Archive for September 2014

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: the, can

    We will use and write them in sentences. We will also sing our sight word songs.

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, we, see

 

Letter of the Week: Ff

Please have your child cut out images from the newspaper or magazines that begin with our letter of the week so we can make a letter collage book. Students may bring in the images any day throughout the week.

Previous Letters: Mm, Aa

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Compliment Greeting
  • Activity – Apple Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their favorite food and why
    • Please discuss this with your child and prepare them for what they will share

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • We will start to rotate between four of our centers this week – read to self, read to someone, word work, and writing
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Letter Ff activity, Color by Sight Word
    • Writing – Students will be introduced to writing center, there are many topic cards they can choose from to help them pick a topic
  • Complete the predictable sentence, “The boy/girl can___________ (action word).” Each week with our predictable sentences we make a class book that stays in our Book Center. Students may put the books in their Read to Self bags to read and/or read them when doing Read to Someone.
  • Letter Sort.
  • We will begin our phonemic awareness lessons this week.
  • Our big book this week is Please, Puppy, Please. Each day we will do a different activity with it. Our comprehension skill this week is main characters.
    • Big Book Activities – Picture Walk/Predictions, Read, Identify the main character, Identify two characteristics for the main character.
  • List words that begin with the letter Ff.
  • Sing Who Let the Letters Out? There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page on the blog.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Apples

  • Apple Germ Experiment
  • Apple Measuring
  • Sight Word Apple Tree
  • 10 Apples Up On Top

Writing:

  • Students will continue to independent journal this week. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures and the students who can write words will be encouraged to do so.
  • This week we will continue to focus on writing sentences using our sight words.

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • Roll and Color
  • Which Way Do I Go? (Directional Words)
  • Spin a Number Game
  • Counting Games
  • Matching Coin Game
  • Number Board
  • Math Centers

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Scholastic Book Orders have been placed and should be arriving shortly. The next order is due Wednesday, October 22. The papers will be sent home sometime this week. You may order by going online (https://clubs2.scholastic.com), directions have been given, or handing the order and check to me. Please consider ordering books from Scholastic. Not only are they cheap but all books bought earn the classrooms bonus points. With those points I am able to get resources and books for the classroom.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • Let me know if you would like to go paperless with the newsletter.
  • I have a project up on a website called Donors Choose. Please consider looking at the website and donating any amount to help fund my project (http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-soar-through-technology/1316674/?rf=page-siteshare-2014-09-project-teacher_2480453). I am asking for technology that will directly benefit all the students currently in Room 104 and in the future. Also encourage your family and friends to donate.
  • If you have not yet sent an apple to school, please do so at the beginning of this week.
  • Consider collecting Box Tops. They are on many of the everyday items that you buy. Turn them into me or by the security desk on the first floor.   Each Box Top earns money for the school. http://www.boxtopsforeducation.info

Ms. Maltz

rmaltz@cps.edu

Please let me know if you would like to go paperless with the weekly newsletter. It would only be with the newsletter. So far I have only heard from two families. Email me at rmaltz@cps.edu if you would like to go paperless.

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: we, see

We will use and write them in sentences. We will also start our sight word songs.

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like

 

Letter of the Week: Aa

Please have your child cut out images from the newspaper or magazines that nbegin with our letter of the week so we can make a letter collage book. Students may bring in the images any day throughout the week.

Previous Letters: Mm

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Students will greet the person next to them by saying, “Good Morning, (name).”
  • Activity – Apple Song (to the tune of Bingo)
    • There is a fruit that grows on trees and apple is its name, oh!

A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E

And Apple is its name, oh!

  • Sharing – Students will be sharing a photo of someone special to them. Please check the sharing schedule as to when your child should bring in their photo.
    • Practice with your child what they will say – who the person is, why they are special

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • We have reached our 15 goal in Read to Self! We continue to do this center everyday.
  • We are so close of reaching our 15 minute goal in Read to Someone, we are at 12 minutes. The students are particularly good at this center, it is so great watching two or three students interacting with the same text.
  • We will learn to rotate between our centers, just Read to Self and Read to Someone this week.
  • Our third center, Word Work, will be introduced. Students will learn two Word Work activities – Rainbow Words and Read Around the Room.
  • Complete the predictable sentence, “We see a _______ (red, yellow, green) apple.” Each week with our predictable sentences we make a class book that stays in our Book Center. Students may put the books in their Read to Self bags to read and/or read them when doing Read to Someone.
  • Word Sort.
  • Identify words that begin with the letter a, and practice writing the letter.
  • Read It Begins With An A, then make our own version of the story.
  • List words that begin with the letter Aa. (Short vowel sound, examples – apple, at, ant)
  • Sing Who Let the Letters Out? There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page above.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Apples

  • Read many non fiction books about apples
  • Create an apple anchor chart with apple facts and parts of an apple
  • Identify the parts of an apple
  • Make a paper apple with all the parts
  • Fingerprint Apples
  • Apple Stamping (ABC Pattern)

Writing:

  • Students will continue to independent journal this week. We start with how to make a wow picture and come up with a list of topics to write about. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures and the students who can write words will be encouraged to do so.
  • This week we will focus on writing sentences using our sight words.

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Number Writing
  • Math Centers
  • Give Me the Next Number
  • Body Height Comparison
  • Finger Count
  • Shape Collages
  • Shapes by Feel

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home page above.
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due Wednesday, September 24. You may order by going online (https://clubs2.scholastic.com), directions have been given, or handing the order and check to me. Please consider ordering books from Scholastic. Not only are they cheap but all books bought earn the classrooms bonus points. With those points I am able to get resources and books for the classroom.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • I have a project up on a website called Donors Choose. Please consider looking at the website and donating any amount to help fund my project (http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-soar-through-technology/1316674/?rf=page-siteshare-2014-09-project-teacher_2480453). I am asking for technology that will directly benefit all the students currently in Room 104 and in the future. Also encourage your family and friends to donate.
  • Picture Day is Thursday, September 25th.
  • Snack is starting this week. Students will be eating snack during Movement time in the afternoon. You will only be asked to donate snack when a letter has been sent home. Snacks are to be healthy, free of all nut products, and enough for 26 students.
  • A letter was sent home last week asking each student to bring in one apple. Please do so this week, though we will not need them until the end of the week. You can wait to send them in until Wednesday. These apples are not for eating. This week and next week we will do many things with the apples – pattern stamping, measuring, graphing, germ experiment, and more.
  • Remember to send in shapes your child has cut out from newspapers or magazines for our collages. The students should be doing the cutting. We will be making our collages on Thursday, shapes may be sent in that day or any day prior.
  • Consider collecting Box Tops. They are on many of the everyday items that you buy. Turn them into me or by the security desk on the first floor.   Each Box Top earns money for the school. http://www.boxtopsforeducation.info

Ms. Maltz

rmaltz@cps.edu

Our color experiment concluded on Friday. Check out the pictures from Days Three, Four, and Five.

Day Three

Day Three

Day Four

Day Four

Day Five

Day Five

Thanks so much for donating items to help make our color posters. They turned out great!

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I recently received a schedule for Open House tonight and wanted to pass it along because I had many people asking questions. Open House is from 5 – 7 pm tonight. Classrooms will be open only from 5 – 6:30 pm. I will not be giving a formal presentation but there will be a handout and the opportunity to ask me questions. This is a great opportunity for your child to show you their classroom and some of the work they have done so far. There will be a presentation in the auditorium starting at 6:30 pm. At that time the rooms will be closed and all parents will be directed to the auditorium.  You do not need to be in the room the entire time of 5 – 6:30 pm. It is Open House so feel free to pop in anytime during that time. Please email me with any questions. I look forward to seeing all the Room 104 families tonight.

All week we are observing our color experiment.

Day One

  Day One

Day One

Day One 

The students “ohhh”ed and “ahhh”ed as the colors went into the cups. We made hypotheses as to what would happen next. Each day we are watching to see the colors travel and make a new color. The students are very excited about this.

Day Two

Day Two

Stay tuned for days three, four, and five!

Open House is tomorrow from 5 – 7 pm. Kids are welcome. Please make sure to stop by Room 104 as I will be sharing lots of important information. There is lots of great work up in the room to look at also. I hope to see everyone there.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: I, am (review), like

    We will use and write them in sentences. We will also start our sight word songs.

Letter of the Week: Mm

Please have your child cut out images from the newspaper or magazines that

begin with our letter of the week so we can make a letter collage book. Students may

bring in the images any day throughout the week.

Morning Meeting:

  • This Week we will do the ___________ is here Greeting, the Cooper Says Activity, and for sharing students will share their favorite color and why. Practice this with them.
    • Sharing Schedule

Monday –    Aimee     Taina     Loren     Samuel     Taishi

Tuesday –   Ibrahim     Josiah     Thea     Zane     Charles     Joe

Wednesday – Haylee     Julian     King     Tye     Tony

Thursday – Malik     Mackenzie     Yu     Harris     Angel

Friday – Mehki     Samara     Shunta     Noah     Vivian

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • We will continue to build our Read to Self stamina with the hope of reaching our 15 minute goal this week. We are so close!
  • A new center – Read to Someone will be introduced. We will work on building our stamina to 15 minutes for that one also.
  • Read Little Blue and Little Yellow
  • Read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? many times. We will sequence it, choral read it, and each student will create their own page for the book.
  • We will participate in a color mixing experiment that will last the whole week.
  • Learn color songs.
  • List words that begin with the letter Mm.
  • Sing Who Let the Letters Out? There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page on the blog.

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Each day will will make our color posters with the disposable items the students bring in.
  • Monday through Wednesday we will learn about different shapes (square, circle, star, triangle, rectangle, heart, oval, diamond, hexagon). Each shape will be introduced with a poem.
  • Marshmallow Stamping
  • Shape Robot
  • Shape Pizza

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Character Education/Second Step

  • Each day we will go through a different lesson from our character education curriculum – Second Step. We will be learning about different feelings.

Writing:

  • Students will continue to independent journal this week. We start with how to make a wow picture and come up with a list of topics to write about. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures and the students who can write words will be encouraged to do so.

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Students have homework this week. The packet is due on Friday.
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due Wednesday, September 24. You may order by going online, directions have been given, or handing the order and check to me. Please consider ordering books from Scholastic. Not only are they cheap but all books bought earn the classrooms bonus points. With those points I am able to get resources and books for the classroom.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • I have not received many forms back that were sent home the first day of school. All forms must be turned in as soon as possible. They are all important but the most important is the Fee Waiver Form. All students must turn one in as it helps to determine funding for the school. Please send a note or email if you have lost it and I will get you a new one. You may complete the form with name and address only and put N/A on the rest if you are not interested in providing the financial information.
  • Myself and a few other teachers have projects up on a website called Donors Choose. Please consider searching that website for my project to help fund it. I am asking for technology that will directly benefit all the students currently in Room 104 and in the future. Also encourage your family and friends to donate.

 

  • Open House is Wednesday, September 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. There will be presentations for the parents and time to stop in the classrooms. At Open House I will have extra forms in case they have not yet been filled out. You will also be able to sign up to go paperless with the newsletter. You may also email me if you would like to go paperless with the newsletter.

 

  • Remember to have your student dress in our colors each day – Monday – yellow and blue, Tuesday – red and purple, Wednesday – orange and brown, Thursday – pink and green, Friday – rainbow.
  • Consider collecting Box Tops. They are on many of the everyday items that you buy. Turn them into me or by the security desk on the first floor.

 

Ms. Maltz

rmaltz@cps.edu

Room 104 Families,

Today your child will be bringing home their temporary school/home folder until the permanent ones arrive. This one is only TEMPORARY. This folder is to come back and forth between school and home everyday. Anything that needs to be returned to school should be placed on the left side. It is very important that students learn the responsibility of having a folder, therefore they are to hand it in to me in the folder bin.

Once our Ray School Folders arrive we will be using these current folders for something else, therefore it is very important to hold on to this folder.
Ms. Maltz

Dear Room 104,

Next week we are learning all about COLORS!  We will be learning songs, reading great books, and creating color collages. Please have your child bring one DISPOSABLE color item to class every day that they can add to our class collage. The colors are listed below. Remember, it is disposable so they will not be bringing it back home. Here are a few great examples of disposables items… legos, paper clips, feathers, beads, hard candy, stickers, bottle caps, and pencils.

We want our kindergarten kiddos to stand out so, we will be dressing for the color of the day too.  Make sure your child dresses in the color that we are learning about each day. Here is our schedule for next week…

Wear the following colors on the given day and bring in an item of the colors.

Monday: yellow, blue

Tuesday: red, purple

Wednesday: orange, brown

Thursday: pink, green

Friday: rainbow

Have a colorful day,

Ms. Maltz

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: I, am

    We will use and write them in sentences. We will also start our sight word songs.

Morning Meeting:

  • This Week we will do the Name Jump Greeting and the Pass the Mask Activity.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • We will continue to build our Read to Self stamina with the hope of reaching our 15 minute goal this week.
  • We will focus on character education read alouds and talk about the feelings of the characters in the book. Students will draw times they felt the same way.
  • Complete the predictable sentence: “I am _____________.” with their names. Students will have to glue the words in order and draw a corresponding picture.
  • Sing Who Let the Letters Out? There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page on the blog.

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Getting to Know Numbers
  • Introduction to Sorting
  • Birthday Graph
  • Sound and Motion Patterns
  • Patterns with Colors
  • Coin Comparison

Theme (Science/Social Studies): All About Me

  • We will make a boy/girl graph and see which there is more of in our class
  • After reading Chrysanthemum, students will make a self portrait
  • How many people live in your house?
  • All About Me Glyph
    • A glyph is a set of questions that the students have to answer, each product will be different based on how students answer. It is also a way to practice following directions.
  • Name Order

Writing:

  • Students will continue to independent journal this week. We start with how to make a wow picture and come up with a list of topics to write about. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures and the students who can write words will be encouraged to do so.

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • We have not started homework yet, but please get in the habit of or continue reading at least 20 minutes a day with your child.
  • School starts promptly at 8:45 am. I will pick up the students on the north playground at the spot labeled 104. If a student is tardy they should go directly to the security desk and obtain a tardy slip. They will then hand that to me when they get to the classroom. Dismissal is 3:45 pm on the north playground near the doors/wall.  If your child is going home with someone new, please send a note or email letting me know.
  • Ray School folders have yet to arrive. Once these folders arrive they will be going back and forth between school and home everyday.
  • Accidents happen. It is preferred that students keep an extra pair of clothes at school.
  • You may contact me at rmaltz@cps.edu or by calling the school. My blog address is rmaltz.cuipblogs.net. Click the follow button on the bottom and enter your email address to receive all blog posts straight to your inbox. I prefer that families do this so that they do not have to remember to check it. All updates will be sent directly to you if you subscribe.
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due Wednesday, September 24. You may order by going online, directions have been given, or handing the order and check to me. Please consider ordering books from Scholastic. Not only are they cheap but all books bought earn the classrooms bonus points. With those points I am able to get resources and books for the classroom.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • I have not received many forms back that were sent home the first day of school. All forms must be turned in as soon as possible. They are all important but the most important is the Fee Waiver Form. All students must turn one in as it helps to determine funding for the school. Please send a note or email if you have lost it and I will get you a new one. You may complete the form with name and address only and put N/A on the rest if you are not interested in providing the financial information.
  • Consider collecting Box Tops. They are on many of the everyday items that you buy. Turn them into me or by the security desk on the first floor.

Ms. Maltz