Archive for April 2014

May is Asian Pacific Heritage month and next week we will be studying different countries from the region. We have some fun art related activities planned but would love to hear from people from those countries. If you would like to come in and speak to us about a tradition, travel, clothing, food, etc please let me know. You can bring in a book (good for kindergartners!), pictures, or store bought food. The parent presentations will take place next Thursday and/or Friday, the 8th and 9th, starting at 2:15 pm. Email me as soon as you can if you would like to come in and enhance our study of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

All field trip forms and payments are due this THURSDAY! Please send the exact amount of cash or check (made out of Ray School) by Thursday.

Principal Screening Committee – there is an important survey regarding what you want in a principal candidate. Access to this survey is on the Ray PTA website. A hard copy is also available in the office.

Field Trip – Permission slips are going home today regarding our May 14th field trip. Please send in the exact amount listed and indicate if you would like to chaperone on the permission slip.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: mother, father, sister, brother, help

    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, all, too, some, find, as, six, but, us, would, now, any, an, did

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

Letter of the Week: Review

    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, Kk

   Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Owl Greeting, the How Poem Shared Reading Activity, and for sharing students will share their favorite fairy tale and why. Make sure to check the sharing schedule linked above and prepare your child for this sharing.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, making words, digraph sort

    • Writing -Students will pick from the topic cards and use those to help them write, students will be encouraged to write about their mother, father, sister, and/or brother

    • Listening – Listen to Clark the Shark then draw a character from the story

    • Computer – Starfall

    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – Find/identify sight words

  • StoryBus visit! We will be going on the StoryBus Monday morning. It will be all decked out in Three Little Pigs decorations and supplies. The bus stays parked outside of school and the students get to go on and play like they are inside the story. They will also hear a read aloud of a version of the story. I have been attending StoryBus training once a month (January through May) in order to get this bus to come to Ray for all of our kindergartners to enjoy. Here is their website: http://www.storybus.org/

  • Read numerous versions of The Three Little Pigs throughout the week

  • Sequence the original version of Three Little Pigs

  • Write about what they would make their house out of

  • Write about how they would trick the wolf

  • Dr. Michael Heggerty phonemic awareness lesson

  • Sight Word Songs

Math:

  • Number Scrolls

  • Numbers in Sequence

  • What My Rule? with patterns

  • Use drawing to represent a number multiple ways

  • Missing Number

  • St Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Plants/Seeds

  • Parts of a seed

  • Students will make their own greenhouse to hang in the window

  • Parts of a flower flipbook

  • Listen to The Carrot Seed and sequence the events

  • Make a flower using numerous supplies

Writing:

  • Who am I? poem

  • Students will write an acrostic poem about themselves using their name

  • Independent Journals

  • Spring is… poem

Things to Know:

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

  • I am looking for volunteers to help me level books. I need people to come in starting at lunch and throughout the rest of the day. It is a process I can teach you in just a few minutes and you will only need to come in for 15 to 30 minutes at a time. Any help would be greatly appreciated so please let me know if you can help.

  • At this point students should be able to comfortably count to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s. Practice if your child is 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 145 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 have been placed and the next order is due Friday, May 16th.

  • We have a field trip on May 14th. Look for the permission slip to come home early next week.

  • Continue working with ST math/JiJi.

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: would, now, any, an, did

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, all, too, some, find, as, six, but, us

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

Letter of the Week: Review

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, Kk

 Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Greet in the Round Greeting, the Many Poem Shared Reading Activity, and for sharing students will share something they did over Spring Break.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, match words to pictures, Wikki Stix, Rhyming Houses

    • Writing -Students will pick from the topic cards and use those to help them write

    • Listening – Listen to Clark the Shark then draw about their favorite part

    • Computer – Starfall

    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – Find/identify sight words

  • Identify the main idea in read alouds

  • My Earth Day Promise

  • Dr. Michael Heggerty phonemic awareness lesson

  • Sight Word Songs

Math:

  • Number Scrolls

  • Plus or Minus Game

  • Double Digits with Dice

  • Graphing/Sorting

  • St Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Earth Day

  • Many Earth Day and related read alouds

  • 4 Ways I Can Help the Earth

  • Earth Day Pledge (I will, I will not)

  • Help our Earth Pick a Prompt

  • Earth Day Flip Book

  • Clean up the playground

Writing:

  • I can help our Earth by….

  • Independent Journaling

Things to Know:

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

  • Thank you to all the families who came and supported me and Mrs. Burks at Ray Festival before break. We had a line at our face painting table the entire event and I will use what I earned to get some great resources for Room 104. Thanks to everyone who attended.

  • I am looking for volunteers to help me level books. I need people to come in starting at lunch and throughout the rest of the day. It is a process I can teach you in just a few minutes and you will only need to come in for 15 to 30 minutes at a time. Any help would be greatly appreciated so please let me know if you can help.

  • 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 140 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

Ray Festival is tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. I hope Mrs. Burks and I get a lot of visitors at the face painting table.

The Book Fair is open during Ray Festival. I have made a wish list of books from the book fair if anyone would like to donate a book to the class. I know the students and I would greatly appreciate it.

Thursday, April 10th is Ray School Spirit Day. Students should wear Ray clothing or green and white to show their Ray School spirit. That is also the day of our field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo, making it an even better idea to wear Ray School colors. That night is Ray Festival. Make sure to stop by my table with Mrs. Burks for face painting.

See everyone tomorrow at report card pick up.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: as, six, but, us

    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, all, too, some, find

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

Letter of the Week: Review

    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, Kk

Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Compliment Greeting, the Spring Poem Shared Reading Activity, and for sharing students will pair share with a partner.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Find Sight Words in Magazines then use them in sentences, Making Words and Sentences

    • 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

  • Identify the main idea in read alouds

  • Dr. Michael Heggerty phonemic awareness lesson

  • Sight Word Songs

Math:

  • Place Value

  • Math Games and reinforcement of recent concepts

  • St Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Zoo Animals

  • Red about lions, list facts, write an all about on lions

  • Read about tigers, list facts, write an all about on tigers

  • Compare and contrast lions and tigers

 

Writing:

  • Animal Mix-Up

  • If I Was a Zookeeper…

  • Quit Monkeying Around!

  • Write about the field trip

Things to Know:

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

  • I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, April 7 for Report Card Pick Up. If you have a conflict with your time, let me know right away.

  • 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. Dress for the weather.

  • 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. We will browse the book fair as a class on Wednesday and students can buy books on Thursday afternoon. If possible, I strongly encourage buying during report card pick up and/or Ray Festival.

  • Ray Festival is Thursday, April 10 from 5:30 – 7:30. The book fair will be open during the festival. Mrs. Bruks and I will have a face painting table!

  • Spring Break is the Week of April 14th. I will be away for Spring Break and will not have access to my CPS email.

  • 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 135 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