the Week: Dd

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

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 Cat Greeting, the Nickel Poem Shared Reading Activity, and students will pair share something they did the day before.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Sequencing, Making Words

    • Listening – Listen to A Feast for 10 then write a sentence about the story 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 D

  • List words that begin with /d/

  • ABC Order

  • Sight Word memory/matching game

  • As a group we will determine the character, setting, problem, and solution of various read alouds throughout the week

  • Students will independently determine the character, setting, problem and solution of a story and complete an organizer

  • Sequencing Stories into four events

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

Math:

  • Introduction to clocks and telling time to the hour

  • Read analog clocks

  • Time to the hour matching/memory game with digital and analog clocks

  • Bear Measuring

  • Gummy Bear Graphing

  • ST Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Bears

  • Students will listen to a non fiction read aloud about polar bears then help to complete an anchor chart telling about the bear’s habitat, what they eat, and a fact about their babies.

  • Students will listen to a non fiction read aloud about brown bears then help to complete an anchor chart telling about the bear’s habitat, what they eat, and a fact about their babies.

  • Students will listen to a non fiction read aloud about panda bears then help to complete an anchor chart telling about the bear’s habitat, what they eat, and a fact about their babies.

  • Place on a map where the three different types of bears we are studying live

  • Compare and contrast panda and polar bears

Writing:

  • Complete an organizer about each of the bears we are studying writing and drawing their habitat, what they eat, and a fact about their babies

  • Bears…can, have, are

  • Look, a Polar Bear! pick a prompt

Things to Know:

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

  • Here is a link to making oobleck (a green gooey substance from Dr. Seuss’ Bartholomew and the Oobleck) and some fun activities to do with it – http://www.livescience.com/21536-oobleck-recipe.html

  • 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 and higher.

  • Also at this point students should be able to identify numbers up to 100 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 on Friday, March 21st

  • When able to go outside for recess this week I expect it to be wet, just like it was on Friday. Please make sure your child has the proper shoes to wear and consider sending an extra pair and an extra pair of socks.

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

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: what, out, down

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, how, many, five

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

Letters of the Week: Qq, Uu

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

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. /qu/ words and /u/ words.

 Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Dog Greeting, the Penny Poem Shared Reading Activity, and students will share their favorite literacy center 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 (U), Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds, Beginning/Ending Blends

    • 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 Qq, Uu

  • List words that begin with /qu/

  • List words with short /u/

  • List words with long /u/

  • Compound words

  • We will take a close look at the vocabulary in Dr. Seuss books

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

Math:

  • Goldfish Sorting and Graphing

  • Fishbowl Adding

  • Tally Marks

  • Place Value with ones and tens

  • Sock Measuring

  • ST Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Dr. Seuss

  • Read My Many Colored Days then complete the prompt, “Today I feel ______ because ______.”

  • Read The Cat In The Hat then complete a word family hat

  • Read Wacky Wednesday then students will write their own silly story

  • Read Fox in Socks then create their own crazy sock and write about it

  • Read The Foot Book then create their own foot book with characters

  • Read There’s A Wocket In My Pocket then create their own page

Writing:

  • Students will create their own Dr. Seuss character and write about it

  • Students will make a new hat for The Cat In The Hat and write a letter to him convincing him to wear it

  • Students will create a Wacky Menu

  • Students will write about what would happen if The Cat In The Hat came into their house

  • Independent Journals

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 and higher.

  • Also at this point students should be able to identify numbers up to 100 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 on Friday, March 21st

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

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

Ms. Maltz