Archive for December 2014

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: zero, do, that

    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, come, run, have, go, me, you, said, in, are

 

Letter of the Week: Zz

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, Gg, Ii, Ss

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Compliment Greeting
  • Activity – Mittens (color) Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share one thing they did over Winter Break

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room Colors, Spin and Write, Making Sight Words
    • Writing – Students will pick a topic card then write and draw
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer – ABCMouse
    • Listening- Students will listen to The Mitten then draw a picture of their favorite animal from the story and write a sentence about that animal
    • Teacher Time – Sight word practice, letter practice, weekly story, Bingo
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Sight Word Bingo
  • Our focus comprehension skill is beginning, middle, and end
  • Sight word songs.
  • 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:

  • My classroom New Year’s Resolution…
  • How to be a peacemaker…
  • Why not to be a peacebreaker…
  • Independent Journals

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Character Education

  • We will spend time getting reacclimated to our classroom and school routines, rules, and procedures
  • Read various character education books
  • Talk about how to be peacemakers and how not to be peacebreakers

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Math Centers
  • What’s My Rule?
  • Number Stories
  • Two Digit Numbers (Teens)
  • Two Digit Numbers (20-50)

Things Students Can Do Over Winter Break:

  • Read 20 minutes a day
  • Draw/write about what you did that day
  • Practice counting to 100 by 1’s (go FAST! Have a race and see who can go faster and get to 100 first) and 10’s
  • Practice counting to 70 and beyond by 5’s
  • Practice reading and writing sight words
  • Practice letter recognition and sounds, do both long and short sounds for vowels (There is a link of the Things To Be Working On At Home page to help with that)
  • Practice identifying (up to 70) and writing (up to 50) numbers in and out of order
  • JiJi (St Math) and ABCMouse

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • There will be no school for Winter Break from December 20 through January 4th. School will resume January 5th. Have a happy and healthy Winter Break!
  • I will gradually begin to assess students for middle of the year dibels during this week. We will be doing dibels the week of the 12th and I will let you know if it has to go on any longer. All students need to be assessed individually. The students will be assessed during literacy centers, math centers, and ST Math time.
  • With the cold weather upon us it is very important that your child can independently dress themselves in their winter gear. Please also label all winter gear in case it gets lost.
  • Continue to work on ST Math (JiJi) and ABCMouse at home.
  • My Donors Choose project has been funded! Thank you to the families who donated and helped us to get some great technology. The projector and document camera will be arriving in January.
  • Each student has their own Bob Book (http://bobbooks.com/) in their read to self bags. Students are able to practice their books during centers (usually with the third grade buddies) and read them correctly to me to pass on to the next book. These are great books! Please refer to the link with any questions.
  • 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

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I am not really sure what this says about us in Room 104! On Friday, I gave each student and myself a gingerbread cookie to eat but we had to remember which part we ate first – the head, the legs, or the arms. After eating the cookies students went around and surveyed their classmates and it was soon clear that their graphs did not have enough spaces as the head section filled up completely very quickly. Once we got back to the carpet and completed the class graph we discovered that all but one of us had eaten the head first. It was fun and the students enjoyed getting to eat part of their math lesson.

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: said, in, are

    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, come, run, have, go, me, you

 

Letter of the Week: Ss

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, Gg, Ii

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Dice Greeting
  • Activity – Mittens (color) Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their gingerbread projects

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, The Mitten Read Around the Room, Unscramble Sight Words.
    • Writing – Stamp Stories
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer – GameGoo, iPad games
    • Listening- Students will listen to The Mitten then draw a picture and write a sentence about the book
    • Teacher Time – Sight word practice, letter practice, weekly story, long vowels
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Beginning Sound Sort.
  • What I want to do over winter break…
  • Sight word songs.
  • 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:

  • Independent Writing Journals
  • Sequence The Mitten.
  • Write what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of The Mitten.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): The Mitten

  • Read The Mitten and discuss winter animals
  • Sequence The Mitten and focus on the beginning, middle, and end
  • Compare and contrast The Hat and The Mitten.

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Various Shape Activities
  • Various Whiteboard Activities
  • The Subtraction Symbol
  • Math Centers
  • Graphing
  • Patterns

Winter Centers

  • Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to donate their time and items to our special winter centers. This will be a fun way for the students to start the beginning of winter and a great send off to winter break!

Winterfest Program

  • The Ray School Winterfest Program is on Wednesday, December 17th. There will be two performances. The students will get to perform in and watch the 1:30 pm performance and there is one for families and friends at 5:00 pm. Our music teacher, Ms. Walker, sent home all the information (it was on blue paper) so please refer to that.

Ray School Spirit Week

  • Students can show their school pride by dressing up for spirit week (starting December 15th)
    • Monday – Nerd Day
    • Tuesday – Decade Day
    • Wednesday – Wacky Tacky/Opposite Day
    • Thursday – Twin Day
    • Friday – Ray School Spirit Day

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • With the cold weather upon us it is very important that your child can independently dress themselves in their winter gear. Please also label all winter gear in case it gets lost.
  • Continue to work on ST Math (JiJi) and ABCMouse at home.
  • My Donors Choose project has been funded! Thank you to the families who donated and helped us to get some great technology. The projector and document camera will be arriving in January.
  • Each student has their own Bob Book (http://bobbooks.com/) in their read to self bags. Students are able to practice their books during centers (usually with the third grade buddies) and read them correctly to me to pass on to the next book. These are great books! Please refer to the link with any questions.
  • 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

Next week we will be having Spirit Week at school. Each day the students are encouraged to dress as the theme to show their school spirit.

Monday – Nerd Day

Tuesday – Decade Day

Wednesday – Wacky Tacky/Opposite Day

Thursday – Twin Day

Friday – Ray School Spirit Day

What a fun way to show your school spirit!

Please remember that we have a field trip to see Goldilocks and the Three Bears tomorrow. Students must arrive to school on time and pack a lunch. Lunches do not need to be disposable as we will be eating in the classroom when we get back. This field trip will not last all day and we will continue with our regular schedule when we get back.

All last week we read different versions of The Gingerbread Man and did many related activities. On Monday, a gingerbread man decided to come visit us and stay for a while. He mostly stayed on the board by the carpet and watched us do lots of learning.

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On Friday, we found him reading The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School at our listening center.

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However, when the students came back from library class they noticed he was no longer there and left a note in the book stating that he went to look for us.

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From there our gingerbread man took us on a hunt throughout the school. Being the good detectives that we are we realized the clue he left in the book meant that he went to look for us in the gym. He was gone by the time we got there but he left another clue that led us to the art room. Once we got to the art room we found a clue telling us he went to look for us in the main office. Once we got there one of our clerks read a note he left with her saying he went back to the classroom. It took us a while but we finally found him among all the gingerbread books, just reading along! The students were very happy to get him back and were very impressed with his writing skills on all the clues. He learned a lot from watching us all week.

 

On Friday, we also started a gingerbread cookie science experiment. We wanted to see what would happen to the cookie if we placed it in water for an extended period of time. Before we did that we had to make our predictions.

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The students had so many good thoughts! We placed the cookie in the water and set it aside all day. Students were able to observe it throughout the day and noticed the cookie moving around the pitcher, frosting starting to come off, and crumbs starting to gather on the bottom. When we looked at the end of the day we realized that the cookie would need to spend more time in the water and we will be closely observing it more when we get back from our field trip Monday.

Just after he was placed in the water.

Just after he was placed in the water.

After he had been in the water all day.

After it had been in the water all day.

Our predictions and observations.

Our predictions and observations.

Room 104 Families,

 

FIELD TRIP!!!

  • Our field trip to Goldilocks and the Three Bears is on Monday, December 8th. Students must arrive to school on time as we will be leaving around 9:00 am. All students must bring a lunch but it does not need to be disposable because we will be eating in the classroom when we get back. Thanks in advance to our chaperones.

 

Sight Words: go, me, you

    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, come, run, have

 

Letter of the Week: Ii

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, Gg

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Pass the Mask Greeting
  • Activity – Gingerbread Man Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their favorite place to visit and why

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Picture/Word Matching, Read Around the Room The Hat Characters, ip/it word family sort.
    • Writing – If the fox hadn’t caught the gingerbread man…/Favorite gingerbread story
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer – ABCMouse, iPad games
    • Listening- Students will listen to Gingerbread Man Loose in the School then draw their favorite part
    • Teacher Time – Sight word practice, letter practice, weekly story, long i/short i sounds (Long i says its own name – ice, short i – igloo)
    • 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
  • 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
  • Students will decorate paper gingerbread houses and write about it
  • Sequence The Hat
  • Write what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of The Hat.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Gingerbread Man Stories and The Hat

  • We will read numerous versions of The Gingerbread Man (for example: The Gingerbread Bear, Gingerbread Friends to name a few) and focus on the characters, the repeated refrain, and the ending.
  • Read The Hat and discuss winter animals
  • Sequence The Hat and focus on the beginning, middle, and end

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Math Centers
  • Follow My Pattern
  • Gingerbread House Patterns
  • Subtraction
  • Interrupted Counts
  • Meet the Calculator

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.
  • Gingerbread Projects are due Friday, December 12th.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • 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

I will not be at school Thursday morning. I will be attending a breakfast for families who will be starting kindergarten in CPS next year and helping them to transition from pre-k to kindergarten. The students were informed they will be having a substitute in the morning. I hope to be back before their lunch, so it will be a very short time with the substitute.