Archive for January 2015

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: four, with, play

    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, zero, do, that, one, up, down, two, he, she, three

 

Letter of the Week: Jj

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, Zz, Dd, Ww, Rr

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Students will greet five other students as if they were penguins (waddle, shake fins)
  • Activity – My Perfect Snowman Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their favorite season and why

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Sorting Blends, Sequencing
    • Writing – Sticker Stories
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer – ABCMouse
    • Listening- Students will listen to Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mittens then write a sentence about the story and draw a corresponding picture
    • Teacher Time – Practice Sight Words and Letter, Weekly Story, bingo
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Our focus comprehension skill is main idea and details
  • Blend Sort
  • Read fiction books with penguin characters
  • Sight word songs
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Sing Who Let the Letters Out? We sing the song out of order and while doing that I try to spell as many sight words as possible that the students identify after the song. There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page on the blog.

Writing:

  • Independent Journals
  • Writing directly related to our theme activities

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Penguins

  • Parts of a penguin
  • Penguin habitat
  • Penguins can/have/are
  • Read many non-fiction penguin books
  • Students will see a presentations with many pictures from a Ray teacher who has been to Antarctica and is very knowledgeable about penguins

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Penguin measuring and patterns
  • Groundhog Day Graph Prediction
  • Measuring
  • Greater than, less than, equal to
  • Penguin Addition
  • Calculators/Math Centers

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Thursday morning the students will get a visit from members of Delta Gamma from the University of Chicago. The students will see a presentation as well as do activities about eyes, eye health, and eye safety.
  • The Middle of the Year Dibels assessment is complete! Results will be sent home next (week of the 9th) week with the second quarter report cards.
  • The January Family Project (Snowmen) is due Friday, February 6th.
  • Look for upcoming communication about both Valentine’s Day and 100th Day!
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • Is your child interested in playing chess? The contact email is sburrrcat@gmail.com. Only six students are needed to make a class! If interested contact Sharon Burgin at the email above.
  • Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, February 11th. 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I have a new DonorsChoose project up. Check it out – http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-learn-with-the-best-resources/1466438/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-01-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118
  • 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 page to the top named, “Pictures.” On this page are pictures I have taken of some of the animals we study throughout the year; the ones I have been lucky enough to see. The technology the classroom received through the generous donations to DonorsChoose is almost set up, and I know the students are going to love looking at the BIG pictures.

One of our experiments worked! Take a look at our “snowflake”:

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The students will have a substitute tomorrow. Due to January 30th being changed to a student attendance day, I will be making up the professional development that I would have received that day. I will be in the building and may be able to pop into the room from time to time.

We have been trying to make our own snowflakes this week. We used pipe cleaners to make different shapes then suspended them into a cup. In the cup we mixed hot water and borax soap. Here is what it looked like on Day 1:

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Here is one of the shapes on Day 2. We can see little crystals forming.

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We are very excited too see what it looks like on Day 3, though it is supposed to work after 24 hours!

Link to experiment: http://sweetandsimplethings.blogspot.com/2011/01/borax-crystals.html

Just a reminder to let you know that our field trip to see The Selfish Giant is tomorrow (January 27th). Students must be on time to school as we will be leaving at 9:00 am. Students must also pack a lunch but it does not need to be disposable. Once we return to school, our day will continue as normal. Thanks in advance to our chaperones!

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: he, she, three

    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, zero, do, that, one, up, down, two

 

Letter of the Week: Rr

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, Zz, Dd, Ww

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Students will greet five other students by shaking their hand and saying good morning
  • Activity – My Perfect Snowman Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their favorite special (spanish, music, PE, art, library) and why

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Identifying Blends
    • Writing – My Favorite Part of Winter…/Describe Winter
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer – Starfall
    • Listening- Students will listen to Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mittens then draw what they would wear for each season
    • Teacher Time – Practice Sight Words and Letter, Weekly Story
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Our focus comprehension skill is main idea and details
  • Sight Word Bingo
  • Read winter/snow books
  • 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:

  • All our writing this week is directly related to our theme activities

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Snow

  • Write and draw the steps (first, then, next, last) to building a snowman
  • Winter Writing
  • Read All You Need for a Snowman then write/draw what happened first, then, next, and last
  • Snowman Glyph
  • Create a book on how to go sledding
  • Read winter/snow books

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • Math Centers
  • Order of Daily Events
  • Which is More?
  • Patterns
  • Graphing
  • Find the Attribute Block
  • Guess My Number
  • Roll a Snowflake
  • We will be doing an adding activity with marshmallows and I will be making hot chocolate for the students to drink. Please let me know if you do not want your child to have hot chocolate.

Field Trip:

  • Our field trip to see The Selfish Giant is Tuesday, January 27th. We should be arriving back to school around noon. Students are to bring a lunch that day but it does not need to be disposable. Thanks in advance to our chaperones.

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • The Middle of the Year Dibels assessment is complete! Results will be sent home the first week of February with the second quarter report cards.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • Is your child interested in playing chess? The contact email is sburrrcat@gmail.com. Only six students are needed to make a class! If interested contact Sharon Burgin at the email above.
  • Scholastic Book orders have been placed and should be arriving shortly. The next order is due Wednesday, February 11th. Flyers will be sent home soon.
  • January 30th and June 17th are now student attendance days to make up for the cold days.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I have a new DonorsChoose project up. Check it out – http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-learn-with-the-best-resources/1466438/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-01-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118
  • 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 in school tomorrow. I did not get a chance to tell the students. I have many great things planned for the sub to do with the students. I will see everyone on Friday!

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: up, down, two

    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, zero, do, that, one

 

Letter of the Week: Ww

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, Zz, Dd

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Simon Says.
  • Activity – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poem
  • Sharing – Pair Share
    • We recently started carpet partners. A carpet partner is a friend you can discuss a book with, a question, or a comment when told to talk to your carpet partner. Students will share with their carpet partner this week as a way to practice.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Snowball Sight Word Read Around the Room, Sort between br and cr blends
    • Writing – Students will pick a topic card then write and draw
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer – Game Goo
    • Listening- Students will listen to A Feast for 10 then draw a picture and write a sentence about the story
    • Teacher Time – dibels assessment
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Our focus comprehension skill is beginning, middle, and end
  • Read winter/snow books
  • 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:

  • All our writing this week is directly related to our theme activities

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Snow

  • Read Snowmen at Night, then create their own snowman at night and write about what it does during the night
  • Read Snowmen All Year
  • Read Sneezy the Snowman, then create their own melted snowman and write about why he melted (case/effect)
  • Read and sequence The Snowy Day
  • Read winter/snow books

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • Math Centers
    • To name a few: roll a snowman, snowman symmetry, missing number, measuring using non standard objects, sequence, tally marks
  • We will be taking a break from ST Math while the older students use the computer lab to test. Please continue to use the program at home.

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.
  • We will have a field trip on Tuesday, January 27th. This will be a half day field trip to see the play The Selfish Giant. Money is due ASAP. School will continue as normal when we get back. Thank you in advance to our chaperones.
  • There will be no school on Monday, January 19th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • Is your child interested in playing chess? The contact email is sburrrcat@gmail.com. Only six students are needed to make a class! If interested contact Sharon Burgin at the email above.
  • Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, January 21st. 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!
  • Due to great student behavior and direction following we have completed the math and phonemic awareness sections of the middle of the year dibels assessment. All that is left is the reading level assessment. This should get done mostly or completely this week. Results will be sent home during the beginning of February (most likely with the second quarter report card).
  • I will let you know of any changes to our calendar due to the cold days once I know.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I have a new DonorsChoose project up. Check it out – http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-learn-with-the-best-resources/1466438/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-01-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118
  • 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 a new project up at Donors Choose. This resource will help greatly with our whole group learning time on the carpet.

http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-learn-with-the-best-resources/1466438/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-01-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118

If you donate now through the 22nd and enter the code SPARK on the payment page your donation will be matched dollar for dollar. This is a great way to help out the classroom. Thanks!

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: one, zero, do, that (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, yes, no, day, come, run, have, go, me, you, said, in, are, zero, do, that

 

Letter of the Week: Dd

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, Zz

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Students will greet five other students by saying Jambo.
  • Activity – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poem
  • Sharing – Favorite winter activity and why
    • Please refer to the sharing schedule to know what day your child shares and prepare them for this activity

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Find Sight Words, Create CVC words (consonant, (short) vowel, consonant)
    • 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
    • Listening- Students will listen to A Feast for 10 then draw a picture of a character from the story
    • Teacher Time – dibels assessment
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Create CVC words (consonant, (short) vowel, consonant)
  • 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:

  • Independent Journals
  • My Dream…
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Character Web
  • I Want…

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Character Education

  • We will read various book about Dr. King, create an anchor chart about him, and have discussions on various topics about him including how his work has impacted our lives today.
  • We will continue our talk of peacemakers and peacebreakers

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • Math Centers
  • Number Order
  • Missing Number
  • Place Value
  • We will be taking a break from ST Math while the older students use the computer lab to test. Please continue to use the program at home.

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.
  • We will have a field trip on Tuesday, January 27th. This will be a half day field trip to see the play The Selfish Giant. Money is due ASAP. School will continue as normal when we get back.
  • There will be no school on Monday, January 19th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, January 21st. 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!
  • I will be administering the middle of the year dibels assessment this week. Each student needs to be assessed individually. Results will be sent home the beginning of February.
  • I will let you know of any changes to our calendar due to the cold days once I know.
  • 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.
  • 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

School will be in session tomorrow – Friday, January 9. Students are not required to turn in homework tomorrow since we have not been in school. I will accept it through next Friday. See you tomorrow!