Archive for May 2014

June 2, 2014

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: first, eight, nine, ten

    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, mother, father, sister, brother, help, good, fun, them, there, bad, very, make, play, seven, home, please, that, friend, our, away, could, want, jump, after

    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 dinosaur Greeting, the summer poem Activity, and for Sharing students will share something they made that they are most proud of.

    • Next week during our sharing part of morning meeting I would like each student to bring in something they made (wrote, drew, colored, built, etc) during their time in kindergarten. It can be something they did at school, home, during an after school activity…anywhere. Students should pick the thing they made that they are most proud of. Please see the sharing schedule linked above for the day your child shares.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – National Geographic Young Explorer and word games

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, sight word search, color by sight word, build words

    • Writing – Complete the prompt – I am excited about __________ in first grade because____.

    • Listening – Listen to Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes then students will draw their favorite part

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

  • Sight Word Songs

  • Read alouds

Math:

  • What’s My Rule?

  • Dinosaur Measuring

  • Dinosaur Patterns

  • St Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Dinosaurs

  • We will complete a KWL chart (Know, Want to Know, Learned)

  • Dinosaur Skeletons

  • Dinosaur Teeth

  • Make a dinosaur and their habitat

  • Become a paleontologist (with a cookie)

Writing:

  • Dinosaur pick a prompt

  • I dreamed about a dinosaur!

  • If I were a dinosaur I would eat…

  • Baby dinosaurs

  • Today I was a paleontologist and this is what I discovered…

Things to Know:

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

  • Seeking a new home for a goldfish and water snails! We have one goldfish and one snail that will need new homes. They are very good pets. If you would like all or some or have any questions please contact me.

  • Students will be attending the Third Grade Chicago Play on the morning of Friday, June 6.

  • The end of the year dibels assessment is complete!

  • 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.

  • The last Scholastic Book Order of the year has been placed and should be arriving shortly. Thank you to those who ordered throughout the year.

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

  • The last day of school for the students is Friday, June 13. There will be a schoolwide picnic that day. More information will be sent home soon.

Ms. Maltz

Next week during our sharing part of morning meeting I would like each student to bring in something they made (wrote, drew, colored, built, etc) during their time in kindergarten. It can be something they did at school, home, during an after school activity…anywhere. Students should pick the thing they made that they are most proud of. Please see the sharing schedule linked above for the day your child shares.

We are in need of strong safety pins in room 104 if anyone is willing to donate. Our caterpillars are turning into their chrysalis stage and need to be attached to the side of the netting. If able to, please donate by Friday morning. Thanks!

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: could, want, jump, after

    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, mother, father, sister, brother, help, good, fun, them, there, bad, very, make, play, seven, home, please, that, friend, our, away

    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 5 senses song 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 – Dibels assessment

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, wikki stix, matching rhyming words, four part event sequencing

    • Writing – Free write/write and My Favorite part of Kindergarten is…

    • Listening – Listen to Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes then write a sentence about the story and draw a picture

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

  • Sight Word Songs

  • Read alouds

Math:

  • Numbers in Order

  • Number Gymnastics Game

  • Introduction to the One Dollar Bill

  • One Dollar Game

  • St Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): 5 Senses

  • Read My 5 Senses

  • Label the senses and write what each does

  • Take a nature walk and write down how the different senses are being used

  • Taste Test

  • 5 Senses Flipbook

Writing:

  • Independent Journals

Things to Know:

  • Seeking a new home for a goldfish and water snails! We have one goldfish and two snails that will need new homes. They are very good pets. If you would like all or some or have any questions please contact me.

  • The insect projects looked so great and the students did an amazing job presenting their projects and answering questions from the class.

  • The only part left of the dibels assessment that I need to administer is the reading level. All scores will be sent home once it is all complete. Once again, if you would like the math scores please email me.

  • 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.

  • The LAST Scholastic Book Orders are due Wednesday, May 28. Thanks to the families that have ordered books throughout the year. All books bought give the class points and I am able to purchase great books and resources.

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

  • There is no school on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

  • The last day of school for the students is Friday, June 13. There will be a schoolwide picnic that day. More information will be sent home soon.

Ms. Maltz

May 19, 2014

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: please, that, friend, our, away

    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, mother, father, sister, brother, help, good, fun, them, there, bad, very, make, play, seven, home

    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 1, 2, 3, 4 Greeting, the parts of a insect song Activity, and for Sharing students will share which insect they would like to be and why.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Dibels assessment

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, sight word stamping, roll a sight word, word family eggs

    • Writing – Free write/write the read and make believe parts of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    • Listening – Listen to If You Give a Pig a Pancake

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

  • Sight Word Songs

Math:

  • How Long is an Hour?

  • Time Memory

  • Butterfly Symmetry

  • High Roller Game

  • Double Digits with Dice

  • Number Scrolls

  • Introduction to the Function Machine

  • St Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Butterflies

  • We currently have caterpillars in the room and we will be watching them over time turn to chrysalis then to butterflies

  • Life Cycle of a Caterpillar

  • As a class we will create our own very hungry caterpillar

  • Moths

  • Compare and Contrast Moths and Butterflies

  • Insect Project Presentations

Writing:

  • Independent Journals

  • If I Were a Butterfly…

  • Insects can, have, are, eat, and a fact

Things to Know:

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

  • Seeking a new home for some goldfish and water snails! We have five goldfish and four snails that will need new homes. They are very good pets. If you would like all or some or have any questions please contact me.

  • Insect Projects are due Thursday, May 22nd. Students will be presenting on Thursday and Friday. We will have our own mini science fair with the other kindergarten classes on Friday morning. We will go to the other rooms to see their projects.

  • 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 165 comfortably, many are doing way beyond that. If you child is unable to, please practice.

  • Students will attend an Asian Pacific Heritage Assembly on Thursday

  • Remember to practice those sight words daily!

  • The LAST Scholastic Book Orders are due Wednesday, May 28.

  • Continue working with ST math/JiJi.

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

  • There is no school on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day

Ms. Maltz

Our field trip to The Very Hungry Caterpillar play is today! Make sure students are on time and bring a lunch to school. It does not need to be disposable as we will be eating when we get back to school. If possible have your child wear a Ray School t-shirt or our Ray colors of green and white. This should be a great field trip that I know the students are really looking forward to.

Dear Room 104 Families,

This week and next week we will be learning about insects. We will be discussing habitat, insect jobs, predators, diet, etc. We also have some fun insect math activities and great writing prompts planned too. On Thursday, May 22nd all kindergarten classes will be holding a small science fair for each of the other kindergarten classes. The other classes will be walking around viewing each other’s chosen insect. Your child will have a chance to talk about their research and findings. So here is where you come in…you and your child research one insect (not spider) and create a small poster board showing and describing his/her insect. Here is what you need to include:

-picture or drawing of the insect

-habitat

-diet

-prey

-job of insect

– two interesting facts

Have FUN with this science project! Get creative with what the presentation with look like. Also, we ask that your child write everything.

Projects are due/to be turned in on Thursday, May 22nd.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: very, make, play, seven, home

    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, mother, father, sister, brother, help, good, fun, them, there, bad

    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 Bee Greeting, the parts of a insect song Activity, and for Sharing students will share which insect scares them the most and why.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading – National Geographic Young Explorer

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, digraph match, word family sort

    • Writing – Insect beginning, middle, end story

    • Listening – Listen to Animal Strike at the Zoo then write a sentence and draw a corresponding picture

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

  • Story Elements

  • Vocabulary

  • Sight Word Songs

Math:

  • Roll and Record with coins

  • Busy Day Shopping – buying with nickels and dimes

  • Time to the hour and half hour

  • Insect subtraction

  • St Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Insects (Bees and Ants), Korea

  • Read many non fiction books about insects

  • Parts of an insect

  • Read and sequence The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • Ant homes and jobs

  • Bee jobs

  • Read In the Tall, Tall Grass then make grass and put insects in it then write about it

  • Read a traditional Korean book and learn about traditional clothing

Writing:

  • Independent Journals

  • All About Ants

  • All About Bees

Things to Know:

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

  • Our field trip to The Very Hungry Caterpillar play is on Wednesday, May 14th. Students must be on time that day. Students are to bring lunches but they do not need to be disposable. We will be eating lunch back at school, but at a later time. Thanks in advance to the chaperones.

  • I will begin our end of the year assessments this week.

  • 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 160 comfortably, many are doing way beyond that. If you child is unable to, please practice.

  • If you would like to present for Asian Pacific Heritage Month let me know and we get set up a time.

  • Remember to practice those sight words daily!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday, May 16th.

  • Continue working with ST math/JiJi.

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

Ms. Maltz

I will be out tomorrow. I did not tell the students. Please prepare them and remind them that they are to be on their best behavior. I will be back on Thursday.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Word: good, fun, them, there, bad

    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, mother, father, sister, brother, help

    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 Action Verb Greeting, the read a sight word Activity, and for sharing students will share what they would grow in their own garden.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading – National Geographic Young Explorer

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, vowel match, sight word graphing, blend sort

    • Writing – Healthy Flowers Pick a Prompt

    • Listening – Listen to Animal Strike at the Zoo then draw their favorite part

    • Computer – Starfall

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

  • Syllables

  • Students will listen to read alouds and identify the main characters and at least three character traits

  • Illustrate vocabulary words

  • Sight Word Songs

Math:

  • Number Scrolls

  • Fractions – ½, ⅓, ¼

  • Fraction Pizza

  • Fraction Cookie

  • St Math

  • Math Journals

  • Math Survey

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Plants/Seeds and Asian Pacific Heritage Month

  • Read Tops and Bottoms then write a list of things that grow above and below the ground

  • Read The Surprise Garden then complete a vegetable garden pick a prompt

  • Students will make their own books about what they would grow in their gardens

  • Listen to and participate in presentations about China

Writing:

  • Independent Journals – students have been given spring prompts to use if they would like

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 155 comfortably, many are doing way beyond that. If you child is unable to, please practice.

  • If you would like to present for Asian Pacific Heritage Month but cannot do this week, let me know and we get set up another time in May.

  • Remember to practice those sight words daily!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday, May 16th.

  • We have a field trip on May 14th.

  • Continue working with ST math/JiJi.

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

Ms. Maltz