Archive for October 2014

11 families have already turned in their time requests for Report Card Pick Up Conferences which will take place on Wednesday, November 12th. Thanks so much for turning them in already! Those families will get time confirmation slips in the home folder today.

Below are the currently available times:

12:30

12:40

12:50

1:20

1:30

1:40

1:50

2:00

2:10

2:30

2:40

4:20

4:50

5:10

5:20

5:50

Since they were already up on the walls, the pictures are not the best.

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This one helps us to know which end mark to use. We have talked a lot about end marks already this year and practice saying sentences with different end marks. We have also talked about how a period is a grain of sand (just a dot), not a beach ball.

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You may have heard your child talking about WOW pictures since the beginning of the year. The reason for WOW pictures is that beginning writers can draw more and with more detail than they can write. Once they begin to write, a more detailed pictures helps them to write more. WOW pictures also include labels (anchor chart to be posted at a later date).

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The writing process.

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Text and Graphic Features in non fiction texts. We will be learning more about this next week.

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Have learned tens frames really helps us with our teen numbers.

We will be learning all about leaves next week. Between now and next Thursday it would be very helpful if you could send in some leaves. Just pick some up on the walk home or when outside and send them in a plastic bag to school. Try to get as many kinds of leaves as possible! Thanks.

Our amazing librarian, Ms. Collins, is looking for volunteers to help her re-shelve books in the library. This is a great opportunity to volunteer at school especially if your schedule does not work our with ours in the classroom or you would prefer to volunteer outside the classroom. Please contact Ms. Collins at lscollins@cps.edu.

Room 104 Families,

Our field trip to the Children’s Farm is this Friday, October 31st. Students are not to wear costumes and are encouraged to wear a Ray School t-shirt or the Ray School colors of green and white. Remember to also dress your child for the weather. All students must bring a completely disposable lunch. This is a full day of school so students must also bring their backpacks and folders to school. The students are all very excited for this field trip!

Ms. Maltz

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During writing today we talked about spaces between our letters and words. Spaces between our words are “meatball spaces” because there should be enough room for a meatball (two fingers). Spaces between our letters are “spaghetti spaces” because one piece of spaghetti should fit between them; letters should not touch. We created examples of sentences that have spaghetti and meatball spaces and ones that don’t. This was a really fun lesson for the kids. Above you will see our anchor chart (because it anchors our learning!). It is now up in the room for the students to reference. We have many anchor charts up and others that will go up as we learn new concepts. I will start posting these charts so that you know what your child is referring to when they say “wow picture” or “ten frame” for example. Posting the anchor charts is a great way for us to have a common language between home and school.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: a, is, look

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

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, we, see, the, can, and, be, big, little, on, it, to

 

Letter of the Week: Hh

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, Ff, Cc, Pp, Bb

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Compliment Greeting
  • Activity – Jack-o-Lantern Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share something that scares them (spiders, scary movies, heights) and why
    • Please discuss this with your child and prepare them for what they will share

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Letter Hh activity, Sight Word Building
    • Writing – Students will pick a topic card then write and draw
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer ABCYa, iPad games
    • Listening- Students will listen to The Stray Dog then draw their favorite part
    • Teacher Time – First Quarter Assessment
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Complete the predictable sentence, “Look, it is a __________.” 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.
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Our comprehension skill this week is main idea and details. We will read a few different books and identify the main idea and a detail.
  • /-at/ word family spider.
  • List words that begin with the letter Hh.
  • Sight Word Songs.
  • 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): Fabric

  • Feely Box
  • Fabric Hunt
  • Fabric Collage

Writing:

  • While working in our independent journals this week, we will focus on making finger spaces between our words, using end marks, beginning our sentence with a capital letter, and when to use a capital letter.

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Monster Squeeze Game
  • Bigger Number
  • Measure with Objects
  • Dice Adding
  • Pocket Problems
  • Patterns

Field Trip

  • Our field trip to the Children’s Farm is Friday, October 31st. This is an all day field trip but the students are still to bring their backpacks and folders to school. Please dress your child for the weather. Students are not to wear costumes to the field trip and are encouraged to wear a Ray School shirt or our colors of green and white. Students also need to bring a completely disposable lunch that day. Thanks in advance to our chaperones.
  • In preparation of our field trip we will read Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip with Kindergarten

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 places and should be arriving shortly. The next order is due Friday, November 14th. 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.
  • Students recently made position word books. The students loved this activity and were very engaged. Many even thanked me for having them do this activity! Please have your child practice reading his/her book at home.
  • 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.
  • We are continuing to work on our ST Math (JiJi) program. It is a computer based math program based on logic and problem solving. We will be in the computer lab on Thursdays working on this. Students work at their own rate. Students who know their password have received the paper that tells you how to access the program at home. All other students will get the paper next 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

I have added a new page to the top with some fun websites the students can go to if they have screen time at home. If you know of any, please email me and I will add them to the list. Many of these websites also have apps. ST Math (JiJi) is on the list however many of the students are still learning their passwords. Information on how to access that program at home will be sent later this week or next week.

The conclusion to our Apple Germ Experiment.

The conclusion to our Apple Germ Experiment.

This is what our germy apple looked like at the end of the week.

This is what our germy apple looked like at the end of the week.

This is how we graphed our favorite color apples. Red was the clear winner.

This is how we graphed our favorite color apples. Red was the clear winner.

Of all the community helpers we learned about, the students picked teacher as the one they would most like to be. Police Officer came in a close second.

Of all the community helpers we learned about, the students picked teacher as the one they would most like to be. Police Officer came in a close second.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: on, it, to

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

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, we, see, the, can, and, be, big, little

 

Letter of the Week: Bb

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, Ff, Cc, Pp

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Pantomime Greeting
  • Activity – Jack-o-Lantern Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their favorite outdoor activity and why
    • Please discuss this with your child and prepare them for what they will share

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Letter Bb activity, Uppercase/lowercase matching
    • Writing – Students will pick a topic card then write and draw
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer -Starfall, iPad games
    • Listening- Students will listen to The Stray Dog then will draw a picture of one of the characters
    • Teacher Time – practice sight words and letters, order the alphabet, weekly leveled stories, identify a main character from the story and something about them
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Complete the predictable sentence, “We see  ___ spiders on the web.” 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.
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Our comprehension skill this week is main character. We will read a different book each day and identify the main character and something about them.
  • List words that begin with the letter Bb.
  • Sight Word Songs.
  • Position words book.
  • 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): Bats and Spiders

  • Read informational books on bats and spiders and create anchor charts about them
  • Parts of a bat and a spider
  • Sequence the story, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat
  • Spider Patterns
  • Bats and Spiders Venn Diagram

Writing:

  • Students will work in their independent journals this week. Our focus skill will be to continue to label our WOW pictures. We are also focusing on using at least two sight words in our sentences.

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Fall Graphing
  • Patterns
  • Bat Measurement
  • Roll and Record
  • The Pan Balance
  • Domino Concentration Game

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, October 22nd. 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.
  • Our field trip to the Children’s Farm is Friday, October 31st. Chaperones – thank you for confirming. Your information is forthcoming. Your child should wear the Ray School colors of green and white that day or a Ray School t-shirt. Students also need to have a disposable lunch that day.
  • 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.
  • Thanks to all the family members that have been coming in and volunteering already. It is a great help to all the students and myself.
  • We have started our ST Math program. You will hear students referring to it as JiJi (GG). It is a computer based math program based on logic and problem solving. We will be in the computer lab on Thursdays working on this. Students work at their own rate. Within the next week or two you will be getting the directions on how to access ST Math at home.
  • 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

The students of Room 104 are very proud to announce that they are the recipients of the Golden Spoon Award! That means of all the kindergarten, first grade, and second graded classes during lunch this past week we followed the directions the best and did the best job in the lunchroom. The golden spoon is currently hanging outside our classroom and will be there for the next week. The students are beyond excited!

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: big, little

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

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, we, see, the, can, and, be

 

Letter of the Week: Pp

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, Ff, Cc

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Dice Greeting
  • Activity – Fall Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their favorite school special (spanish, music, PE, art, library) and why
    • Please discuss this with your child and prepare them for what they will share

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Letter Pp activity, Uppercase/lowercase matching
    • Writing – Students will pick a topic card then write and draw
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer -Starfall, iPad games
    • Listening- Students will listen to Skippyjon Jones Class Action
    • Teacher Time – practice sight words and letters, order the alphabet, we will begin our weekly leveled stories, identify something that happened at the beginning of the story
    • Our third grade buddies come in everyday for about 15 minutes of centers (only four or five third graders each day) to read with the students in the classroom and help them out. Both groups are really enjoying this.
  • Complete the predictable sentence, “My pumpkin will be ___________(big/little).” 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.
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Our big book this week is Kite Flying. Each day we will do a different activity with it. Our comprehension skill this week is story sequencing – beginning, middle, end.
    • Big Book Activities – Picture Walk/Predictions, read, identify three things that happened in the books, order the three things into beginning, middle, and end.
  • List words that begin with the letter Pp.
  • Sight Word Songs.
  • 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): Pumpkins

  • Pumpkin Measuring
  • Sight Word Pumpkin Patch
  • Pumpkin Glyph
  • We will read many fiction and nonfiction books about pumpkins and create a chart all about pumpkins

Writing:

  • Students will work in their independent journals this week. Our focus skill will be labeling our WOW pictures. We will complete a few labeling activities before students begin their own writing. We are also focusing on using at least two sight words in our sentences.

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Symmetry Painting
  • Symmetry in Nature
  • Number Books
  • Pumpkin Math
    • We will do many activities with our pumpkin – measure it a few different ways, estimate and count the seeds, etc.

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, October 22nd. 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.
  • There is no school on Monday, October 13th in observance of Columbus Day.
  • Our field trip is Friday, October 31st. Please send back the permission slip and fee ASAP. Chaperones will be contacted shortly.
  • 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.
  • Homework is to be done in pencil unless otherwise stated.
  • I have been contacting people who said they would like to volunteer in the classroom. Please fill out the volunteer sheet sent home early last week if you would like to volunteer.
  • We have started our ST Math program. You will hear students referring to it as JiJi (GG). It is a computer based math program based on logic and problem solving. We will be in the computer lab on Thursdays working on this. Students work at their own rate. Once students learn their passwords I will send home a paper letting you know how you can access this at home.
  • 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