Newsletter for the Week of March 24

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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


  • 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


  • 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