Newsletter for the Week of Dec. 1

Friday, November 28, 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.


  • 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 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 (, 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 ( 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.

Ms. Maltz