Archive for January 30th 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.


  • 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 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 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 (, 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 ( 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 –
  • 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