Archive for November 2014

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: come, run, have

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, a, is, look, at, my, here, yes, no, day

 

Letter of the Week: Gg

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, Hh, Ll, Tt

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Simon Says Greeting
  • Activity – Gingerbread Man Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their favorite holiday or family tradition and why it is their favorite. Please help prepare your child for sharing.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Sight Word Graphing, Gingerbread Sight Word Hunt
    • 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 Gingerbread Man Loose in the School then draw a picture of a character from the story
    • Teacher Time – Sight word practice, letter practice, weekly story, phonics activity
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • We will focus on story structure this week (Character/Setting/Problem/Solution) through various versions of The Gingerbread Man
  • Complete the predictable sentence, “This gingerbread_____ can run fast!” 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.
  • Sight word songs.
  • Phonemic Awareness.
  • Sing Who Let the Letters Out? We will now be singing the song out of order. There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page on the blog.

Writing:

  • Independent Writing Journals
  • Sequence The Gingerbread Man
  • If I Were a Gingerbread Boy/Girl…
  • I ran away from…(gingerbread character)
  • How I Ate My Gingerbread Cookie…

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Gingerbread Man Stories

  • We will read numerous versions of The Gingerbread Man (for example: The GIngerbread Man, The Gingerbread Boy, The Gingerbread Cowboy, The Gingerbread Girl, The Library Gingerbread Man, The Gingerbread Baby to name a few) and focus on the characters, the repeated refrain, and the ending.
  • Gingerbread Glyph
  • Gingerbread Man Hunt

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Numberline Mathematics
  • Math Centers and Various Gingerbread themed activities
  • Top-It
  • Symmetry
  • The Pattern-Block Templates
  • The Addition Symbol

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 Friday, December 5th. 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 the books priced cheap but all books bought earn the classrooms bonus points. With those points I am able to get resources and books for the classroom! Books make great holiday gifts for your kids! If you purchase books as a gift and do not want your child to know, email me and we will figure out a way to get the books to you.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • Our field trip is Monday, December 8th. Students need to bring their own lunch that day but it does not need to be disposable as we will eat in the classroom when we get back. Chaperones will be contacted this week.
  • With the cold weather upon us it is very important that your child can independently dress themselves in their winter gear.
  • Continue to work on ST Math (JiJi) and ABCMouse 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.
  • 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

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: Review

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, we, see, the, can, and, be, big, little, on, it, to, a, is, look, at, my,

here, day, yes, no

 

Letter of the Week: Review

Previous Letters: Mm, Aa, Ff, Cc, Pp, Bb, Hh, Ll, Tt

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Each student will greet five others by shaking their hand and saying Hello
  • Activity – Turkey, Turkey Poem
  • Sharing – Students will pair share with a partner

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • -an word family turkey
  • Color by sight word turkey
  • Complete the predictable sentence, “Is that a turkey?  _______” 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.
  • Beginning sound sort.
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Sing Who Let the Letters Out? We sing the song out of order. There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page on the blog.

Writing:

  • While working in our independent journals this week we will focus on chopping out words – writing all the sounds you hear in a word.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Thanksgiving

  • Thankful Turkey
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Sequencing
  • Many Thanksgiving read alouds

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • Adding Turkeys
  • Graphing
  • Centers

 

Wish List:

  • Clear Packing Tape

Things to Know:

  • I will not be here on Tuesday, November 25th because I have been summoned for jury duty. I will tell the students in advance to prepare them. I have planned many great things for them to do with the substitute.
  • We recently did a fun color experiment with all of our third grade buddies. Here is a link to the experiment: http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2013/09/color-surprise-eruptions.html. The students seemed to have a really great time and got to use a few different colors. I heard lots of ooohs and aaaah during the experiment.
  • Now that cold weather is upon us please make sure that your child can independently dress themselves in all their winter gear!
  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • The next Scholastic Book order is due Friday, December 5th. 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 will be no homework this week. Please continue to read at least 20 minutes a night, practice reading and writing our sight words, and practice counting.
  • Our next field trip is Monday, December 8th. Please turn in the permission slip and fee as soon as possible.
  • There is no school on Wednesday the 26th, Thursday the 27th, and Friday the 28th for Thanksgiving Break.
  • Ray School is participating in a holiday food drive with the Chicago Bulls. Please consider donating non perishable and canned food items by November 25. I have a box in the classroom for the items. Thanks in advance.
  • Both our librarian (Ms. Collins – lscollins@cps.edu) and our art teacher (Ms. Dana – ldana@cps.edu) are looking for parents to volunteer in their classrooms. Please contact them if you would like to volunteer.
  • 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.
  • Continue to work on ST Math (JiJi) and ABCMouse 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

Today we used Native American symbols to write stories on tee-pees. Take a look!

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Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: day, yes, no

    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, a, is, look, at, my, here

 

Letter of the Week: Tt

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, Hh, Ll

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Each student will greet five others by shaking their hand and saying Bonjour
  • Activity – Turkey, Turkey Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their disguised turkeys. Please make sure these are turned in right away. I have not gotten one from all the students. If the turkey is not turned in, students will have nothing to share

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Beginning Sound, Sight Word Search
    • Writing – Sticker Stories
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer – Starfall, iPad games
    • Listening- Students will listen to More Spaghetti, I Say! then draw their favorite part
    • Teacher Time – Sight word practice, letter practice, weekly story, -at word family
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Our big book skill this week is compare and contrast. We will focus on character stories and compare and contrast the main characters a few ways.
  • Complete the predictable sentence, “Is that a turkey?  _______” 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.
  • All of our third grade reading buddies will come down to our classroom and participate in a color foam experiment.
  • Sight word songs.
  • Beginning sound sort.
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Sing Who Let the Letters Out? We will now be singing the song out of order. There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page on the blog.

Writing:

  • While working in our independent journals this week we will focus on chopping out words – writing all the sounds you hear in a word.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Pilgrims and Native Americans

  • Learn Pilgrim Words
  • Compare and Contrast Long Ago and Today
  • Map of a Pilgrim Village
  • Wampanoag Words – students will also make a teepee and write a story on it using Native American symbols
  • Students will make a pilgrim head and write a fact on it
  • Students will make the Mayflower with their hand and paint and write what they would have brought with them on the Mayflower

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Counting by 10’s and ordering by 10’s
  • Graphing
  • Teen Frames
  • Teen Fram Game

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Scholastic Books orders have been placed and should be arriving shortly. The next order is due Friday, December 5th. 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 next field trip is Monday, December 8th. Please turn in the permission slip and fee as soon as possible.
  • Ray School is participating in a holiday food drive with the Chicago Bulls. Please consider donating non perishable and canned food items. I have a box in the classroom for the items. Thanks in advance.
  • Both our librarian (Ms. Collins – lscollins@cps.edu) and our art teacher (Ms. Dana – ldana@cps.edu) are looking for parents to volunteer in their classrooms. Please contact them if you would like to volunteer.
  • 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.
  • Continue to work on ST Math (JiJi) and ABCMouse 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

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: Review

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, a, is, look, at, my,

here

 

Letter of the Week: Review

Previous Letters: Mm, Aa, Ff, Cc, Pp, Bb, Hh, Ll

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Each student will greet five others by shaking their hand and saying Hola
  • Activity – Monster Poem
  • Sharing – Students will pair share

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Our big book story this week is Mouse Shapes. We will picture walk through the book, read it, do activities with the problem and solution, and complete a writing activity where students will make something with shapes just like the mice in the book.
  • Name venn diagrams.
  • All of our third grade reading buddies will come down to our classroom and participate in a color foam experiment.
  • Sing old sight word songs.
  • Beginning sound sort.
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Sing Who Let the Letters Out? We will now be singing the song out of order. There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page on the blog.

Writing:

  • While working in our independent journals this week we will focus on chopping out words – writing all the sounds you hear in a word.

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • The Train Game
  • Probability Tray
  • Pan Balance
  • Monster Squeeze
  • Domino Concentration Game

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • There will be no homework this week. Please continue to read at least 20 minutes a night and practice both reading and writing our sight words. It is also a good idea to continue practicing counting by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s. Consider using the websites linked on the blog (Websites to Use page) – Game Goo was a big hit during literacy centers last week.
  • Scholastic Books 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.
  • There is no school on Tuesday, November 11 because of Veteran’s Day.
  • Report Card Pick Up is on Wednesday, November 12. I look forward to seeing everyone at their scheduled time.
  • Both our librarian (Ms. Collins – lscollins@cps.edu) and our art teacher (Ms. Dana – ldana@cps.edu) are looking for parents to volunteer in their classrooms. Please contact them if you would like to volunteer.
  • 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.
  • It is not a requirement to work on ST Math (JiJi) at home but many students have expressed interest in doing so. Activation codes have been sent home though some students are still learning their password.
  • 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

Here is the schedule for Report Card Pick Up for Wednesday, November 12. Please let me know as soon as possible if there is a conflict.

12:00 Yu

12:10 Charles

12:20 Mackenzie

12:30 Sam

12:40 Ibrahim

12:50 Taina

1:00 Taishi

1:10 Thea

1:20 King

1:30 Josiah

1:40 Shunta

2:00 Haylee

2:20 Zane

2:30 Angel

2:50 Samara

4:10 Tony

4:20 Vivian

4:30 Loren

4:40 Noah

5:00 Julian

5:10 Malik

5:20 Mehki

5:30 Aimee

5:40 Tye

Please show up at your scheduled time and remember that conferences are only 10 minutes. Help to keep me on track (I can be quite the talker!) by knocking when it is your scheduled time.

I look forward to seeing everyone this coming Wednesday, November 12!

Along with the Ray Warrior Tickets the students have been earning individually, classes as a whole earn Class Tickets. We currently have six! I am going to inform the students tomorrow that once we earn ten tickets, we will get an incentive. I am going to let the students pick what they earn (within reason!). They may pick pajama day, sports day, etc. I will also focus our lessons that day around whatever our incentive is. I have been told by many people around the building how great the students of Room 104 are, so if we keep it up we should earn four more tickets in no time. You will be given plenty of notification as to when and what our incentive is.

Here is the schedule for Report Card Pick Up for Wednesday, November 12. Please let me know as soon as possible if there is a conflict.

12:00 Yu

12:10 Charles

12:20 Mackenzie

12:30 Sam

12:40 Ibrahim

12:50 Taina

1:00 Taishi

1:10 Thea

1:20 King

1:30 Josiah

1:40 Shunta

2:00 Haylee

2:20 Zane

2:30 Angel

2:50 Samara

4:10 Tony

4:20 Vivian

4:30 Loren

4:40 Noah

5:00 Julian

5:10 Malik

5:20 Mehki

5:30 Aimee

5:40 Tye

Please show up at your scheduled time and remember that conferences are only 10 minutes. Help to keep me on track (I can be quite the talker!) by knocking when it is your scheduled time.

I look forward to seeing everyone this coming Wednesday, November 12!

 

If you have any old newspapers or magazines you would like to donate to Room 104 that would be great. We have some activities coming up in which we would need them. We only need the newspaper for the end of next week but I could use magazines whenever you would like to donate them. Please make sure the magazines are kindergarten friendly!

Thanks so much in advance.

 

Here is a link to a website that has MANY educational YouTube videos you child can watch and learn from. I will also place this link on the Websites to Visit link above.

http://kinderworldway.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/educational-youtube-videos.html

 

 

 

 

 

We had some interesting weather during our first field trip on Friday! Thank you to the wonderful chaperones who helped to make the field trip run smoothly and for making it fun.

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We filled out this chart with examples of words that get a capital letter when writing.

Below are anchor charts we used while learning about Read to Self and Read to Someone:

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