Newsletter for the Week of March 31

Friday, March 28, 2014

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


  • 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


  • 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