Newsletter for the Week of Janaury 5

Friday, December 19, 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.


  • 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 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 ( 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.


Ms. Maltz