Archive for February 2015

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: seven, away, want, fun

    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, four, with, play, five, love, by, six, because, will

 

Letter of the Week: Uu

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, Jj, Oo, Qq

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Compliment Greeting
  • Activity – I will READ Dr. Seuss Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share what they are wearing that day for Dr. Seuss Week (see below)

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, word families, Cat in the Hat Rhyming Sort, It’s Rhyme Time!
    • Writing – A Letter to The Cat in the Hat, Funny Character
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer – PBSKids
    • Listening- Students will listen to Miss Nelson is Missing then draw a picture of a character
    • Teacher Time – Practice Sight Words and Letter, weekly story, y as a vowel
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Our focus comprehension skill this week will be story elements
  • Short Vowel Sort
  • Sight word songs
  • Read Dr. Seuss Books
  • 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:

  • All of our writing will have to do directly with our theme

 

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Dr. Seuss Books

  • Monday – Crazy Hat Day – wear a crazy hat
    • Read The Cat in the Hat and make an /-at/ hat
  • Tuesday – Favorite Color Day – dress in your favorite color
    • Read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and write all about your favorite color
  • Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday – Dress wacky
    • Read Wacky Wednesday then write, “It would be wacky if…”
  • Thursday – Crazy Sock Day – wear crazy socks
    • Read Fox in Socks and The Foot Book, students will make their own foot book
  • Friday – Grown Up Day – Dress in what you want to be when you grow up
    • Read Oh, The Places You’ll Go then on a (paper) balloon draw and write about  what you want to be when you grow up

 

  • Wish List – Vanilla pudding, Sprinkles, Nilla wafers

 

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Math Centers

 

  • Hat Measuring

 

  • Fish Bowl Adding
  • Colors Graph
  • Sock Measuring
  • Goldfish Graphing

 

  • Wish List – One large box of rainbow goldfish

 

Volunteer Opportunity

  • Please let me know if you can come in and help make oobleck on Friday, March 6th from around 9:30 to 11 or whatever time in there that works for you

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Wish List: 1 Large box of rainbow goldfish, Vanilla pudding, Sprinkles. Nilla wafers
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, March 18th. 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. Tell your friends and families! 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

Room 104 Families,

Just a reminder that tomorrow (Friday, February 27th) is Pajama Day! Students should wear their favorite pajamas at school. To end our study of bears, students should also bring their favorite teddy bear to school. We will do some fun activities with our teddy bears. Lots of fun and learning will be happening tomorrow!

Ms. Maltz

Dear Kindergarten Families,

 

Next week is Dr. Seuss week!  It is one of our favorite weeks in Kindergarten.  In order to make this week as special as we want it to be we will do something fun everyday.

 

Monday- Crazy Hat Day!

 

Tuesday- Color Day!  Dress head to toe in your favorite color

 

Wednesday- Wacky Wednesday! Wear anything crazy you want.

 

Thursday- Crazy Socks Day. Wear the craziest socks you have.

 

Friday- Wear what you would wear if you were grown up.  Think about what you want to be when you grow up and wear that! Ex. Firefighter, basketball player, doctor, dancer, singer, teacher, etc.

 

In addition to our theme time we will also be doing lots of Dr. Seuss activities during literacy and math.  If you would like to donate please contact your teacher. We need.

 

1 Large box of rainbow goldfish

Vanilla pudding

Sprinkles

Nilla wafers

Plastic spoons

 

Thank you in advance for making Dr. Seuss one for your children to remember!

 

Kindest,

The Kindergarten Team

I am looking for a volunteer or two that can come in during literacy on Friday, March 6th. As part of our last day of studying the books of Dr. Seuss we will be making oobleck from the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck. I will have the directions and supplies and you will help small groups make the oobleck. The time will be from 9:30 to 11:00, but I am flexible during that time. This activity is always  a favorite. Email me if you would like to help.

Thanks!

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: six, because, will (same as last week)

    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, four, with, play, five, love, by

 

Letter of the Week: Qq (same as last week)

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, Jj, Oo

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Brown Bear Greeting
  • Activity – Teddy Bear Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their favorite animal and why

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, /a/ word families, secret sentence, rhyming houses
    • Writing – Students will write a letter, stamp stories
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer – Starfall
    • Listening- Students will listen to The Biggest, Best Snowman then draw a picture of their favorite part
    • Teacher Time – Practice Sight Words and Letter, weekly story, syllables
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Our focus comprehension skill this week will be story elements
  • Last Sound Sort
  • Sight word songs
  • Read fiction books about bears
  • 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:

  • All of our writing will have to do directly with our theme

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Bears

  • Read about brown bears, make an anchor chart, make a brown bear, write about brown bears
  • Read about polar bears, make an anchor chart, make a brown bear, write about polar bears
  • Read about pandas, make an anchor chart, complete a chart with what pandas can, have, and are
  • Complete and venn diagram for polar bears and pandas
  • Each student will explore the teddy bear they have brought in through various activities
    • Friday – each student is to bring in their favorite teddy bear and can dress in their PJs!

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Math Centers
  • Attribute Spinner Game
  • Introduction to the Number Grid
  • Number Grid Search Game
  • Bear Measuring
  • Favorite Bear Graph
  • Gummy Bear sorting, tallying, counting, and graphing

 

  • Wish List – gummy bears, teddy grahams

 

Homework

  • There will be no new homework this week. Many students have already turned in the homework from last week; which is fine. If you did not get a chance to complete it, it can be turned in anytime through the 27th.
  • If the homework has already been turned in and you are looking for things to do:
    • Play sight word bingo
    • Practice writing the sight  words in sentences
    • Look for the sight words in books, magazines, and online
    • Review all sight words and letters
    • ABCMouse and JiJi (ST Math)
    • As always – read at least 20 minutes a night!

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Wish List: gummy bears, teddy grahams
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • Scholastic Book orders have been placed and should be arriving shortly. A new books order will be sent home soon.
  • 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. Tell your friends and families! 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

Lions and tigers and BEARS oh my!

Next week we will be learning about different kinds of bears! We will talk about brown bears, polar bears, and panda bears.  We will learn about the habitats they live in, the food they eat and all of their different characteristics.  On Friday, February 27th your child can bring their very own teddy bear to school!  They can also wear PJS all day! We will be celebrating the end of “Bear week” by talking about our favorite teddy bears and what makes them special and different from our friends.  Please send your child to school on Friday with their favorite teddy bear and in their PJs.  If there PJs aren’t warm enough for outdoor recess please send them with a change of clothes.
Throughout the week we will do a lot of different activities.  We are asking for donations of gummy bears, teddy grahams, and paper plates to help us with some of these projects.  If you would like to help with this please email your child’s teacher and let them know what you would like to donate!

 

Keeping a strong school to home connection is important to us and we appreciate all of your help!

Kindest,

The Kindergarten team

There will be no school tomorrow – Thursday, Feb. 19th due to the cold temperatures. Students do not need to turn in their homework on Friday.

I hope you were able to hear all about our 100th Day. The students did a great job and it was so much fun. It was a long but great day.

Remember that a great way to help out our classroom is through donating to our DonorsChoose project. The project that was up earlier this year has arrived and been put to good use already. This is a great way to help out the classroom – http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-learn-with-the-best-resources/1466438/?rf=page-siteshare-2015-02-project-teacher_2480453

Room 104 Families,

Tomorrow is the 100th Day of School! Each child should wear their 100th Day t-shirt and bring their 100 snacks in a bag.

100 Thanks,

Ms. Maltz

We could really use another volunteer or two for our 100th Day centers tomorrow morning from 9:30 to 11:15 am. Please let me know if you can help.

 

On Friday we started our Candy Heart Experiment. We had three clear cups. In one we put soda, another was vinegar, and the last one was water. We made some predictions and talked about the words dissolve, float, and sink. Here is what it looked like right after we started:

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Within minutes some hearts that floated decided to sink and visa versa. We also noticed color starting to come off right away. The students were able to look at it throughout the rest of the day. Here is what it looked like right after dismissal:

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Looks like the candy hearts in the soda will be completely gone when we come back on Tuesday.

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: six, because, will

    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, four, with, play, five, love, by

 

Letter of the Week: Qq

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, Jj, Oo

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Students will go around and greet five other students. On the 100th Day they will be encouraged to say – Happy 100th Day!
  • Activity – One Hundred Days Poem
  • Sharing – Pair share with carpet partners

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Color by Sight Word
    • Writing – Students will write a letter
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer – Starfall
    • Listening- Students will listen to The Biggest, Best Snowman then draw a picture of their favorite part
    • Teacher Time – Practice Sight Words and Letter, y as a vowel
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Our focus comprehension skill is beginning, middle, end
  • 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:

  • Writing will be directly related to theme and 100th Day this week

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Black History Month with a focus on Ruby Bridges and Rosa Parks, 100th Day

  • Read about Ruby Bridges and create a character web
  • Read about Rosa Parks and write about her

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Math Centers
  • Raft Game
  • Measurement

100th Day – Wednesday, Feb. 18th

  • I am still looking for a few volunteers, if you would like to help fom 9:30 am to around 11:15 am please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks in advance to the people who have already volunteered to help
  • Morning Centers – 100th Day Hat, 100 Dots, “Gumball” Machine, Make a design with 100
  • Writing – When I am 100 years old…
  • Math Centers – 100’s grid, 100 Name

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.

 

  • No School on Monday, Feb. 16th to observe President’s Day

 

  • If you have more specific questions about the middle of the year dibels results that were sent home just send me an email or note.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • Scholastic Book orders have been placed and should be arriving shortly. A new books order will be sent home soon.
  • 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. Tell your friends and families! 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

Dear Parents,

100th Day is Wednesday, February 18th….next Wednesday! The kids are really excited about the 100th Day of school. The day will be packed full of fun 100th Day projects. We need your help!

**Every student needs to count out 100 snack items and bring them in a big plastic bag on the 100th Day of school. Here are a few ideas for 100 snacks: chocolate chips, goldfish, gummy bears, cheese balls, cheese its, cheerios, fruit loops, gummy worms, etc. Please do not include 100 pieces of wrapped candy. We will make a special 100th Day snack with all the items and share them with everyone. PLEASE make sure your child’s hands are CLEAN when counting out the 100 food items.

**Decorate a 100th Day shirt with your child. Draw, paint, puff paint, stamp, or glue 100 items onto a white shirt and they will wear the shirt to school on the 100thDay. Trust us, students will LOVE this shirt and never want to take it off! Here are a few ideas: googly eyes, beads, ribbons, stickers, paint, stars, etc.

**We need volunteers from 9:15 am- 11:15 am. We will be doing some great centers and we need your help. If you can volunteer please sign the form below and send it back to school with your child. Each class needs at least 4 volunteers.

 

Send me an email if you would like to volunteer – rmaltz@cps.edu

 

100 thanks,

The Kindergarten Team